Seven females are among the 11 new partners for Grant Thornton, along with two female principals and an even gender split among the associate directors.
"Attracting and retaining the best qualified range of men and women, and mix of ethnicity is pivotal in bringing a depth of views and experience to the table to deliver the best outcomes for clients, while driving results for our firm," said Greg Keith, chief executive of Grant Thornton Australia.
"We’re committed to continually building an inclusive culture that encourages diversity of thought to drive performance," he added.
The firm’s new partners include:
• Kristy Fotiadis, Jacqueline Millership and Kim Schmidt in growth advisory;
• Marcia Fitzmaurice and Kirsten Taylor-Martin in private advisory;
• Michael Dewhurst and Claire Gilmartin in audit and assurance;
• Lorena Sosa Carillo, Christopher Jenkins and Thomas Isbell in national specialist tax; and
• Timothy Goodman in financial advisory.
Further, both Anne Bishop and Anna O’Brien have been promoted to principal in the firm’s tax service department.
These latest hires put Grant Thornton’s female leadership at 15 per cent.
"Our people are a fundamental part of our 2020 strategy. We will continue to invest in growing authentic and inclusive leaders who create a vibrant innovative working environment that inspires and engages our people to perform to their potential," said Mr Keith.