Executive Partners Program
The Executive Partners Program (EPP) is an advanced mentor program which aims to connect high achieving postgraduate students with Executive Partners (EPs). Our EPs are current active, semi-retired, or recently retired senior executives, who desire to engage with high performing students in various roles in partnership with academic staff to contribute to students’ fuller understanding of work and industry.
Why be an Executive Partner?
- Inspire a student to reach their career potential
- First access to the Business School’s high achieving students
- Participating in in-class discussion panels
- Invitation to leadership seminars
- Reflect and share your industry experience
- Meet your mentee six times per year
- Attend an annual networking event with Executive Partners and their mentees
If you’re passionate and motivated about giving back to the community, we encourage you to express your interest by emailing Fiona Solente, Senior Consultant: Careers and Alumni (firstname.lastname@example.org) and briefly detail your education and professional experience, and why you would like to become an Executive Partner.
If you are a student, please click below to be directed to the student website
Executive Partners Program
Hear more about our Executive Partners Program from Director Peter McInnes and students involved with the program.
Graduate Diploma in Management, Purchasing Officer, SITA Australia
'The Executive Partners Program for me was very helpful with guidance from a very experienced mentor, in relation to career path development and networking. Their views on the link between studies and actual real world applications is something that students like to draw upon, as often it can seem to be very disjointed within the students mind. To be given an opportunity to be a part of the EP Program, will forever be cherished and valued throughout my career development.'
Master of Management (Arts and Cultural Management), Marketing Coordinator, Australian Dance Council - Ausdance inc
'Beginning a career is a challenge for everyone. When you add being completely new to Australia, Adelaide and a close-knit community like The Arts, it can seem overwhelming and near impossible. With the Executive Partner Program, I was able to subside those challenges with a mentor figure direct from the Adelaide Arts community. The Program paired me with a mentor who has extensive expertise in my career field, has traveled the world and knows what it is like to be in a situation similar to mine. My partner has had such a breadth of career and life knowledge that I know she's able to give me advice direct from her own experiences. Most importantly, she's able to help me see the bigger picture of my career plan.'
Master of Human Resource Management, HR Consultant, Vicki Beard Consulting
'The Executive Partners Program, in its inaugural year, was extremely valuable to me. The invitation to participate was a wonderful reward and recognition for the effort required to achieve the benchmark grade average required to participate in the Program, and it was great to meet with the other students on several occasions. I soon discovered the very real and long term benefit was the concept behind the Program, the experience of being partnered with a fabulous mentor. My mentor experience with Michelle Bentley, General Manager, Donington SA involved many great meetings where Michelle gave her expertise, encouragement and advice freely and genuinely, where together we challenged my status-quo and discussed ways I could improve in the areas I wished to. Although my taking part in the Executive Partner Program has come to a formal end, I feel the relationships forged will remain long into the future. I sincerely thank those who have organised the Executive Partner Program so well, and hope that it continues to become a highly revered and established Program for UniSA.'
Business Double Masters, Student Advisor, UniSA Business School
'The Executive Partners Program has provided me with so many exciting and challenging opportunities.
'I have been amazed by the wealth of experience available to me through successful industry professionals and academics. The seminars and social events are a great time to network, learn and discuss ideas in a supportive and dynamic environment.
'This has been such a positive experience and I feel very fortunate to be involved in this tight-knit community.'
Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management, Student Service Advisor, UniSA Business School
'The Executive Partners Program was a great experience for me. I was able to network and meet many new students in the same position as me, studying and trying to break into their desired career field. My mentor was great, we met regularly and gave me the confidence and insight to push myself forward in trying new things to help better myself to be successful in gaining a role. I highly recommend the Program, it was a great experience, giving me the boost I needed to focus on getting the results I need.'
