Meet the 2017 Mainstreet SA Awards Judges

Entries into the 2017 Mainstreet SA Awards will be judged by the following practitioners who all share a strong interest in the development of thriving mainstreets. We thank them for sharing their time, skill and experience with us.


Chelsea Lewis

Chelsea Lewis is motivated by social change, gender equity and genuine Reconciliation. She works, volunteers and parents with the desire to achieve a world that is safe and just. Currently working as a communications professional in a large not-for-profit, her career has included roles within media, policy and advocacy. She developed a social marketing and education campaign on safety in public spaces which has become sustainable beyond its one-year seed funding and in 2016 won a national Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award. Chelsea is Chair of the community-led Gumeracha Main Street Project – a voluntary business and resident group committed to achieving economic and placemaking outcomes for the Adelaide Hills township. She became a committee member of Mainstreet SA in 2017.

David West

David West is all about mainstreets. As a retail consultant with Premier Retail Marketing he has worked with mainstreets, towns and shopping centres all over Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He is an inaugural member of MainstreetSA and a previous Chairman. He has recently written a Mainstreet Management Book - a first for Australia.




Nichola Kapitza

As Manager of Place and Activation Nichola leads a team of dedicated Place Managers, whose focus is to ensure that placemaking informs key Renewal SA projects such as the Market to Riverbank link, the Adelaide Riverbank Precinct, the activation of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site and the Port Adelaide and Bowden developments. Nichola is a passionate place and community development practitioner with over 15 years experience gained whilst working within the local government sector.

Sean Holden

The Senior Policy Adviser Economic Development with the Local Government Association of South Australia, Sean started in October last year with the LGA and is a first-time judge for the Mainstreet SA Awards. Previously Sean worked in sport administration with the South Australian Soccer Federation and South Australian Cricket Association, then the Whyalla and Port Augusta City Councils and has worked across five State Government departments, a Ministerial Adviser of Regional Affairs and Resources Development under two State Government Ministers and has worked in regional media on television, radio and a column for seven years with the Transcontinental News.


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