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).
Jeremy is the interim Chief Executive of Infrastructure SA where he is responsible for producing the State’s first 20-year infrastructure strategy, as well as providing advice to the government on infrastructure projects and prioritisation.
Previously Jeremy was the General Manager, Commercial and Legal in the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure where he was responsible for building the commercial capability within the department and managing the provision of legal and legislative services. This included providing market-oriented advice on policy and proposals, identifying and achieving new revenue opportunities across the portfolio as well as leading legislative reforms.
Jeremy also oversaw a number of strategic projects including the Future Mobility Lab Fund and was Chair of the Department’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Steering Committee. Within his portfolio, he also had responsibility for the Portfolio Management Office, Intergovernmental Relations, the Office of the Registrar General and the Office of the Valuer General.
Prior to this Jeremy worked in the Department for the Premier and Cabinet where he led the provision and delivery of major strategic commercial and legal services to facilitate the development and implementation of government projects.
Jeremy’s vast commercial and business experience comes from having worked in property development at Places Victoria for three years and in private equity CVC Capital Partners in London for nine years.
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).
Rod Hook is a highly respected and experienced leader having been involved in delivering outcomes in a wide range of sectors including infrastructure, transport, planning, environment and property services. He is best known for his leadership roles in successfully delivering infrastructure that has changed the way people live, work and do business in South Australia such as the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Riverbank footbridge, tram extensions, Port River Expressway, Northern Expressway, Southern Expressway, underpasses and overpasses, Adelaide Convention Centre Redevelopments and deepening of South Australia’s port.
Dion’s role as CEO and Director of Regional Development for Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula [RDAWEP] draws on his significant work experience and knowledge of regional industries, communities and economics. He drives a small team of dedicated professional people, who are committed to creating a diverse, globally competitive and sustainable economic future for the region of Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula.
RDAWEP, funded by the 3 tiers of government and industry, is the key economic development agency in the region with an unparalleled regional consultation and engagement network.
Dion was the Assistant Valuer General of South Australia responsible for land administration of the regional, pastoral and mining areas of South Australia. This is in addition to many years of experience in the corporate and small business sectors developing a full set of business skills including in project feasibility and development, strategic thinking, collaborative strategic partnerships and management. Much of Dion’s time today is spent providing targeted strategic business advice to industry, project developers and government.
Uniqely qualified and experienced Chief Executive Officer with a proven track record of success in both the public and private sector. Former successful CEO of the SA Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) and currently CEO of the Civil Contractors Federation SA (CCF SA) which includes CEO of Civil Train SA the largest private Registered Training Organisation in SA with operations also in the NT and WA. Extensive General Management experience in Federal, State and Local Government. Well known in industry, media and government circles. Experienced Industry advocate. Skilled in Public Policy and Government Affairs and Relations. Strong manager and business development professional with a Bachelor’s Degree focused on Business Management from the South Australian Institute of Technology and University of South Australia. Can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark was appointed as Managing Director of Adelaide Airport Limited on 1 November 2011.
Prior to joining Adelaide Airport, in July 2001, Mark was Finance Director for Macmahon Holdings Limited enjoying a 20 year career that included experience in all aspects of that contract mining, civil engineering and building construction group.
Mark has played a key role in Adelaide Airport’s expansion and rapid passenger growth over the past decade initially as Chief Financial Officer and subsequently as Managing Director. Mark is a non-executive director of the South Australian Tourism Commission.
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.
Rainer is an energy industry executive with more than 30 years experience in the electricity industry.
He is responsible for a range of asset management, network development, regulatory and land management functions, along with leading ElectraNet’s energy transformation initiatives in South Australia.
Rainer holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (with First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Science and is a graduate of the London Business School Senior Executive Program.
He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Professional Engineer and Engineering Executive
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.
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.
Mark Balnaves is the Chairman of Celsus, the Special Purpose Company responsible for managing the consortium that designed, financed, constructed and commissioned the Royal Adelaide Hospital under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) and that now manages and maintains the world-leading facility under a 30-year contract until 2046.
