Executive Management

 George O'Connell

Mentor and Former State Manager, Hitachi (Australia)

Areas of Specialisation:

  • Leadership & Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Change Management
  • Forecasting & Finance

George O'Connell spent his final 16 years working for multi-national companies, before his recent retirement, as a Senior Manager overseeing multiple operations, agents and numerous staffs in the Industrial, Civil and Mining sectors.

He is a pragmatic people manager, who is skilled in developing people, and he has strong acumen in strategy and leadership. George's expertise extends as a very good listener and problem solver. His strengths are understanding and interpreting gaps in the market, and then with good communication, navigating through the issues to bring success and sustainability to an organisation or operation.

Senior Vice President Australia: Uranium One, Inc.

Areas of specialisation:

  • Technology developer
  • Strategic planning
  • Operations management
  • Organisational behaviour

Kuzma is a chemical engineer with a master’s degree in business leadership and 30 years experience in mining operations, general management and executive leadership. Kuzma began his working career with Rand Mines Ltd, before joining Anglovaal Mining Ltd in 1995. While working in a number of African countries, he held various positions including Mine Manager, Consulting Metallurgist and Manager of Strategy. In Australia, he worked for Sons of Gwalia and Aditya Birla before joining Uranium One in 2007 and until most recently was Senior Vice President with overall responsibility for all Australian operations, projects and exploration. 

Having worked in various countries Kuzma has experienced working in culturally diverse operating environments for multinational corporations and joint ventures. His work interests include strategic alignment in organisations, operations optimisation, corporate governance and promoting sustainable community development. 

Professional interests:

  • Chartered Chemical Engineer ( MIChemE) - British Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Graduate Member (GAICD) - Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Registered Professional Engineer (Pr. Eng.) - Engineering Council of South Africa 

Chief Executive Officer: Foodbank SA 

Areas of specialisation:

  • Sales growth
  • Key Account Management
  • Strategic planning
  • Staff development
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Continuous improvement strategy, development and implementation
  • Performance management

Greg is the Chief Executive Officer of Foodbank SA and brings extensive experience gained over 30 years in a number of industry sectors. After completing a Master of Science degree at Purdue University in the USA, specialising in food science, he advanced his career in senior management roles with iconic food companies such as Inghams, Berri, Tip Top, Goodman Fielder and Maggie Beer Products, in NSW, Victoria and SA. His experience and knowledge was further enhanced by moving into more diverse industries such as Mitsubishi Motors, and more recently in Brisbane as Executive Vice President for global mineral testing company Bureau Vertias.

With the downturn in the mining sector, Greg return to Adelaide with a desire to contribute to the SA community which has been his home for 22 years. Foodbank presented the ideal vehicle to use his experience, knowledge and contacts to help people in need, and he is enjoying every aspect of the new challenge, and especially the interaction with the corps of volunteers who help Foodbank every day.

Founder and Managing Director: Explore Potential

Areas of specialisation:

  • Managing and training
  • Developing positive organisational culture
  • Customer and stakeholder engagement
  • Government relations

Driven by making a positive difference though connecting strategy to individual team members led Nicole to establish Explore Potential in 2014.

Nicole's experience in senior management, executive and director roles in multinationals, nationals, and state based organisation as well as former CEO of scosa (the Spastic Centre of South Australia) one of SA's largest not for profits results in her bringing a unique and valuable perspective to her mentor relationships.

Nicole's work and contributions to the social and business communities have been highly awarded by the Telstra Business Women's Awards in two categories, CPA Top 40 leaders and the Marketing Institute of Australia.

Nicole has been an Executive Partner since 2010 and brings a particularly optimistic and aspirational quality to our Executive Partners Program, especially to the like-minded high achieving students with whom she mentors.

Steven Todd

General Manager in the wine industry

Areas of specialisation:

  • SME owner/developer
  • Strategy development (small and family business)
  • Leadership and staff development
  • Production and project management 

Steven’s background is primarily as an engineer and production manager in the food industry both in the UK and Australia. Initially managing small shift based teams, he later moved to the management of a large commercial bakery with over 500 staff. Recently his interests have evolved to the more strategic elements of developing and running a business, particularly the smaller business environment as it gives a broader range of experiences and more opportunity to apply the knowledge he has gained throughout his career.

Steven has a wealth of experience in a range of industries such as the food production, IT and wine. His titles have included General Manager, Company Secretary, and Director. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (UK), a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Management and Leaders. He has also achieved Chartered Engineer and Chartered Manager status.