Stephen Patterson was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Morphett in 2018.
He was appointed as the Minister for Trade and Investment in the Marshall Government in 2020.
Stephen graduated from The University of Adelaide in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering with 1st Class Honours.
Before politics, Stephen was an electrical engineer and co-founded a software engineering company. He worked with businesses in some of South Australia’s key growth sectors, including defence, space, and hi-tech. Stephen has also held a professional sporting career, having represented teams in both the SANFL and AFL, an experience which shaped his attitude to team work and collaboration.
Stephen is passionate about his local community and served as a Councillor for the City of Holdfast Bay from 2010 to 2014, and then as Mayor until 2017.
Stephen enjoys being involved in a range of local sporting clubs and community groups, including Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club. He lives in Glenelg South with his wife Tammy and four children, who actively volunteer in the community.
Darren Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Foods International (TFI).
Under the stewardship of Darren and his father and company founder Chris Thomas, TFI has grown from a small family company into Australia’s largest 100% family-owned meat processing company with a proven track record for trading premium lamb, beef and mutton products. TFI supplies more than 85 countries with operations in Australia, USA, Canada, China, Europe and Japan. TFI also expanded into seafood in recent years with their subsidiary company Thomas Cappo Seafoods.
In Australia, TFI operates meat-processing plants located at Lobethal and Tamworth and has commenced work on an exciting new project - the construction of a technically advanced, multi-species, meat processing facility in Murray Bridge. TFI also services the needs of the domestic market, through their wholesale and distribution business TFI Australia.
The TFI group of companies generates an annual turnover in excess of $2 billion and employs more than 3000 people globally.
Darren holds a Bachelor of Accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, is a former inaugural chair and board member of Brand South Australia, a former member of the Economic Development Board, a board member for a number of charitable organisations and is a member of the South Australian chapter of the internationally renowned Young Presidents Organisation (YPO).
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