Master of Human Resource Management, uniSA Business School
'It was an honour to be invited to participate in the EPP as part of the first group or intake to the program. I was partnered with a mentor who willingly gave his time to support me. We arranged a number of meetings in which we discussed projects I was involved with at that time in my Masters unit and also at my worksite. He was able to provide valuable input and guidance about the successes and pitfalls he experienced in similar situations. On completing my time in the program, I have still kept in contact with my mentor on an occasional basis, and have been fortunate enough to hear him speak at an industry launch in recent times and it is always a pleasure to touch base with him at the event.
'Another significant benefit I found was that other mentors who came from different areas of business were also open to the possibility to engage in conversations at gatherings or one or one where they could. It can be extremely difficult as a University student who is not already working in business to come across these types of contacts. The program enabled me to expand my network of contacts not only with mentors but also amongst the students particularly through the opportunities and invitations to gather offered by those coordinating the EPP. I still keep in contact with some of the group today.
I am extremely grateful to Peter who coordinated the program and all those involved in the program as I found it extremely beneficial. Since completing my studies I have agreed to mentor other university students as I know firsthand the difference guidance, coaching and professional dialogue can make.'
Mr Fraser Ainsworth A.M.
Fraser is currently the Chairman of Tarac Australia (a South Australian grape marc processor) and a non executive director of Envestra and several other companies in the resources sector. Fraser's business experience spans the resources, electricity, biotechnology, oil and gas and wine industries, but the bulk of his experience was with CSR Limited (including a stint as Chairman and CEO of Delhi Petroleum), and as the CEO of SAGASCO oil and gas company.
Fraser's busy business life has been augmented by various community activities including seven years as President of the SPARC Disability Foundation, Dep Chair of the Flinders Medical Research Foundation etc, and as a member of SA's Economic Development Board's Energy Advisory Group.
Fraser's particular knowledge, experience and network within the burgeoning energy and resources sector will prove exceptionally beneficial to our Executive Partners' students as they seek career guidance and employment prospects.
Ms Michelle Bentley
Michelle began her professional life in the teaching domain, progressing to become the Acting Principal of an Independent Girls' School, the Principal Consultant of a SA consultancy firm, and now the General Manager of Donington SA which operates in career management, outplacement and career transition assistance.
Michelle has widespread experience in developing business capability, leading and managing people and career counselling through her various leadership roles within the educational sector, training and development and business consultancy.
With expertise in business and project management, executive and career coaching, training, development and facilitation, Michelle is perfectly placed to assist high calibre graduate students transition seamlessly into an appropriate profession and industry.
Michelle's community work, media and consultancy experience, and breadth of public and private business networks will serve our Executive Partner Program and its high achieving students very well.
Mr Ted Byrt
Ted is a Company Director and Legal Consultant with an extensive background as a legal and business advisor.
He was a Partner of Norman Waterhouse Lawyers in Adelaide from 1973 until 2007 where he provided strategic commercial advice to industry, commerce and government enterprises. As a Partner, Ted led a dynamic team engaged in local, national and international business. Organisational development, corporate governance and succession planning were the focus of his attention in those years.
In his professional career Ted has advised many companies undertaking business in Australia and overseas markets, as well as foreign companies operating in Australia. Ted has considerable experience advising private and public entities in their dealings with state and local governments. He has a thorough understanding of the legal, commercial and political requirements of doing business with government at all levels.
Over the past decade Ted has been appointed to a number of private and public corporation boards to which he brings general commercial legal skills and a diversity of experience from my legal and business background.
Mr Jeff Clayton
Jeff is a very experienced corporate, strategic advisor to organisations, in both public sector and private sector organisations. He typically provides assistance in large-scale strategic organisation change and corporate governance. He provides executive coaching and mentoring. He has considerable experience in technology commercialisation. He has worked extensively within Defence and overseas aid agencies.
He has over 30 years experience as a professional management consultant, having worked in senior and executive management positions in a wide range of large and small consultancies. The experience has been both in Australia and overseas.
