Adelaide Connected is a podcast series aimed at giving insight into people who have lived abroad and why they have chosen Adelaide as home to live and work. Hosts, Grant Law (of Grant Law Public Relations) and Peta St Clair (Committee for Adelaide) speak with executives from various industries who are now based in Adelaide, South Australia. We hear about their time abroad and delve into key topics about their move to Adelaide, how important networking is, how we attract key talent, and how our state fares on a global scale.
Arrow Di Dixon's move to head up innovation district, Lot Fourteen
In this episode we talk to Di Dixon, State Lead at Lot Fourteen about her move to South Australia, and her vision for the Innovation Precinct.
Di leads the development, delivery, governance, curation and operations of the 7ha ideas, innovation and cultural precinct in Adelaide’s CBD on behalf of the Government of SA. This involves overarching project management, development of governance and operating models, effective high level stakeholder engagement, strategy development and delivery in areas including investment and business attraction, technology and security planning, public art and marketing & communications, program curation of supportive activities and leading delivery of over $720m of key pieces of infrastructure including a flagship Entrepreneur & Innovation Centre, Aboriginal Art and Cultures Centre and an International Centre for Food, Hospitality and Tourism Studies as part of the Adelaide City Deal.
Prior to this Di held a leadership role to drive the City of Gold Coast's economic agenda and a range of strategic projects including the development and delivery of the city’s Economic Development Strategy and projects including the city's international and precinct economic and innovation zone plans and projects.
She also led the Gold Coast Health & Knowledge Precinct (GCHKP) Precinct Delivery Team focused on identifying business, research and investment attraction opportunities on behalf of City of Gold Coast, Griffith University, Gold Coast Health and the Queensland Government.
This included delivering the targeted global investment attraction strategy and leading the initiation and outcome focused establishment of international investor, industry and development partnerships alongside global clinical and research collaborations to drive end user targeted facilities to create a world class knowledge hub driving employment, investment and economic outcomes.
Diane states "Lot Fourteen is part of a broader ecosystem , the state of SA has a really strong narrative to share with the world around its innovation ecosystem and its other hubs. We are also trying to work really closely with our other innovation district partners and focus on how we use the growth and attraction of having such a special precinct which are located so close to the CBD."
Di's book recommendation is Women in Leadership – Julia Gillard
Di's podcast recommendation is Bit of Optimism - Simon Sinek
Boomerangs Rachael Azzopardi and Lee Cumberlidge join forces to create Australia's biggest winter event, Illuminate Adelaide
In this episode we speak to Rachael Azzopardi and Lee Cumberlidge, both boomerangs, who came together to create Illuminate Adelaide. Shining a light on South Australia for the month of July, Illuminate Adelaide welcomes people from all walks of life to experience a program of free and ticketed events by local, national and international artists and companies.
Over a 25-year career in the arts, there isn’t much Rachael Azzopardi hasn’t done. From steering the musical spread of Barrie Kosky’s legendary 1996 Adelaide Festival program to overseeing the casting of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. She has travelled around the world to work with the industry’s biggest names across virtually every form and market, from Hong Kong to Broadway.
After many years spent living and working away most recently in senior roles at Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Festival and Chunky Move, Rachael returned to her hometown with a purpose.
She saw incredible things happening across the state’s arts and technology sectors, and felt moved to break down old silos and expectations to give Adelaide something it had never experienced before; something accessible, immersive, city-wide. Something new.
Rachael has put her depth of knowledge and experience to work exploring unchartered territory to bring Illuminate Adelaide to life together with Co- Founder and Creative Director Lee Cumberlidge.
After cutting his teeth with WOMADelaide and Arts Projects Australia, Lee spent the next ten years as a producer bringing major international artists and experimental independent works alike to audiences around the world as well as staging large scale arts events such as the Cultural Festival of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and the World Theatre Festival in Brisbane.
In 2008 Lee and the company he co-founded, Insite Arts, were called upon by Brian Ritchie and David Walsh to bring a bold, untested vision of Hobart and Tasmania to life. More than a festival, Mona Foma became a Helpmann-winning experiment in reinvention, transforming the southern capital into an international arts destination.
In 2017, Lee returned to Adelaide, where his passion for working with artists and creating new experiences for audiences found new inspiration.
Lee produced the Adelaide iteration of the highly acclaimed experimental music festival Unsound in Adelaide in 2017 and 2018 before rejoining Arts Projects Australia as a co-director to produce tours of international work. Most recently Lee has teamed up with Rachael Azzopardi to create Illuminate Adelaide; a new, city-wide winter event focused on art, light, music and technology.
