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Grant Thornton revamps executive team to target ESG

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Additional positions will help find opportunities in sustainability reporting, the firm says.

By Josh Needs 12 minute read

Grant Thornton has revamped its executive team for the New Year and created three positions to target ESG and sustainability reporting.

CEO Greg Keith said the moves would tap opportunities thrown up by sustainability requirements.

“As we head toward the end of another challenging yet successful year, I have been looking at how we can continue to drive our firm’s purpose and support the delivery of our strategic priorities,” he said. 

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“This new executive will develop the capability of our leadership team and provide opportunities for different roles and challenges.” 

“In addition, a market opportunity has arisen in ESG which we need to seriously invest in. We must prioritise our ESG strategy and capabilities so we can build a leading offering for our current and potential clients.” 

The role of national managing partner for ESG would be filled by Andrew Rigele — the first dedicated ESG representative on the executive. 

He would ensure appropriate resources were allocated to exploring ESG opportunities and identify growth opportunities, the firm said. 

As a result of Mr Rigele’s move, Nicole Bradley has been appointed national managing partner - audit, while Sandie Boswell will lead the tax offering as national managing partner - tax. 

The firm also appointed Iain Kemp to the new position of national managing partner - community, where would implement strategies that supported Grant Thornton’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

Grant Thornton also confirmed that industry leader responsibilities would become part of Fraser McNaughton’s extended role as chief marketing officer and industry.

“Industry remains a vital go-to market focus for Grant Thornton and will continue to grow by joining with our specialists in the marketing and business development group,” said Mr Keith.

The changes to the executive roles come shortly after Ben Swindale took up the newly-created role of chief technology officer on 31 October.

Mr Swindale would use his experience to safely integrate technology across each sector of the firm and its services, it said.

The new executive positions from 1 January:

  • Andrew Rigele, national managing partner - ESG 
  • Nicole Bradley, national managing partner - audit
  • Sandie Boswell, national managing partner - tax 
  • Ben Swindale, chief technology officer 
  • Iain Kemp, national managing partner - community and office chairs 
  • Fraser McNaughton, chief marketing officer and industry

Unchanged positions continuing on the executive team include:

  • Michelle Watson, chief financial officer
  • Kate Lindwall, chief people and culture officer
  • Andrew Archer, national managing partner - quality and excellence
  • Said Jahani, national managing partner - financial advisory 
  • Michael Pittendrigh, national managing partner - consulting and private business tax and advisory 
  • Sue Alcock, executive assistant

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Josh Needs

Josh Needs

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Josh Needs is a journalist at Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser, which are the leading sources of news, strategy, and educational content for professionals in the accounting and SMSF sectors.

Josh studied journalism at the University of NSW and previously wrote news, feature articles and video reviews for Unsealed 4x4, a specialist offroad motoring website. Since joining the Momentum Media Team in 2022, Josh has written for Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser.

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