Deloitte honours leaders at annual partner meeting in Adelaide

26 September 2023 2 min. read
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A number of Deloitte leaders have been honoured at the firm’s recent annual partner meeting, recognised for “exemplifying the behaviours” outlined in the Big Four’s partner charter.

Professional services firm Deloitte has taken the chance to honour six of its senior leaders at the firm’s recent annual partners meeting in Adelaide.

Among those earning 2023 Charter Awards were recently recruited strategy & growth leader Dillon Singh, alongside Luke Baxby, Lucy Buchanan, Louise Heath, Alex Jordan, and Priscilla Short. More than 1,000 Deloitte partners attended the conference, including locally-raised Asia Pacific chief David Hill.

Deloitte honours leaders at annual partner meeting in Adelaide

While the meeting attracted the mirth of the Nine newspapers, pushing a spokesperson into declaring the event was “definitely not a party” in spite of someone involved apparently “crowd-surfing a mosh-pit”, there was still some serious business at hand, the spokesperson stating that the meeting was an important opportunity for Deloitte partners to “get together and connect in person to discuss strategic priorities and reinforce the culture and values of the firm.”

From the mouth of Dennis Krallis, Deloitte’s chief transformation officer since 2021; “It was fantastic to attend our annual partner meeting and discuss the rapid rate of business transformation that we’re witnessing across the globe… As we look ahead, generative AI is set to disrupt nearly $600 billion of Australian economic activity (as per a recent report). We find ourselves operating in a very different environment to just 12 months ago.”


Aside from the party snapshots on social media, another picture on LinkedIn showed a number of Deloitte partners featured on a digital stage backdrop, under the title of ‘Category of One 2023 Partner Charter Award’ winners, for “exemplifying the behaviours” written in the firm’s leadership charter. Among the names that can be seen are Dillon Singh, who only just joined the firm from Accenture in April as a member of the firm’s Operate team.

At the other end of the scale is Luke Baxby, Deloitte’s national health & human services sector lead, who has been a partner for close to a decade after first joining the firm from Queensland Health in 2008. Another awardee, Monitor Deloitte partner Lucy Buchanan, has been with the firm almost as long, crossing from Mercer at the start of 2011 before later taking a year out to gain her MBA from INSEAD. She was admitted to the partnership last year.

Two members of the firm’s M&A division also featured: Queensland team leader Alex Jordan, a former executive director with Goldman Sachs, and Louise Heath, who joined in 2016 after more than six and a half years with PwC in the UK before being promoted to partner in 2021. Also promoted that year was award recipient Priscilla Short, a public sector Salesforce lead partner with Deloitte Digital who joined from later acquisition Presence of IT.