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Deloitte announces twelve new Queensland partners

10 June 2014: Professional services firm Deloitte Australia has promoted eight new partners to its Queensland practice, adding to the four experienced lateral hires who have joined the Queensland office in the last 12 months.

In a challenging professional services market, Deloitte also announced national annual revenues across its 16 Australian offices of $1.162B for the year ending 31 May 2014, up by 6.5 per cent on its revenues from the previous year.

The Queensland partner promotions, which take effect on 1 July 2014, include:

  • Manuel Mani (Assurance & Advisory)
  • Kellie Nuttall (Consulting - Decision Science and Analytics)
  • Cameron Chatwood (Deloitte Capland Real Estate Advisory)
  • Chelsea Crawford (Deloitte Private)
  • Natalie Smith (Risk Services)
  • Nicola Scott-Smith (Risk Services)
  • Janelle O’Hare (Tax)
  • Sarah McAlister-Smiley (Deloitte Business Modelling).

Queensland Managing Partner John Greig said, “Women feature strongly in this year’s round of partner promotions and lateral hires. They make up 31 per cent of the new partner promotions nationally and an overwhelming 75 per cent locally in Queensland. We are proud of the fact that we have 11 female partners in our office.

“Diversity has been a focus of Deloitte for a decade and I am delighted with the progress we have made to date. Ultimately, our approach to diversity helps us recruit, retain and engage high-performing talent. The investment in diversity has ensured that we have the diversity of thinking to improve the quality of the solutions provided to clients.  I also firmly believe it helps us better connect our colleagues, unleashing greater collaboration and innovation within our organisation for the benefit of our clients.

“However, while we are making progress, there is still much to be done. I remain determined to maintain Deloitte’s leadership role in the business community as the best employer for women,” Mr Greig said.

“Our eight new partners span across the energy and resources, government and real estate sectors. Deloitte will continue to invest heavily in Queensland, reinforcing our confidence in the market and future growth opportunities in the mining, oil and gas and property sectors, in addition to helping the State Government to drive efficiency in the public sector," he said.

Deloitte Queensland has also seen four other partners recently join the Queensland office as lateral hires – Greg Pratt joins to lead the Research and Development group, while Jessica-Anne Saayman joins the Assurance and Advisory practice.  Experienced oil and gas practitioner Colin Brown has relocated to Queensland from Mongolia, also to join the Assurance & Advisory practice.  Ian Blatchford joined Deloitte in late 2013 and leads the local Risk Services team.

In addition, Steve Healey has transferred from the Deloitte tax practice to lead the Deloitte Private practice in Queensland, to further build Deloitte’s capabilities in the middle market.  Stuart Cioccarelli is now leading the tax practice.

“We see Queensland as a key growth region for Deloitte and have continued to invest in building our capability in the state. With Digicon, NXG and Quattro all joining Deloitte in 2013 to boost our local digital and technology service offering, and property advisor Capland joining us early 2013, to form Deloitte Capland Real Estate Advisory, it is clear that Deloitte remains confident in the outlook for the growth of Queensland,” Mr Greig said.

“Our latest Building the Lucky Country report: Positioning for prosperity? Catching the next wave, highlighted the growth potential of Queensland.

Leveraging Queensland’s unique advantages in mining, gas, agribusiness, international education, tourism and wealth management driven by the increasing demand from our Asian neighbours was high on the agenda,” he said.

“Deloitte Queensland is also focussed on a range of growth pockets driven partly by demographic and technological changes in our economy and society as new housing and health needs arise from the aging of our population.

“These economic insights only reinforce the importance of understanding which sectors of the economy will experience the highest growth and momentum in future years and why it is important to invest in the skills these require now, whether through alliances, acquisitions or promotions.

“Deloitte’s philosophy has always been that preparedness beats prediction and this means making the right investment choices in people and practices that are best able to leverage the profitable growth that is possible in this state".

Deloitte – New Brisbane Partners

Manuel Mani – Assurance and Advisory
Mani is an experienced practitioner in Deloitte's Assurance and Advisory practice with over 15 years’ experience spanning the UK, Belgium, India, UAE and Australia. Mani’s focus will be on the Advisory side of the business.  He leads the provision of assurance and advisory services to a number of significant energy and infrastructure clients both in the private and government sectors, and particularly in regulated environments. Mani also has extensive experience in performing cost and contractor audits and verifications relating to major development projects.

Kellie Nuttall – Consulting, Decision Science and Analytics
Kellie is a partner in Deloitte’s Decision Science and Analytics practice, with strong public sector leadership experience.  Kellie is passionate about the power of data, research and analysis in achieving high value outcomes for clients. Having worked for a number of years managing research and analysis programs for a number of prominent organisations in government, and the finance and energy sectors, she has brought extensive capability to Deloitte’s successful Analytics practice.   Kellie is recognised for her ability to combine strategic thinking with enhanced execution.

Cameron Chatwood – Deloitte Capland Real Estate Advisory
Cameron has over 20 years’ experience in the property industry in Australia, working predominantly in property strategy, valuation and real estate consultancy across a broad range of property sectors including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, rural, special purpose and mixed use.  Cameron joined Deloitte as part of the merger of Capland Real Estate Advisors. Since joining he has helped manage the growth, the integration of the business and the challenge of keeping the team together and focused as they transitioned to a Big 4 firm. Cameron has previously worked for a number of major real estate and financial services firms based in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and has worked on significant real estate projects throughout Australia and overseas.

