The Chiefs for Gender Equity is a group of senior business leaders representing key industry sectors in South Australia brought together with the common aim of advancing gender equity.
Gabby Costigan is a Board Member on The Australian-ASEAN Council and very recently stepped down after three years as the Chief Executive Officer for Linfox International Group. The Australian-ASEAN Council promotes Australia’s interests in South-East Asia by initiating and supporting activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people, business and institutions in Australia and South-East Asia.
In Gabby’s role as CEO for Linfox she focused on transforming the Linfox International logistics business with an emphasis on strong customer service and the highest standards in safety and integrity across the region. Ms. Costigan has made Linfox Asia a simpler, safer and stronger institution. Linfox Asia has improved the quality and consistency of earnings and enabled growth and progress by delivering supply chain excellence to leading organisations across Asia.
Ms. Costigan has had a distinguished international logistics career with great experience in managing international supply chains. Her experience includes leading roles in the logistics and aviation industries. She is a former Colonel in the Australian Army and has led logistic operations for both the Australian and US governments internationally.
Ms. Costigan has been honored for her military service by the Australian and US Governments and NATO. She is married to Simon and has two children, Honey and Lucas.
David is Managing Partner of prominent South Australian legal firm Finlaysons, and is recognised as one of South Australia’s leading property development and real estate lawyers.
In addition to providing strategic, commercial and innovative legal advice for a wide range of clients in the property and development sector (including listed corporations, joint ventures, government development authorities, plus a range of privately held property developers and commercial entities), as Managing Partner David provides leadership to all of the Finlaysons teams, including guiding strategic direction and constant improvement and innovation.
“At Finlaysons we consider ourselves to be leaders in the legal profession in a number of areas and in a number of ways. Given that a very significant number of our key people are, of course, women, we also want to set a leadership example in the legal profession in relation to the retention and promotion of women.
My involvement with the Chiefs for Gender Equity gives me an opportunity and an obligation to set that leadership example”.
Victoria is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Victor Harbor. She has over 20 years’ experience in Local Government having worked with a number of Council across the State, along with the Local Government Association of SA. Victoria’s expertise and interests are in the areas of strategic planning, community engagement, economic development, governance, performance management, and organisational development.
Victoria has been a Board Member of Local Government Professionals SA for over 6 years and served as President in 2014, she is also National Director for Local Government Professionals Australia. Victoria’s commitment to LG Professionals is a true reflection of her passions for the Sector and for developing, supporting and showcasing the skills, expertise and opportunities within Local Government.
Victoria is also a Director on Country Arts South Australia, Chair of the Governance and Finance Committee for Country Arts SA and a Board Director for Regional Development Australia (Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island).
Jake Parkinson is the Chief Executive Officer of the South Australian National Football League - the governing body for Australian Football in South Australia which delivers the promotion and development of Australian Football for the people of South Australia. SANFL delivers the best men’s and women’s state leagues in Australia in additional to indigenous and multicultural programs, junior and school football competitions, game development, umpiring and talent pathways right the way through the South Australian community.
SANFL is a 50% joint venture partner with SACA in the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority and Jake is an alternate director for it’s board and member of it’s committees. Jake has broad management and leadership experience and joined the South Australian National Football League as CEO in October 2014.
Formerly Regional Director at Lion Beer, Spirits and Wine Jake spent 4 years leading the West End Brewery in South Australia having held various management positions across 13 years where he led the sales, marketing and commercial divisions. Jake has extensive experience managing businesses in the South Australian market and has a strong track record in driving growth in sales, revenue and profitability as well as building high performance teams.
Jake holds a Bachelor of Management in Marketing, building such brands as Hahn, West End, James Squire, Johnnie Walker and Rexona to name a few in South Australia. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and sits on the SA Women in Sport Taskforce, White Ribbon SA Committee and South Australia Starlight Advisory Board.
Jane Pickering is the Chief Executive of Eldercare Inc. Eldercare is one of the largest and most experienced aged care and retirement living providers in South Australia. With 1,000 residential aged care beds and over 200 retirement living units across 22 sites spanning metropolitan Adelaide and the Yorke Peninsula, Eldercare has a solid reputation for providing high-quality services.
