Deloitte adds Sarah Kinsela and Kat Sayers to sustainability practice

30 November 2022 2 min. read
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Deloitte has further bolstered what it claims to be the largest ESG practice in the country with two senior recruits.

The professional services firm has brought in former Lendlease general manager for business development Sarah Kinsela as a partner in its Sustainability & Climate Change practice out of Sydney. Kinsela’s recruitment follows that of Kat Sayers as an ESG (environmental, social, governance) director in Melbourne last month.

Sarah Kinsela, a specialist in building climate resilience across communities and organisations, joins Deloitte after more than nine years at Lendlease, where she held a number of positions including Head of Customer Success for Lendlease Digital and National Manager of Business Transformation and Innovation for Urban Renewal. Kinsela was previously a Climate Change and Sustainability manager at KPMG.  

Sarah Kinsela and Kat Sayers, Deloitte

“This is an exciting opportunity to combine my digital experience with my first loves, climate resilience and social impact,” said Kinsela, who will focus on Government and Public Services. “The complexity in responding to the climate crisis is mind-boggling and requires a deep array of skills and perspectives. It is a privilege to be in the position to leverage the breadth of expertise at Deloitte to support this all-important mission.”

An expert in ESG reporting and advisory, Kat Sayers was recruited last month after a brief stint at Ernst & Young, prompting Deloitte to claim that it now had the largest ESG team in the country.

Earlier this year, Deloitte was named on of Australia’s top consulting firm for ESG services – although EY managed to outrank its larger peer.

Previously, Sayers spent three and a half years at Bureau Veritas, where she led the certification company’s supply chain and sustainability services team and environmental practice. She also had an earlier consulting stint at Greencap.

Altogether, Deloitte’s climate and sustainability practice is now supported by more than 40 partners and 200 professionals, with Deloitte climate and sustainability executive sponsor Dave McCarthy telling sustainability publication The Fifth Estate that the firm sees itself as being responsible for leading climate action, considering its top 50 local clients together account for around a quarter of Australia’s emissions.

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time and right now, we all stand at a climate crossroad,” McCarthy stated. “Deloitte has a clear-eyed view to a resilient and sustainable future for Australia and we also know what business, government and communities must do by 2030 to secure it. This is urgent – what we do in the next eight years will determine our climate future. That might sound scary, but it makes us resolute.”