Our People

A Board of Directors provides strategic oversight and direction for the Committee. Membership of the Board represents all membership categories and includes;

Jodie van Deventer

Jodie van Deventer

Chief Executive Officer

Jodie van Deventer has had four successful careers: in the media, industry groups, the public sector and running her own business. A leader and strategic communicator with proven management skills and a commercial focus, Jodie is an expert in stakeholder engagement, branding and strategy development. In addition, she is on a number of Boards and Committees including Crime Stoppers SA. As the CEO of the Committee for Adelaide, she is committed to help make Adelaide a city of economic prosperity, cultural diversity, creativity and social vitality with a world-class built environment.

James Blackburn

James Blackburn

Chair

James is a Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) who leads its Private Client business in Adelaide. As a Chartered Accountant, he has a wealth of taxation, accounting and commercial experience having worked across diverse industry groups with privately owned groups, family owned and operated businesses, ASX listed companies, multi-nationals, and some of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs and iconic high net wealth family groups. James also leads PwCs work place giving team in South Australia and is the Chair of Hockey SA.

James also sits on our Governance & Risk Sub-committee.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Deputy Chair

Ian Smith co-founded corporate and political advisory firm Bespoke Approach in July 2008. He assists major domestic and international businesses on a range of complex projects across Australia and internationally. Ian was previously CEO of Gavin Anderson & Company and a member of its global executive committee. He worked for the South Australian Liberal Party from 1990 to 1992 and for the Office of the Victorian Premier, Jeff Kennett, from 1992 to 1995. He had been a journalist and studied business and journalism at the London College of Printing in the mid 1980s.

Ian is Chairman of Barefoot to Boots, a charity which assists refugees in their camps and host communities. He is a member of the Northern Territory Government’s economic development panel and director of Developing East Arnhem Land. He is an advisory board member of the Big Issue. He previously served on the Board of the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, the advisory board of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes, chaired Kimberley-based Jirrawun Arts and was on the advisory board of the NAB PrivateWealth’s Advisory Council.

Ian also sits on our Policy Sub-committee.

Matt Clemow

Matt Clemow

Deputy Chair

Matt has a widely-recognised understanding of both the needs of the public and the private sector in all aspects of transport, housing and urban development. As Chief of Staff to to Rann and Weatherill Labor Governments, Matt had direct responsibility for the Government’s Office of Major Projects and Infrastructure, the Building Management division and the Urban Renewal Authority. He was previously responsible for the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Package (Social Housing) and the introduction of the Mullighan Child Protection reforms. As a Director of Property and Consulting Australia, Matt was a consultant to several city and country developers and the Community Housing Council of SA.  Matt is now Director of Social Policy Solutions.

Matt also sits on our Policy Sub-committee.

Demitra Ritossa

Demitra Ritossa

Demitra is a business leader with over 10 years’ experience in the Energy and Resources sector and currently holds the position of Manager Services and Integrated Operations for Olympic Dam in BHP. She has broad legal experience gained in private practice and in-house legal roles, significant risk experience with a focus on maintaining business reputation and license to operate and is a passionate safety leader. Demitra is a highly effective leader with a track record of motivating and energising staff and stakeholders to achieve high performance outcomes.

Demitra also sits on our Revenue & Membership Sub-committee.

Graham Brown

Graham Brown

Graham Brown is CEO of Baptist Care SA, a leading provider of social support services that has a proud history of responding to the needs of socially and economically disadvantaged South Australians that spans over 100 years. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and has broad experience of community leadership, organisational development, policy advocacy, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement. Graham is Chair and member of several Purpose-Driven Boards and is an active participant innumerous community sector groups and networks. He has a passionate belief that people can achieve great things that are of real and enduring value, when they come together to share perspectives and experiences, articulate desired outcomes and envisage better ways to work together to pursue their shared vision.

Graham also sits on our Governance & Risk Sub-committee.

Penny Gale

Penny Gale

As a seasoned, experienced leader both at enterprise and board level, Penny has an extensive range of skills, knowledge and experience in strategy; stakeholder and community engagement; internal and external communication and innovation. She has held senior roles in government, private and for purpose sectors, including RAA Group, Business SA, the South Australian Government, City of Playford, United Water International, as well as seven years in presentation, production and marketing at ABC Radio. Penny is Deputy Chair of Kudos Services Australia’s first public sector mutual and sits on the board of Meals on Wheels. She is also a member of the Institute for Public Administration’s Strategic Advisory Committee and their Divisional Council.

Penny also sits on our Revenue & Membership and Policy Sub-committees.

