Sandy was elected as a City of Adelaide Area Councillor in the 2015 by-election and served as Deputy Lord Mayor from June 2017 to November 2018. She has had a career in both the public and private enterprise, not-for-profits, and Local and State government.
Elected Lord Mayor in November 2018, Sandy is keen to keep costs low for residents and businesses by reducing red tape, strengthening Adelaide’s global reputation for culture, climate change action, and entrepreneurialism, preserving Adelaide’s heritage, and enhancing the city’s precincts and main streets for the benefit of local small business owners and the community.
Marc joined SIMEC Energy Australia as CEO in July 2018, working with a strong team of executives aiming to deliver compelling solutions for commercial and industrial consumers of energy, including the requirements of the Liberty/GFG Group.
He is an experienced executive with significant exposure to Australia’s energy markets. Prior to joining SIMEC Energy, Marc was Head of Sales, Asia Pacific at wind turbine OEM, Senvion, prior to this, he held senior positions at AGL Energy including General Manager Energy Services, Head of Eco-Markets and Senior Energy Trader.
Marc commenced his career at NM Rothschild and Sons trading precious metals, working in both Sydney and London and then moved to a Geneva headquartered trading house, focusing on metals, foreign exchange and associated derivatives.
Marc has undertaken Senior Leadership studies with Melbourne Business School and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held numerous Board and committee roles including Non-Executive board member for the Australian Alliance to Save Energy as well as participating in many community-based volunteer programs such as the I-Track Mentor with The Smith Family.
Helen Doyle is the Director, Capital Programs and Asset Services in the Department for Education. Her role includes strategic asset planning, management and delivery including security and emergency management, property management and accommodation, and prioritising and overseeing the delivery of the department’s minor and major capital works projects in line with state government priorities.
Prior to this Helen held the role of Director, Early Childhood Services where she was responsible for providing strategic leadership of early childhood development policy and overseeing delivery of universal and targeted integrated early childhood services for children and families.
Helen holds an Honours Degree in Economics as well as post-graduate qualifications in public sector and project management. She is also a graduate of the Company Directors Course. She has worked in the South Australian public sector for over 20 years in a range of policy areas including economic and social development, intergovernment relations, infrastructure, education and early childhood and has held previous Board positions with the Teachers Registration Board and the Education Standards Board.
Ben Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, which comprises Dampier Bunbury Pipeline, Dampier Development Group, Multinet Gas, and Australian Gas Networks. Together these represent one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses, active nationwide, with 2 million distribution customers, 4,000 km of transmission pipelines, and 34,000 km of networks. AGIG recently developed the Tanami gas pipeline project in the Northern Territory and is partnering with the SA government on Australia’s largest renewable hydrogen project, Hydrogen Park SA. Ben became CEO of AGN in 2015 and of AGIG in 2017.
Previously, Ben was the Director of Strategy and Regulation and Chief Financial Officer at UK Power Networks (UKPN), a large electricity distribution company in the UK with 8 million customers. At UKPN Ben’s responsibilities included negotiating UKPN’s 2015-2023 price control under Ofgem’s RIIO framework, and UKPN’s Business Transformation Program. Before joining UKPN in 2011 Ben was a utilities investment banker for fifteen years, working in Europe, Asia and Latin America, most recently at Deutsche Bank.
Ben is Deputy Chairman of Energy Networks Australia and is Chairman of the ENA’s Gas Committee.
Ben has a Bachelors Degree in Natural Science from Cambridge University in the UK.
Gary Storkey is currently the Chair of the South Australian Housing Authority (SAHA), having started this role on 1 July 2018. He is also Chair of the State Governments Strategic Housing Plan Taskforce.
Gary brings extensive experience in executive management and the community housing sector, with a passion for accessible and affordable housing.
During his career, Gary was instrumental in establishing Common Ground SA Ltd (a CHP for Homeless people), the Credit Ombudsman of Australia (regulating the Mortgage Brokers industry) and HomeStart Finance. He was CEO of HomeStart Finance, a commercially managed Statutory Authority, for 20 years. HomeStart is one of the most successful government mortgage lenders in the country providing around 80,000 loans and over $500 million in shareholder value.
The organisation is considered a leader in Australia in product with its Shared Equity and Graduate Loans. One of HomeStart’s successes was its innovative Nunga Loan, a product that significantly raised Aboriginal homed ownership levels in South Australia from 17% to over 30%.
