Samara Ibrahim and Santosh Mathew join Rennie Partners

08 August 2021 Consultancy.com.au 2 min. read
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Former Big Four consultants Samara Ibrahim and Santosh Mathew are the latest additions to boutique management consultancy Rennie Partners.

Recently-formed strategic, commercial and regulatory consulting firm Rennie Partners continues to build up its team, with former Deloitte consultant Samara Ibrahim and EY manager Santosh Mathew the latest additions.

Samara Ibrahim has joined the consultancy as a senior business analyst. A chartered accountant and business, accounting and finance graduate from the Queensland University of Technology, Ibrahim previously spent four years as a transformation consultant at Deloitte Consulting, while also serving as a member of the firm’s National People Panel.

Samara Ibrahim and Santosh Mathew - Rennie Partners

Santosh Mathew joined Rennie Partners after a two and a half year manager stint with EY in Brisbane (the home-base of Rennie Partners). Previously he spent seven and a half years with North Queensland Bulk Ports, and more than four at Boeing, gaining industry experience across the eerospace, defence and ports sectors.

Established by former EY leaders Matt Rennie and Simone Rennie and commencing operations in June, Rennie Partners aims to support businesses in navigating the transition to net-zero. The firm provides strategic advice, M&A support (focus on commercial due diligence and transactions support) and regulatory design and implementation.

Prior to launching the new enterprise, Matt Rennie spent a decade with EY, including stints as Oceania Power & Utilities practice leader and head of EY’s global Power & Utilities Transactions business, having previously sold his consultancy Energy Advisory Services to EY in 2011. He was also a strategy partner with EY Parthenon – the firm’s strategy consulting outfit.

Likewise a senior member of EY’s global Power & Utilities practice, Simone Rennie spent upwards of six years with the firm to 2019, latterly as director. Since then, she has been responsible for overseeing energy market regulation at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), while earlier career roles included director of strategic planning at the Queensland Department of Energy & Water.

“Our initial strategy was to scale highly qualified and deeply experienced resources to meet immediate demand and to ensure consistency in branding, approach and quality. The appointments of Samara and Santosh are in line with our 100 day strategy, and is the beginning of a systemic approach to our optimal size and resource mix,” Matt Rennie said.

Others onboarded since Rennie Partners’ inception include former EY executive assistant Naomi Smallhorne as Office Manager, along with team members Rhiannon Galletti (ex-EY-Parthenon and Korn Ferry), Zac Forsyth (infrastructure consultant, ex-EY), and Hera Wang, who has a background as a corporate finance and accounting consultant.