Lissa Van Camp

Lissa Van Camp

Lissa is a Principal Environmental Consultant  at Golder Associates who is passionate about driving sustainable major projects in South Australia across the transport, resources and energy sectors. She has lectured in biological sciences at Flinders University, served as an Elected Member for Local Government and sits as an independent member for Council Development Assessment Panels.

Lissa also sits on our Revenue & Membership Sub-committee.

Andrew Culley

Andrew Culley

Andrew Culley is the Managing Partner of Deloitte Private. Deloitte is the largest accounting firm in the world with over 700 partners and 7,000 employees in Australia. In Adelaide, Andrew oversees two offices, 20 partners and over 200 professional staff providing services aimed at enhancing the economic prosperity of South Australia across both the private and public sectors including Deloitte Private family services, digital strategy & implementation, cyber security and Deloitte Access Economics in addition to the traditional compliance services. Andrew has a Masters of Business Administration, University of South Australia and Bachelor of Economics (Accounting), University of Adelaide and is a member of the Australian Information Industry Association and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Andrew also sits on our Revenue & Membership.

Mena Muecke

Mena Muecke

After 20 years as an interior architect Mena joined husband Dr James Muecke in 2009 to champion blindness prevention with Sight for All. Mena has created several iconic fundraising events in this time and co-founded Vision 1000 a charitable membership calling upon a collective of people to assist in the fight against blindness. Mena plays a vital role in the marketing and publicity of Sight For All.

Mena also sits on our Revenue & Membership Sub-committee.

Alison Surjan

Alison Surjan

Alison Surjan is the Director of Consulting Services at Morton Philips. Alison has worked with some of Australia’s biggest brands, and fastest and most progressive organisations that operate globally, helping to fill some of the State’s most important leadership positions. Alison has worked across both government and corporate organisations including, professional services and health, construction and commercial property, not for profit, and the engineering sectors.

Alison also sits on our Revenue & Membership Sub-committee.

Lester Wynne-Jones

Lester Wynne-Jones

Lester Wynne-Jones joined Westpac in February 2015 as the Westpac Retail Bank State General Manager, for South Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania. Based in Adelaide, Lester is responsible for Westpac’s retail banking business comprising of 59 branches and more than 500 staff. Prior to joining Westpac in Australia, Lester already had an extensive international banking career. Lester worked in the United Kingdom as HSBC’s Regional Director responsible for the Retail Banking and Wealth Management business for the South East of England. In addition to the UK, Lester has held various senior management roles in Canada, the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan.

Lester also sits on our Revenue & Membership Sub-committee.

Katrina Quinn

Katrina Quinn

Katrina has an intimate knowledge of the higher education sector, governance and policies, as well as experience in devising strategy around transformation and embedding change.

Katrina is currently the professional staff leader at the University of South Australia’s Business School. She plays a key role in the development and implementation of organisational strategies to enhance the reputation, growth, capacity, and service performance of the School. She supports the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive through analysis of performance, identifying synergies across the organisation, leading and contributing to strategic initiatives for growth, innovation, efficiency and engagement. She leads internal and external engagement activities, including responsibility for Business School accreditations, rankings and recognition.

Katrina is Chair of our Governance & Risk Sub-committee.

Leah Grantham

Leah Grantham

Leah is a senior external relations and corporate communications leader with significant experience in private industry, government and politics and higher education.

Leah is the Director of Partnerships and Corporate Relations at the University of Adelaide. In this role Leah is responsible for the development and management of relations with business and industry partners, key government and community stakeholders and the University’s media profile and corporate communications activities.

Leah also sits on our Revenue & Membership Sub-committee.

Matt Sherwell

Matt Sherwell

Matt Sherwell is the Manager of Policy and Regulatory Affairs of Santos. Matt looks after the government engagement for South Australia as well as national energy policy issues. Santos is a founding member of the Committee and as one of the few major companies headquartered in our city, plays an essential role in community and business life.

Matt also sits on our Policy Sub-committee.

Colin Goodall

Colin Goodall

Past Immediate Chair

Colin Goodall is a company director and Chairman of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources Ltd and Golden Horde Ltd, and is non executive director of Osmoflo Holdings. He is former Chairman of Dana Petroleum and Parkmead Group. Mr Goodall is a qualified chartered accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. An upstream oil & gas industry veteran, Mr Goodall joined BP in 1975, later becoming the first Chief of Staff within the BP Group. From 1995 to 1999 he served as Chief Financial Officer for BP Europe and then as BP’s senior representative in Russia.

Colin also sits on our Policy Sub-committee.