Fairlie is a strategic thinker with an astute business mind, a creative approach, sound ethics and strong leadership skills. She owns and operates Cminus Sustainable Spaces, an established property development and consultancy company that has an affection for innovation and disruption in the built environment. She has a breadth of experience including as general manager of strategy and innovation at Renewal SA and is a former owner/operator of a number of McDonald’s Family Restaurants in Western Australia and South Australia.
Fairlie is a fellow of the AICD, holds several non-executive director roles including chair of the Real Estate Institute of SA, a director of Junction Australia, deputy chair of Scotch College and board member for Renew Adelaide. She is a former Commissioner of the SA Planning Commission and a Graduate Fellow of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethics and Leadership.
Fairlie is passionate about people, places, city shaping and the economic, social and cultural development of Adelaide.
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.