Jeff commenced his professional management consulting career with WS Atkins & Partners (UK) and then WD Scott Australia. In 1983 he was co-founder and Executive Chairman of management consultancy Aptech Australia. In 1996 Aptech was acquired by IBM and Jeff became the Executive responsible for Public Sector, Healthcare and Education consulting throughout Asia Pacific. He left IBM in 2001 and has acted as non-executive director and board chairman for a range of companies in retail, finance, ITC and professional services.
His qualifications are in engineering and management. He has completed postgraduate studies in organisation change, consulting, mentoring and strategic planning.
As a result of his substantial breadth and depth of consulting experience in different consultancies, Jeff is very effective in addressing complex organisational issues where traditional solutions may not have been successful. This can be very important when dealing with board, executive and senior management level issues. He is very experienced and effective working on politically sensitive issues.
Dr Ian Cody
Ian spent some 40 years in Canada and the United States, working with Imperial Oil of Canada and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.
Ian's PhD in Chemistry was attained at the University of Ottawa, Canada. His experiences in petroleum research led to managerial and team leading responsibilities. These teams developed and deployed various technologies including catalytic processing technologies and new methods and devices for improved energy efficiency in refining.
Ian has over 50 US patents and was appointed Senior Scientific Advisor at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.
Ian brings a wealth of academic and global managerial expertise to the Executive Partner Program, and moreover his resource sector experience is again particularly pertinent to South Australia's growing economic development.
Mr Brett Dienhoff
Brett Dienhoff is currently the Executive Vice President of Global Sourcing for SMR Automotive Systems, part of the Samvardhana Motherson Group, a Global tier 1 supplier to the Automotive industry.
Brett’s role is responsible for leadership of the Global Purchasing Organisation and management of teams located throughout the globe including South East Asia, China, Europe and throughout North and South America. The team manages an extensive global supplier network ranging from raw commodities through to high technology companies, covering all elements the supply chain.
Brett is also heavily involved in business improvement activities including the establishment and execution, and improvement of Global Processes and Procedures, including automation. Brett is also a member of the Companies Global Executive Team which defines the company strategies, business planning, and execution of projects to achieve the overall business objectives.
Beginning his career in Adelaide, Brett relocated to the USA in 2004, where he remained for 10 years. During this time hegained experience with dealing throughout almost all Automotive Manufacturing regions across Europe, China, Korea, India, Brazil, Mexico and Thailand.
Mr Stephen Faulkner
Stephen is a highly experienced executive at both state and national levels having successfully led multi-disciplinary teams to deliver serviced focused, cost effective and efficient services to suppor the organisation and its customers. He has boosted and sustained organisational performance with a service-driven and continuous improvement focus, achieving strategic business objectives through the delivery of commercial, people and customer satisfaction imperatives.
Working closely with CEOs, Stephen's accountabilities have included all aspects of strategy, legal, risk and governance, finance, information technology, customer services, marking and communication, cultural change and human resources. Stephen has also reported to boards and has been responsible for multiple board committees, providing improved reporting capabilities and information flow.
His ability in improving financial sustainability through strategic improvement of business functions and marketing methodologies resulting in a sustained net increase in customer base and customer activity is his strength.
An MBA graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Stephen has strong people, leadership and coaching skills coupled with a passion for delivery of superior customer and stakeholder value.
Mr Douglas Gautier
Douglas Gautier has served on a number of arts, media and tourism boards in Hong Kong and the Asian region.
Since arriving at the Adelaide Festival Centre he has initiated a major ‘program-led’ approach to double audiences over seven years. This has included two new annual events – The Adelaide International Guitar Festival and OzAsia Festival– a showcasing of cultural links between Australia and the Asian region.
He currently serves as Chair for the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres, and is Executive Council Member for Live Performance Australia and Flinders University, Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Leadership and Adviser to the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Mr Michael Gibbs
Michael has a number of years of experience in a range of company director, management and specialist roles in the private, not –for-profit and public sectors with a background in human resources and policy development. He has held a range of community positions including elected member of the Adelaide City Council and membership of management bodies of a variety of educational institutions, visual arts bodies and community groups.
