The Riverbank Authority was appointed in 2014 to oversee the coordination of events, development and promotion of the Adelaide Riverbank.
A vision for the Adelaide Riverbank – the Riverbank Plan – was commissioned by Renewal SA in 2013 and written by Woods Bagot. From this plan we’ve formed a long term program for the revitalisation of the Riverbank at the heart of our vibrant city.
The Riverbank Authority has been charged with the task of ensuring that, over time, the Riverbank will become both a source of pride for South Australians and a statement of how we wish to live our lives in this place.
Our vision is that as it emerges and grows, the Riverbank will become a place, accessible to us all, where we can celebrate and connect as people in the pursuit of our collective happiness.
The Riverbank will be Adelaide’s source of life.
Board of Management
The Riverbank Authority Board of Management, chaired by Andrew McEvoy, is made up of a group of highly experienced and committed board members.
Chairman of the Riverbank Authority Board of Management
Andrew McEvoy is a highly qualified Board Director, investor and business owner with more than 20 years’ experience in the tourism, travel, media, marketing and events sectors.
He is the owner and founder of We Connect China as well as the Chairman of Sealink Travel Group and is a Board Director of the Lux Group.
In his more than 20 years in the tourism industry, Andrew rose to be the Managing Director of Tourism Australia – Australia’s peak tourism body. During his tenure, he established the Tourism 2020 Strategy (aimed at doubling overnight expenditure), helped the industry capitalise on growth from Asia, and took a more commercial approach to relationships with airlines – the lifeblood of the Australian tourism industry.
Prior to starting We Connect China, Andrew was Managing Director of the growing Fairfax Life Media and Events business, including lifestyle publishing and Australia’s largest consumer event business.
Award-winning urban planner and landscape architect
Malcolm is a highly experienced manager and designer who combines his passion for creating vibrant cities, and building strong communities, with urban leadership that inspires award-winning teams and achieves place-focused outcomes.
He was the inaugural Chairman of the Place Leaders Association, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Business Economics (AIBE). Malcolm is the Chief Executive Officer of the City Renewal Authority, Canberra.
Chief Executive, Education Adelaide
Karyn has been Education Adelaide’s Chief Executive since July 2014 and has more than 18 years in the tourism industry including executive roles with the South Australian Tourism Commission and Tourism Australia.
Karyn joined Education Adelaide from a post in Singapore where she was Tourism Australia’s Regional General Manager South/South East Asia and Gulf Countries. She has vast experience in the development of consumer and trade marketing strategies for the promotion of Australia as a desirable tourism destination across Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Gulf.
Chief Executive, Renewal SA
John has a wealth of experience in the public service, specifically in the area of planning and he is widely known and respected in the industry.
John previously held the role of Deputy Chief Executive at DPTI, where he had responsibilities for the implementation of The 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide and led the development of the South Australia’s first Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan which covers all aspects of transport and infrastructure for the state for both urban and economic growth for the next 30 years.
Sunday Mail columnist
Lainie is perhaps best known as a Sunday Mail columnist, a position she’s held for the past decade. With more than 25 years’ experience in journalism, public relations and website editing, she’s a former state political reporter for Melbourne’s Herald Sun and also worked for two years at The Times in London.
After returning to her home state of South Australia in 2000, Lainie held the role of public relations manager at the South Australian Tourism Commission and later, Education Adelaide. She has been a member of the Catherine House Trust for a number of years, raising awareness and funds to help support and educate Adelaide women out of homelessness.