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.

Jun 17, 2024, updated Jun 17, 2024

Hillgrove appoints new managing director

The Hillgrove Resources Limited board has appointed Bob Fulker as managing director, effective July 1, following the resignation of Lachlan Wallace.

Bob Fulker

Hillgrove said that Fulker has 35 years of experience in various management and technical roles in the mining industry and spent the past 10 years as chief operating officer at Evolution Mining.

In his new role, Fulker will earn $640,000 a year, including superannuation entitlements.

According to its website, Hillgrove “believe[s] in creating optimum stakeholder value by successfully operating and extending the life of the Kanmantoo Copper Gold Mine through exploration and the production of copper concentrate at low cost in a safe, environmentally, socially, and financially responsible manner”.

Movements at Crime Stoppers SA board

Crime Stoppers South Australia has announced the appointment of Will Luker and Patricia Christie to its Board of Directors.

Will Luker

Luker has a cybersecurity and emergency management background and is the current South Australian Government Chief Information Security Officer in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Crime Stoppers SA said his expertise spans cybersecurity, incident and emergency management, risk management, intelligence analysis, policy development and strategic leadership.

Patricia Christie

Christie has 30 years of experience in governance and was the inaugural CEO of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption and the Office for Public Integrity in South Australia.

Crime Stoppers SA started in 1996 and said it “has played a critical role in encouraging people to anonymously come forward with information that helps to solve and educate on topics such as property and personal safety, vehicle theft and cyber safety”.

Kelsian appoints a non-executive director

Kelsian Group Limited has appointed Caroline Elliott as an independent, non-executive director, effective from 17 June 2024.

Caroline Elliott

Kelsian said that Elliot has extensive experience in executive and board roles across a range of sectors including retail, financial services, healthcare, accounting and transport.

She is currently chair of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, non-executive director and chair of St John Ambulance Australia’s (Vic) Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and non-executive director of Wiltrust Nominees Pty Ltd ATF Edward Wilson Trust.

The appointment of Elliot comes after Kelsian announced Fiona Hele will become chair of the board when current chair Jeffrey Ellison retires on July 1.

According to Kelsian, it is “Australia’s largest integrated multi-modal transport provider and tourism operator, with established bus operations in Australia, Singapore, USA and the Chanel Islands”.

Australian Rare Earths co-founder steps down

The Australian Rare Earths Board of Directors has announced that company co-founder and board member Bryn Jones has stepped down as non-executive director, effective June 21.

Bryn Jones

As of July 1, Jones will be joining the board of boron and lithium company 5E Advanced Materials.

Jones is currently a non-executive director of uranium producer Boss Energy Ltd and of uranium explorer DevEx Resources Ltd.

He is also managing director of entX Limited, which said it is a technology incubator in clean energy and nuclear medicine technologies.

Australian Rare Earths said it “is committed to the timely exploration and development of its 100% owned, flagship Koppamurra Project, located in the new Koppamurra rare earths Province in southeastern South Australia and western Victoria”.

Global Supply Chain Manager for Kelly Tillage, an innovative and successful provider of cutting-edge tillage solutions committed to sustainable agriculture in global markets. This is a rare, senior supply chain leadership role based in Adelaide.

Data Governance and Information Security Manager for Australian Naval Infrastructure, during an exciting time of expansion and modernisation of the Osborne Naval Shipyard into a world-class shipbuilding precinct. A critical role driving the establishment and implementation of the data governance and information management framework across multiple business areas.

Space innovation

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Monash University and SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre have appointed Lieutenant General Larry James as Professor of Space Innovation.

Lieutenant General Larry James

James is a former Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a retired lieutenant general with the US Air Force, where he was Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance at the Pentagon.

Monash and SmartSat said James will act as a strategic advisor to boost their space research strategies.

SmartSac is based in Adelaide and said it is a “consortium of industry and research organisations developing game-changing space and satellite technologies”.

Giving credit where it’s due

Julie Cooper has become chair of Credit Union SA’s board, which she has been a member of since February 2019.

Julie Cooper

The appointment follows the announcement that long-standing non-executive director of Credit Union SA Carolyn Mitchell would retire from the role.

Cooper is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the International Women’s Forum Australia.

She has worked across Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Papua New Guinea and the Middle East.

She is currently a director of the Adelaide Crows Foundation, a member of the Adelaide Football Club Finance and Audit Committee, a member of the advisory board for the SARAH Group and a non-executive director for the defence and engineering company Nova Systems.

Between 2021 and early 2023, she was also the chair of the South Australian Film Corporation and has sat on several other boards.

According to Credit Union SA, the South Australian-based, member-owned financial institution has over 54,000 members and $1.7 billion in assets.

That’s the spirit

Chloe Reschke-Maguire has been appointed as the executive officer of Distillers South Australia.

Chloe Reschke-Maguire

Reschke-Maguire has a background in marketing, management and business development and was Business Development & Marketing Manager at Bloom Hospitality Group from October 2021 to June 2024.

Before this, she was director of the event management company The Pop-Up Co. and she has also worked at Primary Industries and Regions SA, Connecting Up Inc., Renew Adelaide, Yelp and Volunteering SA&NT.

Distillers South Australia said it is “a leading industry organisation representing spirits producers in South Australia”.

Experienced executive joins Scotch College Council of Governors

Scotch College has announced the appointment of Nikki Govan to its Council of Governors.

Nikki Govan

Govan is currently the director of Wirra Wirra Vineyards, chair of Green Industries SA, director of the National Australia Day Council, chair of the Adelaide Economic Development Agency and the owner of the Star of Greece Restaurant in Port Willunga.

Govan has also held positions at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the South Australian Skill Commission and the state government’s Major Events Committee.

Scotch College is an independent, co-ed school founded in 1919 and based in Torrens Park.

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