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Corporate Ladder: your weekly guide to executive appointments in South Australia

South Australia’s premier executive appointments column tracking the movements of those driving the state’s public and private sectors. Plus, the latest executive recruitment opportunities.

Apr 02, 2024, updated Apr 02, 2024

Former Test cricketer steps down from coaching role

Former Test cricketer Jason Gillespie has resigned from his role as Head Coach of the West End Redbacks and Adelaide Strikers at SACA.

Gillespie took over as Head Coach of the Strikers ahead of the 2015-2016 Big Bash League (BBL) season. He was also made Head Coach of South Australia’s cricket team, the Redbacks, in 2020.

Jason Gillespie

Gillespie led the Strikers for nine seasons, including the 2017-2018 BBL when they were crowned as champions.

Gillespie is also a former Test cricketer who played 71 matches for Australia from 1996 to 2006 as a right-arm fast bowler and batsman.

Gillespie will finish his roles at SACA at the end of June.

Bucking the trend

Adrian Chugg will become the new Managing Director of William Buck South Australia, effective July 1.

Adrian Chugg

Chugg will replace Jamie McKeough, who has been Managing Director for the past 18 years.

He will lead William Buck’s team of 24 directors and a total staff of 230.

Chugg joined William Buck in 2003 and has been a director since 2008. He helped establish the Corporate Finance division and has been an executive team member for the past six years.

William Buck is an accounting and advisory firm started in 1895 with offices in Australia and New Zealand.

Top lawyer announced as Independent Chair of EWOSA

Lawyer Greg May has been announced as the new Independent Chair of the Energy & Water Ombudsman SA (EWOSA), replacing Peter Bicknell AM, who has held the position for the past nine years.

Greg May

May is a former Chairman and Chief Operating Partner of MinterEllison SA/NT. MinterEllison was founded in 1827 and is one of the “Big Six” law firms in Australia.

May also served as South Australia’s first Legal Profession Conduct Commissioner from 2014 to 2022.

He has held several senior board positions and is currently a deputy member of the Parole Board of South Australia and a member of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.

EWOSA was established in 1999 with the mission of helping to resolve complaints and disputes between electricity, gas and water providers and South Australian consumers.

A Head of Junior School for Pedare Christian College, a well-established, innovative and thriving co-ed R-12 learning community based at Golden Grove.

A new Principal for 1,000 student ELC-Year12 Anglican school, Pulteney Grammar, located in the Adelaide CBD.

A CEO for the Australian Refugee Association, an essential pillar in South Australia’s humanitarian efforts dedicated to assisting refugees and migrants.

An Adelaide-based National Financial Controller for Aspen Pumps Asia Pacific, part of the global Aspen Pumps Group headquartered in the UK.

Hitting the high notes

Internationally renowned opera baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes has been appointed to the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, where he will be a teacher and mentor in the Classical Voice department.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Rhodes was born in New Zealand and has performed for opera companies around the world including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Hamburg State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Welsh National Opera and the Scottish Opera. He also played leading roles in Opera Australia’s productions of South Pacific and The King and I.

Rhodes has received numerous awards throughout his career, including an ARIA, two Helpmann Awards, a Limelight Award, a Green Room Award and an MO Award.

A new role at Fuller

Jordaine Chattaway has been promoted to the newly created role of Director, Creative Strategy at Fuller Brand Communication.

Jordaine Chattaway

In this role, Chattaway will lead Fuller’s creative team to deliver integrated creative solutions and strategic outcomes for its clients in branding and campaigns.

Chattaway has been at Fuller for the past two and a half years and was previously a strategist.

Before joining Fuller, Chattaway worked at M&C Saatchi Group AUNZ as PR & Communications Director and Social and Content Lead, Editor-in-Chief at The Stylehunter Network, a Social Media Content & Influencer Lead at Origin Energy and a Founder of The Modern Black.

She also worked as a journalist at Future Women, Network Ten and Leader Community Newspapers.

Fuller is a creative agency based in Kent Town.

Independent real estate agency expands

Real estate agency Taarnby Real Estate has appointed Donna Hughes to the newly created position of Director of Property Management.

Donna Hughes

Hughes has more than 20 years of experience in residential and commercial property, with a focus on agency management and business development.

Before joining Taarnby, Hughes worked for 10 years at Williams Real Estate as a Business Manager and she has also held management positions at Toop & Toop and Raine & Horne.

Taarnby is an independent real estate agency established in 2017 and based in North Adelaide.

New hires at BRM Advisory

Karla Billington

Karla Billington and Daniel Jellings have joined BRM Advisory, a strategic management consultancy firm headquartered on King William Street.

Before joining BRM Advisory, Billington was a council Ready Project Facilitator at the Local Government Association of South Australia and an Independent Natural Resource Management Consultant at Natural Logic Australia.

Daniel Jellings

Jellings joins BRM Advisory from the City of Mitcham, where he held the role of Manager Performance & Strategy.

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