Board Members

The AEDA Board of Directors oversees the business of Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA), a subsidiary of City of Adelaide. The AEDA Board is skills-based, including expertise around hospitality, property development, place making, business development, investment, events and tourism.

Meet the Board Members

Nikki Govan, Chair


Nikki is chair of the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) board. With her extensive experience in marketing and business, Nikki also chairs both the Business SA and the South Australian Government’s Events Advisory Group.

Nikki is also director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), in which she chairs their Work Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation Committee, as well as being a member of their National Tourism Restart Taskforce.

Nikki is a member of the South Australian Training and Skills Commission (TaSC) and chairs their Food, Wine, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Skills Council and is a member of the Training and Apprenticeship Committee.

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

Sandy Verschoor, Lord Mayor of Adelaide


Sandy was elected Lord Mayor in 2018 having served as a councillor, deputy lord mayor and general manager for the City of Adelaide where she delivered several multi-million dollar projects including the City Library and spearheaded the City Activation program.

Prior to that, Sandy worked for more than 20 years in senior leadership roles largely focused on Australia’s arts and culture scene. She is a successful activation and cultural strategist and has fostered, promoted and developed some of Adelaide’s rich cultural experiences including the Adelaide Festival, Australian International Documentary Conference, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Film Festival, Adelaide Fringe and the renowned Windmill Theatre Company.

Sandy is a Churchill Fellow, and represents the City of Adelaide on several boards including the Capital City Committee, the Premier’s Climate Change Council, Adelaide Festival, Kadaltilla / Park Lands Authority and Adelaide Festival Centre Trust.

Sandy is a proud South Australian and is passionate about Adelaide’s ongoing journey to become a magnet city.

Steve Maras


Steve is the Group Managing Director and CEO of Maras Group, a prominent commercial and retail property investment and development outfit, with over 40 years’ experience, primarily in Adelaide’s CBD.

Steve is the inaugural Honorary Consul of Uruguay in South Australia and co-founder and chair of children’s charity, Living Without Limits Foundation. He is the immediate past president of the Property Council of Australia (SA Division), past chairman of Renew Adelaide and past deputy chair of the Australia Day Council and Mainstreet SA.

He is extremely passionate about the city of Adelaide and has been a prime mover over many years in the space of mainstreet and precinct building and rejuvenation.

Oliver Brown


Oliver is one of the founding partners and directors of Adelaide hospitality group, The Big Easy Group. The Big Easy Group currently co-owns and advises eight hospitality brands, five of which are in the Adelaide CBD.

Oliver thrives on working through business strategies and continuous improvement. He has extensive experience working with the City of Adelaide and key stakeholders to create activations such as street parties, festivals and events to draw patrons into the city. You can still find Oliver serving hot pitas at one of his city venues, Yiasou George or making delicious cocktails at Prospect venue, Anchovy Bandit.

Jaimee Charlton

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Jaimee Charlton is a career retailer with experience in global retail innovation and operations. Jaimee’s experience covers brand management, PR and advertising, internal and external CX, leasing, innovation leadership and digital innovation across a diverse range of ventures and projects.

Jaimee is currently General Manager, Operations (GMO) at Spendless Shoes, the largest footwear chain in Australia, proudly based out of Adelaide with a store in the city in James Place. Previous notable experience includes a global role for retailer The Cotton On Group, and an advisory role for the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Jaimee is passionate about providing, building, and shaping platforms for success for businesses in Adelaide to thrive.

Craig Holden


Craig is a long-term city resident and business owner, specialising in residential property development and investment. Craig brings a very personal understanding and appreciation of the challenges, opportunities and benefits of living, working and developing in the city of Adelaide.

Craig is active in the business community and is a member and contributor with numerous property associations. Craig is a keen supporter of the arts community, being a performer himself at the Fringe and a regular at the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and WOMADelaide.

Working and living in the city, Craig has a unique and personal insight into the daily life of the city and is committed to ensuring we collectively contribute to its prosperity and vitality, embracing the ideas and aspirations of our established and emerging leaders.

Tammy Barton

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Tammy Barton is one of Australia’s most influential business women and female entrepreneurs. She’s the founding director of MyBudget, a service that Tammy started as a home-based business in South Australia more than 20 years ago (1999), and which has since grown into one of Australia’s most trusted and recognised financial services brands.

MyBudget relieves money worries and helps people achieve their financial goals via personal budgeting and money coaching. Today, the business employs more than 270 staff and has helped more than 110,000 clients.

Tammy is a respected authority on personal budgeting and money management, who regularly features in the media as a personal finance expert and influential entrepreneur. She has won the Telstra Business Woman of the Year (South Australia) twice, the Australian Government Business Innovation Award among multiple other recognitions, including Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Central Region.)

Tammy was an advisory board member of BankSA for eight years, and is currently an active board member of the South Australian Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, Project Gen Z, the Advisory Board at the University of Adelaide School of Management and the Adelaide Economic Development Agency.

Tammy’s mission is to continue growing MyBudget. She remains passionately committed to promoting financial responsibility and helping Australians to live free from money worries.

Tammy joined the AEDA board in July 2021.

Manuel Ortigosa


Manuel is the managing director and CEO of the Global lntertrade Group of Companies. Global lntertrade, established in 1994, is a diverse group of companies with major investments in property and property development, the wine industry and media.

Spanning over 30 years, Manuel has a diverse background in both the business sector and executive government positions. Prior to joining Global lntertrade, Manuel worked in international business and investment attraction, working with companies including Benetton, Natuzzi, Marcos Automotive and Prodrive.

Manuel's company MJO Developments consulted to Tarong Energy during the construction of South Australia's first wind farm in 2002, Starfish Hill in the Fleurieu Peninsula.

In 2003, Manuel was appointed executive director of Investment Attraction and Major Projects in the Department of Trade and Economic Development. Working with the Economic Development Board, Manuel managed a team responsible for overseeing development and investment attraction projects in South Australia.

Manuel returned to Global lntertrade in 2006, overseeing further growth of the company. This included the acquisition of a winery and vineyard assets in the Barossa Valley, activation of property development projects and the expansion of the media group.

Tim Last

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Tim is an experienced senior financial markets & investment banking professional with a demonstrated track record of leading successful teams across equity & derivatives sales, trading and capital markets.

Over a career spanning 25 years in Australia, UK, Japan and Hong Kong Tim has developed strong relationships with not only institutional fund managers and hedge funds but also family offices, HNWI's and local corporate's.

His main focus now is contributing to the growth of SRG Partner's capital markets activities in South Australia, and, in particular, connecting emerging companies & alternative asset managers with strategic partners and investors both domestically & across Asia.

Tim joined the AEDA board in June 2022.