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Grant Thornton expands CFO advisory team

Grant Thornton has bolstered its Sydney-based CFO advisory team with the recruitment of an experienced financial professional.

Appointments Emma Ryan 24 February 2022
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John Askham has taken on a leadership role within the firm’s CFO advisory team, effective 21 February.


Mr Askham is a chartered accountant who joins from EY’s financial accounting advisory services team, also based in Sydney.

He brings extensive experience to his new role, having worked with a range of multinational and domestic clients, including CFOs and senior finance leaders, on financial accounting, reporting and process issues across a range of industries. 

Mr Askhams appointment follows that of Peter Barnikel (national head of CFO advisory) and reflects strong demand for these services, a statement from Grant Thornton said.

“CFOs and business leaders are facing increasing pressures and are focused on far more than a company’s finances, Andrew Rigele, national head of audit and assurance, Grant Thornton, added.

As expectations increase around quality documentation, robust processes and non-financial reporting, technical expertise and resourcing are compressed – and this has been exacerbated further in the current COVID business climate.

“Our business offers a full suite of services across financial advisory, tax, risk, technology and management consulting, and with the addition of John Askham to bolster the CFO Advisory team we can address a wider pool of clients and assist with the broad range of challenges they face.”

Grant Thornton expands CFO advisory team
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Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan

Emma Ryan is the deputy head of content at Momentum Media and editor of the company's legal publication, Lawyers Weekly.

Emma has worked for Momentum Media since 2015 and has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest stories in corporate Australia. In addition, she has produced exclusive multimedia and event content related to the company's respective brands and audiences.

A journalist by training, Emma has spent her career connecting with key industry stakeholders across a variety of platforms, including online, podcast and radio. She graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism).