Our People

Our Board of Directors provides strategic oversight and direction for the Committee for Adelaide. Membership of the Board represents all membership categories and are listed below.
Also listed are our Chairs of our working groups.

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 the Adelaide United Advisory Board, Chairs their Women’s Football Committee and is an Ambassador for 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.

Professor David Lloyd

Professor David Lloyd

Chair

David Lloyd is Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia. A Dublin-born and educated chemist who specialises in computer-aided drug design, Professor Lloyd has re-focused institutional culture to position UniSA as Australia’s university of enterprise and to shape its activities to better meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Professor Lloyd was a member of the South Australia Economic Development Board (EDB) from 2014 to 2018. A past Chair of the Australian Technology Network group of technology-focused universities, he now sits on the board of Universities Australia, the peak body representing the university sector where he is the lead vice-chancellor for research & innovation. He was also appointed to the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Advisory Council to provide advice to the ARC on key research policy issues, to lend independent strategic guidance and experience that will strengthen the ARC’s ability to support research and innovation in Australia.

Matt Clemow

Matt Clemow

Deputy Chair | Chair Sustainability for our Places working group

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 committee.

Penny Gale

Penny Gale

Deputy Chair | Chair Women's Network Group

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 committees.

Demitra Ritossa

Demitra Ritossa

Board member

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 committee.

Graham Brown

Graham Brown

Board member

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.

Alison Surjan

Alison Surjan

Board member | Chair Revenue & Membership Committee

Alison Surjan is the Director Executive Recruitment at HM Executive, part of the Harrison McMillan Group.  Alison has a ten year career in recruitment and worked with some of Australia’s biggest brands, and fastest and most progressive organisations that operate globally.   She has been involved in the executive search and recruitment to some of the State’s most important leadership positions over the years. 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.

Lester Wynne-Jones

Lester Wynne-Jones

Board member

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.

Leah Grantham

Leah Grantham

Board member

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 Policy Sub-committee.

Justin Jamieson

Justin Jamieson

Board member

Justin Jamieson has been a Partner at KPMG since 2008 and was appointed Chairman of Partners in SA in 2018. Justin’s enjoyment of the arts led to his role as Chair of the State Theatre Company of South Australia. He has been on the Board of the Company since 2011.

Justin has a strong interest in health and led People, Performance and Culture initiatives and the Health and Wellbeing program in KPMG’s SA practice from 2011-2013.

Justin has worked with many of SA’s largest organisations including Adelaide Brighton, Santos, SA Power Networks, Australian Rail Track Corporation and Bendigo Bank. Justin was the Australian Davos Connection (ADC) Future Summit Australian Leadership Awardee for 2010.

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

Kyrstyan McLeod

Kyrstyan McLeod

Board member

Kyrstyan McLeod is a Senior Associate for Hassell. Kyrstyan’s passion for design is not only genuine, it’s infectious. Every new project brings limitless potential of what could be delivered. Her open, honest and engaging approach with clients enables Kyrstyan to challenge preconceived ideas of what a space should be and deliver a tailored design that truly meets the needs of the people inhabiting it. During a career spanning more than 20 years, she has established an intimate understanding across multiple sectors of architecture. Her involvement in a number of award winning, integrated design teams is testament to her holistic approach to interior design; one that blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior space and ensures every project she is involved in maintains a genuine sense of place and identity within a local context.

Nicola Craven

Nicola Craven

Board member

Nicola is a director of PwC Adelaide with over 15 years of experience working in both Australia and the UK. She has broad experience working with businesses large and small across number of sectors including infrastructure, utilities, agribusiness, retail, financial services and not-for-profit. She is passionate about helping people and organisations succeed through understanding their goals, providing commercial advice and driving continuous improvement.

Morna Young

Morna Young

Board member

Morna Young is a highly experienced Human Resources professional with a career spanning various industries in both the public and private sector.

Morna is General Manager, People and Culture, at Thomas Foods International – Australia’s largest 100% family-owned meat processor.

Prior to joining TFI in 2015, Morna was the Executive Director of Change Management and Transition with Urban Renewal Authority (Renewal SA) and has held senior HR positions with Origin Energy, United Utilities Australia and TRUenergy Australia as well as with technology and software companies.

Morna is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Human Resources Institute and the Australian Institute of Management.

Caillin Howard

Caillin Howard

Board member

Caillin Howard is the Managing Director of Hames Sharley.  He brings to the Committee 4 Adelaide a high-level understanding of urban design, architecture and interior design particularly in the commercial, retail, residential and institutional sectors.

Caillin’s strengths and knowledge across the many facets of business and strategic function include Corporate Governance and communicating with Boards and Executive Management.  During the past 12 months, Caillin has helped steer national support on initiatives such as Hames Sharley’s Reconciliation Action Plan and its Champions for Change – Diversity & Inclusion Working Group which recently introduced an employee Paid Parental Leave policy.

Alicia Genet

Alicia Genet

Board member

Alicia is the Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability at Santos Limited and over the past 6 years has been charged with leading a robust and contemporary approach to the company’s governance, sustainability and social performance frameworks.

With a background in corporate law and over 15 years of experience working in private sector legal, strategic and external engagement roles, Alicia’s experience provides a strong foundation for her insights into effective social performance and ESG frameworks, practical governance and attainable sustainability. Someone who champions the importance of authenticity and inclusiveness in business, Alicia is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course and the South Australian Governor’s Leadership Foundation Program, Alicia is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Leaders Institute of SA Inc. and Director of Lolly Jar Circus Inc.

Trevor Cooke

Trevor Cooke

Board member

Trevor Cooke has spent the past five years as CEO of SA’s largest private developer Commercial & General after working as Managing Director Global Head of APAC. He also sits on a number of boards including as Director and Chair of Junction Australia’s Investment Committee, APREA Director and Australian Chapter Chair, and the Property Council of Australia Division Councillor.

James Blackburn

James Blackburn

Immediate Past 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.

Andrew Culley

Andrew Culley

Chair Policy Sub-committee

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.

Katrina Quinn

Katrina Quinn

Chair Governance & Risk Sub-committee

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.

Simon Toovey

Simon Toovey

Chair Sustainability for our Economy

Simon Toovey is the Executive Director, at Marlborough Capital. With more than 20 years’ experience in commercial property and development, Simon has played a key role in securing more than $2 billion in major projects in South Australia including the $1 billion redevelopment of the 23 hectare former Football Park at West Lakes (now known as WEST); the 400 bed $350 million Calvary Adelaide Hospital; and the $400 million SAHMRI 2 project, featuring the southern hemisphere’s first proton therapy unit for advanced cancer treatment.

Milly Vorrasi

Milly Vorrasi

Chair Sustainability for our People

A member of the Hays leadership team within South Australia, Milly was recognised by her Board in July 2018, receiving an ANZ award, for her business acumen, engagement and relationship development. As the Client Engagement Director for South Australia, Milly has a broad collective of South Australian leaders within her network and provides advice to both her clients and multiple specialist business units at Hays through often complex and multi-faceted recruitment programs and strategic engagement to support Public Sector which often translate to Industry. Milly is a passionate advocate for the overall well being of our State.