Chair - Nikki Govan
Nikki owns and manages the national-renowned Star of Greece restaurant in Port Willunga.
She has an impressive pedigree in destination marketing in Melbourne and Adelaide, has developed several start-up ventures and has extensive experience in membership and not-for-profit business.
For many years, she ran her own marketing company See More Solutions (a play on her maiden name of Seymour-Smith) with clients that included Southcorp Wines, Department of Trade and Economic Development, Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Magic Millions and BHP Building Products.
Nikki has served on a number of boards including the Technology Industry Association, Australian Red Cross (SA), Volleyball SA, the South Australian Motorsport Board and the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority. She has also lectured at Adelaide Institute of TAFE and Le Cordon Bleu.
Deputy Chair - David O'Loughlin
David has over 20 years Senior Marketing Strategy experience working abroad on some of the world’s most iconic brands including Walt Disney, Apple , Toyota, Singapore Airlines and eBay.
After six years in Sydney and seventeen years away from home, David decided to return to Adelaide and took up the position of Director, Marketing and Communications with the South Australian Tourism Commission. Here, with a rejuvenated approach to destination marketing, he launched highly awarded and recognised integrated campaigns for Kangaroo Island - Let Yourself Go, Barossa - Be Consumed, Adelaide - Breathe, the much loved regional ‘Best Backyard’ campaign and the content driven ‘Through Local Eyes’ campaign.
Further to his role with the SATC and at the request of the Premier, David was seconded to the Economic Development Board as a key consultant in the development of South Australia’s new state brand, overseeing the research, design and launch of the brand prior to the creation of Brand SA.
In 2014, David left the SATC to re-join the private sector as a Partner and Strategy Director at KWP! Here he leads strategy for national brands like Coopers, Yalumba, the RAA, the SATC, the Motor Accident Commission, Peoples Choice Credit Union and Federal Government to name a few.
David is a passionate South Australian. Having lived both interstate and abroad he is in the enviable position to both see the state’s greatest assets from afar, but also understand the nuances that hold our community back from the greatness that has been such a fundamental part of our cultural and economic development to date.
Dr Nick Begakis AO
With an electronic engineering degree and more than 40 years’ business experience in a variety of fields, including manufacturing, venture capital, merchant banking, corporate recovery and as a professional company director, Nick epitomises the entrepreneurial spirit.
He has a particular interest and involvement in organisations that focus on generating economic activity to benefit all South Australians, and shares his knowledge with community groups to help those less fortunate.
Nick is part owner of a nationally-distributed confectionery manufacturing company based in Adelaide’s northern suburbs with interests in Asia and the Americas. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a past Deputy President of the AICD in South Australia.
His community and business involvement runs deep, including time as Deputy President of the Australia Day Council, two terms on the Environment Protection Authority (SA), three terms on Flinders University Council, a decade as a Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and multiple terms as Chairman of Council for International Trade and Commerce, SA.
Amongst other involvements, he is currently Chairman of the Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation, The Adelaide Central Market Authority, The New Venture Institute at Flinders University and Renew Adelaide and Director at Carina Biotech.
Nick has been twice recognised in the Australian Honours lists. In 2000, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order Of Australia. In April 2012 he was Awarded Doctor of the University, honoris causa, DUniv Flin.
Christine Locher is a business leader with over 30 years' experience in professional practice firms particularly in the field of human resources and organisational performance.
Christine served on the National Board of Directors of the RCSA (Recruitment and Consulting Services of Australia/NZ); and represented industry on Boards and Councils including the Higher Education Council; and the Business and Parliament Trust. Previous board appointments include Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation; Public Trustee - Audit and Risk Management Committee; Australian Dance Theatre; Supported Community Accommodation Services and Think180.
Christine's current board & council appointments include:
- The University of Adelaide;
- Modern Industry Policy Advisory Group;
- Business SA (South Australia's Chamber of Commerce & Industry); and
- Beerenberg Advisory Board.
Christine is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Trustee of CEDA and an EY Entrepreneur of the Year alumni.
Cathy has spent much of her career in the health and not-for-profit niche, and is currently Chief Executive Officer, Minda Incorporated, a leading NGO in disability services.
She previously held a variety of senior positions in the public and private hospital sectors, including CEO, Southern Adelaide Health Service, servicing 330,000 residents; General Manager of the Lyell McEwin Hospital; and as Chief Executive of four private hospitals in SA (under Benchmark Healthcare Ramsay Healthcare).
