Mr Mullighan was first elected as the Member for Lee in the South Australian Parliament in 2014.
Mr Mullighan took up his position as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Housing and Urban Development on 26 March 2014.
On 19 January 2016, Mr Mullighan was appointed Minister for Housing and Urban Development.
Prior to his appointment as Minister, Mr Mullighan led Deloitte's economics team in Adelaide between 2010-2013, providing economic advice to corporate clients, non-profit sector and state and federal governments.
He served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the South Australian Premier and Treasurer, Hon Jay Weatherill MP, from 2013 to 2014. During this time Mr Mullighan was responsible for several key policy areas including budget development, taxation policy, investment strategy and State-Commonwealth financial relations.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Adelaide.
Stephen lives in Largs Bay with his wife Antonia and their young son. He is a keen cricketer and one-eyed Magpies and Power supporter.
Martin was born and raised in Adelaide. As a city resident, business owner and educator, Martin is committed to serving the City of Adelaide. Martin is married to Genevieve, an advertising and global communications professional, with whom he operates a city-based consultancy firm.
At 27 years of age, Martin opened his first retail store in Regent Arcade and grew that business into a successful national enterprise, with 16 stores and 220 employees. Martin went on to study an MBA and became the General Manager of the Rundle Mall Management Authority between 2010 and 2013.
Martin co-founded the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation in South Australia and has served on a number of boards including the South Australian Youth Arts Board (SAYAB), Rundle Mall Management Authority (RMMA), Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB), Property Council of Australia’s Mainstreets Committee and the Bay to Birdwood Run Inc.
Martin has also worked as a lecturer for MBA students where he has taught entrepreneurship, new venture creation, strategic marketing and other subjects in Adelaide and interstate.
As Lord Mayor, Martin is focused on further enhancing the City of Adelaide’s reputation as a great place to live, learn, work, play and visit.
Martin and Genevieve enjoy the arts, music, cycling, heritage and cultural tourism.
After graduating from the University of Adelaide Law School with Honours, Kris commenced his legal career before serving as Member for Mitchell in the South Australian House of Assembly from 1997 to 2010.
Subsequently he established a legal firm, Kris Hanna & Associates. The firm, which is merging with another small firm, specialises in employment law, wills and estates, civil litigation, and the law relating to non-profit associations.
In 2014 Kris was elected unopposed as Mayor of the City of Marion. This followed decades of community service. Kris is the longest serving past member of Seaview High School Council and has been Chairperson of groups as diverse as The Friends of Glenthorne (seeking to preserve historic Glenthorne Farm for environmental and community recreational purposes) and the Reynella Business and Tourism Association. Kris is also currently Patron of numerous and diverse local clubs.
He especially enjoyed his time leading the Multifaith Association of South Australia, an organisation which brings people of different faiths together, and his years as a Board member of the Victim Support Service, which advocates for victims of crime.
Andy joined the RAN Naval College in 1985 and graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1987 with a BSc. After qualification in the surface fleet, Andy transferred to submarines in 1989 and later commanded two Collins class submarines, HMAS WALLER (1999-2000) and HMAS SHEEAN (2004-05).
In between commands, Andy served on the staff of Commander US Submarine Force Pacific (COMSUBPAC), in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he developed tactics and provided training for the US Navy Submarine Fleet.
In 2006, Andy joined the staff of Fleet Headquarters as the Fleet Submarine Operations Officer, responsible to the Fleet Commander for the operations of the submarine force. Andy retired from the RAN in 2007 and, after a brief stint with Thales, joined ASC. From 2009 to 2015, Andy was responsible for establishing the business improvement capability (Lean Six Sigma) within ASC, before assuming responsibility ASC’s operations in WA, which included submarine maintenance and training.
On 31 August 2015, Andy commenced his current role as Chief Executive, Defence SA.
