Stephan Knoll was elected as the Member for Schubert at the 2014 state election.
In January 2017 Stephan was promoted to the State Liberal Shadow Cabinet, taking on the portfolios of Police, Emergency Services & Corrections, and Road Safety. Following the 2018 state election, he was appointed as the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government and the Minister for Planning.
Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Stephan worked for his family business, Barossa Fine Foods, including ten years as General Manager.
Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP is South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining.
Minister van Holst Pellekaan was elected to Parliament as the Member for Stuart in 2010. He was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in 2011 and has held the Energy and Mining portfolios since June 2014.
After his re-election at the 2018 State Election, he was sworn in as Minister for Energy and Mining in the Marshall Liberal Government.
Minister van Holst Pellekaan started his working life as a labourer before playing four seasons in the National Basketball League and at the same time gaining a Bachelor of Economics. He then spent ten years with BP Australia before entering the small business sector as a shareholder and operator of Outback roadhouses for seven years. This was followed by three years developing cycle tourism in the Southern Flinders Ranges immediately before entering Parliament.
Minister van Holst Pellekaan’s electorate extends from Kapunda at its southern end, all the way up to the NT border. It heads east to the NSW border. It includes the Mid North agricultural region, all of the Flinders Ranges and the vast north-east pastoral region surrounded by the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. The regional city of Port Augusta is its main population centre.
Richard Price was appointed Defence SA Chief Executive in October 2017, after joining the agency as Executive Director Defence and Industry in July 2016.
During his time as Executive Director, he assisted in developing and delivering a program of activities aimed at sustainably growing the defence presence and the defence industry base of the state.
Richard has worked within the defence and public safety sectors for over 25 years and has international industry experience in leadership, business development and engineering.
Prior to joining Defence SA, Richard led a Stockholm based business unit for Saab AB with operations in Sweden, Denmark, Australia, South Africa and the UK. The focus was the global market for communication and control room solutions.
Before moving to Sweden in 2013, Richard was Managing Director of Saab’s Australian operations which have a strong presence in South Australia supplying and sustaining combat system, training and civil security solutions.
Richard is an engineering graduate of the University of Wales (BSc Hons, 1985) and a graduate of the Melbourne Business School Advanced Management Program (2006) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2010).
Mark joined SA Water in 2013 as our General Manager, Asset, Operations and Delivery, drawing on more than 30 years’ experience as a professional engineer and General Manager in infrastructure delivery, with specialist water and wastewater expertise.
Ensuring we deliver safe clean drinking water and a dependable sewerage service efficiently across the state, Mark leads the team operating, sustaining and improving our built assets, bulk water supply and sewerage system, water and wastewater treatment operations plus laboratory services and management of the River Murray system within the state. Mark also leads the delivery of the corporation’s capital works program.
Mark has been involved in major projects and operated businesses in the water, transport, minerals, oil and gas, environment and building arena in Australia, South-East Asia, the Middle East, the UK and the USA. Prior to joining SA Water, Mark was Vice President Water with Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR).
Evan Knapp is Executive Officer of the South Australian Freight Council, the peak multimodal body for the transport and logistics sector in South Australia. A transport policy and advocacy professional, Evan has previously held positions within the Royal Automobile Association of SA, the South Australian Department of Transport, the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (Project Office) and consulting roles. Since taking over SAFC at the beginning of 2016, his focus has been on ramping up the organisation’s advocacy activity and impact and increasing member value.
Board member since March 2013, Managing Director since January 2015. Mr Sergeant holds a BSc in Biological Sciences and a BA in Psychology from the University of Sydney, where he was, for a number of years, a lecturer in the Business School, teaching at the postgraduate level.
Sydney-based, Mr Sergeant nevertheless spends a substantial amount of his time in South Australia and is familiar with all of the Company’s land and timber assets. He is committed to working with the community and other stakeholders and with local and state government to help deliver a deep water export facility on Kangaroo Island, fairly priced and accessible to all, and to establish plantation timber as a significant employer and source of economic activity.
Prior to joining the Company, he has managed a number of successful consultancy businesses, served on the boards of Australian and multinational professional services firms and, for four years, was the President of the Australian Market and Social Research Society, of which he is a fellow. From 2003 to 2014, Mr Sergeant was the Vice Principal of St Andrew’s College, within the University of Sydney.
He is currently a member of the boards of a number of private companies.
Pat Gerace has experience in both the private and public sectors and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Development Institute Australia (SA). After seven years working for both Bankers Trust and JP Morgan, Pat took up the role of a Senior Adviser to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Urban Development in South Australia and worked on large infrastructure projects including the redeveloped Adelaide Oval, the North- South Corridor and the implementation of the National Rail Regulator. Pat then spent two years as Executive Director of the Local Government Association before commencing in his current role representing the development sector at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA).
Nigel Schmidt is the Alliance General Manager of the Public Transport Projects Alliance, a major State Government initiative delivering consecutive projects including the Oaklands Rail Crossing Upgrade, the Port Dock Railway Line and the City South Tram Line Upgrade.
Nigel has more than 20 years’ experience delivering significant, innovative South Australian infrastructure projects including the O-Bahn City Access Project, the Adelaide Showground Railway Station, the Adelaide Desalination Project and the Common User Facility at Osborne.
Projects led by Nigel are typically characterised by collaborative contracting environments with clients including the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, SA Water, and Defence SA, and highly complex stakeholder environments.
Mark is the Acting Chief Executive of Renewal SA, the lead state government agency for urban renewal for South Australia, including major projects such as Tonsley Innovation District, Bowden and Lot Fourteen.
Mark is responsible for the successful delivery of Renewal SA’s range of residential, industrial, commercial and urban renewal projects.
His background is with major multi-national companies delivering long term and complex property projects with multi-disciplinary teams.
Mr Brian Green holds the position of General Manager Asset Management and is responsible for asset management, project delivery and maintenance of ARTCs Interstate Network which covers some 7,500 kms from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Port Augusta, Broken Hill, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane.
Brian has an honours degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Business Management and commenced his career in the coal mining industry in the UK and is an indentured time served mining electrical craftsman. Brian’s career has spanned 38 years with 20 years in senior executive and general management positions. He has extensive experience in the mining, electricity generation and distribution and rail industries in asset management, engineering and project management.
Over the years Brian has been involved with and has been responsible for delivering millions of dollars of electrical and rail infrastructure across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Brian was recipient of Engineers Australia, National Electrical Engineer of the Year Award for 2013.
Peter is National Technical Development Manager for Australian Steel Institute (ASI). His academic achievements include a Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Sydney with 1st Class Honours and University Medal (prox acc). Postgraduate qualifications include a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Sydney. Peter is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and before joining ASI had worked for more than 25 years in the design and construct arena, specialising in large span steel structures. He sits on numerous steel related Standards committees and is a member of the EA Civil and Structures panel in Sydney.
Peter is author of a range of technical publications for ASI, including the Structural Steelwork Fabrication and Erection Code of Practice, design of hollow section connections and updates to design capacity tables.
Recent initiatives that Peter has been involved in include drafting lead for the new AS/NZS 5131 ‘Structural steelwork – fabrication and erection’, drafting of the new ASI ‘National Structural Steelwork Specification’ and development and implementation of the ASI ‘National Structural Steelwork Compliance Scheme’. Peter also managed publication of the recent ‘Practical Guide to planning the safe erection of steel structures’ in partnership with Multiplex.
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