Cathy is a Director of consulting company Hospital and Medical Management Services and recruitment firm Med Sec Go.
Her crowning achievement was receiving the Telstra SA Business Woman of the Year for 2003.
She is on the Boards of the Pultney Grammar School and the Stirling Hospital, and has a keen interest in the disability sector, quality improvement, leadership and strategic planning. She brings her unique and compassionate perspective to the Business SA Board.
Geoff has a long and extensive career in IT systems and data management
Geoff is executive director and co-founder of the Silver Lining Consulting Group – a collection of IT companies focused on delivering cloud based IT and change management services to large enterprise and government clients throughout Australia.
The group has grown rapidly in its first 5 years to now employ more than 200 people in offices in Adelaide, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney.
And it is not the first successful company Geoff has founded. In 1999, he launched Strategic Data Management (SDM), an IT systems integration company which grew rapidly to have more than 100 employees in offices in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. It serviced large corporate and government clients and Geoff was Managing Director until 2008, when it was acquired by another company.
Geoff is passionate about South Australia, the IT industry and how technology can improve business performance. He has been solving business problems for more than two decades, and brings a raft of IT know-how to Business SA and its Board.
Loewn established her coaching and mentoring business Challenging Thinking in 2013 to respond to the changing business environment.
Before this, she held a variety of executive positions, including CEO of Kojo Group, a national company specialising in Marketing, Digital Media and Content, heading up the Australian operations of @radical.media, and head of broadcast at Young and Rubicam.
Loewn is a facilitator for the entrepreneur group Behind Closed Doors, where she was also a foundation member, she serves as Chair for Kick Start For Kids and the Kaines Charitable Foundation, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She has previously served on the Council for Adelaide University and the Board of Advantage SA. The Business SA Board benefits from Loewn’s strong business pragmatism and attention to detail.
Rob Stobbe has held the position of Chief Executive Officer since March 2010. SA Power Networks is the privastised electricity business in South Australian owned by Power Assets Holdings Ltd, Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd and Spark Infrastructure.
He has over 30 years experience in the utilities infrastructure sector having held senior management positions in the electricity, water, gas and telecommunications sectors in both Australia and overseas.
Prior to joining SA Power Networks (formerly ETSA Utilities) he was TransAdelaide's CEO from September 2008 and was responsible for the operation of customer focussed train and tram passenger services in South Australia.
Prior to this, he was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Spark Infrastructure, the position he held from October 2005. Spark Infrastructure is a leading Australian utility infrastructure investment group listed on the Australian Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of approx. $2.0 billion.
Prior to this he was Head and Finance Director of the North England gas distribution network (2004-2005). He was responsible for the successful transition of this business from the previous owner, National Grid Transco.
Rob has also held Chief Financial Officer positions at three electricity companies; ETSA (1996-2002) and CitiPower and Powercor (2003-2004). Rob was General Manager of ETSA's retail business immediately prior to the sale of ETSA in 2000. He was also responsible for the establishment of ETSA's telecommunications business.
Prior to his commencement at SA Power Networks, Rob has held numerous key management roles in South Australian water industry in the areas of financial management, internal audit and strategic planning.
Dru Reschke is the founder and Managing Director of Koonara Wines. After completing a Bachelor of Business, in 1999 Dru ran winelink.com.au, a company that had developed a ecommerce system for direct payment to numerous companies at once, and through 9 months of negotiating with the Australian Taxation Office, was influential in the changing the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) to a wholesale amount structure rather than just on cellar door sales, saving small wineries hundreds of millions.
Due to his father’s health issues, Dru returned to the family property to open the Koonara cellar door in Penola in 2005. Within 2 years it won SA Great’s best small business, and runner-up in the SA Tourism awards for best cellar door. Koonara has expanded to include a cellar door in Robe, South Australia.
Dru has managed the Koonara vineyards for over 20 years, and organically for the last 10. Koonara has
expanded to take over an existing 25 Hectare vineyard in neighbouring Mt Gambier, due to the temperature of the region being nearly identical to that of Burgundy, France. Koonara is a James Halliday 5 star winery, and named “Coonawarra Winery of the Year” at the 2015 Melbourne International Wine Show.
Dru also runs the successful homeware company Larder (larder.com.au) and jewellery company Lucy & Alice (lucyandalice.com.au) with his wife Nicole.