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.

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

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 is also Chair of our Policy Sub-committee.

Penny Gale

Penny Gale

Deputy Chair

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.

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.

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 Sub-committee.

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.

Katrina is also Chair of our Governance & Risk 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.

Alison Surjan

Alison Surjan

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.

Alison is also Chair of 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.

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 Policy 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.

Simon Toovey

Simon Toovey

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.

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

Paul Hindle

Paul Hindle

Paul leads the PwC Adelaide Deals practice and has over 18 years of transaction related experience in the Australia, the UK and New Zealand. Paul’s experience includes leading buy-side and vendor financial due diligence, capital raising, refinancing, pre-lend finance reviews and providing clients with advice on transactions, both domestically and internationally.

Paul has worked across a range of industries, clients and deal sizes from <$5m to over $2bn, working with a diverse client base from large listed iconic corporates and global private equity firms to privately owned businesses. In addition to working with clients on domestic transactions, he has extensive experience in advising offshore clients (including, most notably those from China and Japan) on their investments into Australia, and over his career has worked with a number of clients supporting them with offshore expansion, leading teams across Asia, India, South America, Europe and New Zealand.

Paul also sits on our Governance and Risk sub-committee.

Justin Jamieson

Justin Jamieson

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

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.

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.