KordaMentha appoints 12 new partners and executive directors

02 July 2023 Consultancy.com.au 3 min. read
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The senior leadership team of KordaMentha has had a mid-year boost through the promotion of four new partners and eight executive directors.

Restructuring and turnaround consultancy KordaMentha has added four new members to its partnership: Rachel Challis, Nick Crockett, David Johnstone, and Sam Woods. The firm meanwhile also promoted eight of its professionals to executive director level.

Formed in 2002 in Australia, KordaMentha today has over 400 professionals specialising in consulting, forensic, real estate, restructuring and investment services. KordaMentha operates with five offices in Australia, and two internationally in the Asia Pacific region, with the dozen freshly appointed members working across the firm’s footprint.

KordaMentha appoints 12 new partners and executive directors

A financial crime and compliance expert, Rachel Challis becomes a partner in Melbourne after joining KordaMentha late last year upon the firm’s purchase of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing boutique Murray Waldren Consulting, who she had been with for a year and a half. A doctorate-hold in Physics from the University of Melbourne, Challis earlier served as acting manager for compliance and strategy at AUSTRAC.

Likewise promoted in Melbourne, real estate advisory executive Nick Crockett, who joined the firm in the middle of 2021 after spending two and a half years as head of capital at Cadence Property Group out of Singapore.

Earlier similar roles include stints as CBRE executive director for the Asia Pacific, and APAC head of corporate finance for JLL. Altogether, Crockett has amassed more than two decades of international real estate management experience.

Another real estate executive, Sam Woods joins KordaMentha’s partnership in Perth. His career spans all asset classes within the property and financial services industries. He works with a broad variety of clients to find and implement value-add opportunities at any stage in the property cycle.

David Johnstone becomes a member of KordaMentha’s bread n’ butter restructuring advisory business partnership in Brisbane, after joining the firm from a strategic business services role at NAB more than a decade ago.

Johnstone first kicked off his career in accounting with KPMG, having now amassed over fifteen years of experience in areas such as managing key financial and operational stakeholders and preparing independent reviews.

The following eight professionals have also been promoted to executive director level:
- Sophia Spiliotopoulos – Restructuring (Sydney, joined in 2014, ex PKF)
- Paul Hewson – Restructuring (Sydney, joined in 2009, ex Lazard)
- Stacey Clisby – Restructuring (Brisbane, joined in 2012, ex PwC)
- Aaron Swaffield – Restructuring (Brisbane, joined in 2008)
- Joshua Jeyaraj – Restructuring (Singapore, joined in 2016, ex PwC Malaysia)
- Jared Palandri – Restructuring (Perth)
- Roman Barbera – Forensics (Sydney, joined in 2019, ex Clayton Utz)
- Roland Winter – Forensics (Sydney, joined in 2022, ex NSW Police Force)