Jim Whalley

South Australian Chief Entrepreneur | Chair of the 40 Under 40 judging panel

As South Australia’s first Chief Entrepreneur, Jim Whalley has been appointed to provide strategic advice to enable entrepreneurialism across all forms of business, industry and public sector in South Australia. He is a former air force fighter pilot and test pilot and holds a Master of Business Administration, a science degree and has completed the Harvard Business School OPM Executive Education Program.
Jim is a member of the Sir Ross and Keith Smith Advisory Committee, the council of the University of South Australia, the board of the Adelaide Festival, the Federal Government’s Defence Innovation Steering Group and a non-executive director of Australian Naval Infrastructure.

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Carmen Garcia

Community Corporate

The founder of national company Community Corporate, Garcia operates in the niche space of corporate social responsibility. The company’s clients include Woolworths, Spotless, Costa Group and Workskil Australia. Carmen was in last years Top 40 Under 40, and was awarded the State Contribution Award.


Sebastian Rees

GenWise Health!

GenWise health was established in 2013 to provide a more structured and efficient model of care for General Practitioners caring for patients in residential aged care. With a vision to ensure all older Australians have improved access and choice of GP, Sebastian and his business partner have partnered with health professionals across Australia, providing tools and expertise to help establish, market and grow their health care businesses. GenWise was awarded the 2017 Telstra South Australian Business of the Year as well as the overall Australian Business of the Year. Sebastian was the inaugural winner of the InDaily 40 Under 40 First Amongst Equals Award.


Renee Draper

Peregrine Corporation

Renee Draper is Head of People at Peregrine Corporation; she is an experienced people and culture leader with a strong track record of developing and delivering on operational, strategic roadmaps.   She is overseeing the strategic initiatives and solutions that will set the paths to support business growth, modernisation, and sustainable performance by delivering on solutions to attract talent and develop the 4,000 employees across Peregrine’s businesses including OTR, Giftbox, The Bend Motorsportpark, and Peregrine construction divisions.  Before this, she was General Manager People & Culture at Benson Radiology for eight years and General Manager Human Resources and training within the not for profit sector for nine years.  Renee prides her self on not being a traditional HR practitioner.  She has a passion for transforming business and building strong cultures which have led to numerous career achievements.  She believes in working at a holistic level that encompasses an operational approach to delivering business outcomes.


David O’Loughlin


David began his career with Young & Rubicam Adelaide in the early 1990’s working on national brands like Mitsubishi Motors, Berrivale Orchards and Balfours. During his career, David has worked in London, Canada and Sydney for companies including, Banks Hoggins O’Shea to work with Walt Disney, Waitrose, Leaf Foods and Sara Lee Corporation, Toyota, Lexus and Canon Canada, TBWA.

David is also a Director of KWP, Deputy Chair of Business SA – South Australia’s peak chamber of commerce and industry, a Director of Bridging the Gap Foundation – part of the Menzies School of Indigenous Health & Research and Charles Darwin University, and a Director of the Australia Day Council of South Australia.


Bianca Jennings

Piper Alderman

Bianca Jennings is a partner in Piper Alderman’s Corporate team, with a particular interest in the food, beverages and agribusiness industries.  She has positioned herself as a trusted advisor to a large variety of Australian and international clients including SMEs, not for profits and large corporate enterprises. Bianca advises on a broad range of corporate and commercial legal matters, including mergers and acquisitions, inbound investment and foreign investment approvals, business structuring and succession, fundraising, corporate governance and directors’ duties and privacy. Bianca is also an active board member, currently holding positions as a director of the Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association Inc and Deputy Chair of Potatoes South Australia Inc.


Penny Yap


Penny Yap is the Editor of SALIFE magazine, SALIFE Gardens & Outdoor Living, SALIFE Food & Wine and SALIFE Homes & Interiors. With more than 20 years in magazine publishing, Penny began her career in London, working with titles covering the international wine and beverage industry. Relocating to South Australia in 2007, Penny has worked across a range of lifestyle titles, and developed a particular interest in regional South Australia during her time as Editor of Barossa Living magazine. Penny enjoys bringing her readers the stories of the people and places of South Australia.


Jim Plouffe

The Lead South Australia

Jim Plouffe is the Publishing Editor of NewsLeads, the arm of Solstice Media that produces The Lead South Australia. Jim has been an editor for more than 25 years and has covered South Australia for the past decade. Publishing The Lead has given him an insight into the people and businesses that are important to South Australia.


Brendan Rinaldi


As a young SA leader himself, Brendan is passionate about carrying out ANZ’s purpose to shape a world where people and communities thrive. Brendan is a Chartered Accountant who commenced his career at PwC as an accountant, and then turned his attention to turnaround management during the Global Financial Crisis before moving to Melbourne based firm KordaMentha. Brendan is widely known for his great interest in mental health and wellbeing of employees and driving engagement of staff, customers and the community. Brendan was the founder of the ANZ Community Ball which was held for the first time this year and raised almost a quarter of a million dollars for local SA charities.

Matt Illman

Matthew Illman

William Buck

 Matthew is a Business Advisory Director of William Buck, specialising in tax and business advisory services for small to medium business. He works across a range of industries including primary production, property, health and professional services.  Matthew thrives on working closely with his clients to achieve outstanding results. Throughout his career, Matthew has been a regular contributor to the profession through various speaking engagements and networking programs.

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