Partner - Audit & Assurance

Darren joined Grant Thornton as an audit partner in July 2018. He is specialist in financial services with over 19 years as a partner with KPMG as an auditor and risk advisor. He retired from KPMG in March 2018. Darren is a specialist in the insurance, health, superannuation, electricity, investment and retail banking, property and funds management industries.

Darren’s audit clients have included ANZ, ANZ Super and LMI, BUPA’s Australian and New Zealand operations, NAB, GMHBA, Bell Financial, La Trobe Financial, Austock, RAAI, MIGA, CGU, The Salvation Army, Japara, bankmecu, Grocon, and LendLease Primelife.

Darren returned from the UK in April 2008 having spent 2 ½ years on transfer to London. Darren’s clients as audit partner included the UK operations of Deutsche Bank, Towergate Insurance Brokers, Hastings Insurance, the UK branch and subsidiary operations of ANZ Bank, VISA, Nedbank, Banco do Brazil and Engelhard.

In the years prior to his transfer to London Darren’s external audit partner responsibilities included Mercer Superannuation, CGU and BUPA. Darren also spent 3 years as audit engagement partner for the global and wholesale operations of the National Australia Bank (until 2003).

Darren meets the APRA Fit and Proper auditor requirements for health, life and general insurance. Also, from June 2008 to October 2009 Darren was the engagement internal audit partner for the Victorian insurance agencies TAC and WorkSafe.

Qualifications
  • Past President (2016) and Fellow of CAANZ
  • Member Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
  • Member Australian Institute of Company Directors (2018)
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Senior Associate FINSIA
  • Williamson Fellow