Adelaide Benevolent Society is South Australia's oldest charity, formed in 1849. It is an independent non-profit organization that provides affordable housing for aged persons and new arrivals to South Australia; the Society provides emergency financial assistance for people in need. The Adelaide Benevolent Society was formed on 2 February 1849, as the ‘Adelaide Benevolent and Stranger's Friend Society Incorporated’, its objective was to provide "relief to the sick and indigent among newly arrived immigrants". From its inception, one of the Society's main aims was to provide cheap accommodation; this began to be realised from the 1869, when it rented purchased, cottages in the Adelaide city centre. These cottages were replaced by housing units in Adelaide’s northern and southern suburbs; as well as providing subsidised accommodation, the Society helps out in cases of unforeseen emergency, providing help with the cost of utility bills or short term financial aid where there is genuine need. The Society's work among the poor and sick continued during Australia’s economically depressed years from the late 1880s and 1890s through to the first decade of the 20th century, including the Great Depression of the 1930s.
It was during this period that the Society was able to finance the construction of its own building with a bequest of 1000 pounds from Sir Thomas Elder. Elder Hall was completed in 1898 and this quaint building still functions as the Society’s office at 17 Morialta Street Adelaide, South Australia. Former South Australian Premier Thomas Playford was a founding member of the Adelaide Benevolent Society. Stow Smith was associated with the Society for over 50 years; the Society owns more than 250 units and houses throughout the Adelaide metropolitan area that it rents to persons on lower incomes at rents below market rates. The Society's properties are located in several suburbs around the metropolitan area from Elizabeth in the North to Victor Harbor in the South. Properties are a mix of two bedroom units as well as some 3 bedroom houses. Potential tenants are assessed on a needs basis and the Society acts as a tenancy and property manager. IN addition to housing, the Society provides some emergency financial assistance.
Applications are assessed on a needs basis. The Advertiser, 7 May 2009: Housing Scheme for Aged Launched ABC News, 19 May 2010: New Adelaide Housing to Ease Rental Stress Adelaide Benevolent Society Thomas Playford, ABS history
Sir John Andrew Likierman, is the former Dean of the London Business School. In August 2017, he was succeeded by François Ortalo-Magné. Andrew Likierman was born in Colne, Lancashire on 30 December 1943, he earned a master's degree from the University of Oxford. Private sector: Likierman started as a management trainee with English Sewing Cotton in Manchester, qualifying as a management accountant, he moved to his family's firm, Qualitex Ltd, running a textile plant in Germany and was Managing Director of the Overseas Division. He started his own book business, Ex Libris Ltd. Academic: Likierman was a faculty member at Leeds University and has been a faculty member at London Business School from 1974–1976, 1979–1993 and since 2004, his positions have included Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Professor of Accounting and Financial Control. He was succeeded as dean by François Ortalo-Magné in August 2017, his publications - for academics and practitioners - have been in the fields of public finance and performance measurement..
His current research is on managerial judgment. Government: Likierman was Head of the Government Accountancy Service, Managing Director of the Financial Management and Audit Directorate of HM Treasury and its Principal Finance Officer, he had earlier worked in the Cabinet Office as a member of the Central Policy Review Staff. He was knighted in 2001 for his work on moving UK Government finances from a cash to an accruals basis through Resource Accounting and Budgeting. Professional: Likierman advised 5 Parliamentary Select Committees on public expenditure and control issues, was President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and Chairman of a government study on professional liability. In the field of corporate governance, he was a member of the Cadbury Committee, Chairman of the group which compiled a code for central government departments and one of six international experts appointed by the Secretary-General in 2006 to advise on the corporate governance of the United Nations.
Non-executive roles: Likierman is a National Independent Director of Times Newspapers Ltd and a non-executive director of listed insurance company Beazley Group and Monument Bank. His previous non executive roles have included Chairman of the market research firm MORI Ltd, the Economists Bookshop Ltd and the United Kingdom's National Audit Office, Deputy Chairman of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and Director of the Bank of England and Barclays Bank plc. In addition to his knighthood, Likierman has been awarded honorary degrees from 4 universities, the CIMA Gold Medal and was non-executive of the year in the public/not-for-profit sector; the Library of the London Business School was named the Likierman Library in recognition of the joint efforts of Likierman and his wife Meira in fundraising for the School during his period as Dean. Likierman was married to Meira who died in 2019 and has two step-children and James, five grandchildren