MEDIA RELEASE: Committee for Adelaide appoints new Chair Professor David Lloyd

Professor David Lloyd, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia, has been appointed the new Chair of the Committee for Adelaide.

Taking over the reins from outgoing Chair James Blackburn who has held the position for the past two years, Professor Lloyd said Adelaide was an agile and connected city that was well placed to take advantage of emerging global opportunities, enhancing its future economically, socially and culturally.

“To meet the challenges of the 21st century, a concerted effort is needed not just by governments but by businesses, community groups and educational institutions and I’m impressed by the Committee for Adelaide’s strong track record and its ongoing commitment to shaping our city’s future,” he said.

“The organisations involved in the Committee are future focussed, progressive and highly regarded representing a diverse and broad cross section of industries and community groups. I look forward to working with them and invite other organisations committed to the future of Adelaide to be involved.”

A Dublin born and educated chemist who specialises in computer aided drug design, Professor Lloyd is known for positioning UniSA as Australia’s university of enterprise. A former member of the South Australian Economic Board, he sits on the board of Universities Australia and the Australian Research Council’s Advisory Council.

Other new members appointed to the Board included KPMG State Chairman Justin Jamieson, Hassell Senior Associate Kyrstyan Mcleod, Commercial & General Executive Director of Strategy and Business Services Simon Toovey and PwC Principal Paul Hindle.

Also at the Committee for Adelaide’s AGM held last night (27 August), the founder of the Committee for Adelaide, businessman Ian Smith, stood down from the board and his position as Deputy Chair while inaugural Chair Colin Goodall stood down from his position as Immediate Past Chair.

“The foresight that both Ian and Colin have shown and the contributions they have made to South Australia are tremendous and while they will no longer serve on the board, they will continue to play key roles as members and I look forward to working with them both,” Professor Lloyd said.

He also paid tribute to outgoing Chair James Blackburn, a Partner with PwC, who will take on the position of Immediate Past Chair.

“Under James’ leadership, the Committee has created a Vision for Adelaide and played a pivotal role in national issues such as the City Deal and migration system reforms while its Boards without Borders program continues to challenge negative perception and create new business opportunities,” he said.

Matt Clemow and Penny Gale were also appointed Deputy Chairs.

Image: Matt Clemow, Professor David Lloyd and Penny Gale