Northern Economic Leaders

Northern Economic Leaders

One of the many ways which Council keeps informed of business needs to ensure the best outcomes for the prosperity of our City is through the Northern Economic Leaders (NEL).

Established in 2007 it's part of an integrated series of strategies that make up our regional Economic Plan. The engagement of local leaders in networking activities exposes leaders to new ideas, concepts and provides opportunities for leaders to have input into Council policies and strategies.

Membership incorporates a select, but wide ranging mix of Salisbury business leaders from across industry sectors. They meet quarterly at each other business location's for a breakfast meeting and tour of the host’s business.

A fundamental mission for members is undertaking pro-growth activities for local businesses. NEL recognise that sustainable local economic growth is strengthened when local business leaders collaborate, are involved in and support economic strategies that focus on business identified issues and solutions.

The establishment of this business leader’s network is a key platform of the City of Salisbury’s Strategic Economic Plan and Sustainable Salisbury vision. 

Current Members

  • Adrian Ferraretto, Managing Director, Tindo Solar Pty Ltd
  • Angelo Demasi, Chief Executive, Adelaide Produce Markets Limited
  • Ass Prof Brenton Dansie,  Dean; Teaching and Learning, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, UniSA
  • David Allott, Chief Operating Officer, BAE Systems Australia
  • David Bowden SQNLDR, RAAF Base- Department of Defence
  • David Garreffa, (ex Director/Owner Alaska Foods)
  • David Michell, Chairman, Michell Pty Ltd
  • Dean Rosenfield, Managing Director, SAAB Technologies 
  • Des Hindson, Group Executive General Manager SA/WA, Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd  
  • Geoff Thiel, Chief Operating Officer, R.M. Williams Pty Ltd 
  • Greg Ratsch, Manager Economic Development, City of Salisbury
  • Terry Sutcliffe, Director City Development, City of Salisbury
  • Gillian Aldridge, Mayor, City of Salisbury
  • Ian Hardy, Chief Executive, Helping Hand
  • John Harry, CEO, City of Salisbury
  • Kelvin Trimper, Kelvin Trimper Consulting 
  • Richard Phillips, Executive Director Manufacturing Operations, GM Holden
  • Pine Pieneer, Director, Flight Training Adelaide
  • Ray Khabbaz, Director, Australian Wholefoods Group
  • Rod Keane, Chair, Northern Futures
  • Steve Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Bedford

Some Successes to date 

  • Input and feedback on local, State and Federal priorities and developments within the region including the State Manufacturing Strategy.
  • Secured a jointly funded position to support local manufactures benefit from the rollout of the State Manufacturing Strategy initiatives.
  • Members provided feedback and input on councils’ investment attraction campaigns.
  • Committed to a range of workforce solutions to seek to provide local workforces opportunities.
  • Hosted showcase events for the local businesses to celebrating local business thriving including SAAB Technologies, Osmoflo & Lifestyle Bakery.
  • Held a workshop on local business who a succeeding in doing business with China (Hot Property Group, Michell Wool, Scholle)   
  • Showcased new and pending investments in the region at with support opportunities for local businesses.
  • Shared the success of local companies and technologies adapting to high energy costs. This included Bickfords, Tindo Solar and expert insights from Sinclair Knight Merz.
  • On-site tour of members businesses to share and demonstrate business practices to allow members to learn from each other’s operations.
  • Provided connections to programs and grants which could assist local business growth and development.

What's your views?

 If you have a view on what could support economic development we would like to hear from you.  Contact 8260 8205 or visit the Polaris Centre.