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Grant Thornton appoints two new Partners

Grant Thornton is delighted to announce the appointment of two new partners: John Askham, Partner – CFO Advisory Services; and Pete Burgess, Partner – Corporate Finance.

With more than 16 years’ experience, John Askham was promoted to Partner as of 1 January 2023 in the CFO Advisory Services practice. Having developed a passion for environmental, social and governance (ESG), John also supports clients to develop strong ESG reporting strategies.

“CFOs and finance teams are under increasing pressure from a whole range of demands placed upon them by auditors, regulators, audit committees and investors – in an increasingly resource constrained environment. ESG reporting is also landing with CFOs and finance teams, adding to the pressure and requiring new skill sets and specialist expertise.

“Our goal is to provide CFOs, controllers, treasurers and audit committees with a one-stop shop for expertise, services and resources to support compliance with evolving financial and non-financial reporting requirements, and to optimise the efficiency of their finance functions,” said John Askham.

Pete Burgess returns to Grant Thornton as a Partner in the Corporate Finance team as of 1 February 2023, after 18 months as General Manager at Great Wrap, a local sustainability technology business, where he was responsible for capital raising and realising the company’s growth initiatives.

With over ten years of experience advising public and private entities on a range of buy-side and sell-side M&A, and capital raising transactions, Pete is keen to help early-stage and mid-market companies raise capital and realise their growth ambitions.

“Having worked throughout my career at Grant Thornton across Australia, United States and India before venturing into the client side, it’s great to bring my expertise back and be able to assist those in the agribusiness and climate and sustainability industries with their strategic goals,” said Pete Burgess.

Pete was also previously the Chair of the Victorian Farmers Federation Young Agribusiness Professionals Group, and a council member of the Victorian State Government’s Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council.

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