PwC and Strategy& veterans bring their experience to new boards

25 April 2023 3 min. read
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Supply Nation and Destination Gippsland, and insurers IMA and RAA Insurance, have welcomed decades worth of consulting experience to their boardrooms, the majority cultivated at Strategy& and PwC.

A quartet of PwC audit and consulting veterans – senior leadership figures Neil Plumridge, Sarah Butler, Kim Cheater and Matthew Lunn – have taken up new board positions, having together racked up somewhere in the ballpark of fourteen decades worth of combined advisory experience.

The organisations set to benefit from this trove of knowledge include Supply Nation, RAA Insurance, Destination Gippsland, and IAG and RACV joint venture IMA.

Matthew Lunn, Sarah Butler, Neil Plumridge and Kim Cheater

Matthew Lunn joins the board of Indigenous procurement organisation Supply Nation as a director and audit committee chair, bringing close to 35 years of accounting experience. Lunn first joined PwC as a graduate in 1989, before being admitted to the firm’s partnership ten years later. He has served numerous sectors over the course of his career, including the heavy industries and financial services, with many of Australia’s largest banks among lead client engagements.

Formed in 2009 as the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council before its later rebranding, Supply Nation was established to support Indigenous economic development and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-owned businesses through procurement partnerships with the government and corporate sectors. Supply Nation’s Indigenous Business Direct portal now has more than 3,000 registered and verified Indigenous-owned businesses listed.

Neil Plumridge brings more than 25 years of consulting experience to his new board role with Destination Gippsland, the southeastern Victorian region’s peak tourism body. A one-time vice president at Kearney, where he led the management firm’s APAC TMT practice, Plumridge then served for seven years as Oceania and Melbourne Advisory managing partner at EY before joining PwC in 2014, with six years as CEO of PwC Consulting across ASEANZ.

The new board role of Sarah Butler at IMA, an insurance joint venture between IAG and the RACV, coincides with her departure from Strategy& and its Booz & Company predecessor after almost 25 years. Butler joined the Booz & Company partnership in 2010 after a decade with Booz Allen Hamilton, and has since held a number of significant leadership roles, including most recently as PwC Global Health Services lead.

She also joins the board of digital mental healthcare platform Innowell.

Describing her departure from Strategy& as a ‘rebalancing’ rather than retirement, Butler can look back on a career which has already included board membership at PwC and Booz & Company, the latter as a global director during its sale to PwC, as well as having led Strategy& for five years as managing director for Greater China.

Other previous roles include Strategy& global insurance strategy leader, head of PwC Consulting Markets, and PwC government lead for NSW.

Across the aisle so to speak, former PwC Adelaide managing partner Kim Cheater joins the board of RAA Insurance, adding to a significant portfolio of directorship roles. Cheater joined PwC in 1986, altogether spending close to 35 years at the firm, including as co-chair of its reconciliation governance committee.

Other current board roles include chair of South Australia Museum, Minda Incorparted, the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, and the business college of Flinders University.