You have 0 free articles left this month.
Register for a free account to access unlimited free content.
accountants daily logo

KordaMentha promotes 12


The firm said the promotions reflect its strategic growth across its real estate advisory practice alongside its financial crime and cyber security consultancy.

By Josh Needs 12 minute read

KordaMentha has revealed the promotion of 12 senior positions across the firm: four to partner and eight to executive directors. 

The firm said the promotions reflect its strategic growth in its real estate advisory practice as well as the success of its expansion into financial crime and cyber security consultancy. 

A leader in the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing sector, Rachel Challis is one of the four promotions to partner, with her new position to be in KordaMentha’s financial crime practice in Melbourne. 


The firm said Ms Challis’s experience included leading supervision teams in conducting risk-based engagement, audit and investigation strategies as well as leading Australia’s AML/CTF policy capability during her time as strategic adviser to the chief executive at the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre. 

KordaMentha also revealed the promotion of Nick Crockett to partner with its real estate practice in Melbourne. 

The firm said Mr Crockett has more than 20 years of real estate, finance, and management experience across several global markets and had established and managed multiple platforms within the Asia Pacific. 

Mr Crockett’s expertise also includes his ability to arrange and structure debt and equity real estate capital for single assets, programmatic joint ventures, and commingled funds across several countries. 

Within the firm’s restructuring practice, David Johnstone has been promoted to partner in its Brisbane office.  

The firm said Mr Johnstone’s 14 years of experience in professional services, including managing key financial and operational stakeholders, preparing business reviews, and managing trading controls and procedures for continued operations was a central part of his promotion. 

After being at KordaMentha since 2011, Samuel Woods has been promoted to partner in the firm’s real estate practice in Perth. 

The firm said Mr Woods’ experience has incorporated all asset classes within the property and finance industries, which helped him address a broader range of factors before implementing and managing an adopted strategy through to completion. 

The other promotions to executive director included: 

  • Roman Barbera – forensic – Sydney 
  • Stacey Clisby – restructuring – Brisbane 
  • Paul Hewson – restructuring – Sydney 
  • Joshua Jeyaraj – restructuring – Singapore 
  • Jared Palandri – restructuring – Perth
  • Sophia Spiliotopoulos – restructuring – Sydney 
  • Aaron Swaffield – restructuring – Brisbane 
  • Roland Winter – forensic – Sydney



You need to be a member to post comments. Become a member for free today!
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.

You can email Josh on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You are not authorised to post comments.

Comments will undergo moderation before they get published.

accountants daily logo Newsletter

Receive breaking news directly to your inbox each day.