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Professional with 4 decades of experience joins Grant Thornton


The new hire brings with him expertise from working at PwC and has lectured externally for CA ANZ and ASIC.

By Josh Needs 12 minute read

Grant Thornton has bolstered its firm’s experience and expertise by appointing Mark Butterfield as a financial advisory principal based out of its Sydney office. 

Mr Butterfield joins the firm with over 40 years of experience and knowledge in the accounting profession and has spent the last 34 years specialising in business valuation and forensic accounting with expertise in firm risk management and technical quality. 

Grant Thornton partner and national head of corporate finance Holly Stiles said she was pleased by the addition of Mr Butterfield to the firm and the expertise he will provide for its clients and the business itself.


“Mark will be a great asset to the financial advisory team,” said Ms Stiles. 

“His extensive experience across a range of organisations will help us grow the financial advisory offering in Sydney.” 

“With a specialisation in business valuation and forensic accounting, he has bolstered his credibility in the industry and is highly experienced in valuing equity, businesses, intangible assets, debt and options in commercial contexts.” 

Mr Butterfield said he is excited to join the firm and is keen to be able to provide his expertise to the organisation’s clients. 

“I am delighted to have joined the financial advisory - corporate finance team at Grant Thornton and look forward to continuing my career at the firm,” said Mr Butterfield. 

“I aim to deliver the best results for my clients, and I have confidence I will be supported by some of the best in this industry.” 

The firm said his addition and experience across several business landscapes will enhance Grant Thornton’s financial advisory team, particularly in an uncertain time with the increased need for resilience in businesses and the importance of advice to ensure firm confidence. 

Grant Thornton said Mr Butterfield brings with him the experience of providing expert evidence on valuation opinion in the Australian and International courts and has also lectured externally for organisations such as CA ANZ, the Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and ASIC. 

He joined Grant Thornton from Halligan and Co where he worked for over 13 years and before that worked for large firms PKF and PwC. 

Grant Thornton is part of a global network that has over 61,700 professionals across 147 countries with the Australian team consisting of over 165 partners and 1,300 staff across offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth.

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Josh Needs

Josh Needs


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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