Kirsty is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Chartered Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce. Kirsty has extensive risk management and governance experience gained from over 21 years in both consulting and large, diverse, ambitious and complex ASX 100 listed companies. Kirsty has held executive level risk and/or internal audit roles at JB Hi-Fi Limited, Wesfarmers Limited, Symbian Health Limited, and Mayne Group Limited, where she has been influential in changing the risk culture. Kirsty is now the Managing Director of Cohesive Risk Consulting, a boutique consultancy specialising in delivering innovative and strategic risk management solutions.
Having worked with both small to medium private companies and in ASX 100 listed companies, maximising the benefits of shareholders, customers and stakeholders alike is always at the forefront of Kirsty’s mind when executing solution focused deliverables. She contributes to maximising returns through bringing structured, disciplined analytical thinking that is both commercial and impactful, often benchmarking and challenging what exists, whilst also ensuring it aligns with what is commercially achievable for the organisation and its strategic direction.
Kirsty’s experience extends from guiding executive directors and management towards strategy optimisation, to designing and implementing governance and risk strategies, frameworks, policies and procedures. She has significant experience in establishing and restructuring high performing risk and assurance functions and teams, along with advising on appropriate functional structures throughout and post significant corporate M&A transaction activity. Kirsty has been sought out for her mentoring ability to empower both individuals and teams to achieve desired objectives throughout challenging corporate activity.
Kirsty’s consulting career commenced at PwC (Coopers and Lybrand) in business services and tax, before transitioning to Deloitte’s Melbourne and London enterprise risk management practices, affording her opportunities to work with clients in Switzerland, Hong Kong and New Zealand.
From a balanced life perspective, Kirsty has spent 22 years actively participating and coaching in various sporting organisations at both club and state level.