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Consultant Darrsh Clarke makes MasterChef Australia top ten

Management consultant Darrsh Clarke has made the top ten of this year’s MasterChef Australia, but he’s not the only contestant over the years versed in both Powerpoints and a pestle & mortar. Darrsh Clarke, a business and design consultant with IBM Consulting in Perth for the past five years, said of making the cut; “It was all about keeping a level head and taking it a day at a time.

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RSM makes series of office relocations around the country

Accounting and consulting firm RSM has been especially busy of late – not just in terms of the usual peak tax season – but in packing its briefcases and moving to new offices across the country. Having recently completed its relocation in Melbourne, RSM’s Adelaide and Wagga Wagga branches have now also shifted, while the firm is gearing up to move from its current Adelaide Street address in Brisbane.

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Sia Partners welcomes Vinns Soo and Jen Klingmann

Management consultancy Sia Partners has added Vinns Soo as a managing director in Sydney, while Jen Klingmann has joined the firm as a human resources business partner out of Perth. Soo crosses to Sia Partners after the past two years at Deloitte, with a previous decade spent between Ernst & Young and Accenture.

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TSA Riley buys engineering consultancy RGB Assurance

Global project consultancy TSA Riley has acquired RGB Assurance, a boutique consulting firm with 30 staff across offices in Brisbane and Perth. Founded in 2010, RGB Assurance is an engineering consulting firm specialising in the provision of consultancy services, software development and training in the area of safety-critical systems.

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Rennie hires Emily Readhead to lead new Social Sustainability arm

Australian sustainability and impact consulting firm Rennie has appointed Emily Readhead to lead a new practice focusing on social sustainability. Rennie Co-CEO’s Matt Rennie and Simone Rennie today formally announced the opening of a new practice area, which focuses on collaborating with organisations that are working through the magnitude of social, economic, health, and environmental challenges to continually improve outcomes for people and their communities across Australia.

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Josh Doolan takes over as Endava APAC managing director

Josh Doolan has taken over as Asia Pacific managing director of Endava one year on from the UK-based digital transformation consultancy’s acquisition of his co-founded company Mudbath. Doolan’s appointment follows Endava’s successful integration of Mudbath and another local acquisition, DEK Technologies.

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Caliba Group rebrands as Argon & Co following integration

Six months after acquiring Australian procurement consultancy Caliba Group, Argon & Co has completed its integration. Acquired in November last year, Caliba Group was one of Australia’s leading procurement-focused consultancies, specialising in sectors including healthcare, heavy industry, government, transport, logistics, and food & beverage.

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Energetics acquired by global sustainability consultancy ERM

Energetics, one of Australia’s larger climate risk and energy transition consultancies, has been acquired by global player ERM. In ERM’s second deal in Australia this year, coming hot on the heels of the purchase of The Big Middle and The Big Zero, the global sustainability consultancy has now snapped up Sydney-based Energetics for an undisclosed sum.

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Core Connect Group appoints Monique Gaspar to executive role

Healthcare consultancy Core Connect Group has appointed Monique Gaspar as General Manager of Delivery & Growth. The new executive brings a wealth of experience and expertise in business operations, healthcare procurement, and business development to the NSW-based specialist consultancy.

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Forvis and Mazars bring $ 5 billion global merger to Australia

The union between French-origin international accounting and consulting network Mazars and leading US counterpart Forvis is now official, creating a new $ 5 billion global player. Announced toward the end of last year, the new entity Forvis Mazars has now come into effect with the turn of the month, and will push for a top ten global ranking with a 40,000-strong presence in more than 100 countries.

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Australia most desired destination for global expat workers

Australia has been named as the most desired destination for expat workers according to a new study from Boston Consulting Group, ranking ahead of the United States and Canada for the first time. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, conducted in conjunction with The Stepstone Group, surveyed more than 150,000 workforce respondents in 188 countries worldwide, with one quarter actively seeking jobs abroad and a further third willing to relocate internationally should the right opportunity arise.

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Grosvenor named Australia's top employer in professional services

Boutique management consultancy Grosvenor has been deemed the country’s best professional services workplace thanks to an internal program which supports the development of expertise. Headquartered in Canberra with further outlets in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, Grosvenor has a headcount of around 40 professionals specialised in public sector, procurement, and property advisory.

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DFK appoints leaders Gary Nugent and Graeme Brown

Accounting and consulting association DFK has appointed Melbourne-based Gary Nugent as its new Australian & New Zealand chairman, with Graeme Brown of DFK in Canberra also joining the board. A four-decade industry veteran, Nugent is the long-term managing partner of DFK Nugents, which is based out of Melbourne with a second branch in Griffith and is one of twelve member firm’s that constitute DFK ANZ.

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Synergy names Simon Benjamin as Melbourne managing partner

Synergy Group has appointed former EY leader Simon Benjamin as its new Melbourne managing partner, continuing the management consultancy’s push into Victoria. A consulting industry veteran, Benjamin has been a partner with Ernst & Young for the past sixteen and a half years, including based out of China, before which he was a partner at IBM Consulting and associate partner at PwC.

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How consultants can help their clients implement LLMs

Large Language Models (LLMs) are helping shape the way businesses are operating and making decisions. Consultants play a big role to play in the adoption of LLM – Greg Taylor from Databricks outlines how consultants can help their clients gain a competitive advantage through the use of LLM.

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Peter Sarandopoulos (RSM) shares 10 tips for family businesses

Family businesses are the backbone of Australia's economy, contributing half a trillion dollars to the national economy and responsible for a huge portion of the workforce. While they hold a remarkable position in Australia’s entrepreneurial landscape, Peter Sarandopoulos, a partner at RSM who advises family businesses of all shapes and sizes, acknowledges that running a family business isn't always easy.

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Ex-Deloitte directors launch digital consultancy Onbord

A crew of former Deloitte Digital directors and senior consultants in Perth have joined forces to launch their own local digital consultancy, Onbord. Onbord’s founding leadership team includes Reece Wagner, who had spent almost a decade and a half at Deloitte, and fellow director Hugh O’Brien, who spent the past five years at the Big Four firm.

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Kearney names Nigel Andrade global lead of strategic services

Former Kearney Australia and New Zealand managing partner Nigel Andrade has been appointed chair of the management consultancy’s strategy growth & organisation transformation business. Handing over A/NZ duties to Adam Dixon at the start of 2020, Andrade has since been overseeing CX innovation lab Kearney Ignite, while also serving as a senior fellow of Kearney think-tank, the Global Business Policy Council.

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