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New appointment to Worldwide Executive following changes in Australia

Ahead of the integration of Brisbane accounting member Hanrick Curran into Mazars, Alliott Group has moved quickly to make changes to its Worldwide Executive and Worldwide Board.

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Effective 1st January 2019, Deputy Worldwide Chair (and Asia Pacific Chair) Jamie Towers will step down from his leadership positions following Hanrick Curran’s merger with Mazars, one of the world’s largest international accountancy partnerships.

Stepping up to replace Jamie on the Worldwide Executive as Deputy Worldwide Chair will be Darsi Casey, Chair of the North America region and Managing Partner at Reno, NV accounting firm Casey Neilon.

Jamie’s departure also creates an opportunity for Vanessa Williams, Partner at New Zealand accounting firm Alliott NZ, to join the Worldwide Board as Chair of the Asia Pacific region.

James Hickey, Alliott Group’s CEO, commented: “We are truly sorry to bid farewell to Jamie Towers who has been a real ambassador for the group. It is never easy to plan the group’s long-term governance in today’s highly challenging mid-tier marketplace with our member firms facing challenges on a number of different fronts. However, we part ways with Hanrick Curran on excellent terms and take real pride in the role Alliott Group has played in helping the firm to lift their profile as a local firm of choice as they take the next step on their journey.”

“On a more positive note, we find ourselves in a very strong position to promote individuals from within our membership who have the required attributes to serve on our increasingly diverse leadership teams. I am delighted to announce the appointment of Darsi Casey to Deputy Worldwide Chair and to confirm her promotion to the Worldwide Executive. Darsi’s business acumen and vast knowledge of the professional services market will be invaluable to ensuring a very bright future for the alliance,” added Hickey.

The latest changes to Alliott Group’s Worldwide Board also demonstrate the alliance’s ongoing commitment to a more diverse representation of the membership at Board level. Darsi Casey’s appointment to the Worldwide Executive and Vanessa’s new role as Asia Pacific Chair represent important landmarks for the alliance and a growing proportion of positions on the Board are now filled by women.