AEDA 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, Adelaide 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.

Fairlie Delbridge


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 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.

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

Tammy Barton AEDA 2

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.