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Mid-tier secures former big 4 exec and former diplomat


A mid-tier firm has announced the hires of a former KPMG executive and a former diplomat as it seeks to boost its consulting and global trade service offerings respectively.

By Jotham Lian 9 minute read

Crowe Horwath, part of Findex, has announced the appointment of Amelia Hartney as associate partner in performance consulting, following spending close to a decade at KPMG, where she was an associate director.

Based in Albury, Ms Hartney will look to bolster Crowe Horwath’s consultancy offering, specifically acting as a mentor and leadership coach to its regional small business clients nationally.

As part of helping business gain government funding support, Ms Hartney and her team will also be providing government relations consulting, specifically the Victorian Boost Your Business and Defence Industry Supply Chain Program initiatives and federal research and development tax incentive program.

Mr Hartney also sits on the board of directors for youth not-for-profit NESAY, and is a strategy adviser and has close professional affiliation with the Children First Foundation. 

“I am proud to be a professional living and working in regional Australia with a strong national and global focus,” said Ms Hartney.

“I love helping to develop and strengthen leadership teams and this role allows me to do what I am passionate about — helping people and businesses reach their full potential.”

In a bid to boosts its global trade service offering, Crowe Horwath has also announced the appointment of Sam Lawrence as senior manager in global trade and customs.

Mr Lawrence was a former diplomat with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and most recently a trade manager with Horticulture Innovation Australia.

Working closely with Ms Hartney and global trade and customs associate director, Richard Nutt, Mr Lawrence will assist in designing and building a suite of trade focused services for both small and large organisations.

“The opportunities to increase Australian businesses’ share of global trade are truly exciting, with demand for high-quality, safe Australian products and services rising rapidly,” said Mr Lawrence.

“I’m excited to use my experience to help our clients develop their ties with global trading networks and ultimately, increase their exporting capabilities.”

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Jotham Lian

Jotham Lian


Jotham Lian is the editor of Accountants Daily, the leading source of breaking news, analysis and insight for Australian accounting professionals.

Before joining the team in 2017, Jotham wrote for a range of national mastheads including the Sydney Morning Herald, and Channel NewsAsia.

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