KPMG adds to partnership teams on both sides of the Tasman

30 January 2022 3 min. read
More news on

The Australian and New Zealand arms of professional services firm KPMG have added new members to their partnership teams.

Professional services firm KPMG has recruited Janine Woodside, Deepak Pillai and Sarah Hunter as partners in Australia, while appointing Andrew Small as its inaugural human right manager. The partnership recruits join the 36 new members elevated at the start of the year.

Meanwhile, across the ditch, KPMG New Zealand has added Sven Pannell and welcomed back Malcolm Bruce to its partnership team.

KPMG adds to partnership teams on both sides of the Tasman

Janine Woodside
A financial services industry veteran, Woodside joins KPMG as a partner in Management Consulting – Transformational Program Management. Prior to her current remediation and risk transformation leadership role at Westpac, Woodside spent five years as an executive at Commonwealth Bank, having originally kicked off her career with a nine-year audit and advisory stint at PwC between the UK and Sydney.

Deepak Pillai
Data analytics specialist Deepak Pillai joins KPMG’s Forensic practice from law firm Clayton Utz, where he led its forensic data analytics team. He specialises in identifying, retrieving, restoring and analysing electronic data, to identify and isolate suspicious or anomalous financial transactions within vast data files using various data analytics tools. Pillai previously worked for EY and Deloitte.

Sarah Hunter
Hunter – a doctorate-holder in economics from Oxford University – joins KPMG as a partner in a senior economist role. Hunter has been with global industry research and consulting group Oxford Economics for the past eleven years, most recently as head of macroeconomic consulting for the Asia Pacific (a role she previously held for the Americas) and as Chief Economist for the Australian branch BIS Oxford Economics.

Andrew Small
Small has joined KPMG’s Corporate Citizenship team as the firm’s first ever Human Rights Manager, responsible for delivering on the firm’s commitment to respect human rights. A law and arts graduate of UTS with a masters in human rights from the London School of Economics, Small has held policy positions with a number of human rights organisations, most recently as principal policy lawyer for the NSW Law Society.

Malcolm Bruce
Meanwhile, across the Tasman, the New Zealand wing of KPMG has welcomed former partner Malcolm Bruce back into its partnership mix after rejoining the firm’s risk advisory team in Auckland in 2019. Previously, Bruce spent over 18 years in KPMG’s audit and assurance division in Wellington and Hong Kong, including as a partner from 2006 to 2015, with the interim four and a half years spent as Kiwibank’s Chief Risk Officer.

Sven Pannell
After seven years with the firm in Wellington, Pannell has been elevated to partner in KPMG private enterprise practice in New Zealand, a practice he helped build after joining in 2015. Previously, Pannell has held roles as a general manager with regional economic development agency Grow Wellington, as a senior analyst at PwC, and as a strategy consultant in the UK. He holds a masters of law from the University of Cambridge.