Andy has an MBA and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in 2006 for his leadership whilst in command of HMAS SHEEAN. In January 2017, Andy’s efforts were recognized with an Adjunct Professorship for The University of South Australia within the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment.
Elisabeth has more than 25 years of experience growing companies and leading innovation across sectors including energy, technology, consumer food products and agriculture. Elisabeth joined AGL in September 2016 from New York Stock Exchange-listed Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) where she led Corporate Strategy, launched PG&E’s ground breaking IoT “Grid of Things” business strategy, ran M&A and strategic investments. Elisabeth also led California’s exploration of new utility business models. She is a science and humanities graduate of Principia College in Illinois, USA and is also a recipient of the prestigious Harry S Truman scholarship and a Lincoln Academy inductee, both in the USA.
Mr Vince Scanlon has been involved with the aviation industry for over 20 years, with a previous background in consulting engineering and construction management.
Mr Scanlon joined Federal Airports Corporation (Adelaide Airport) in 1997 as part of the ‘due diligence’ process during the sale and privatisation of Australian Airports. Subsequent to the sale he was appointed as the Executive General Manager, Airport Operations and Infrastructure by Adelaide Airport Limited (AAL) where his responsibilities encompassed infrastructure, airside safety and security compliance and facilities management.
His current role as Executive General Manager Planning & Infrastructure includes master planning and development of commercial and aeronautical infrastructure.
During his career with AAL, Mr Scanlon has provided design input and oversight into the development of Adelaide’s new terminal. This was Australia’s first greenfield terminal to be built in over a decade and the first full ‘common use’ facility in Australia. More recently he was involved in the long term aeronautical planning of the Terminal Precinct Area, including road realignment for improved vehicle set-back, multi-story carpark, elevated passenger bridges and public transport interchange facilities.
Mr Scanlon is Chair of the ACI Asia Pacific Regional Aviation Security Committee and a member of the ACI World Security Committee.
Wendy has extensive experience working with Federal, State and Local governments and considerable knowledge and experience working in the areas of intergovernmental relations, economic development, governance, industrial relations, education and training.
Previously the CEO of the Local Government Association, Wendy built strong relationships across all spheres of government to ensure effective service delivery and funding to local communities. She also played a leadership role in enhancing the performance of local government, initiating projects for best practice in governance and management approaches, and commissioned various independent inquiries and research projects to demonstrate needs and determine appropriate responses. All the work undertaken within the local government sector was subject to extensive consultation and engagement by councils in metropolitan and regional areas.
Wendy has held memberships with numerous professional associations in addition to various board appointments, building on her broad network of contacts in both the public and private sectors. As the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, Wendy brings the ability to connect community organizations, government and the private sector to achieve outcomes.
Wendy will work with the Kangaroo Island community, businesses on the Island and in the region, the Kangaroo Island Councils, State/Federal governments and with key Kangaroo Island Industry bodies and other stakeholders to ensure that the economic, social and environmental needs of the community are clearly defined and met. The Commissioner will also be working closely with the community to maximise the benefits realised by over $171 million of projects that are underway or in the planning stages on Kangaroo Island over the next three to five years creating population growth and over 300 new jobs.
George Panagopoulos is the Project Manager for the Northern Connector Project.
George commenced his career with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in 2008. Since that time, he has held a variety of roles on a number of significant road and rail infrastructure projects, including the O-Bahn City Access Project, the award winning Goodwood Grade Separation Project and the $2b Rail Revitalisation Project. In 2014 George was named South Australia’s AIPM’s Young Project Manager of the year.
George is working closely with Lendlease Pty Ltd, the main works contractor on the Northern Connector, to deliver the $985m project.
Rita Excell is the Executive Director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Centre for Excellence and is responsible for delivering ADVI’s contribution to the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicle technologies into Australia and New Zealand.
Her prior roles include Regional Manager of ARRB Group’s South Australian office, where she managed key strategic policy projects for State Road Authorities and organisations that manage public and private road infrastructure.
