Palladium appoints Bernadette Howlett to global leadership role

21 August 2022 2 min. read
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Global social impact consultancy Palladium has welcomed Bernadette Howlett to its global leadership team. Howlett joins from strategic consulting firm Strategy&, where she was a partner in Sydney.

Appointed as Managing Director for Global Growth, Bernadette Howlett will lead Palladium’s growth agenda in Australia and globally.

Founded nearly six decades ago, Palladium today is one of the world’s largest and leading consultancies for business impact with a clear link to social and community impact. The Brisbane-headquartered firm operates with 12 offices worldwide, and a network of satellite offices (and associated experts) across all corners of the globe.

Bernadette Howlett, Managing Director of Global Growth, Palladium

“We tackle the world’s biggest challenges, from climate change and migration to unemployment,” explained Christopher Hirst, the CEO of Palladium.

Commenting on her move, Howlett said: “The truth is that I have four children who are looking at their parents and asking what we’re doing to improve society and our climate. I believe I can have a more meaningful impact with Palladium than working in consulting more broadly. This company delivers with an integrity unlike any other I’ve seen.”

Howlett spent the past 20+ years at PwC and Strategy&, formerly Booz & Company. During her consulting career, she led and delivered over 60 engagements across industrials, government, financial services, and consumer sectors. Howlett’s expertise includes project and stakeholder management and specialisations in organic and inorganic growth, new business models, and transformation.

“Like Palladium, Bernadette understands what it takes to have a real impact, especially in challenging environments and especially when others find themselves wondering where to start,” said Hirst.

One of Howlett’s key areas of focus will be environmental, social and governance (ESG). “I want to amplify the impact I can have in helping communities transition to net zero,” she said. “What sets Palladium apart is the ability to balance economic, social, and environmental outcomes – all of which are necessary to achieve those goals.”