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PPB makes senior appointment


A former KPMG director has been appointed chief economist at mid-tier firm PPB Advisory.

Promoted by Michael Masterman 2 minute read

Stuart Kells, who has 20 years' experience advising leaders in government and business on strategy, reform and improvement, has been appointed to the role.

In a statement, PPB said Mr Kells has substantial experience in governance and institutional design, evaluation, innovation, regulation, assessing performance, and market design.

Most recently, Mr Kells was a senior executive in the Victorian government, where his roles included assistant auditor-general, executive director of the office of manufacturing, and executive director for economic reform.

Prior to that, he worked as a research fellow at the Melbourne Institute, as an executive at Potter Warburg and as a director at KPMG, where he jointly led the Melbourne economics practice.

Daniel Bryant, practice leader of the advisory practice group, said Mr Kells’ substantial experience will be a significant boost to the firm.

“Stuart’s depth and breadth of public sector experience will be a tremendous asset to our clients, particularly as we expand our services for government,” he said.

“Stuart’s experience in economic assessment and viability, and policy formation complements our existing services, and enables us to better serve governments facing funding constraints or new approaches to public service delivery,” said Mr Bryant.

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