The Adelaide Central Market Authority (ACMA) has officially commenced operation of the Central Market marking a new era for the much loved South Australian icon.
We will be operating against a clear and defined charter to ensure the Market remains commercially sustainable and lively all year round. New income streams will be developed in order for the market to move forward and a renewed focus on protecting its character and reputation will be implemented.
Get to know the new team here:
Chair – Judy Potter has extensive experience as Chief Executive and board Director.
She is currently Chairperson of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium. Her current other Director positions include South Australian Film Corporation, and the National board of Musica Viva and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. She is a Consultant to Hansen Yunken Leighton Contractors on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Deputy Chair – David Simmons has extensive experience in manufacturing and was former Managing Director of Hills Industries and former Chairman of the South Australia Economic Development Board.
Grant Pember has extensive experience in the property industry, including previous appointments with The Property Council of Australia, the Australian Property Institute, former Proprietary Partner and Director of the Mancorp Group, former director of Colliers International and a former Commissioner with the State Development Assessment Commission.
Paul Kerin is the current Chief Executive of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia, Member of the Advisory Board for the University of Adelaide Business School and Adjunct Professor of the University of Adelaide School of Economics. He is the former Chair of the successful Prahran Markets.
Pip Forrester‘s passion and expertise lie in food, hospitality and food tourism. Her experience includes ownership and management of The Salopian Inn, set up and management of The Retreat at Chapel Hill Winery and Chair of the McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism Association. She is currently a member of the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board.
Interim General Manager
He has a long and distinguished career as a former 17 year CEO with excellent communication skills and strategic thinking plus has vast experience with multiple stakeholders.
Senior Operations Manager
Jessica was born and raised in Adelaide but always had a desire to see the world and experience different cultures. After living in London and travelling around as much as possible for over seven years, she moved back to Adelaide in 2009. The world is a fantastic place, but there is nowhere quite like home and Jess loves being closer to friends and family.
Jessica has been a Property Manager, both in Adelaide and London over the last ten years. She is so excited to have a fantastic opportunity to use both her management and people skills to be involved in operating such an important icon in her home city..
With a half Maltese family background, food has always been an important part of Jessica’s life. She learnt quite quickly to tell her Nuna that she wasn’t hungry at all, because she would still serve her up a huge plate of food. During her travels Jessica spent three months working in Malta to experience first-hand her family’s country of origin. To see her father’s face when he went back to Malta to visit after 45 years was such a special moment. Jessica loved being able to sample all of the traditional local foods with the Pastizzi (savoury pastry) being her all-time favorite.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Ali commenced in the role of Marketing and Communications Manager in April 2013. As an Adelaide local, enthusiastic amateur cook and an experienced marketing professional, Ali jumped at the chance to join the Adelaide Central Market team after working on the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, and previous roles with the South Australian Cricket Association and Adelaide United Football Club. Ali is looking forward to combining her passion for food and professional experience to make a contribution towards the future of Adelaide’s iconic and much loved Central Market.
Operations and Facilities Manager
Operations and Facilities Manager, Chris Neal, is an Englishmen who sought sun and sand in Australia. He and his family recently moved from Oxfordshire to pursue a better lifestyle. His two daughters aged 13 and 9 have just started school, and are already enjoying the beaches, especially after spotting a dolphin on their second visit.
With a background in property and facilities management Chris is well equipped to support Jessica in directing contractors, ensuring OH & S compliance and preforming duty manager tasks. In keeping with his family’s desire for a new start, Chris sought out the role with the ACMA as a chance to step away from the corporate world and to work withan iconic South Australian institution. He looks forward to sourcing fresh ingredients to experiment with in his new kitchen although it will be particularly experimental in the early day as his recipe books are still en-route from the UK.
In his spare time Chris enjoys triathlons, music and cooking. His favourite food memories go back to the time spent with his grandparents in Oxford. His granddad was the main cook and would set off each morning on his motorbike to the Oxford covered market to buy the ingredients for the dinner that day. His fish pie was to die for and Chris still regrets that he never wrote down the recipe.
Briony started with the Adelaide Central Market in February 2012 in a part time capacity as the Events Officer. When the opportunity arose to continue at the Market with the Adelaide Central Market Authority, Briony jumped at the chance and applied for the position of Marketing Assistant. Briony has an Advanced Diploma in Tourism and has always worked in the event and tourism industry – most recently with the National Wine Centre of Australia.
Briony’s responsibilities include social media, cooking demonstrations and tastings on the Gouger St stage, facilitation of the Market Kitchen, administration and reception.