He holds a range of management, educational and visual art qualifications including a MBA and Masters in Education.
Currently he is a Director, Rossiter Boots Pty Ltd and senior employee in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Mr David Hawkins
David's professional life was predominantly in the banking sector, encompassing stints in start-up roles for C.B.A. in Los Angeles and Chicago, and culminating in State wide managerial responsibility. David also held CEO positions with such diverse entities as The Memorial Hospital and Aunger Automotive, and was also a Director with the Australian Taxation Office, responsible in part for the implementation of the GST introduction.
David currently contributes a good deal of his time to various charities in both Australia and abroad, and to workshop exercises assisting disadvantaged and displaced individuals requiring hands-on guidance and mentoring.
David's diverse and senior business and banking knowledge, coupled with his current experiences in problem solving and mentoring individuals will be of great benefit to our students seeking career guidance.
Mr Brian Hayes Q.C.
Brian is an eminent legal policy, environmental and human rights lawyer. His particular knowledge in these specialist fields has made him a much sought after consultant to Australian and international governments in the drafting of legislation and establishment of working protocols. He was appointed Queens Counsel in 1986. He has carried out a number of World Bank and AusAid funded projects and consulted to organisations in Russia, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Brian is currently the National Chairman of the Australia India Business Council, and the Premier's Special Envoy to India, and has lead numerous business delegations to India. He has also served on various advisory committees at UniSA, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the university.
Aside from these professional achievements, Brian is a founding member Law Society's Human Rights Committee, and a co-founder and Secretary of Carry for Kids Inc, a not for profit organisation assisting orphanages in the Asia Pacific region. Brian's legal, humanitarian and international credentials are of enormous benefit to our Executive Partner Program
Ms Kylie Jamieson
Kylie is currently the Delivery Director for AOMa (Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific), part of the Active Operations Management (AOM) Group. She joined AOMa in 2010 with over ten years’ experience in the Financial Services industry effectively leading and executing strategy using project management disciplines and methodology.
Kylie has experience in outsourcing, vendor and relationship management and leading and facilitating organisational change initiatives by working with staff and clients to create change.
She graduated with an MBA from UniSA in 2010 where she participated in study tours in Denmark and China growing her existing global management experience and networks around the world.
Kylie’s project management expertise will be of particular assistance to students of the Schools Supply Chain Management discipline.
Areas of specialisation:
- Business Development
- Systems Integration
- Mergers and acquisitions
David is an accomplished senior executive and board director, with over 28 years’ experience in the ICT sector as a national and global director. He is specialised in general management, operations, sales management, account management, service creation, alliances, financial services, consulting, resource management, business operations management, governance management, third party supplier management and business development roles.
David has a proven track record of transforming businesses, increasing revenue, EBIT and market share performance, leading cultural and change management transformation, and consistently exceeding targets through his effective client relationship management and business leadership skills. David has been especially successful in winning and implementing large outsourcing initiatives. He previously was a Board Director of Bedford Industries, chairing a Strategy and Business Development Subcommittee, and Director of SA Progressive Business. He has extensive experience in Government Steering Groups and Working Committees, as well as Industry Associations in Australia and Asia Pacific.
From September 2012, David was been accountable for the global Solutioning pillar of Telstra’s Network Applications and Services (NAS) business– a business with annual revenues of AUD1.6B and one of the Telstra Board’s three new business growth areas. He was accountable for Service Creation, Technical PreSales Solution Design, operationalising the way Telstra goes to market with Alliance Partners, Quality and Risk Assurance, Global Solution Strategies and cross-company Program Initiatives. He sat on various executive operational and governance boards, including one that drove the aspiration for NAS to become a AUD5B global business. He was also a member of Telstra’s Diversity Board.
