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.

Jul 08, 2024, updated Jul 10, 2024

Building the future

Global architecture firm Woods Bagot has appointed Sarah Kay as CEO, taking over from Nik Karalis who has been in the role since 2015.

Sarah Kay

Kay’s career at Woods Bagot began 25 years ago and has spanned North America, Australia and the United Kingdom.

She was most recently director of Woods Bagot’s Sydney studio and before this, she was director in New York.

Woods Bagot said Kay has designed high-profile projects and integrated precincts across commercial, transport, residential and culture sectors.

Woods Bagot was founded in Adelaide in 1869 and is responsible for local landmarks including Bonython Hall, the Barr Smith Library, South Australia’s National War Memorial, the SAHMRI building and the Adelaide Convention Centre redevelopment

Leadership change at Carclew

Lisa Baker

Youth arts body Carclew has announced significant changes to its leadership team with the appointment of Lisa Baker as head of programming, Robyn Jones as general manager and Jude Henshall as producer.

Carclew said that Baker has two decades of experience in creative collaboration, community engagement and government-industry initiatives.

Baker sits on the board of Music Australia and has managed the City of Playford’s youth-focussed creative industries precinct, Northern Sounds System for more than a decade.

Robyn Jones

Carclew said that Jones has extensive experience in financial management and governance within the South Australian film industry, holding key positions at the South Australian Film Corporation, the Adelaide Film Festival and the Mercury Cinema’s Media Resource Centre.

Henshall is an award-winning actor, digital producer and entrepreneur who has performed with leading theatre companies, earning herself a Helpmann Award nomination and multiple Adelaide Critics Circle Awards.

She founded the all-female performance ensemble ‘isthisyours?’ and has directed major events, including the Adelaide Fringe Opening Parade.

Jude Henshall

Carclew said that Baker and Jones will form the new leadership team tasked with implementing its new strategic plan, while Henshall “will activate the house and work with the sector to amplify and elevate youth arts”.

Founded in 1971 and based in a historic mansion in North Adelaide, Carclew said it is “the home of youth arts and creativity”.

William Buck expands Adelaide office

Accounting and business advisory firm William Buck has announced four new partners and two new principals at its Adelaide office, bringing its total number of partners in South Australia to 27.

Alice Psevdos, Danielle Jones, James Blackburn and Tricia Kleinig have been appointed as partners, while Daniel Proctor and Henry Schofield are principals.

William Buck said the appointments “further strengthen the firm’s leadership across its business advisory, wealth advisory, taxation and superannuation services.

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A new CEO at Little Athletics

The South Australian Little Athletics Association has appointed Steven Baldas as CEO.

Steven Baldas

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Little Athletics said Baldas has 25 years of experience in sports leadership in Australia and the United States.

He previously served as CEO of Tennis SA, COO of the South Australia Cricket Association (SACA) and general manager of the Adelaide Strikers.

He has also held the position of South Australian Government Advisor for Recreation, Sport, and Racing and was recently appointed chair of the Saint Ignatius College Foundation.

Little Athletics offers a modified athletics program for children aged 3 to 17 across all abilities.

A promotion at Black Sheep advertising

Black Sheep Advertising has announced the promotion of Tom Ootes from director of client services to managing director.

Tom Ootes

Black Sheep said, “With his deep understanding of client needs and driving marketing results, Tom’s 8 years in the agency and wealth of broader industry experience has prepared him for the role”.

Among the clients Ootes has worked with are San Remo, OTR, Krispy Kreme, Peter Shearer, ECH, Meals on Wheels, TABOO Period Products, Qualia Wines, BAE Systems and Halls Soft Drinks, as well as a range of Federal and State Government clients including SAPOL, CFS, Lot Fourteen, Renewal SA and SA Health.

This appointment follows the recent addition of David Ormston and Michael Gagliardi as co-creative directors at Black Sheep.

Mellor Olsson Lawyers bolsters litigation team

Mellor Olsson Lawyers has announced the addition of Nick Graham as partner, and Alistair Flynn and Sianne Way as senior associates, which it said will “enhance its litigation capabilities in the building and construction sphere”.

Nick Graham

Mellor Olsson said Graham has broad experience in corporate and commercial litigation, specialising in building and construction disputes and “brings extensive expertise in managing complex disputes related to both commercial and residential construction projects”.

The law firm said Flynn has practised in national and local private firms, both in-house and in the public sector and “adeptly represents both applicants and respondents across a wide spectrum of disputes and litigation cases, with a particular focus on building and construction disputes”.

Way has 12 years of experience in legal practice across South Australia and the United Kingdom with areas of expertise including contract disputes, insurance, insolvency and debt recovery matters.

Movements at Jaquillard Minns Chartered Accountants

Mark Lane

Jaquillard Minns Chartered Accountants has announced the promotion of Mark Lane and Bryn Coudraye to the role of directors.

Lane, who began his accounting career at Grant Thorton in 2018, has been at Jaquillard Minns for over three years.

Jaquillard Minns said that Lane brings “a strong level of care for his clients, a broad range of expertise and a proven track record of excellence to his new role”.

Bryn Coudraye

Coudraye has been an associate director at Jaquillard Minns for the past year and a half and before this, he worked at PwC.

Jaquillard Minns said he has valued experience dealing with Australian Taxation Office matters and “brings a broad expertise from working extensively with both corporate and private clients”.

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