Three promoted to Grant Thornton‘s Australian partnership

01 July 2021 2 min. read
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Grant Thornton has promoted Bhavesh Narsey, Hugh Perks and Helen Wilkes to partner.

The latest intake of partners lifts Grant Thornton’s leadership team to 158 in Australia. The global professional services firms has six offices across the country, in each mainland state capital together with an outlet in Cairns, with a total headcount of around 1,200. The past four years have seen a net increase of 16 in the number of local partners.

“We’re always looking to cultivate and support talent throughout the business, and this year is no different,” said CEO Greg Keith. “What I am most proud of is the care instilled in each of our new partners. Our clients consistently tell us what makes us different is that we genuinely care, and this is one thing that our new partners all have in common. Bhavesh, Helen and Hugh all have deep relationships with their clients and colleagues and strong links to the community.”

Three promoted to Grant Thornton Australian partnership

Bhavesh Narsey
A Sydney-based member of Grant Thornton’s National not-for-profit, aged care and education sector teams, Narsey got his career start with BDO in 2007, where he spent more than five years including audit senior secondments to the US and UK. In 2012 he joined Grant Thornton, and in addition to serving social impact clients, has been a member of the charitable Grant Thornton Foundation board for the past seven years. He holds a degree in Commerce with UNSW.

Helen Wilkes
Based out of Cairns, Wilkes is a specialist in delivering audit and advisory services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and individuals in regional Northern Australia, with more than 35 years of experience under her belt. Joining in 2014, she has been with Grant Thornton for the past seven and a half years, previously spending almost three decades with KPMG. Wilkes earned her BSc in Mathematics at the University of Manchester in 1981.

Hugh Perks
A partner in Grant Thornton’s Private Business Tax & Advisory practice out of Sydney, Perks has been with the firm for the past six years, crossing in 2015 after seven years with Deloitte. At Grant Thornton, Perks specialises in providing clients of all types and sizes with virtual real-time CFO advisory services through a cloud-based offering, with a focus on the Technology and Media industries. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide.

The appointments come a few months after Grant Thornton added former Ernst & Young associate partner Richard Nutt as a partner in its Specialist Tax practice. With EY for two years, Nutt previously spent seven years with Crowe Horwath, before which he gained customs broking, supply-chain, and logistics industry expertise across multiple jurisdictions through an eight-year process engineering stint at FedEx.