South Australian State Conference (S171020)

8:15am Friday, 20 October 2017
6:00pm Friday, 20 October 2017
Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace

This year’s conference will be hosted by Leigh McClusky and feature an exceptional line up of speakers who will present a highly informative and topical program. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear and discuss a range of topics such as the appointment of a new provider for Land Services, current projects in the defence industry, energy security in SA and Holdens closure, plus much more.

The conference program will conclude with the opportunity for delegates to network with drinks and nibbles.


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Leigh McClusky
Master of Ceremonies

Leigh McClusky is the company principal of the McCo Group. She moved into strategic communications after a 30 year career in print, radio and television journalism across Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

As a print journalist, Leigh worked in Melbourne for The Herald, The Sun, The Weekly Times and then the Ballarat Courier before moving to Sydney with a position with Australian Associated Press.

She moved to ABC-TV and a role researching and then presenting on the national consumer program ‘The Investigators’ before moving to the Nine Network’s ‘A Current Affair’.

A move to South Australia saw her hosting ABC-TV’s ‘7.30 Report’ and concurrently presenting the breakfast program for a number of years on ABC-891. She was then the inaugural host of  Channel 7 Adelaide's Today Tonight from its inception in 1995 until 2007, during which she also concurrently presented the talkback morning program on commercial broadcaster 5AA for a number of years.

Leigh and her team pride themselves on consistently delivering proven and awarded results for a broad range of clients based on their extensive media knowledge, their media, commercial and government contacts, and their ability to think strategically and creatively.

Currently working across three offices in Adelaide, Melbourne and Geelong, Leigh is married to Simon Haigh and has four children under 16 and is normally busy, happy and tired!

Tyrone Hodge
API Board Chair

Tyrone has served on various API committees and boards since 2008 most recently as the inaugural API Chair.  Tyrone played a pivotal role in the restructure and corporatisation of the API and has previously served as the National President and New South Wales President.

Tyrone has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry across valuation, sales and leasing of all property asset classes.  At JLL, Tyrone is a Regional Director with responsibility for leading a team of valuers who provide services to institutional and bank clients.

His qualifications include a Master of Property Development, Master of Business Administration, Associate Diploma Business (Valuation), Advanced Certificate in Agency and an Advanced Certificate Stock and Station Agency Practice.

Chris Picton MP
Assistant Minister to the Treasurer

Chris is a State Member of Parliament and the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer of South Australia.

He represents the electorate of Kaurna that contains Adelaide's southern coastal suburbs from Christies Beach to Aldinga Beach.

Chris is a trained Lawyer in his 30s and has worked in public policy for more than a decade, particularly to improve public health services.

Chris previously served as Chief of Staff to the Federal Attorney-General, worked as an Associate Director at Deloitte Access Economics and in senior roles in the SA Government. Chris was educated at public schools in Adelaide and then graduated from Law at Flinders University.

Tim Lawless
Research Director, CoreLogic Asia Pacific

Tim is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading property market analysts and commentators by business and the media.

As the founder of the CoreLogic Australian research division (formerly RP Data), Tim’s expertise across property markets has positioned him as one of the country’s most experienced and popular property market analysts and commentators. His knowledge and expertise is sought after by myriad government entities and regulators as well as national and international corporate entities operating across property, banking and financial sectors.

 As group Research Director, Tim heads up a team of analysts across both Australia and New Zealand and is responsible for reporting on property market conditions and the interplay with economic and demographic factors.

Tim has more than 15 years’ experience in similar roles and holds a Bachelor of Business degree, specialising in information management, from the Queensland University of Technology.

Carmel Rosier
Executive Officer, Community Housing Council

Carmel was appointed as the Executive Officer of the Community Housing Council (CHCSA) OF SA in April 2013. The CHCSA is the peak industry body representing all community housing providers in South Australia – Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 providers registered under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing. 

In this role Carmel works with community housing providers, government agencies and key stakeholders in an advocacy, policy development, engagement, facilitation and training capacity.

Carmel has a broad employment background having worked as a senior Commonwealth public servant, in local government, community aged care and heading up a Job Network agency.

Wendy Campana
Kangaroo Island Commissioner

The Commissioner for Kangaroo Island was appointed by, and reports to, Deputy Premier John Rau as the Minister for Planning.

The Commissioner is tasked with identifying, developing and implementing management plans to promote the Island and coordinate the efficient and effective delivery of government services and infrastructure on the Island.

