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.

May 13, 2024, updated May 13, 2024

Baptist Care SA gets new CEO

Baptist Care SA has appointed its former Chief Financial Officer, Sue Raw, as CEO.

Raw has been acting CEO since the beginning of the year and took up the role permanently on May 7.

Sue Raw

Raw has worked in a variety of corporate and not-for-profit roles over the past 30 years, including most recently as General Manager of Resources at the Uniting Church in South Australia.

Baptist Care SA was established in 1913 and provides out-of-home care, disability care, youth education, youth employment, homelessness and therapeutic support services.

Experienced sports executive joins MyVenue

Steve Olech has been appointed to the role of Chief Commercial Officer at MyVenue.

Steve Olech

Olech is an experienced sports, entertainment and technology executive who most recently worked at VAILO as Chief Business Development Officer and General Manager of Sport.

He is also currently the director of My Local Physio Plus and SO Strategic, a member of the Risk, Audit and Performance Committee and Chair of the Rostrevor College Advisory Council.

MyVenue is an Adelaide-based tech company that provides point-of-sale technology for stadiums and arenas.

Leadership change at HLB Mann Judd

Accounting firm HLB Mann Judd has announced the appointment of Jake van der Hoek to the role of director.

Jake Van Der Hoek

Van der Hoek joined HLB Mann Judd in 2022 as an Associate Director and before this worked for seven years at Computershare, where he was a Relationship Manager and a Corporate Services Representative.

According to its website, HLB Mann Judd has clients throughout Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and provides “advice and services to a large and diversified client base that includes growing businesses, governments, not-for-profits and individuals”.

Two new opportunities with Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG), one of the largest gas infrastructure businesses in Australia. AGIG owns, operates and invests in infrastructure which delivers gas to more than two million homes and businesses, leading the way for the Australian renewable gas sector with a commitment to sustainable gas delivery today, and tomorrow.

Manager Treasury Operations and Compliance, reporting to the Group Treasurer this key role leads the development and implementation of operational management frameworks for AGIG Treasury incorporating process integration, key controls and treasury management systems. Ensuring Treasury funding, investment and risk management portfolios are managed in accordance with all requirements, including settlements, compliance and reporting arrangements will also be a focus.

Treasury Accountant, reporting to the Financial Controller, this role is responsible for providing treasury accounting support to the business, including financial reporting and transaction processing, with a focus on treasury transactions for all AGIG businesses.

Australian Vintage Limited appoints acting CEO

Australian Vintage Limited has announced the departure of CEO Craig Garvin, with current non-executive director Peter Perrin appointed as acting CEO.

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Craig Garvin

Garvin has been CEO of Australian Vintage Limited since November 2019 and before this, he was CEO of Parmalat Australia.

Australian Vintage Limited is currently in preliminary talks for a merger with Accolade Wines and its wine brands include Nepenthe, Tempus Two and the Barossa Valley Wine Company.

Bike SA riding high with new Chief Executive

South Australia’s peak body for commuter and recreational cycling, Bike SA, has appointed Sue Bowman as its new Chief Executive.

Sue Bowman

Bowman is the former Chief Executive of Little Athletics SA and was also state manager and then national fundraising and marketing manager for the Australia Paralympic Committee.

She has also held senior roles for Uniting Care and Novita Children’s Services.

According to Bike SA, it is the state’s largest non-government provider of cycle tourism and is a leader in bike education, events, promotion and advocacy.

Let’s get moving

Sam McIntosh has been appointed as Branch Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union SA/NT Branch, replacing Ian Smith who is retiring after seven years in the position.

Sam McIntosh

McIntosh was elected as Branch Assistant Secretary in September 2022 and has previously held roles with the TWU’s National Office and the International Transport Workers’ Federation, based in London.

According to its website, the Transport Workers’ Union “leads the fight for a fairer transport industry and safety for all who share the roads and the skies”.

A promotion at Eckermann Lawyers

Eckermann Lawyers has promoted Norik Avetisian to Senior Associate.

Norik joined Eckermann Lawyers in early 2020 as a graduate clerk. He has been a solicitor since October 2020 and an associate since July 2022.

Norik Avetisian

Eckermann Lawyers is based on Flinders Street and specialises in property and commercial law.

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