Mark has more than 20 years of director, advisory and infrastructure experience, including in his current role as a Director of Evans & Ayers. In addition to the Royal Adelaide Hospital, he has advised on major property projects around Australia for government, universities and private investors.
Other director experience has included chairman of the National Wine Centre and medical products company Austofix Group Ltd. He currently chairs MedTEC for the South Australian Government.
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.
Torie is the Deputy Director of the Property Council of Australia (SA Division), which is a not-for-profit national entity and the leading advocate for South Australia’s biggest industry and biggest private sector employer – property.
Torie is the first woman to hold this position in the South Australian Division's history
Torie works to support and champion the Property Council’s policy and advocacy settings, while also undertaking significant stakeholder engagement to ensure the needs of the sector are represented at every level of government. She oversees strategic research into macro and micro issue as they pertain to the economy, tax settings, and any barriers to success for the South Australian property industry.
Prior to this role, Torie worked as Senior Policy Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition. She holds an Honours Degree in International Politics and Gender Studies, and was the recipient of the Adelaide University Medal in her graduating year.
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.
Aaron is a Partner at Deloitte Access Economics. Aaron leads Deloitte Access Economics practice in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Aaron is also part of Deloitte Access Economics national practices advising on urban, transport and technology economics.
Aaron leads major economics and public policy projects for clients ranging from Commonwealth, state and local governments through to global corporate clients and major South Australian institutions – using tools like economic modelling, cost-benefit analysis, business case development and policy analysis.
Aaron is the lead author of Deloitte’s “Make it Adelaide” report series which identified eight sectors and 25 key opportunities to build South Australia’s economic future.
Lisa Teburea is an experienced and respected public policy and government relations specialist leading the public affairs team at the Local Government Association of South Australia. Over the past 10 years Lisa has helped to shape local, state and national decisions on a wide variety of social, economic and environmental issues. In particular, Lisa has been a strong contributor to planning system reform in South Australia and has earned a reputation for her common sense approach to regulatory reform. Lisa has served on a number of boards and committees and is currently a member of the SA Volunteering Strategy Partnership Board.
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.
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.
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).
Alex is an Architect based in Adelaide, South Australia and currently practises Architecture, Interiors and Urban Design. Alex is an Associate Principal and leads the Adelaide studio taking responsibility for the design leadership of projects across Australia and Internationally. Alex is a registered Architect in South Australia whose work has ranged across education, residential, hospitality, hotel, workplace, urban design and public architecture.
Alex is part of a design collective within Woods Bagot that provides project strategy to key projects throughout the Australian region and is responsible for maintaining an innovative design culture. Alex provides relevant experience in leading major projects successfully through the planning process in South Australia.
Bettina Venner is Manager Supply Chain Development in the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment, focusing on developing supply chains in the minerals, energy, infrastructure, defence and other industries and leading the Industry Capability Network in South Australia (ICN SA). She has worked in industry as a chemical engineer in the oil and gas industry in South Africa, Germany and Australia before joining government. Her government roles include policy, regulation and economic development.
Ben Heard is an Adelaide-based consultant with global systems engineering and technology firm Frazer-Nash Consultancy. He is an internationally recognised participant in the discussion of the beneficial uses of nuclear technologies. A doctoral-qualified energy analyst and modeller (University of Adelaide), he modelled the integration of nuclear and renewable technologies to achieve affordable, reliable electricity supply for the National Electricity Market of Australia. He also a masters-qualified sustainability professional (Monash University). Ben’s has delivered reviews of economic opportunities in the nuclear fuel cycle, proposals for advanced reactor and recycling project appended to used fuel storage, and a review of the environmental performance of the Australian uranium sector. He has authored award-winning and highly-shared peer-reviewed papers discussing the challenges of energy transitions and the role for nuclear technologies. He was a member of the Public Advisory Panel for the siting of Australia’s low-and-intermediate level waste store and repository. He is an environmental advisor to Terrestrial Energy, a Canadian-based developer of the Integral Molten Salt Reactor. Ben brings a truly global network across the uranium, nuclear and advanced nuclear industries.
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