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 27, 2024, updated May 27, 2024

AEDA strengthens business and investment team

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency has appointed Tiffany Katchmar as Executive Manager of Business and Investment.

Tiffany Katchmar

Katchmar will focus on leading AEDA’s economic development, including making Adelaide an attractive destination for expanding companies, working with partners to grow sectors such as events, technology, education and bio-med, and boosting business investment in the city.

Katchmar has previously held various leadership roles in the government and private sectors.

This includes as Director of Defence and Space at Invest SA with the Department for Trade and Investment, Director of the South Australian Space Industry Centre, and Business Development Manager for Space, Hi-Tech and Creative Industries at Investment Attraction South Australia.

A retirement at Otto Energy Limited

John Jetter has announced his intention to retire as Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Otto Energy Limited on 30 June.

John Jetter

Jetter has been a director of OEL since 2007, including as Non-Executive Chairman from 2014 to 2019 and 2023-2024, and Executive Chairman in 2020.

Geoff Page, who has been a non-executive director of OEL since 2020, will be Interim Chairman from July 1.

Page was also Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee from August 1 2020 to December 31 2022.

OEL is an Adelaide-based oil and gas exploration and production company with a regional focus on the Gulf of Mexico.

Movements at Foundation SA

Sophie Doyle has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Foundation SA, while Chelsea Gillies has started as Grants & Engagement Coordinator.

Sophie Doyle

Doyle, who commenced her role on May 20, said she will continue to prioritise raising awareness, deepening the organisation’s community connectedness and tripling the growth of Foundation SA’s donor community within the next three years.

Doyle has been at Foundation SA since October 2020 and was previously Philanthropy & Engagement Manager.

Chelsea Gillies

Before joining Foundation SA, Doyle was State Manager SA/WA at Philanthropy Australia. She has also worked at MinterEllison and Deloitte.

Doyle is also the director of MumKind and the St Ignatius’ College Foundation.

Before joining Foundation SA, Gillies was the Development Officer of Philanthropy at Pulteney Grammar School.

She has also worked at the City of Sydney, the Commonwealth Bank, the Sydney Festival and the Adelaide Fringe.

Foundation SA claims to be “South Australia’s only community fund dedicated to growing philanthropy for the benefit of the state”.

Development Manager for Villawood Properties, Australia’s leading residential land developer with strong community and sustainability focus.

Student Engagement Manager and Event and Communications Coordinator for StudyAdelaide, SA’s lead Government agency promoting Adelaide as a destination for international students.

Executive Manager, Education and Health Promotion for SHINE SA, a well-established and highly regarded not-for-profit provider of comprehensive and integrated sexual and reproductive health services and programs.

Social innovator and advocate joins Junction

Sean Lappin has been appointed to the role of Executive Manager, Children and Youth Services at social enterprise Junction, which he will start on June 17 before Kirsty Wallman’s departure in July.

Sean Lappin

Lappin has thirty years of experience in the areas of youth homelessness, youth justice, out-of-home care, mental health and disability with a focus on advocacy, social policy, innovation, research and strategic planning.

He was Managing Director of Connected Self Wellbeing Service and previously held senior leadership positions at Mission Australia and in the SA public sector.

Junction Australia said it is “a leading provider of a range of housing and community services” that “positively impact[s] lives by creating opportunities and self-determined independence” for all those it works with.

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Tamsyn Alley

Tamsyn Alley and Erica Benn have joined the Board of Directors of the disability services and accommodation provider DLi.

Alley is currently CEO of Benson Radiology and before this, she was General Manager – Clear Skincare at Australians Pharmaceuticals Industries.

Erica Benn

She has also worked for Destinations NSW, Porter Novelli Australia, Stockland, SkyCity, Flight Centre Travel Group and SA Lotteries.

Benn has worked at the Australian Financial Security Authority for the past three years and is currently its Chief of Staff.

She has also worked at St Peter’s College, UniSuper, the University of Adelaide, Health Workforce Australia and the BBC.

New Brink appointment

Theatre company Brink Productions has announced Mimi Crowe as its new Chair.

Mimi Crowe

Crow is currently CEO of youth arts organisation Carclew and before this, she led the Creative City program at the City of Adelaide.

She has also held leadership positions at the National Association for the Visual Arts, Tarnanthi, the State Theatre Company of South Australia, the Office for Design and Architecture SA and Arts SA.

Brink Productions is currently producing Symphonie of the Bicycle at Space Theatre.

MusicSA changes key

MusicSA has announced the appointment of Emily Drewniak and Carla Lippis to its Board of Directors.

Carla Lippis

Drewniak has extensive philanthropy and strategic relationship-building expertise and is currently the Head of Development at the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium.

Her previous roles include development positions at Country Arts SA, Scotch College Foundation, St Peter’s College Foundation and Flinders University.

Emily Drewniak

Carla Lippis is a performer who leads the avant-garde post-rock band MONDO PSYCHO.

Alongside her live performance work, Lippis has extensive arts industry experience as a composer and performer with various Australian dance and theatre companies, including Windmill Theatre, Restless Dance Theatre and Opera South Australia.

According to MusicSA, it is a not-for-profit organisation that “is the peak body and advocates for the South Australian contemporary music industry”.

A new role at Harrison McMillan

Anita Vaughan has joined Harrison McMillan in the newly created role of Director of Talent Solutions.

Anita Vaughan

The recruitment agency said Vaughan’s new role will entail spearheading its on-demand, flexible recruitment and early career options.

Vaughan has over 20 years of recruitment experience and recent involvement in talent solutions.

She spent three and a half years at Randstad Australia as Account Director of Public Sector (Talent Solutions) for SA/NT/WA and Victoria.

Vaughan has also worked at HR Partners, Origin Energy and Hallis.

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