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Deloitte announces six new Perth partners

19 June 2013: Professional services firm Deloitte Australia has appointed six new partners to its West Australian practice, part of a national total of 67 announced today.

The appointments, which take effect on 1 July 2013, include 45 new partners promoted from within Deloitte and 22 experienced lateral hires, who have joined the national firm in the last 12 months.

The new Perth partners are:

  • Etienne Gouws (Assurance & Advisory)
  • Luke Parsons (Commercial Advisory Services)
  • Matt Judkins (Economics & Infrastructure Advisory)
  • Michael Scott (Deloitte Digital)
  • Michael Towler (Tax).

In addition, Keith Buckley has transferred from the Melbourne Consulting practice to build on Deloitte Perth’s supply chain capabilities.

Deloitte Managing Partner, Western Australia, Michael McNulty, said the new partners were joining one of the fastest-growing Deloitte offices in Australia.

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

“In recognition of Deloitte’s continued growth in the Western Australian marketplace, we look forward to moving to the new tower under construction at Brookfield Place in late 2015, which will provide the flexibility to grow to meet business demands in the future,” Mr McNulty said.

Deloitte also announced annual revenues of $1.092B for the year end 31May 2013, down by 0.9 per cent on its record revenues the previous year. Giam Swiegers, Deloitte CEO commented: “After 18 per cent growth last year, that pushed us through a billion dollars in revenue, 2012/13 was very much a year of consolidation for the firm.

“While I am delighted that our investments in analytics, technology, economics and other areas in recent years correctly anticipated the market’s growing appetite for these skills, I believe the Australian economy has changed forever. This means continually responding and preparing our business, clients and people for ongoing, constant change.

“Our investment in 67 new partners clearly demonstrates our confidence in the Australian economy despite the current global volatility,” he said. “It reinforces our belief in understanding which sectors of the economy will experience the highest growth and momentum and being prepared to invest in the skills these require, whether this be via alliances, team acquisitions or promotions.

“Deloitte’s philosophy has always been that preparedness beats prediction. This means continually looking at operating models, gearing levels, staff mixes, utilising technology better or doing more work with offshore offices. It also means making the right investment choices, in people and practices, best able to leverage the profitable growth our Deloitte analysis indicates is possible in Australia,” he said.

Reflecting the impact of Deloitte’s focus on innovation and design thinking, and in what is a first for a professional services firm, Deloitte was awarded this month an Australian International Design AwardTM for its audit services. In presenting the Design AwardTM Good Design Australia recognised Deloitte’s commitment to applying design thinking principles to better understand client needs and harness the power of a new generation of technology, content, professional mindsets and behaviours to cut through complexity, identify risks and design a highly effective and different audit experience.

Deloitte – New Perth Partners

Etienne Gouws – Assurance & Advisory

Etienne has over 15 years’ experience in assurance and advisory engagements and has worked in South Africa, the United Kingdom and most recently in Australia. Etienne is well regarded in the oil and gas industry for his accounting technical abilities gained through advising a number of oil and gas upstream companies in that sector. Etienne was part of the industry team debating the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (“PRRT”) issues and positions. During his professional career he has been responsible for leading significant, multinational audits and assignments and frequently engaged on global issues with cross border teams.

Keith Buckley – Consulting

Keith is a partner in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operational practice and is a key contributor to the development of a new operations excellence sub-competency, with a focus on supply chain, procurement and manufacturing operational efficiency in asset-intensive industries, including manufacturing, defence and mining. Keith is a recognised global expert in the synchronisation of organisations value chains (both owned and outsourced) into tightly integrated supply chains.  Ensuring suppliers, operations, maintenance and supply chain teams work in unison to provide strong outcomes both economically and for the end customers.

Luke Parsons – Commercial Advisory Services

Luke’s specialisation is the provision of strategic, financial and commercial advice on major privately financed infrastructure projects, as well as government-related commercial transactions. Luke is the lead financial and commercial adviser on a number of significant privately financed infrastructure and property development projects in Western Australia. Luke’s 15-plus-year career spans investment banking, private legal practice and government. He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High and Federal Courts of Australia in 1998.

Matt Judkins – Economics & Infrastructure Advisory

Matt has more than 13 years’ advisory experience, extensively within the resources and infrastructure space, advising policy makers, global mining and mining service providers, infrastructure operators and global energy majors. Matt’s primary focus is on assisting clients to develop and deliver sustainable commercial strategy on major capital projects. Matt has experience working across Asia, Europe and Africa. Prior to Deloitte, Matt was at SAHA International, a specialist infrastructure advisory group acquired by Deloitte in 2011 and previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Michael Scott – Consulting

Michael is a director at Deloitte Consulting with over 14 years’ consulting experience. Michael leads the Deloitte Digital practice in Western Australia, providing web, mobile and social media advice and solution-implementation services to blue chip organisations across the mining, utilities, financial services, government and higher education sectors. Michael also specialises in technology advisory services for the mining sector, spanning strategy and planning, governance, operating model and organisation design, feasibility studies and solution implementation.

Michael Towler  – Tax

Michael leads the indirect tax group in Perth and has over 26 years’ experience in indirect taxes both in Australia and the UK. Michael advises across many industry sectors, but has a special focus on the energy and resources, property and insurance industry sectors. Michael advises on all aspects of GST/VAT, fuel tax and customs, to include audit management, prudential reviews and planning. Michael is very experienced in providing practical solutions to clients in the field of indirect tax.

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For further information:

Michael McNulty
WA Managing Partner
Tel:+ 61 8 9365 7055
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Tel: +61 8 6314 6300

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