Jane started her career as a Registered Nurse/Midwife working in various roles in the public and private sectors and in rural and remote areas. She has held several Executive positions including the Executive Director of Nursing & Patient Services at Repatriation General Hospital, A/CEO of St Andrew’s Hospital, CEO of Domiciliary Care SA, CEO of St Hilarion Aged Care prior to being appointed to the CE of Eldercare in 2013. Jane has post graduate qualifications in Health Administration and Health Education, she is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Management, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Justice of the Peace for South Australia. She has a solid reputation for leading cultural change within organisations and improving organisational performance through building high performing teams.
As a CE of an organisation where women make up 82% of its workforce, Jane is strongly committed to gender equity and supporting women to achieve their full potential.
Matthew Salisbury is the Regional Director for the Central region of WSP incorporating South Australia and Northern Territory. Matthew’s role sits across all of the Business Units within this region comprising of Property, Environment, Resource, Transport, Power and Water.
With a background in the Property sector, has over 25 years' experience in the building industry with specific expertise in the design and development of innovative and sustainable precincts.
Matthew also advises the Culture and Gender Diversity groups at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and participates in realising our SA Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) commitment to Indigenous Australia.
"I have two young daughters, and I want them to have opportunities in equal measure as afforded to me. We are simply missing the many benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce. At WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff we encourage and support both women and men, to create a balance between caring for family and individual career aspirations. I feel honoured to be able to contribute to the Chiefs for Gender Equity, and obligated to continually improve the current gender imbalances at all levels.”
Catherine Sayer is Chief Executive Officer of Food South Australia Inc., the State’s peak industry body for food manufacturers and producers. Catherine is passionate and committed to developing South Australia’s food industry and continuing to raise the profile of the importance of the industry. She leads a team of over ten staff based in Adelaide as well as China and Japan.
Catherine graduated with a degree in Business Management, majoring in Marketing. Since that time she has worked with a number of large organisations across a number of sectors, both private and public, and ran a marketing consultancy prior to joining Food South Australia.
Catherine is currently Chair of the Tropical Tuna Management Advisory Committee (a Commonwealth Fishery) and a member of the Glenelg Football Club board. Previously she has been Chair of the South Australia Rock Lobster Advisory Council Inc., Chair of the Seafood Training Centre of Excellence Inc., Deputy Chair and board member of Rural Financial Counselling Service SA Inc., member of the Fisheries Council of South Australia, Food Innovation Australia Limited, Agribusiness Council, Forest Industry Development Board and Horticulture Industry Development Board. Catherine is a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Grant Stevens APM has been Commissioner of South Australia Police since July 2015, with 37 years of policing experience that includes more than seven years as an Assistant Commissioner and three years as Deputy Commissioner. Grant is a member of a wide range of executive Boards and Committees at state and national government levels overseeing critical issues involved in law enforcement, security and counter-terrorism, emergency management, justice reform, road safety and community safety generally.
Enhancing organisational performance and resilience through innovation and cultural change is one of Grant’s key focus areas. Under Grant’s leadership, SAPOL has made significant improvements in equity and diversity, through introducing gender parity recruiting, cultural reform and other targeted programs.
A highly respected and visible community leader, Grant is an Ambassador and South Australia Committee Chairperson for White Ribbon Australia and a member of the St. Vincent de Paul South Australian Business Advisory Panel.
A keen amateur cyclist, Grant co-founded a police and public cycling event for cancer research, prevention and treatment that successfully promoted cycling road safety and raised over $1,000,000.
Married with five children, Grant is actively involved in community life and his family’s sporting activities as a parent and organiser.
Ian Stone was appointed Managing Director of the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia Inc in August 2009 and formerly CEO from August 2007. Ian has extensive senior management experience and expertise in the motor, home and health insurance industry. He is a Director of RAA Insurance Ltd and various Australian automotive associated entities.
Roger Zammit is the Chief Executive of the Badge Group and has more than 25 years’ experience in the construction industry, having held a number of project and leadership roles in both the public and private sector. Roger, joined the BADGE Group in 2003, initially leading the Project Management Division and delivering a number of significant design and construct projects across Australia.
In 2007 Roger was appointed BADGE SA State Manager, delivering business growth through client service and the development of personnel and in late 2008 was appointed the position of Group General Manager, responsible for overseeing the operations of the company on a national basis.
From 2009, Roger as Chief Executive has been responsible for the management of the BADGE Group, ensuring the organisation is working with synergy to achieve its vision and organisational goals. Roger is a member of the Board of Management.