The purpose of the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board is to provide industry leadership to further develop the Southern Adelaide economy, to influence the decision-making of organisations and individuals which will have a positive impact on the future of the region, and to promote the region as a location for business success.

The Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board works in partnership with local business support agencies to ensure that businesses within the region are given every opportunity to grow and succeed.

Southern Adelaide offers an unparalleled quality of life, smart and connect communities, a resilient and growing economy, and is SA’s most accessible and appealing tourism destination.

Collaborate and advocate throughout government, business, education, community and not-for-profit organisations to realise the full economic potential of our communities and our unique region. Build on the region’s competitive advantages by supporting innovation and diversification in the local economy.

The Board

Nikki Govan


Star of Greece
Owner & Manager

Nikki owns and manages the nationally-renowned Star of Greece restaurant in Port Willunga.

She brings a wealth of relevant experience to her role as Chair, including an impressive track record in destination marketing in South Australia and Victoria.

As head of her own marketing company, Nikki worked with clients as diverse as Southcorp Wines, the Department of Trade and Economic Development, and BHP Building Products.

Nikki has developed successful start-up ventures, served on boards, including the Technology Industry Association, the South Australian Motorsport Board and the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority, and worked in the not-for-profit sector.

Pip Forrester

Board Member

Regional Food

Pip has owned and managed award-winning food and tourism businesses in McLaren Vale for more than two decades. For many years she was the owner and manager of the awardwinning Salopian Inn at McLaren Vale. She was also the first general manager of The Retreat, the residential cooking school at Chapel Hill Winery.

Pip is a champion of regional food and sees food and wine tourism as drivers for Southern Adelaide’s visitor and lifestyle economy.

Pip is currently Chair of the Onkaparinga Economic Development Forum, Fleurieu Peninsula Food, and the Willunga Farmers Market. She also serves on the Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism Committee.

Terry Burgess

Board Member

Tonsley Innovation District
Chair - Tonsley Steering Committee

Terry is the Executive Chair of the Tonsley Steering Committee, a member of the South Australian Economic Development Board, and President of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy.

His extensive experience includes serving as CEO of OZ Minerals, Head of Business Development for the Copper Division of Anglo American in London, and Head of Metals and Mining for ABN AMRO Bank in Amsterdam and Sydney.

After 40 years in the mining sector, Terry is bringing his expertise to the Tonsley Innovation District and Southern Adelaide.

Richard Turner

Board Member

Innovation Champion

Richard is a renowned Australian Entrepreneur, Leader and Innovator. He has founded four succesful companies/organisations across four different industry sectors, was South Australian Entrepreneur of the Year for two of those companies 14 years apart (1996 & 2010) and Australian Entrepreneur of the Year for the Cleantech sector in 2010. ZEN Energy was the fastest growing company in South Australia for 2010 & 2011 and the 4th fastest growing company in Australia in 2012 (BRW magazine). Richard is a specialist in re-invention and industry disruption and suited to companies that want to innovate and willing to invest in change. 

He is passionate about sustainability and wants to ideally assist companies that are driving change for the better, believe in their purpose and add value to future generations.  

Richard serves on the Adelaide University board for the Centre of Energy Technology and the University of South Australia board for the CRC for Low Carbon Living.

Professor Colin Stirling

Board Member

Flinders University

Colin is a highly awarded academic with an extensive record of leadership and innovation in higher education which he brings to his role as President and Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University.

Born and educated in Scotland, he has a PhD in genetics and was a NATO Research Fellow of the University of California, Berkeley.

Colin serves on the Education Australia, Flinders Fertility and GPEX boards. He is also Chair of the Innovative Research Universities group.

Colin has held many leadership positions, including Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University.