Ms Alison Kimber
Founder and principal of ak advisory, Alison Kimber is an independent board member and an experienced executive. Alison has a strong business acumen with a background in international banking and capital markets and over 25 years’ experience in finance, government and the not-for-profit sector at senior and executive levels. A qualified actuary, Alison has led major reform projects and successful cultural change across diverse organisations.
After a background in insurance, Alison joined the State Bank of South Australia where she led their international borrowing program and established the corporate treasury function for the bank’s New York branch. Later, Alison lectured in statistics and the mathematics of finance for the University of Adelaide.
Alison then held a variety of senior and executive roles in the Department of Treasury and Finance, the Office for Government Enterprises, Cabinet Office, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Housing SA and Renewal SA.
Through her business, ak advisory, Alison assists organisations to deliver quality outcomes by providing expert advice on strategy and planning, finance, governance and risk management.
Ms Madge McGuire
Madge has strong executive management experience in three quite different and very complex not- for-profit organisations. She is well-versed in seeing the big picture and in generating innovative ideas and solutions to help deal with particularly intricate and seemingly intractable problems. Her varied career has included: managing major strategic reform processes; working with corporate systems to identify and resolve difficult structural and people management issues; actively building sustainable relationships and partnerships with government leaders and their departments, the corporate sector, small business, higher education providers and multiple community groups.
From 2001-2015, Madge was the CEO of Catherine House Inc. in Adelaide. During her tenure the organisation received various awards and accolades for its successful range of innovative program and services. The organisation was also recognised for its use of business frameworks, disciplines and accountabilities to help drive its success.
Currently Madge is working in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with a major NGO assisting the leadership team to develop, and conduct, a culturally appropriate strategic planning process. She is also an experienced personal and workplace counsellor and executive coach, and brings a positive approach to helping people find personal enjoyment and fulfilment at work and in life.
In 2013, she was named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in SA (one of 9 women); in 2014 she was the EY Central Region Entrepreneur of the Year, she also received the David Clarke Scholarship for ‘Outstanding Leadership in Social Change’ to attend the Harvard University Business School Executive Education Program that year too.
Dr Tony O'Malley O.A.M.
Tony has over 30 years experience as an economics and strategy consultant for clients in industry, regions, and governments across Australia and overseas. His qualifications in civil engineering, business, and economics (PhD Alberta) have provided for a breadth of expertise in such fields as strategic planning, cost benefit analyses on large scale infrastructure projects, and policy development in urban planning, to name just a few areas.
Furthermore, Tony assignments in the Philippines (coal conversion), Papua New Guinea (urban water supply and coastal shipping), New Zealand (on fuel rationing and electricity pricing under commercialisation), the Sudan (bus system planning) and Kenya (coal conversion), have given an earthy knowledge of business practices in diverse cultures and locations.
Tony has been able to continue his academic pursuits, and publication of numerous papers, through his current position as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Management – and this role further equips Tony to poignantly connect university staff, students and fellow executive partners in management discussions and projects.
Ms Sue Newnham
Sue has extensive education and training experience across the public sector within Australia and the private sector overseas. Her experience includes leadership roles in a multi-national hotel chain, State Government departments, tertiary education and consultancy roles within South East Asia and the Pacific.
With expertise in organisational development, group facilitation, career coaching, instructional design and training and workplace assessment, Sue is committed to developing capability in individuals and organisations.
For five years, Sue held a group-wide position within the Corporate HR office of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, based in Hong Kong and worked across Asia, Europe and the United States. While in this role, she supported 18 regional HR and training staff with project management of pre-openings for new hotels, coordination of an off-shore EMBA program to senior managers in partnership with an Australian university and delivered an accredited Frontline Management Development Program to 120 middle managers across 5 countries.
After returning to Australia, Sue continued her consultancy roles in South East Asia before moving into the community services sector. She worked for the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) in Melbourne in a specialist training role before moving to Adelaide. Sue is currently working for a not-for-profit organisation, Carers SA in the development and delivery of education and training of carers and staff. Her qualifications are in education, business, training and assessment.