Gary has previously been involved in several NFP’s including being a board member of three housing providers (Adelaide Benevolent, Common Ground and Common Equity) and SA State Manager for CHL (the largest CHP in Australia). He has chaired the Community Benevolent Board and several other Community organisations.
Gary completed his post graduate MBA at UniSA and has been awarded a National Fellowship of IPAA. He remains involved in the education sector as a lecturer to master’s students.
Flavia Tata Nardini began her career at the European Space Agency as a Propulsion Test Engineer. She then joined TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research to work on advanced space propulsion projects. In 2015, Flavia co-founded Fleet, a connectivity company set to maximise the resource efficiency of human civilisation through low cost, low power remote massive IoT. Fleet launched four of over 100 planned nanosatellites in 2018, enabling the next industrial revolution with a free, ubiquitous connectivity platform.
As a highly driven property leader in South Australia, Chris provides strategic leadership at Renewal SA to drive investment and growth, on behalf of our state government. Together with the private sector, Renewal SA unlocks the potential of property and delivers projects that stimulate growth and investment for our state.
Chris’ passion for the property industry spans over 20 years and roles across consultancy, private development sector and government. Chris has worked with both listed and private property development groups in Queensland, South Australia and Northern Territory, on many flagship projects, with the majority of his time spent leading significant projects here in South Australia.
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).
Sally has worked as a planner for 20 years in SA, Qld and NSW across policy, assessment and strategy. While starting her career in Local Government and private consultancy she has worked in State Government for the last 15 years. As the Executive Director of Planning and Land Use Services at DPTI, Sally has the privilege of overseeing implementation of the new planning system, as well as ensuring the current system continues to function effectively as we transition from old to new. Sally is passionate about fostering a Planning Department that collaborates with Local Government, the development sector and listens to the community about building healthy and connected neighbourhoods.
David is a dynamic water industry leader, known for shaping contemporary organisational culture to deliver water services oriented around the continual improvement of customer experience.
In his current role as Chief Executive of SA Water, David leads one of Australia’s largest integrated water utilities, serving more than 1.7 million customers across urban, regional and remote areas.
By championing key values fostered through his background in regional Australia, such as sustainability, diversity and customer-centricity, David works to ensure water services help build and enhance communities and enable economic development.
Prior to joining SA Water, David was Managing Director of Melbourne’s City West Water, and held executive roles at bulk water company Melbourne Water in operations and capital delivery, waterway management and customer solutions.
Amy is an award-winning social entrepreneur, thought leader and impact collaborator with a passion for applying commercial practices and innovative models to solve complex social challenges. Amy holds an unwavering belief in the power of business as a force for social change, and as Principal of Fourth Sector Solutions provides consulting and codesign services to organisations and emerging entrepreneurs to develop enterprising solutions which align people, planet and profit for a better world. Amy is also the SA Social Procurement Lead for Social Traders, Co-Founder of Collab4Good, a social enterprise which enables collaborations to develop and scale for-purpose businesses; a former Founder of Harvest Fair, a food-based profit-for-purpose social enterprise which created flexible employment opportunities for disadvantaged women in Adelaide, and sits on the board of directors for Infoxchange, Incubator.Coop as well as Hen House Coop. A proud millennial, Amy’s mix of MBA qualifications, design thinking skills and grass roots action in often unconventional spaces sets a new standard for purpose-driven business to drive sustainable communities and a vibrant thriving economy.
Professor Andy Koronios is the CEO of the SmartSat CRC, a consortium of industry and research organisations developing game changing satellite technologies to catapult Australia into the global space economy.
Previously Andy held the positions of Dean: Industry & Enterprise and Head of the School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences, at UniSA.
Andy is a professor of information systems and holds academic qualifications in Electrical Engineering, Computing and education as well as a PhD from the University of Queensland.
He has extensive experience in both commercial and academic environments and his research areas include data quality, information management & governance, data analytics and the strategic exploitation of information.
Andy has led the establishment of several research concentrations, labs & research centres. He served as the Research Program Leader for System Integration & Interoperability in the CIEAM CRC. He is internationally known for his work in data quality, has been an adjudicator for the European Corporate Data Quality Awards for several years and is the Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Information Quality.
