David Simmons - Chairman
David Simmons graduated from what is now the University of South Australia in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy. David has worked in manufacturing industry throughout his career, joining Hills Industries in 1984. He was appointed Finance Director in July 1987 and Managing Director in 1992. He retired from Hills in June 2008.
When David ran Hills, it was an Adelaide based public company with revenues in excess of $1 Billion and around 4,000 employees. Hills had operations in all states of Australia and overseas and operated in three key market segments being Home, Hardware & Eco Products, Building & Industrial Products and Electronic Security and Entertainment.
David’s current and former directorships include:
- Chairman, Korvest Ltd 2002-2008
- Chairman, Innovate SA 2005-2012
- Director, Codan Limited 2008-
- Board Member, Thomson Geer Lawyers 2008-
- Director, CMV Group 2008- Chairman 2009-
- Director, Detmold Group 2011-
- Chairman Ronald McDonald House Building Appeal 2007-2011
- Chairman Ronald McDonald House Adelaide 2009-
- Board Member Special Olympics 2010-2011
- Chairman SAHMRI Fundraising Board 2014-
- Board Member Impact100 SA 2014-
David was appointed to the South Australian Economic Development Board in May 2002 becoming Chairman of the Board on 1 June 2006, a position he held until June 2008.
After completing her education in Adelaide, Rebecca O’Rourke embarked on a career in journalism, firstly at The Courier in Mount Barker and later as a journalist at The Advertiser.
She later moved into the public relations profession and, after a decade as an award-winning, results-driven public relations consultant, she took the decisive step to establish O’Rourke PR in 2007.
Since then and as Managing Director of the company, she has guided O’Rourke PR to become one of the most dynamic and respected boutique public relations consultancies on the local landscape.
At the same time, she has evolved into one of the finest practitioners in the industry, with a particular talent for understanding her clients and getting them to stand out from the crowd in an increasingly crowded marketplace, where they are seen, heard, noticed and remembered.
In this regard, her strategic acumen has helped to raise clients’ profiles, give them an edge over their competitors, protect their reputations and change perceptions and, ultimately, contribute to heightened growth.
In addition, she has extensive experience across disciplines that encompass, media liaison and publicity, professional writing, stakeholder and community relations, crisis and issues management, event management and the increasingly important and growing field of social media.
Rebecca represents a portfolio of impressive and diverse clients across a range of industries spanning both the corporate and consumer arenas. She was an SA Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year Finalist in 2014.
Todd is the General Manager Institutional & Corportate Banking SA/NT at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and has been a Chartered Accountant for over 15 years. Prior to this position, Todd was a Partner in a Chartered Accounting firm and Finance Director and CFO of a Private Equity backed investment.
Todd currently hold a number of Community positions including being the president of the Heart Foundation South Australia, the Treasurer and Board Member of the National Heart Foundation. He is also a director of Novita Child Services and KickStart for Kids.
Ian established Kickstart For Kids, a not for profit organisation, after mentoring “at risk” primary school children. In 2009 Ian noticed that the children he was mentoring were always hungry and could not concentrate properly. After consulting with teachers and students it was discovered that on average 10 to 15% of kids in lower socio-economic areas were coming to school without breakfast and no lunch.
Jon is a founding partner and Managing Partner of Cowell Clarke Commercial Lawyers. He heads the firm's commercial litigation & dispute resolution practice group.
Jon is one of Adelaide's leading lawyers in the areas of building and construction dispute resolution, and acts for owners, developers and builders in complex building and construction litigation, arbitration and mediation actions.
Jon is an accredited mediator and graded arbitrator. He provides invaluable support and counsel to Ian on the growth and sustainability of KickStart For Kids.