Rita is a qualified Civil Engineer with over 25 years’ experience, which has included roles in Local Government and more than 13 years with RAA - where she worked on strategic transport planning, road safety and advocacy. She is currently the President of the IPWEA South Australia and sits on the Australasian board of IPWEA, as well as the Port Adelaide Development Assessment Panel.
Barry Goldstein is South Australia’s Executive Director Energy Resources, and is tasked to sustain trust with the public and investors in the energy sector. Barry was Exploration Manager - Santos, Chief Geologist - Bridge Oil, and Chief Geologist – KUFPEC after starting with Phillips Petroleum. He has explored and discovered petroleum in the North Sea, Indonesia, Australia, PNG, and South America. He is now a regulator and policy maker. Barry has been awarded:
He graduated from the University of New York (Bachelors – Geology, 1975) and the University of Missouri (Masters – Geology, 1977). Last, Barry has a sense of humour.
After graduating from Flinders University, Douglas began his career at the South Australian Theatre Company. In 1976 he was awarded SA Govt. and English speaking Union Scholarships to study Media and Theatre Arts at the Bristol Old Vic and the BBC. He joined the BBC as a music and arts producer in London in 1977.
Recruited by Radio Television Hong Kong from the BBC in 1979, he was subsequently appointed head of their music arts channel.
In 1986 he was appointed Head of Concert Music (Planning) for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Returning to Hong Kong, Douglas spent a number of years in the media business, first as Deputy Managing Director of Metro Broadcast and then Director of Corporate Affairs for STAR Television where he participated in the development of satellite television broadcasting across Asia.
In 1997 he was appointed Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourist Board, where he was active in fostering links between the tourism and cultural sectors. He was also closely involved with the development of the new Cruise Terminal, the Hotel and Retail Development at the old Marine Police Headquarters and the Hong Kong Disney Theme Park.
In 2002 he was appointed as Executive Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, one of the world’s great Arts Festivals. Between 2003 and 2006, Douglas was an inaugural Board Member for the West Kowloon Cultural District and a founding Vice President of the Asian Arts Festivals Association.
Since arriving at the Adelaide Festival Centre in 2006, Douglas has initiated a major ‘program-led’ revival which has increased audiences for all art forms and has positioned the Centre with a comprehensive and multi - faceted program, as a hub for Asian/Australian cultural engagement.
In 2013, Douglas was elected as the Chair of the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC). AAPPAC is the peak cultural body in the Asia-Pacific region. Its membership includes the Sydney Opera House and performing arts centres in global cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Melbourne, Auckland as well as Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines.
Douglas is also the Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Leadership, a joint venture of the Adelaide Festival Centre and the University of South Australia.
He is a former Board member of the Asian Cultural Council of the David Rockefeller Foundation, and Chair of the cultural committee of Asia Link and continues to serve as an Executive councillor of Live Performance Australia, a council member of Flinders University and as a program advisor to the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Ben Heard is recognised as a leading voice for the use of nuclear technologies to address our most pressing global challenges. It certainly didn’t start that way. Back in the day he was a member of environmental NGOs and held their basic objection to nuclear technologies. Being serious about the environmentalism stuff, he undertook a Masters in Corporate Sustainability at Monash University, beginning in 2004. He was one of the inaugural graduands of Future Environmental Leaders (now Centre for Sustainability Leadership). His work threw him into the deep end of sustainability, with stakeholder consultation for issues like native and plantation forestry industries, legacy toxic waste sites and transport infrastructure. He discovered that nothing was simple, everything involved trade-offs, all risks are relative and if you try to do your job well nearly no-one will like you very much but hopefully most will respect you.
