Company Pulse

Company Pulse

Oct 3
CEDA’s inaugural Company Pulse report seeks to better understand community expectations of business; and the challenges facing business leaders as they seek to sustain business performance and respond to changing community expectations.


Jarrod Ball, Chief Economist, CEDA
Martin Haese, Chief Executive Officer, Business SA
Jamie McKeough, Managing Director, William Buck
Christine Locher, Director, VUCA

Event overview

In Company Pulse 2019 CEDA presents new information from and for Australian business that goes beyond sentiment, detailing the challenges facing business leaders and providing insights to inform business strategy.

This nationwide survey of community and business leaders: 

  • Provides insight into current priorities for large companies;
  • Considers the positive role senior executives play in influencing economic, environmental and social reform agendas;
  • Articulates community expectations around honest and ethical behaviour; and
  • Measures social licence to operate; performance across key measures; and raises the responsibilities and obligations of business to employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, local communities and governments.
The event will also contrast these national results against local business conditions and expectations with an overview of BusinessSA’s Survey of Business Expectations – the quarterly survey which highlights the South Australian business community’s view of current and future economic conditions.

Gather your colleagues and guests to better understand community expectations of business and the emerging challenges to sustainable performance.

Event presentations

Jarrod Ball, CEDA MP3

Martin Haese, Business SA MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the speakers

Jarrod Ball
Chief Economist, CEDA

Jarrod Ball joined CEDA as Chief Economist in 2017 with over 15 years of experience as an economist across the public and private sectors. He has held senior roles at the Business Council of Australia, in EY’s advisory services practice and more recently at BHP. Jarrod also worked in the Federal Government and was a lead adviser on microeconomic reform for the Victorian Departments of Premier and Cabinet and Treasury and Finance. He is a member of CEDA’s Council on Economic Policy and the Melbourne Economic Forum. Jarrod holds a Masters degree in Economics from Monash University and undergraduate degrees in Business (Economics) and Arts from the University of Southern Queensland.

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.

Meet the panel

Jamie McKeough
Managing Director, William Buck

Jamie McKeough is Managing Director at William Buck South Australia and has worked at the financial services firm for more than 30 years. Jamie provides business and financial management, tax and accounting advice to clients across many different industries. His key strengths are in problem solving, understanding business models and the key drivers of business.

Christine Locher
Director, VUCA

Christine is a member of the Council of the University of Adelaide and a director of Business SA. She has more than 30 years’ experience in professional practice firms, including her own major consultancy, particularly in the fields of human resources and organisational performance.

Supported by CEDA member

Event sponsor

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