He has worked both as a consultant as well as a professional speaker on IT issues in Australia and South East Asia and has over twenty five years’ experience in the academic environment. He is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, a Founding Fellow of the International Institute of Engineering Asset Management and a Distinguished Speaker of the ACM.
Victoria is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Victor Harbor. She has over 27 years’ experience in Local Government having worked with a number of Council across the State, along with the Local Government Association of SA. Victoria’s expertise and interests are in the areas of strategic planning, community engagement, economic development, governance and organisational development.
Victoria has been a Board Member of Local Government Professionals SA for over 9 years and served as President in 2014, she is a National Director for Local Government Professionals Australia. Victoria’s commitment to LG Professionals is a true reflection of her passions for the Sector and for developing, supporting and showcasing the skills, expertise and opportunities within Local Government.
Victoria is also a Director on Country Arts South Australia, Chair of the Governance and Finance Committee for Country Arts SA, Regional Arts Australia, Deputy Chair for Regional Development Australia (Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island) and very proudly a board member of Chief’s for Gender Equity representing Local Government.
Julia is currently Secretary of the Space Industry Association of Australia and Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer for Sitael Australia. Julia has 10 years’ experience in the upstream and downstream areas of the space sector in Australia and internationally.
Previously, Julia has led the SBAS test-bed project at FrontierSI and worked as a Spacecraft Systems Engineer on the SES-16/GovSat-1 and Jabiru-1 spacecraft with SES and NewSat respectively. She has also worked for Qantas and Aerospace Concepts (now the Shoal Group).
Julia has completed a Master of Science in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University in the UK and combined Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) with first class honours and a Bachelor of Science (Physics) from UNSW.
Recently, Julia has been the recipient of the Ray Stalker Award which recognises exceptional young professionals in the Australian aerospace industry for their outstanding achievements and leadership. Julia was also selected as an Emerging Leader and attended the EU-Australia Leadership Forum in Brussels in November 2018.
As CEO of LeafCann Group, Elisabetta’s leadership within the Australian medicinal cannabis sector, particularly with regards to the supply chain, is highly regarded across the sector and within the media, where she is regularly called upon to provide comment on cannabis related issues.
Elisabetta is deeply passionate about health research and botanical medicines and was formerly Interim General Manager of The Mulloon Institute, a regenerative agriculture research not-for-profit organisation. She is an experienced strategic planner and relationship manager for transnationals and NGOs in the health and environmental-agriculture sectors where her extensive project planning, strategic partnerships and fundraising experience have helped secure joint ventures both nationally and internationally. Elisabetta has a wealth of experience across both the government and private sectors, particularly in managing competing stakeholder needs including government, researchers, investors and operators. Elisabetta is a director and board member of Medicinal Cannabis Industry Australia (MCIA), the peak body for licenced producers in Australia.
Anthony Murfett is Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency, where Anthony has oversight of strategy, policy and day-to-day operations and supports the Agency Head in monitoring the performance of the Agency.
Anthony has worked as Minister Counsellor, Industry, Science and Education at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC and as General Manager of the Growth Centres Branch within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in Canberra.
Anthony ensures the Agency delivers on its purpose to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry that contributes to productivity and employment across the Australian economy.
Dedicated to purpose, Anthony brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the Agency, valuing partnerships while drawing strength from diversity and pushing the boundaries of our knowledge.
As a road bike enthusiast, Anthony is not only at the forefront of space industry development, he is well on his way to cycling the distance to the moon (238,855 miles or 384,400 km), having ridden and competed across the country and the globe.
As Senior Manager Policy and Government Relations, Sandra is responsible for working with the Green Building Council of Australia’s stakeholders to drive positive outcomes through the public policy process and promote the uptake of more liveable, productive and sustainable buildings, cities and communities. She has more than 9 years’ experience in both industry and state government.
Dr Tim Johnson is an Industry Adjunct in the School of Natural and Built Environments at the University of South Australia. Tim’s interests focus on better integrating natural and built public assets to improve their service to urban communities. A horticulturist, educator, naturalist and civil engineer, his experience ‘on the tools’ and in technical roles in the private and public sectors underpins his practical approach to interdisciplinary research. As Sustainable Infrastructure Engineer with the City of Mitcham, Tim builds experimental design into practical, working demonstrations to investigate the performance of nature-based solutions to some of the challenges associated with urbanisation and the changing environment.
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