He started working in major projects in climate change adaptation (managing the risks from the change) and mitigation (slowing the change down). This led to the establishment of his own small consulting firm in South Australia. Around about then, the apparent futility of work was getting him down…the projects were great but there was just no solution on offer to match the scale of the problems at hand. So instead of continuing his objection to nuclear technology he shut his damn mouth about it for a couple of years and did some learning. The result was a presentation Nuclear Power: From Opponent to Proponent, delivered in 2011 to the South Australian Technology Industry Association. That was the start of pathway of writing, presenting, advocating and ever more learning about how we can reinvent the future using all our knowledge and ingenuity. Through his blog, Decarbonise SA, Ben tracked this journey and helped to build a growing international community.
Ben is undertaking doctoral studies at the University of Adelaide, where he examines clean energy supply with a focus on nuclear technologies. His first published paper won the 2016 Publication Medal from the Royal Society of South Australia and he has presented his research findings at conferences around Australia and the world. Founding Bright New World takes Ben back to his NGO beginnings, using what has learned to give environmentalism and sustainability a reboot for the 21st century.
Ben lives in Adelaide with his wife and two children. He is a member of Bicycle SA and the Friends of Brownhill Creek. Contact the office to make an appointment. Alternatively take up road cycling and trail running in the Mt Lofty Ranges and you will probably bump into him.
Don Hogben is currently General Manager, Planning and Transport Policy in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI), responsible amongst other things, for transport planning, investment program and major project concept planning, road safety, freight and logistics related regulatory reform and policy, and local government. He has been and is a member of a number of national committees, has held transport related board appointments and is the Immediate Past Chair of the World Road Association Freight Committee.
Prior to this Don worked in a number of positions in Transport SA (former DPTI), mainly in road and bridge construction and maintenance. In 2000 Don moved to Melbourne to join VicRoads. For most of his time in Melbourne, Don was the Director responsible for functions including road freight policy, vehicle safety policy and standards, and regulating the road transport and towing industries. He also worked in the Victorian Department of Transport developing the Victorian Freight Network Strategy, Freight Futures.
Tim Boundy took charge of Renew Adelaide in 2016 with a focus on building a more active, entrepreneurial and economically strong Adelaide.
He had previously been telling the story of Adelaide, while finding solutions to problems, through his work at the Adelaide Convention Bureau and IHG. His success lied in demonstrating the value that a city can deliver, tying the small experiences that make a place attractive to individuals into key industry strengths across the state. His mandate is to support unique experiences and ventures that help build a places identity and raise its profile.
Bettina Venner is Manager Industry Participation in the Department of State Development. Her focus is on developing supply chains in the minerals, energy and other industries, and she leads the Industry Capability Network (ICN) in South Australia.
She has worked as a chemical engineer in the oil and gas industry at a Sasol coal gasification plant in South Africa, Uhde engineering design company in Germany, the Chevron Cape Town Refinery and the Exxon Mobil Adelaide Refinery before joining government. Her government roles include policy, regulation and economic development.
Jo provides advice and original ways of looking at challenges to governments, businesses and communities. Jo is a member of the leadership team at the South Australian Council of Social Service and directs the organisation’s energy, water and climate program. Jo was an inaugural Member of the Consumer Challenge Panel and continued on the Panel in its second iteration. The Consumer Challenge Panel independently advises the Australian Energy Regulator on energy distribution and transmission pricing proposals, in the long term interests of consumers.
Jo is currently the Convenor of the National Consumer Roundtable on Energy, Member of the Australian Gas Networks Reference Committee, ElectraNet Consumer Panel and SA Power Networks Customer Reference Group. Jo has an extensive national and international network spanning a wide variety of sectors. Jo's previous work experience includes Economics and Social Justice Adviser to Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown and Tasmanian Regional Activism Coordinator of Amnesty International.
Associate Diploma in Farm Management – University of Adelaide - Roseworthy
Graduate Diploma in Agriculture – University of Western Sydney – Hawkesbury
Tim’s skills and experience include some 30 years of experience across the Agribusiness sector of Australia & NZ including a number of senior management positions within The Emerald Group of Companies, Chemtura & Monsanto. His career is notable for his significant involvement in the establishment of a number of now every day cultural practises including returnable Ag Chemical containers, minimum tillage practise and on farm seed processing.
