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Grant Thornton hires three partners from Qld rivals

Grant Thornton has announced three new partner hires, with two partners defecting from Crowe Horwath and one from William Buck.

News Michael Masterman 05 August 2015
— 1 minute read

The firm has announced John Dowell and Harley Mitchell, formerly partners in Crowe Horwath, will join the firm on 1 September, while Julie Smith, formerly of William Buck, joined the firm on 3 August.


The three appointments come after the Brisbane office recently hired Ian Brooks, formerly of Crowe Horwath and internally promoted Andrew Smith in Brisbane and Andrew Cornes in Cairns to the partnership group earlier this month. Helen Wilkes was also promoted to principal in the firm's Cairns office.

Tony Markwell, managing partner in Queensland, said the appointments reflect the firm’s strong position in the burgeoning Queensland market.

"We’re seeing remarkable growth in four key sectors across Queensland backed by the state government. The health and aged care sector is exploding as baby boomers migrate up north for an affordable retirement.

“We’re seeing a knock on effect in real estate and construction as more apartments are set to go up across Brisbane, while tourism and agribusiness continue to drive local economic activity across the state.

“Queensland is expected to double the national growth rate over the next five years and we will continue to invest in our own capabilities across the four key sectors to meet the demands of our clients in the middle market,” Mr Markwell said.

Grant Thornton’s CEO, Greg Keith welcomed the new partners, saying investment in the Queensland market is a key part of the firm’s national growth strategy.

“As the Queensland market continues to strengthen and grow we will continue to attract and retain the right talent to ensure we can provide the right capabilities to grow our clients in the middle market.

“These appointments form part of our national strategic commitment to achieving sustainable profitable growth by focusing on, and tailoring, our service to continually meet the needs of the mid-size business,” said Mr Keith.

Grant Thornton hires three partners from Qld rivals
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