GHD and KPMG foundation members of Greater Hobart committee

14 November 2023 Consultancy.com.au 2 min. read
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Professional services firms GHD and KPMG have joined the newly-launched Committee for Greater Hobart as founding partners.

The Committee for Greater Hobart, an independent, non-government regional development body, has officially launched with professional services firms KPMG and GHD among its twelve foundation members.

Aimed at fostering engagement on the region’s future through research, leadership and advocacy, the newly-formed organisation includes long-serving KPMG Tasmania chairman Paul Green as a member of its inaugural board.

GHD and KPMG foundation members of Greater Hobart committee

“We want to work with the community in our region to collectively define the challenges and opportunities we share and find ways to strategically address them,” states the committee’s website. “We’re a connector and catalyst for strategic conversations, not a competitor, and we work to bring our community in Greater Hobart together. Ultimately, we’re helping make our region a vital, inclusive, progressive and sustainable place to live for all.”

The Greater Hobart area extends from the capital to the surrounding Clarence, Glenorchy and Kingborough councils to include an overall population of roughly 250,000, or almost half of the island’s residents.

The launch of the new committee, which describes itself as apolitical and focused on fulfilling the region’s potential, comes amid tension over its future with respect to the proposed $715 million waterfront stadium development at Macquarie Point.

Among those driving the committee’s ambitions is Paul Green, who has been with KPMG for the past three decades and serves as CCO of the firm’s national Enterprise division in addition to his role as Tasmania chairman. Also currently a director at Cricket Australia, Green has previously been a member of the Governance Institute of Australia’s local state council and was honorary consul-general of the Philippines consulate in Tasmania.

Having completed a commerce degree at the University of Tasmania back in 1983, Green has since spent time in KPMG offices in London, Toronto, and the Pacific during his career while working across a range of disciplines including audit and assurance, corporate recovery, and management consulting. As chairman of KPMG Tasmania, he oversees a team of around 100 professionals based out of the firm’s recently-refurbished Hobart office.

Chaired by former Hydro Electric Corporation CEO and dandoloparters senior advisor Dan Norton, other heavyweight members of the Committee for Greater Hobart board alongside Green include Keryn Nylander, who currently operates her own eponymous PR and communications consultancy, and University of Tasmania vice-chancellor Rufus Black, who previously spent the best part of a decade at McKinsey & Company as a consultant and partner.