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Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board is comprised of influential industry leaders and entrepreneurs, including alumni and friends of the School.

In addition to providing strategic advice to the School, the advisory board focuses on identifying mentoring, internship and industry linkage opportunities for students and the School.

  • Jerry Adams (Interim Chair)

    Jerry Adams is a professional company director. His directorships include Chairman of Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd.; Chairman of Bolix SA [a building materials company in Poland]; Chairman of La Casa Del Formaggio Advisory Board; and Non-Executive Director of The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, SA. He has also served on a number of other Boards including the joint State of SA – Carnegie Mellon University Advisory Board.

    His previous executive roles include Managing Director of Orica Consumer Products (Australia and New Zealand); President and CEO of Box USA (USA); Chief Executive of Amcor Fibre Packaging (Australia); and consultant, the Boston Consulting Group (USA). He has also served as the interim Dean of the University of Adelaide Business School and the interim CEO of the RSPCA SA.

    He was educated at the Harvard Business School (MBA, 1979); and the University of Washington (BA, 1975).

    He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • James Blackburn

    James Blackburn is a Partner at PwC and leads the Private Clients business in Adelaide. Over his career, he has worked across diverse industry groups including privately owned groups, family owned businesses, ASX listed companies, multi-nationals, international sportspeople, and entertainers.

    James is a regular presenter on tax and commercial matters with the Tax Institute, Legalwise and Entrepreneurs Organisation, and has been involved in numerous Australian Taxation Office practitioner groups liaising on wealthy Australians, taxation of trusts and private companies.

    Drawing on his professional skills, James has been actively involved in Board positions of sporting associations and community groups over the past 20 years. He currently holds board positions with Hockey SA and The Committee for Adelaide. His contribution to sport has formally been recognised by La Trobe University.

  • Barbara Gare

    Barbara Gare was initially a geophysicist in the oil and gas industry but has since gone on to co-found an organic beauty range, Y Natural. The company manufactures petrochemical-free skincare products and was way ahead of its time. After 11 years, it continues to meet or exceed the highest standards across the globe.

    Barbara is a University of Adelaide alumnus, having done her MBA, BSc Honours and studies toward a BA (International Studies) here. Her MBA was undertaken as the 1998 winner of the prestigious Guy Lloyd Scholarship.

  • Paul Crawford

    Paul Crawford is the Managing Director of the CMV Group, a family business which commenced in 1934. Paul trained as a Mechanical Engineer and worked away from the business in Melbourne, Germany & Sweden for 5 years. He joined the company in 1982, became a director in 1986, and was appointed Joint Managing Director with his brother Michael in 1988 and Managing Director in 2016. The Group runs its operations in franchised automotive dealerships and horticulture, predominately in South Australia and Victoria.

    CMV Group remains a privately owned, family managed company, employing more than 1,200 staff. The Group is a leader in the motor industry, with a special focus in the area of technical skills training. The company has introduced a national contracts maintenance business and is considering expansion of the core CMV Group offerings beyond SA and Victoria. Paul is also active in the operation of the CMV Group Foundation where he sits as a Trustee.

  • Jim Whalley

    Jim Whalley is the Chair, Executive Director and co-founder of the Nova Group, an engineering and project management professional services firm spanning defence, transport, utilities, energy and communications.

    He is a former RAAF fighter pilot and test pilot, and among other qualifications holds a BSc, an MBA and is a Graduate of the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education.

    Jim currently serves on several defence, industry and university boards and advisory committees.

    The Nova Group itself employs over 300 people throughout Australia, the UK, NZ and Singapore and has been listed as an SA Top 100 company, a BRW fast 100 company, an SA Fast Movers Company and one of the BRW 50 best places to work in Australia.

  • Phil Hoffman AM

    Phil Hoffmann opened his first travel agency in September 1990, and has since grown his business to an annual turnover of $130million, employing over 200 staff in ten office locations throughout Southern Australia. Built on a reputation of providing impeccable personalized service, Phil’s travel business now includes divisions supporting leisure, group tours, cruising and corporate travel, and has been voted National Agency of the Year Award in Australia 10 times, most recently in 2013.

    His agency is a proud member of IATA, AFTA, Cruise Co., Virtuoso, and Travelscene American Express, and Phil himself is an Ambassador of Minda, a South Australian based charity supporting work with the disabled. Phil’s many awards include the Legend Award from the National Tourism Industry Training Committee in 1999 and 2006, and Hall of Fame award from the Family Business Association in 2011.

  • Ian F Stirling

    Ian F Stirling is a highly experienced Director with wide ranging strategic and operational business skills. He has a track record of optimising business performance and delivering superior value for shareholders.

    Ian is the Executive Chairman of Stirling Advisory Pty Ltd which provides strategic advisory and interim executive management services to the Utility industry. Previously, he has been the interim CEO of TransGrid, the CEO of ElectraNet and he was the CFO at GPU PowerNet.

    He is also a Director of SA Water, the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens Foundation and of A Noble and Son Ltd.

    Ian holds a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Accounting and Law from Swinburne University of Technology and he attended the Advanced Management Program at the Melbourne Business School as well as the Oxford Leadership Program through Oxford University.

    He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Certified Practicing Accountant.

  • Jim Higginson

    Jim Higginson has 30 years’ experience in ICT, having held technical and sales roles at BHP, Prime Computers, Case Communications and Cisco Systems. Jim started the Cisco office in Adelaide in 1994 and is currently Cisco Systems Regional Manager for South Australia and Tasmania. Cisco had only 5 routers in its product range when Jim joined and has experienced, first hand, the phenomenal growth of the communications industry, the internet and Cisco.

  • Stephen Yarwood

    Stephen Yarwood is passionate about cities and innovation, and is a well-known and respected contemporary City Planner who consults internationally as an Urban Futurist.

    The former Lord Mayor of Adelaide and founder of city2050, he plans, trains, talks and facilitates. His consultancy specialises in the future of cities and innovation in urban management; particularly governance, leadership, strategic planning, policy development, master planning and place making.

    He is a member of the Planning Institute of Australia with a Bachelor of Arts (Planning), Graduate Diploma (Regional and Urban Planning), Graduate Diploma (Environmental Studies) and an MBA.

  • Michael Edwards

    Michael Edwards has extensive international leadership experience from living and working in Australia, Asia, North America, Latin America and Europe. His focus is on international sales and marketing, and all aspects of manufacturing operations.

    He spent the last 24 years working with international packaging company Scholle Corporation, but has recently left his position as Executive Vice President to move into the consulting world. Michael now focusses on providing strategic advice and business planning for growth and international expansion.

    Michael is motivated by working with businesses that cannot afford in-house foreign expertise go global by helping them understand where opportunities really exist and how to manoeuvre through the local culture.

    Michael is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Anthony Kittel

    Anthony Kittel is the CEO and Managing Director of REDARC Electronics. REDARC is a Lonsdale based, advanced manufacturer and won the 2014 Telstra Australian Business of the Year.

    Anthony completed his Master of Business Administration at the University of Adelaide graduating in 1993, he has completed the Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors Course (AICD) and the Governors Leadership Foundation program. In 2013, Anthony completed the three year Owners Presidents Management program at the prestigious Harvard Business School. He was named 2013 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, Central Region Technology winner.

    Anthony is Chair of the SA Training and Skills Commission, a SA Vice President and Branch Councillor of Australian Industry Group, a member of the Flinders University Engineering External Advisory Committee, and a Trustee of Pulteney Grammar School Foundation.

    He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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