Synergy Group welcomes new partners and senior professionals

01 April 2024 3 min. read
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Canberra-based Synergy Group has added a new crop of partners and senior professionals to its ranks.

Professional services firm Synergy Group has welcomed a number of new ‘Synergites’ to its offices in Melbourne and Canberra over recent weeks, including executive director Crystal Guo and new partners Mark Bainbridge and Dianne Sinclair, who both cross from EY.

After recently declaring its ambition to be the country’s number one consultancy within a decade, Synergy Group has also on-boarded fresh senior recruits with backgrounds at NTT and KPMG.

Synergy Group welcomes new partners and senior professionals

Mark Bainbridge
After the past seven years at Ernst & Young, business transformation advisor Mark Bainbridge has crossed to Synergy as a partner in Melbourne, joining fellow recent recruit Dallas McGuire Hindle in helping to support the firm’s ongoing expansion into the Victorian market. Prior to joining EY in 2017, Bainbridge spent two decades as a member of the Australian Defence Force rising to chief operations officer, followed by a stint with the Department of Defence.

Dianne Sinclair
Another consulting professional crossing as a partner to aid in Synergy’s Melbourne push is Dianne Sinclair, who has spent the past decade at EY since joining the Big Four firm in New York in 2013, before which she spent a stint in the Big Apple in capital projects consulting with Deloitte. An engineering graduate from Monash University, Sinclair earlier in her career worked in project and risk management for the Australian wing of Meinhardt.

Bainbridge and Sinclair follow earlier recruit Vijay Tampi as senior members of the Melbourne push, the latter who joined from KPMG last year amid a leadership influx which almost doubled Synergy’s partnership numbers overnight. Before switching to Synergy and relocating to Victoria, Tampi spent just shy of a decade and a half with KPMG in the ACT, with an earlier eight-year stint as a project director at the Department of Defence.

Crystal Guo
Also with a background at EY, Crystal Guo has been appointed Digital & Technology executive director in Canberra, joining the firm after the past four years with the National Indigenous Australians Agency, latterly as leader of the federal body’s transformation management office. Prior to her four and a half years as a strategy manager with EY, Guo kicked off her career with a two-and-a-half-year stint in the management consulting division of Accenture.

Senior level recruits

In addition to its three new leaders, Synergy Group has also brought in a number of other senior level professionals, including former KPMG pair Leisa McDonald and Emily Dillon as respectively operations director and senior operations manager, the former who crosses after thirty years at the Big Four firm.

New senior manager Elric Hindy meanwhile crosses from NTT, before which he spent four years with defence consultancy Nova Systems.