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Advisory firm snares former ATO assistant commissioner

McGrathNicol has appointed former ATO assistant commissioner Jamie Norton as a Canberra-based partner.

Appointments John Buckley 08 April 2021
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Mr Norton will join McGrathNicol as a partner in the firm’s technology and cyber-security team from 3 May after three years as assistant commissioner at the ATO, where he was chief information and security officer.


With more than 20 years’ experience in cyber resilience, Mr Norton contributed to the 2020 Australian Cyber Security Strategy and the Australian Signals Directorate’s IRAP and cloud programs.

He was also co-chair of the Cyber Security Stakeholders Group (CSSG) with CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia.

Mr Norton specialises in cyber-security strategy, program development, governance, risk and operations in his new role, offering the firm vast experience working with board and security leaders to improve security, reporting and metrics, and organisational security strategy.

Speaking on Mr Norton’s appointment, McGrathNicol chairman Jason Preston welcomed Mr Norton, noting the value his arrival at the firm will bring at a time of rising cyber-security threats.

“We have seen the effects of cyber-security breaches on businesses and government agencies close at hand,” Mr Preston said. “Jamie’s addition to the firm significantly bolsters our cyber and risk advisory capability.

“We look forward to the contribution he will make to improving cyber resilience across our client base.”

The firm’s government advisory lead, Shane O’Keeffe, welcomed Mr Norton’s appointment and the experience across the private and public sectors he brings with him. 

“Cyber security is front of mind in Canberra,” Mr O’Keeffe said, “and Jamie’s leadership experience within government agencies means that he is well versed to help private and public organisations make more informed security decisions.

“As the government’s Cyber Security Strategy is rolled out, Jamie’s appointment builds on our market-leading cyber and technology advisory practice.”

Advisory firm snares former ATO assistant commissioner
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John Buckley

John Buckley

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Before joining the team in 2021, John worked at The Sydney Morning Herald. His reporting has featured in a range of outlets including The Washington Post, The Age, and The Saturday Paper.

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