2019 State of SA

2019 State of SA

Nov 19
CEDA’s annual State of SA brings together key leaders to shine a light on the current growth opportunities and disruptions South Australia faces.


Christine Holgate, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australia Post
Andrew Cole, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, OZ Minerals
Kate Croser, Chief Executive Officer, South Australian Film Corporation
Martin Haese, Chief Executive Officer, Business SA

Event overview

CEDA's 2019 State of SA will run across two sessions, featuring key leaders from business, government, academia and community, leading focused discussions and providing valuable information and insight on the issues impacting their sectors.

The State of SA will focus on:

  • Where will the future growth come from? 
  • How can we prepare our workplaces and workforce to deliver this growth?
For South Australia, following on from the recommendations of the Joyce Review, with the implementation of the South Australian Growth Agenda and the establishment of an overall growth and sector goals for key industries, growth is clearly on the agenda. 

The continued transformation of the South Australian economy will be built on our ability to adopt and adapt to new ways of doing business and the use of new technologies to build globally competitive high value firms, looking beyond our shores for new markets.

Join CEDA for this timely discussion on turbo-charging South Australia's economy through resilience, innovation and multi-sector growth, set against the backdrop of  low wages growth, below target inflation and record low (and falling) interest rates.  

Event presentations

The Hon. David Ridgway MLC, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment MP3

First moderated discussion session MP3

Martin Haese, Business SA MP3

Nick Reade, BankSA MP3

Kate Croser, South Australian Film Corporation MP3 | PDF

Leonie Muldoon, Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment MP3 

The Hon. David Pisoni MP, Minister for Innovation and Skills PDF

Christine Holgate, Australia Post MP3

Andrew Cole, OZ Minerals MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speakers

Christine Holgate
Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australia Post

Christine Holgate joined Australia Post as Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director on 30 October 2017, after nearly nine years as the Chief Executive Officer of Blackmores. She has more than 30 years of diverse international leadership experience in highly regulated industries, including healthcare, media, telecommunications and finance; and more than 20 years of public board experience as either a non-executive director or CEO and has held senior management positions in Asia, the Americas and Australia.

Andrew Cole
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, OZ Minerals

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in exploration and operations in the resources industry. Following exploration geoscientist roles in Australia, Canada, USA and Mexico with Rio Tinto Exploration (CRA and Kennecott), Andrew spent 10 years in mine development and mine operations with Rio Tinto in Australia, China, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Meet the speakers

Kate Croser
Chief Executive Officer, South Australian Film Corporation

Kate Croser is the Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian Film Corporation. Formerly an award-winning film and television producer, Kate's work has been nominated for and won Australian Academy Awards and screened at the world’s most prestigious international film festivals. Kate has established successful independent production and distribution companies including Hedone Productions, nominated for Australian Screen Business of the Year at the 2015 Screen Producers Australia awards. Kate is a member of the board of the South Australian Film Corporation and previously served for five years as a Councillor for Screen Producers Australia, the peak industry body for independent screen production in Australia.

Martin Haese
Chief Executive Officer, Business SA

Martin is a strong advocate for South Australia and our business and employer community. He has an impressive track record of entrepreneurship, having previously owned his own national retail company, employed several hundred staff, ran the Rundle Mall Management Authority, and served as the former Lord Mayor of Adelaide. During his term as Lord Mayor, Martin delivered a number of key innovations that have driven economic growth in the city, including Ten Gigabit Adelaide. He is highly-respected by the business and employer community, has extensive networks and is well-regarded by all sides of politics.

Leonie Muldoon
Chief Executive, SA Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Leonie Muldoon commenced as Chief Executive of the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment on 19 August 2019. Leonie has extensive trade and investment expertise across multiple international markets, having worked with Austrade most recently as the Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Singapore and previously as Investment Commissioner for Japan and later, North Asia where she was responsible for inbound investment from the region into Australia; Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner and Country Manager Japan and as General Manager South Asia, carrying responsibility for India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Leonie is a lawyer by profession having been a Partner with Mallesons Stephen Jacques in their Sydney Banking and Finance practice.

The Hon. David Pisoni MP
Minister for Innovation and Skills

Elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Unley in 2006, David has been a passionate advocate for many organisations, charities and businesses in the local community for more than a decade.
He was appointed as the Minister for Innovation and Skills in the Marshall Liberal Government in South Australia in March 2018. Prior to that David was Shadow Minister for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Shadow Minister for Education.
Prior to entering politics David was Managing Director of his own manufacturing and retail company, operating in Adelaide and Sydney.

Nick Reade
Chief Executive, Bank SA

Nick joined BankSA as Chief Executive in March 2014. An experienced retail and commercial banker, he is passionate about innovation and small business in SA. With a career spanning 30 years in financial services, Nick’s experience includes funds management, stockbroking, retail and commercial banking. He is also a member of the Premier’s SA Economic Advisory Council, member of CEDA's SA/NT State Advisory Council and a Director of ipData Holdings Limited.

The Hon. David Ridgway MLC
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

In 2002, David Ridgway was elected as a Member of the Legislative Council to serve in the Parliament of South Australia. He was appointed as the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment in the Marshall Government, in March 2018. In the year prior, David served as the Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Primary Industries and Tourism. David grew up in the small township of Wolseley, in South Australia’s South East. He developed a strong interest in rural affairs and travelled extensively throughout the state connecting with farming communities.

Meet the facilitators

Jacqui McGill
Chair, TAFE SA

Jacqui McGill is a highly regarded industry leader with more than 30 years in the Resource sector including leading Olympic Dam for BHP from 2016 - 2018.  In 2017, she was on the SA Government Women’s Honour Roll for her outstanding contribution to the community. Ms McGill was appointed as Chair of TAFE SA from 3 December 2018. She is currently a member of the SA Premier’s Economic Advisory Council, Playford Trust Board and Non-Executive Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Jim Whalley
Chief Entrepreneur for South Australia, Government of South Australia

Jim is the Chair and co-founder of innovative defence industry company Nova Systems. He is a former air force fighter pilot and test pilot and holds a Master of Business Administration, a science degree and has completed the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education Program. Jim is a member of the Sir Ross and Keith Smith Advisory Committee, the Council of the University of South Australia, the board of the Adelaide Festival, the Federal Government's Defence Innovation Steering Group and a non-executive director of Australian Naval Infrastructure.

Meet the chair

Jane Danvers
Principal and Presiding Member, Wilderness School and SACE Board of South Australia

Jane Danvers has served the Australian educational community for over 20 years. She is the Principal of Wilderness School, one of the most recognised girls’ schools in South Australia and was the inaugural Principal of University Senior College. Jane is the Presiding Member of the South Australian Certificate of Education Board, responsible for the senior secondary curriculum and assessment across South Australia, the Northern Territory and many schools in Asia. In 2013 she was awarded the AISSA Noel Volk Excellence Award and the Principals Australia Institute’s John Laing Award. Jane is also Chair of the Jam Factory.

Additional participants to be confirmed.


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