Professor Richard Bruggemann is the Senior South Australian of 2021.
Richard trained and worked as a teacher before becoming a Training Officer and subsequently Training Manager at Chrysler. He has obtained a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma of Teaching and a Master of Business Administration.
After a series of human resource positions within the South Australian Health Commission, Richard was appointed as Executive Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of the Intellectual Disability Services Council (IDSC) a position he held from 1984 until 2006.
On retirement from IDSC, he was appointed as Professorial Fellow in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit of Flinders University where he developed and ran the Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies (Leadership). He also undertook several consultancies for the Commonwealth, South Australian and Victorian Governments including a review of the implementation of the Victorian Disability Act and has held several social inclusion appointments and board positions.
In 2020, he was appointed as the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act Authorising Officer to ensure that the need for COVID-19 safety for people who lacked capacity was balanced with regard for their rights.
His principal interest is in the wellbeing of people with intellectual disabilities, how they can take control of their lives and participate in and contribute to the South Australian community.