Tim is passionate about Agriculture and Australian Agriculture in particular and the need to feed the world by being involved with farmers to facilitate growing more food and fibre more effectively, with integrity. He recently took up the position of CEO of Agribusiness Australia.
Nathan is a Project Director with over ten years of experience in the Federal and State Government having worked with many of the Australian and South Government Agencies including; Defence, Department of Finance, Education, Health, SAPOL and Correctional Services.
Having worked on complex large-scale projects both locally and internationally, Nathan understands the factors that are critical to project success and more importantly how to achieve them.
Nathan is currently managing the Adelaide Botanic High School, which will set a new benchmark in teaching. Where he established a collaborative working environment, which is based on High Performance Team Principles, developed the project governance structure and implemented an innovative procurement model.
Nick Jones joined the SATC in 2008 and is the Executive Director of the Destination Development Group which key focus is driving the supply side of the South Australian tourism industry.
Nick has played a key role in increasing the accessibility to South Australia, attracting new hotel and infrastructure development, and regional tourism development. He has overseen the introduction of direct international flights from Emirates, Qatar Airways and China Southern Airlines and the development of the six touring routes.
He has been actively involved in attracting new hotels and infrastructure to and within South Australia. He has also overseen the growth of cruise visitation to South Australia which has surpassed the Tourism Plan 2020 goal three years early and welcomed some of the largest, newest vessels to our state.
Nick also led the recent Understanding China project which aimed to ensure the visitor economy was better equipped to understand the growing Chinese market.
Nick joined the SATC after many years in marketing, sales and management roles with Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, at the time, the owners of Channel Nine Network and Australian Consolidated Press.
With more than 30 years’ experience in marketing/public relations and general management roles in predominantly the construction and hospitality industries, Sarah Bachmann has held her current position as CEO of National Precast Concrete Association Australia for the last 14 years. Now based here in Adelaide, she spent 16 years in Sydney. She has taken the Association from having largely a technical focus, to significantly broadening the organisation’s scope to become well recognized by government and other industry bodies and to include promotional, educational, and representational initiatives. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Economics and Certificate in Marketing and has held board positions on Statewide Superannuation Fund, the Australian Construction Industry Forum and Australasian Society for Association Executives.
Justin Ross has been involved with agriculture for most of his life growing up in the Riverland region of South Australia, he has developed a broad range of experiences with a specific focus on international market development and industry development.
Justin was appointed, Director, Agriculture Food and Wine at Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) in 2012 to lead PIRSA’s engagement with the agriculture, food and wine sectors in South Australia and drive the Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment and Exported to the World economic priority.
He has been actively involved in major projects such as the Sundrop Farms development at Port Augusta and more recently the SA Food Innovation Centre and the Northern Adelaide Food Park and other innovative programs aimed at developing the South Australian food and wine sectors.
Justin holds a B. Ec (Adel) MBA (Adel) and is passionate about the development of agri food industries in regional Australia and specifically through an increased understanding of the markets and the changing development drivers in agri business.
Aaron Hill leads Deloitte Access Economics practice in Adelaide. Aaron is an expert in economics and public policy, delivering projects for global corporate clients, as well as for major universities and Commonwealth, South Australian and Victorian Governments.
In addition to his passion for the South Australian economy, Aaron is part of Deloitte’s national practices delivering advice on technology economics, and the economics of cities and urban policy. Before joining Deloitte in 2014, Aaron was an economic policy adviser to the top levels of Commonwealth and state government. Aaron served as a fiscal policy adviser to the former Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer and as economic adviser to the Premier of South Australia. Aaron has degrees in law and commerce from the University of Adelaide and lives in Adelaide’s south-west corner with his wife Stephanie.
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