CHAIR: NICHOLAS BEGAKIS AO FAICD
Nicholas has an electronic engineering degree and over 40 years’ experience in senior management roles in manufacturing industries; as an entrepreneur creating his own enterprises; in venture capital, investment and merchant banking; in corporate recovery roles and as an independent, non-executive Chairman and Company Director.
His commercial and industrial experience ranges from electric motor and white goods manufacturing, large volume industrial chemicals and fertilisers, hi-tech industrial and scientific equipment, academia and R&D, financial services and superannuation, the agricultural and food sectors, shopping centre and car park management. He has been able to cross industry boundaries to achieve outcomes for all stakeholders.
Nicholas is focused on organisations that generate economic development for South Australia, to generate prosperity for all and make the community a better place to live.
Nicholas is in essence a professional Company Director at strategic and governance level, delivering shareholder and organisational outcomes, rather than an operational level.
DEPUTY CHAIR: LILLY BUKVA
Lilly is driven by the belief that all communities deserve equal access to meaningful opportunities and experiences. That belief is what drives her passion as a director and deputy chair for Renew Adelaide and her unwavering dedication to Playford communities through the powerful mechanism of local government initiatives.
She is valued for her insights and experience in stakeholder engagement, strategy, governance and recruiting and developing the right people.
Lilly currently reports to the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Playford as the Executive Projects Leader and was previously the Program Manager responsible for the delivery of the Stretton Centre.
SECRETARY: KIEREN CHESTER
Kieren Chester is a Senior Associate at Cowell Clarke Commercial Lawyers, practicing in the Commercial Property Group, following his admission as a practitioner to the Supreme Court of South Australia in February 2009. Through his role at Cowell Clarke, Kieren provided pro bono legal services to Renew Adelaide for two years before joining the Board in November 2013.
Kieren has previously served on the Executives of the Flinders University Hall House Committee (as Treasurer and Vice President) and the South Australian Association of University College Clubs (as Treasurer).
Kieren was born in the South East of South Australia and raised in the Mid North, and has lived in his adopted home city of Adelaide for almost 10 years.
TREASURER: RICHARD HARRIS
Richard Harris is a Business Analyst for Boral Limited. Prior to this he has five years experience in public practice where he obtained his Chartered Accounting membership with a major global accounting firm.
His experience includes compliance and taxation work for large private companies, budgeting and forecasting, financial and sales analysis, as well as specialised project work.
Originally a New Zealand national, Adelaide has been his home for the past eight years and he is passionate about encouraging everything that the city exemplifies in arts and culture, entrepreneurship and commerce.
Con is a proactive leader in the South Australian business community. In his role as Chairman of Partners, KPMG South Australia, he provides advice on economic and non-economic issues regarding the current and future prosperity of the State.
Con’s particular areas of expertise focuses on advisory services to the Property and Infrastructure sectors as well as Financial Service institutions, where he has over 20 years experience providing advisory services to a variety of private and public companies. Con specialises in the infrastructure and property sectors, structured financial arrangements and mergers, and acquisitions.
Con has been involved in a number of high profile advisory roles including; advisor to government on economic outcomes arising from the 30 Year Plan; partner on the SA Government Public Sector Renewal Program and advising on Australia’s Future Tax System Review (the Henry Review), the effects on the budget and how this can impact upon the property sector.
Daniel Gannon is the SA Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia, and has held this role since September 2014. Prior to his appointment at the Property Council, Daniel – included in The Advertiser’s Top 50 Rising Stars of 2013 – was the Director of Media & Communications to the State Leader of the Opposition and worked in a variety of policy and strategic communications roles in South Australia over the best part of a decade.
Daniel also boasts a familial connection to the property sector through his family’s retirement village business, which started building retirement communities in 1989.
Since becoming a father in 2013, the future of South Australia’s employment situation has struck a chord with Daniel. He wants his children to grow up, study, work and live in South Australia and not increase this state’s brain drain exodus. That’s why he believes South Australia needs to create compelling reasons for interstate and international businesses to invest in this state, and give young job-seeking South Australians a reason to start a business, build families and homes, and create jobs.
Lily Jacobs is Renew Adelaide’s immediate-past CEO (2012-2016).
Lily is a former lawyer who finished dux of her degree and worked in commercial, property and intellectual property at the Federal Court and then at Camatta Lempens Solicitors. She also taught property law and urban theory at Adelaide University. Lily previously studied architecture, and has worked in events and administration at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and for music touring companies Jedi Knights Productions and Crown Ruler.
She has had a long interest in the creative renewal of urban spaces and the potential for partnerships between typically commercial interests and arts activity. Lily had volunteered with Renew Adelaide prior to her appointment. She is the youngest member of the Economic Development Board of South Australia and also serves on the board of Brand South Australia.
Sophie Kresevic is a recent Graduate of the Renew Adelaide Program. Having opened a successfully run florist in Adelaide city’s Topham Mall, The Flower Nook, she has more recently branched out and opened a second store in Eastwood.
Having studied Interior Architecture throughout university she is a creative person at heart and was able to transfer that passion into her part time work in floristry. Working in retail throughout most of her teenage years she is prides herself in customer service and building relationships with her shoppers.
Sophie has a great passion for Adelaide and supports other Adelaide businesses where she can. Sourcing gifts for her two florist shops from other Adelaide start-ups gives those people an opportunity to have their products in a retail shop front. Sophie recognises that although an online presence is a necessity these days there is still nothing more powerful than supplying a great product and word of mouth.
A journalist by trade, writer by ambition and occasional filmmaker by necessity; Farrin is currently the editor of CityMag.
At 28-years-old she has had careers in traditional media, politics, the arts and public relations. A few years ago she stumbled blindly into the world of small business ownership and is yet to find a way to extract herself.
Specialising in telling individual stories that reflect larger truths, Farrin has worked on projects as far afield as Los Angeles but is also dedicated to contributing to the conversation in her home town of Adelaide.
Alistair Laycock is the Managing Director of CBRE’s South Australian office. He is responsible for managing the Adelaide office and coordinating all the activities of the office, including overseeing new business development and client relations.
Alistair has over 20 years’ experience in the Adelaide commercial real estate market and has been responsible for a broad range of major retail and commercial transactions.
A first generation Australian, Mateus Nolasco is a Chartered Accountant and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Blank Financial Technology and a co-founder of the Insider Group, Australia’s national market leader in international student media.
Mateus spent the first half of his career at Grant Thornton Australia, where he worked across multiple divisions in the Adelaide and Sydney offices. Later, he worked side by side with local entrepreneurs from the SouthStart (formerly Majoran) and the Mill Adelaide co-working spaces. Mateus acts as a director for the Good Thnx Foundation and is an advisor to the Mill Adelaide.
Mateus enjoys working with local creatives to develop their financial literacy and increase their chances of building sustainable businesses. He is passionate about Adelaide and believes the city has a bright economic future.