Wendy commenced the role of Commissioner on 8 May 2015 and has been appointed for a five year term. She has extensive experience working with Federal, State and Local governments and considerable knowledge and experience working in the areas of intergovernmental relations, economic development, governance, industrial relations, education and training.

Wendy has held memberships with numerous professional associations in addition to various board appointments, building on her broad network of contacts in both the public and private sectors. As the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, Wendy brings the ability to connect community organisations, government and the private sector to achieve outcomes.

Peter Auhl
Chief Information Officer, City of Adelaide

Peter Auhl is a multiple award winning CIO who leads organisations through transformational change and drives innovation to achieve better outcomes for communities.  With over 20 years’ experience in State and Local Government and private industry, Peter has removed barriers and helped IT and Government to “get out of the way” and enable people to make their own decisions and shape their futures.

Passionate about putting people at the centre of everything his teams do, Peter has led large scale implementations across State and Local Government departments, changing how people interact with government services and information.

From searching for rare opals during his time in the mining industry to designing solutions to complex problems that solve issues for the State of South Australia, Peter has received praise for his innovation from Steve Wozniak and Sir Richard Branson.

Glenn Docherty
Mayor, City of Playford

Glenn Docherty is a proud Playford local. He has spent his life serving the Playford community in a variety of volunteering and elected roles.

Glenn has spent 14 years in Local Government, first elected in 2003, as a Councillor, then Deputy Mayor from 2006 to 2010. Elected Mayor of the City in 2010 at the age of 27 years; he heads a Council which is one of the fastest growing and diverse communities in the Australia.

In his time as Mayor, Playford has seen large growth and new investment in the Playford CBD, Health Precinct and Sports Precinct. Glenn cares about fast growing our outer urban suburbs and since 2013 he has taken a National role in building better communities as Chairman of the National Growth Areas Alliance.

With a professional background in Health Care, Glenn sits on the Faculty Advisory Council for Health and Medical Sciences at the University Adelaide, is the Former Deputy Chairman of St John SA and Chairman of the Ophthalmic Branch of St John SA. He is a current Director of Netball SA, Mark Oliphant College and Playford International College.

Andrew Durand
Regional Practice Manager - Environment, Greencap

Andrew is an Environmental Engineer with over 12 years’ experience in environmental consultancy, with a focus on environmental assessment, remediation and management of contaminated sites.

He has had direct involvement in project managing, planning, conducting field investigations (including remediation) and reporting for hundreds sites in South Australia.

Andrew also has significant experience in the assessment and management of asbestos impacted soils and is well versed in recent guidance on this subject.

David Pisoni MP
Shadow Minister for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

David Pisoni was elected as the Member for Unley in 2006 and has lived in Unley with his wife and children for more than 20 years, after growing up in Salisbury.

He was educated at St Augustine’s Primary and Salisbury High School before undertaking a furnishing trades apprenticeship.

His cabinet-making abilities progressed to him becoming managing director of his own manufacturing/retail company between 1984 and 2006. David was a director of the National Furniture Association, president of the Unley Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the Unley Main Street Association.

David Pisoni is an enthusiastic MP who is passionate about representing and working for his local community.

Margot Forster
Chief Executive Officer, Defence Teaming Centre Inc.

Ms Forster joined the Defence Teaming Centre in December 2016 after a long and distinguished career in the Australian Defence Force.

Born in Adelaide, Ms Forster joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in August 1982 and undertook a number of Supply Officer roles ashore and at sea before transferring to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in late 1988.

Ms Forster took a three year leave of absence from the RAAF in 1992 and worked as Senior Administrator with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Australian Embassy, Washington DC. In 1995 she returned to the RAAF to work in Air Force Materiel Division where she specialised in organisational reform and design, and workforce transition, supporting a number of workforce reform projects including the Chief of Air Force's Rebalance and Reshape Program.

Ms Forster's focus shift to combat support when she was appointed as the Base Commander RAAF Base Williams and Commanding Officer Combat Support Unit Williams and in 2009 she joined Aerospace Operational Support Group as the Staff Officer Personnel, and later the Chief of Staff. Ms Forster deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations in November 2010 as the Commanding Officer Combat Support Unit, Al Minhad Air Base.