Sue’s diverse experiences working across a broad range of sectors and her commitment to the capability development of individuals and organisations, will be of particular assistance to HRM or Management students.
Mr Kuzma Otto
Kuzma is a chemical engineer with a master’s degree in business leadership and 30 years experience in mining operations, general management and executive leadership. Kuzma began his working career with Rand Mines Ltd, before joining Anglovaal Mining Ltd in 1995. While working in a number of African countries, he held various positions including Mine Manager, Consulting Metallurgist and Manager Strategy. In Australia, he worked for Sons of Gwalia and Aditya Birla before joining Uranium One in 2007 and until most recently was Senior Vice President with overall responsibility for all Australian operations, projects and exploration.
Having worked in various countries he has experienced working in culturally diverse operating environments for multinational corporations and joint ventures. Kuzma’s work interests include strategic alignment in organizations, operations optimization, corporate governance and promoting sustainable community development.
Mr Greg Pattinson
Greg is the Chief Executive Officer of Foodbank SA and brings extensive experience gained over 30 years in a number of industry sectors. After completing a Master of Science degree at Purdue University in the USA, specialising in food science, he advanced his career in senior management roles with iconic food companies such as Inghams, Berri, Tip Top, Goodman Fielder and Maggie Beer Products, in NSW, Victoria and SA. His experience and knowledge was further enhanced by moving into more diverse industries such as Mitsubishi Motors, and more recently in Brisbane as Executive Vice President for global mineral testing company Bureau Vertias.
With the downturn in the mining sector, Greg return to Adelaide with a desire to contribute to the SA community which has been his home for 22 years. Foodbank presented the ideal vehicle to use his experience, knowledge and contacts to help people in need, and he is enjoying every aspect of the new challenge, and especially the interaction with the corps of volunteers who help Foodbank every day.
Mr Lange Powell
Lange worked at a senior level in a plethora of South Australian State government departments, including Correctional Services, Aboriginal Affairs, Public Employment, Human Services, Housing Trust, Community Welfare, and he also served as SA Commissioner for the Ageing. These positions were invariably at a senior Director level, presiding over strategic policy and management.
Lange also has various board memberships, including SACOSS, and past vice chairman of the Australian Press Council. Lange's broad life experiences stem in part from the fact that his work and study took him to such diverse places as Ceduna and Milingimbi ( in the N.T.) to Oxford, England where he completed Honours in French and Russian.
Lange's mentees will enjoy learning from his breadth of experience, and particular insight into the public sector.
Mr Trevor Rose
Trevor has had more than 40 years’ experience as a Corporate Manager, Marketing/Sales Manager, Program Manager, Project Manager and Engineering Manager, primarily in the resources (Oil and Gas) and infrastructure industries in Australia, New Zealand, England, Indonesia with Shell, BHP, Thiess, Santos, a range of large consulting firms and later his own management consultancy supporting organisations (Including Government Departments) to build capability and governance systems in Strategy Development/Implementation, Business Development and Program/Project Development.
He holds a Master’s of Science in Project Management from the University of South Australia and studied Mechanical Engineering at this Universities precursor the South Australian Institute of Technology (SAIT). In 1995 he was recognised as a finalist in the University of South Australia, Alumni Association High Achievers Award.
Trevor has devoted many years to the University of South Australia with roles including University Council, Deputy Chair of the Audit Committee, plus a number of advisory boards including Marketing, Project Management, Built Environment, Cross Cultural and International Studies.
In addition Trevor has developed courses and lectured in a number of post graduate academic programs at the University of South Australia, International Graduate School of Management, Adelaide University, Bath University UK and University College of London (Adelaide Campus).