Chelsea Crawford – Deloitte Private
Since joining the Deloitte Brisbane office in 2004, Chelsea has built a successful career with the firm and fully embraced the many opportunities provided to her along the way, including a secondment to the Toronto office of Deloitte where she was given the responsibility to lead and develop their digital media tax credits practice. Chelsea specialises in tax compliance, tax planning and specialised tax advice for small listed companies, private companies and high net worth individuals across a broad industry spectrum. During her time with the firm Chelsea has always demonstrated her absolute commitment to both her clients and her team. In addition to her outstanding people and client skills, she is a strong technician and was the inaugural Dux of The Tax Institute (the TTI) Advanced Tax program in 2009.

Natalie Smith – Risk Services
Natalie has developed and grown the Project Risk and Assurance practice in Brisbane with her deep experience, care for clients and building a highly credentialed team. She has a strong track record for successfully delivering complex programs with high customer and project team satisfaction, including a program that won the ‘Information Services Leadership Excellence Award’ for the client. She has deep knowledge and experience in how to appropriately address and manage the transformational change risks that are integral to any project implementation, backed by a Masters in Organisational Change.  Natalie lives and breathes her passion around workforce flexibility, has completed a Research Masters on the topic, and is a role model to others for balancing work and family in a part-time arrangement.

Nicola Scott-Smith – Risk Services
Nikki is an experienced Forensic practitioner with a highly successful background in investigations. She has extensive experience, specialising in employee fraud and misconduct investigations, bribery and corruption cases and contract disputes. She has conducted complex forensic accounting and investigations across the globe for over 15 years and was in audit for six years prior to this. She has worked across all industries with a particular focus on the resources sector and is experienced in analysing accounting records and identifying irregular transactions, unravelling complex accounting transactions and corporate structures as well as securing and collating evidence in support of legal action.

Sarah McAlister-Smiley – Deloitte Business Modelling
Since moving back to Queensland five years ago after roles at the Reserve Bank of Australia, Optus Business and several years in the Sydney Deloitte office, Sarah’s stewardship has grown her Queensland Deloitte Business Modelling practice to a team of 10, the largest Deloitte Business Modelling group nationally. In additional to her extensive industry experience in economic and financial modelling, forecasting and financial analysis, business case modelling and product modelling, Sarah has also been involved in reviewing project legal and financial documents to ensure commercial arrangements framing projects’ business case are embodied in project documentation. Sarah has also acted as a subject matter expert on engagements across our member firms in the UK, the US, Singapore, NZ, PNG and India and is Australia’s representative on Deloitte’s Global Panel of Modelling Experts.

Janelle O’Hare – Tax
Janelle has over 13 years of tax consulting experience, specialising in corporate and international tax both in Australia and overseas.   Janelle’s area of expertise is the oil and gas industry, with a focus on oil and gas producers, service companies and non-resident investors. She specialises in PRRT taxation, and has broad experience across the offshore and onshore industries. Janelle has played a pivotal role in leading the growth and continued success of Deloitte’s Oil & Gas tax practice over the past few years.

Ian Blatchford – Risk Services
Ian leads the Deloitte Risk Services Practice in Queensland. Originally from the United Kingdom, Ian has over 15 years’ experience working with large global companies to manage the risks associated with technology change. Ian has extensive experience assisting clients in both the implementation and project management of large IT enabled transformation programs. Ian has worked across a range of industry sectors over his career and now focusses on the public sector. He is experienced in ERP systems, information security management, technology optimisation and cost containment programs.

Colin Brown – Assurance & Advisory
Colin Brown is an experienced Deloitte partner with nearly 40 years’ experience in the Energy and Resources sector in the UK, Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Russia and Mongolia. Colin has held a number of leadership positions with Deloitte, Big 4 firms and with the UK Financial Reporting Council.  Most recently, Colin held the role of the Head of Audit and the Energy and Resources leader in the Mongolian firm, as he played a major role to build the local practice into a fully functioning member firm.  With his vast oil and gas and utilities experience, Colin has relocated to Brisbane to assist the team in continuing to build our growing local Oil & Gas and Utilities practices.

Greg Pratt - Tax
Greg is Deloitte’s R&D and Government Incentives leader in Queensland and has many years of experience assisting companies to access R&D tax incentives and grants. Greg has a strong background in law and tax, and has spent the last six years specialising in R&D tax incentives. Greg commenced his career in New Zealand where he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court.  Following the introduction of the NZ R&D tax credit in 2008, he was given responsibility to develop and lead the R&D tax practice of a major accounting firm in Wellington.  More recently, Greg relocated to Adelaide where he continued his R&D tax career – developing and leading their R&D practice for the last three years.  Greg has experience across many industries including agriculture, manufacturing, technology, financial services and resources.

Jessica-Anne Saayman – Assurance & Advisory
Jessica is an experienced audit partner who joins Deloitte from South Africa.  Her career spans over 16 years in technical, assurance and advisory.  Her particular experience included listed, unlisted and privately held entities over a number of industries, such as healthcare, steel, property, manufacturing, and short term insurance.  She has a passion for middle market clients and assisting her clients with the practical implementation of the legislative and governance issues affecting them in the current environment.

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