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.

Paul Sandercock

Board Member

Idea Nexus

Paul has 30 years experience as an entrepreneurial leader across many industries, including energy, consumer electrical, communications, automotive, medical devices, defence, engineering and research and development.

He has held top-level executive roles at PPS Global and SMR Technologies, been involved in successful start-ups, is a former member of the Premier’s Science and Industry Council, and has held senior advisory roles in the private sector.

Paul is a Director of Idea Nexus – TAMii, an innovation and growth platform, and a board member of Green Industries SA.

A passionate change agent, Paul is keen to see South Australia grow.

Richard Turner

Board Member

Zen Energy
Founder & Director of Innovation

Richard founded ZEN Energy Systems in 2004 and in 2010 was awarded the Ernst & Young Australian Entrepreneur of the Year for the Cleantech sector.

He has won South Australian Entrepreneur of the Year for two different businesses.

ZEN has been noted as the fastest growing company in South Australia for two consecutive years and the fourth fastest growing company in Australia. It is a world leader in Intelligent Distributed Energy Solutions.

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.