Kieran McCann's move to Adelaide to join Lumination and revolutionise the way we teach, learn and work
Kieran McCann is an international arrow, who's purpose and passion is creating engaging content that links to great conversations that drives revenue and relationship building opportunities. He follows that purpose and passion by overseeing Lumination’s marketing and communications strategy; sparking growth, electrifying the brand and igniting their presence.
Kieran’s loves connecting people with Lumination’s company’s brand narrative and has built a reputation over his international career as a trusted strategic comms and marketing advisor, brand builder and storyteller.
Prior to moving to South Australia, Kieran has worked in Sydney, and New Zealand, and grew up in the UK.
Kieran states " When I talk about Adelaide to friends and family, I call it the engine room of Australia. I feel that is what what Adelaide represents and what we are creating across multiple industries here. The talent that exists here and what we are attracting to Adelaide is immense"
Kieran's book recommendation is Radical Candor
More about Lumination is here
Kirsten Bernhardt's international roles which led to working with a venture capital investor fund in Adelaide
In this podcast, we speak to international arrow, Kirsten Bernhardt who is a venture capital investor with Artesian, an early stage VC Fund which manages the South Australian Venture Capital Fund.
Kirsten has a passion for high growth technology startups, and is a strong advocate for supporting women in technology and finance. Prior to joining Artesian, Kirsten spent time in San Francisco, working as an operator in strategic finance for a venture backed SaaS company. She also worked in technology banking, advising a portfolio of software, ecommerce, and online gaming clients on debt transactions up to $2bn. Before moving to the US, Kirsten worked in technology commercialisation for the University of Adelaide, and Corporate Finance with Big 4 firms KPMG and EY.
Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide, and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kirsten's reading recommendation was Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
International Boomerang James Kitching and his International consulting on sporting regulation and governance
In this episode we speak to James Kitching, an international boomerang who has returned to Adelaide to raise his family and consult worldwide, advising the global sports industry on regulation, governance, integrity, and strategy matters.
He is an experienced senior international sports administrator, specialising in sports regulation and governance, with an expertise in football.
James was previously Director of Football Regulatory at FIFA where he managed a multinational and multidisciplinary subdivision with 5 departments and approximately 60 staff, which oversaw all aspects of the FIFA football regulatory framework. Among other matters, James was directly responsible for the implementation of 2 key projects aligned with the FIFA Vision 2020-23: the FIFA Clearing House, and the regulation of football agents.
In addition, his role encompassed oversight of all operational aspects of the football transfer system (e.g. enforcement of rules, assessment of applications, dispute resolution, regulatory policy), relations with professional football stakeholders, assisting the public affairs team in relations with international institutions, eligibility to participate for national teams, and implementation of FIFA governance standards in associations.
Prior to joining FIFA, James was the founder and managing director of a multinational consultancy specialising in sports regulation and governance. With offices and clients spread across Asia and Oceania, Kitching Sports serviced governments (national and regional), sports federations (international, continental, national and regional), leagues, clubs, players, and coaches.
James also spent 5 years at the Asian Football Confederation as Head of Sports Legal Services, where he helped modernise the sports and corporate regulatory framework, bidding processes for Asian competitions, and acted as secretariat to the AFC judicial bodies.
James is a regular lecturer and speaker at conferences, postgraduate and undergraduate courses, and webinars. James sits on several international and national sports tribunals.
Here are some recent articles on James since his return to Adelaide:
James' podcast recommendations include sports governance podcasts:
- Price of Football - https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/the-price-of-football/id1482886394
- Sports Unlocked - https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/sport-unlocked/id1550459674
Boomerang Katherine Cobb, and her international PwC journey
In this episode we speak with Katherine Cobb, who is a Partner at PwC Adelaide, leading Governance, Risk & Compliance in the Assurance business, with a focus on Financial Services and Health.
Most recently Katherine has been leading the Go-To-Market activities for PwC's Connected Solutions practice in the United States, where she would collaborate with senior stakeholders within organisations to build, manage and maintain a range of innovative and emerging technology solutions to solve risk and regulatory issues. From contract tracing devices for financial services and law firms during COVID, to employee rapid response buttons in hotels and casino resorts, to asset tracking/Real Time Location Services (RTLS) in hospitals – Katherine thrives in the intersection of risk and tech.
Previously Katherine advised on Internet of Things (IoT) implementations, change management, program implementation and evolving risk and regulatory issues. My passion for Risk and Regulatory Consulting was driven by her role as Chief of Staff to the US Risk & Regulatory Consulting Leader where she supported the Strategy, Operations and Go To Market approach of this practice.
Her dynamic experience across both the Australian and United States market, having worked at PwC in Perth, San Jose, New York, Washington DC and now in Adelaide has exposed her to various multi-faceted products, challenges and cultures which led to discovering multiple insights and creating new technology-forward solutions.
Katherine's book recommendation is the 5am Club and her podcast recommendation is The Daily by the New York Times
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