In more recent times he has added being an Elected Member of a City Council to his portfolio along with attending a summer school at Oxford University to study “The Foundations of Modern Political Thought” at Christ Church College in 2014
Ms Tania Sargent
After starting her working life as a Chartered Accountant in public practice, for the next 25 + years Tania has held a number of senior finance and general management roles in Disability Services, Education, Health, Retail and Financial Services. Tania is currently working as a Director and Management Consultant; her services include corporate strategy development, business restructures and implementation of new systems, risk management and governance reviews, and general commercial and financial management support. She has recently facilitated a number of workshops on behalf of the Governance Institute on Governance Essentials, Assessing Board Performance, Financial Management in Not For Profits and Risk Management and Compliance within Not For Profits.
Tania has a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting), is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Business Administration, an Australian Institute of Company Director’s Diploma and a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. Tania is a non-executive director of Uniting Communities, a member of the Finance, Risk Management and Audit sub-committee and Governance sub-committee for Uniting Communities, and is an independent member of the Audit and Risk sub-committee of the Rural Business Support Services. Tania is also a member of State Council for the Governance Institute and sits on the national Not For Profit committee for the Governance Institute.
Mr Chris Schutze
Chris is currently providing consulting services to start up companies entering international markets as well as training services to the building industry.
Chris has over 30 years experience as a technical, operations and general manager. Originally starting life as a Manufacturing Engineer for General Motors and Philips he then spent fifteen years establishing and running manufacturing and sales operations throughout Southern and Eastern Asia.
For the last 12 years Chris has been working back in Adelaide in both manufacturing and construction, most recently as General Manager for Scott Salisbury Homes. For four of those years he was a council member of the Master Builders Association of South Australia, and more recently Chair of the Housing Committee.
Mr David Shetliffe
David has over 40 years of senior management and professional consulting experience. He has been both a State Manager or CEO of organisations covering high level management consulting, regional economic development and industry policy. David's early days with BP and Western Mining Corporation led to a decade of senior consultancy roles, then a decade as the Executive Director of the high profile Retail Traders' Association of South Australia. This latter position entailed extensive media, public and governmental liaison.
David subsequently became the Executive Director of Committee for Economic Development of Australia (SA Chapter), which again has a very conspicuous multi-faceted and non-partisan role in promoting economic development through a combination of public and private forums, research and publications.
David also serves in various community roles including as Chairman of Orana, a major disability services provider, and Chairman of Salvation Army Advisory Board. He also serves as an Equal Opportunity Tribunal Panel Member hearing orders and making orders in relation to the Equal Opportunity Act.
Mrs Anne Skipper A.M.
Anne is currently the Principal of Anne Skipper and Associates, an organisation consulting in corporate governance, strategic planning and group dynamics for boards and advisory committees. She has more than 25 years experience as a board director and chair of government, not for profit and private sector boards in the areas of health, planning and development, tourism, education, disability and social services, and financial services.
Anne's achievements in assisting needy communities was spawn by the values learnt in her rural upbringing. Her more recent benevolent activities have focussed on underprivileged communities at home and abroad, and with a particular focus on the development of women and girls.
Anne's diverse business and community contacts and interest in the development of the individual, will be of great benefit to our Executive Partners Program.
Mr Bill Spurr
Mr Spurr's extensive experience in the tourism and hospitality industries dates back to the early '80s when he was the Executive Director of the Australian Hotels Association. He then spent several years as the Head of School, Tourism and Hospitality, Adelaide College of TAFE.
In his role as Executive Director of the Adelaide Tourism and Convention Authority (1991-1995), he was responsible for a dramatic rise in the promotion of Adelaide as a convention venue and tourist destination.
In 1995, he became the General Manager of the newly formed Australian Major Events group with the agenda of attracting significant sporting and cultural events to South Australia, and promoting their benefits within the State.
Bill held the position as Chief Executive of the South Australian Tourism Commission from 1999 until July 2007 and chaired the "World Police and Fire Games" held in Adelaide in March 2006-one of the largest events to be ever held in the City of Adelaide. He currently chairs several educational organisations, and is on the board of the State's preeminent travel and entertainment bodies.