In May 2012 Ms Forster was promoted to Group Captain and appointed as Director, Pathway to Change. In this position she was responsible for coordination, reporting and oversight of Pathway to Change implementation within Air Force. Ms Forster served in this role until January 2013 when she took up the position of Chief of Staff Air Force Personnel Branch. Ms Forster is a graduate of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (2015), with a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies.

Ms Forster was promoted and appointed to the post of Commandant, Australian Command and Staff College in December 2015 before retiring from the Air Force in December 2016 to take up the position of CEO of the Defence Teaming Centre.

Ms Forster has been awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal on the 2009 Queens Birthday Honours List, a Chief of Joint Operations Gold Commendation and commendations from the Chief of Air Force and Assistant Chief of Materiel - Air Force for her contribution to workforce reform and for project management.

Jo De Silva
Senior Policy Officer, Energy, Water & Climate Change, South Australian Council of Social Service

Jo is a member of the leadership team at the South Australian Council of Social Service and directs the organisation’s energy, water and climate program. Jo was an inaugural Member of the Consumer Challenge Panel and continued on the Panel in its second iteration.

Jo is currently the Convenor of the National Consumer Roundtable on Energy, Member of the Australian Gas Networks Reference Committee, ElectraNet Consumer Panel, AGL Customer Council and SA Power Networks Customer Reference Group. She has an extensive national and international network spanning a wide variety of sectors.

Jo's previous work experience includes Economics and Social Justice Adviser to Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown and Tasmanian Regional Activism Coordinator of Amnesty International.

Dave Burroughs
Managing Director & Principal Psychologist, CommuniCorp Group

David Burroughs is Managing Director and Principal Psychologist of CommuniCorp Group, a leading Australian - based consultancy specialising in workplace mental health and maximising corporate performance.

With a diverse career working across areas organisational, clinical and military psychology, David now works exclusively with major organisations helping them maximise people performance and resilience, manage workplace mental health and develop high performance workplace cultures. David is a recognised expert in workplace psychology, is an advisor for executive teams across many leading organisations, and is regularly sought out by the media for professional opinion when it comes to workplace mental health. With experience consulting across Banking/Finance, Insurance, Government, Construction, Mining, Infrastructure, Media, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, and Telecommunications, David has a wealth of expertise and experiences to draw upon.

Event Program
8.15 amRegistration 
8.45 amLeigh McCluskyMC - Welcome
8.50amTyrone Hodge, Chair, API BoardOpening Address and API Update
9.10 amChris Picton MP, Assistant Minister to the TreasurerUpdate on appointment of private operator for Land Services
9.50 amTim Lawless, Researach Director, CoreLogic Asia PacificMarket Update
10.20 amMorning Tea 
10.40 amCarmel Rosier, Executive Officer, Community Housing CouncilHousing Affordability
11.10 amWendy Campana, Kangaroo Island CommissionerUpdate on latest projects for Kangaroo Island
11.40amPeter Auhl, Chief Information Officer, City of AdelaideAdelaide - Australia's leading Smart City
12.10 pmLunch 
1.00 pmGlenn Docherty, Mayor, City of PlayfordLife after Holden closure
1.30 pmAndrew Durand, Regional Practice Manager - Environment, GreencapSite contamination
2.00 pmDavid Pisoni MP, Shadow Minister for Planning, Transport and Infrastructure30 year plan for greater Adelaide
2.30 pmMargot Forster, Chief Executive Officer, Defence Teaming CentreCreating opportunities for defence industry
3.00pmAfternoon Tea 
3.30 pmJo De Silva, Senior Policy Officer, Energy, Water & Climate Change, SA Council of Social ServiceEnergy Security in SA
4.00 pmDave Burroughs, Managing Director & Principal Psychologist, CommuniCorp GroupMental Health in the Workplace
5.00 pmKevin Brogan, SA State CommitteeClosing remarks
5.10 pmLeigh McCluskyMC - Close
5.15 pmNetworking drinks 


Registration Fees

All fees are inclusive of GST.


Early Bird

(until 30 September)


(1 - 15 October)

Retired Member or Student$281$327

Registration Fee includes:
Informative conference program, arrival coffee, morning & afternoon tea breaks, chef selection stand up buffet lunch and networking drinks at conclusion.

CPD Points

Full attendance at the South Australia State Conference will accrue 7 CPD points.


Gold Sponsors 

SA Govt Dept of Planning Transport and Infrastructure


Lunch Sponsor 
Networking Drinks Sponsor 
Knight Frank 
MRS PropertyJLL

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