New appointment at Grant Thornton to strengthen Indigenous advisory capabilities
Independent assurance, tax and advisory firm, Grant Thornton, has announced the appointment of Anthony Beven as a partner, furthering its commitment towards serving Australia’s Indigenous business community, effective 13 November 2017.
Based in the firm's Cairns office, Beven will lead and develop Grant Thornton's Indigenous advisory capability. He will also play a key role in further developing an Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan to be embedded across the firm.
Beven has previous experience in Indigenous affairs, having been the registrar of Indigenous Corporations for the past 10 years. He had regulatory oversight of over 2,900 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations, including 174 native title bodies. From 1999 – 2007, Beven was the regional commissioner and national adviser (Indigenous) in the Northern Territory and South Australia. He also served as the registrar of companies in Papua New Guinea and helped in establishing the country's first stock exchange.
Commenting on his appointment at Grant Thornton, CEO Australia, Greg Keith, said that "Mr. Beven’s appointment is integral to their 2020 strategy to be a leading provider of services to business, government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations delivering programs and services to Indigenous people and communities."
Bevan added: “The opportunity to join Grant Thornton is an exciting one. My dealings with the firm in the past have been genuine and our values align. My family and I are also looking forward to calling Cairns home once more."
A Champion for Indigenous Communities: Q&A with Grant Thornton's Anthony Beven
Growing up in Cairns, Anthony Beven saw first-hand the importance of culture, language, family and land to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, setting him on a career path to contribute where he could. This month, Anthony, who previously spent 10 years as the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, returns to his home town, joining Grant Thornton’s Cairn’s office as partner, furthering the firm's commitment to serving Australia’s Indigenous business community. He tells us more about the firm’s strategies, talks about his role in establishing Papua New Guinea’s first stock exchange and shares a powerful career highlight.