Ms Nicole Swaine (nee Graham)
Nicole is the founder and Managing Director of Explore Potential consulting that assists organsiations to develop practical and sustainable strategies to address their greatest challenges, to bring visions alive and deliver exceptional outcomes. Driven by making a positive difference though connecting strategy to individual team members led Nicole to establish Explore Potential in 2014.
Nicoles experience in senior management, executive and director roles in multinationals, nationals, and state based organisation as well as former CEO of scosa (the Spastic Centre of South Australia) one of SA's largest not for profits results in her bringing a unique and valuable perspective to her mentor relationships.
Nicole's work and contributions to the social and business communities have been highly awarded by the Telstra Business Women's Awards in two categories, CPA Top 40 leaders and the Marketing Institute of Australia.
Nicole brings a particularly optimistic and aspirational quality to our Executive Partners program, especially to the like-minded high achieving students with whom she mentors.
Mr Steven Todd
Steven's background is primarily as an engineer and production manager in the food industry in both the UK and Australia, managing small shift teams up to a commercial bakery with over 500 staff. However more recently his interests have developed to the more strategic elements of developing and running a business rather than the more mundane day to day stuff. Steven also enjoy the environment of smaller businesses as it gives him more chance to be involved in everything.
Steven was the Company Secretary for a public (unlisted) company for 7 years so have a healthy respect for corporate governance, the things a Board want to know from a manager and also the debates that go on round the boardroom table.
Recently Steven had a couple of complete changes of direction. Firstly as a General Manager in the IT industry; same problems just a different product! The business came with a strong entrepreneurial background, the most enthusiastic Managing Director he had ever met and a desperate need for a strategic sea change which we delivered. Secondly as a General Manager in the wine industry where he is now busy trying to invoke the same sense of direction and strategy as previously into a family owned business that has been going for over 125 years, has a more conservative and risk averse attitude but makes fantastic product
Mr Chris Ward
Chris stepped away from full time corporate career in 2012 to concentrate on non-executive directorships. Throughout an extensive banking and finance career he worked nationally and in South Australia across a range of business disciplines. These include core banking and finance ( retail and commercial ) along with other broad based business skills i.e. strategy, store distribution, retail and commercial product development, pricing and distribution, personal and business insurance, brand, marketing and sponsorships, project management, risk management, compliance and governance.
Chris has a number of non-executive director roles including HomeStart, South Australian Film Corporation and is involved with several private Advisory Boards. There are also a number of companies of various sizes and maturities that Chris also works with in a pro bono capacity.
Chris brings a wealth of unique business experience to the EP team.
Mr Russell Wescombe
Russell has been working in the area of Logistics Business Management for over 30 years and has extensive experience in all facets of supply chain; specializing in customer service, road transport, inventory management and distribution systems, including web based and fully integrated solutions.
He believes that Logistics and its associated service industry, are the backbone of the national economy and an area of vital importance in every organisation. With the advent of fully integrated computerisation and ‘real time’ expectations, seamless service through logistics is without doubt crucial to the success of modern business today.
Russell’s breadth of experience in both shop-floor logistics problem solving and senior management of Logistics companies and consultancies, will provide very comprehensive assistance to our Supply Chain Management Masters students.
Ms Kerry Whitehead
Kerry Whitehead is currently in the role of General Manager, Programs and Community Engagement at St John Ambulance Australia, SA, a not for profit charitable organisation that engages some 2000 volunteers. Kerry’s role is responsible for the leadership of new and existing programs relating to Community Care and the First Aid Management activities conducted by St John as well as the promotion and strengthening of St John’s relationships with key community stakeholders across all areas of SA. Kerry is also responsible for activities that support and engage youth involved in St John activities and services and for fundraising and grant opportunities that further drive the expansion and engagement of St John in the community.
Kerry was previously Director of Registration (SA) at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and led the transition in 2010 of multiple health profession Boards in South Australia into the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. Kerry brings a wealth of experience in change management in health and health regulation service delivery to the Executive Partners Program.