Carl Partridge has been appointed Chief Executive Elect of the new Adelaide Central Market Authority.
Recently relocated from the UK, Mr Partridge has extensive experience in driving business operations and property management both in retail and business sectors, including overseeing operations at the internationally renowned Wembley Stadium, Royal Agricultural Society of England (Food & Farming), The Oval Cricket Ground and Fulham Football Club.
“I’m honoured to be appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive and look forward to working with the Authority and truly engaging with all of the traders to enhance the Central Market as a first-choice food destination,” Mr Partridge said.
“I have visited some of the world’s greatest and most successful markets – and the Central Market is right up there. It has a unique position as a tourist drawcard as well as a wonderful exhibition of South Australian produce – I am looking forward to growing and developing the market.”
Carl will lead the day-to-day management of the Market, in collaboration with the Authority chaired by Judy Potter.
“After an exhaustive search which included several international candidates we are delighted to appoint someone of the calibre and skills that Carl will bring to the market,” said Ms Potter.
“Carl will bring his experience to work with ACM Board, traders, Council and stakeholders to deliver initiatives that will ensure this iconic market will remain the preeminent fresh food and produce market in the State.”
The announcement comes one month after David Simmons, Grant Pember, Paul Kerin and Pip Forrester were appointed to the Authority Board.
The Authority will commence operation mid-year and will work independently in the best interest of the Market.
The Board’s role will be to oversee and develop the market in line with the Central Market Charter, which outlines the vision, goals and overall strategic direction of the Market. They will be required to submit a rolling strategic plan and annual business plan to Adelaide City Council for approval as well as provide Performance Reports on an agreed basis.
The new entity established as a subsidiary under section 42 of the Local Government Act 1999 has been signed-off by Minister for State and Local Government Relations, Hon Russel Wortley and is waiting gazetting.
Traders will also have a role in the model through a Trader Advisory Group.