Diversified advisory and wealth management firm Grant Thornton Australia is furthering its commitment to the indigenous business community with the appointment of a partner to its Cairns office.
Former registrar of indigenous corporations Anthony Beven was appointed to play a key role in further developing Grant Thornton's Indigenous Reconciliation Action Plan.
He will also be integral to the firm's 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.
Grant Thornton Australia managing partner, Northern Australia Les Corder welcomed Beven to the firm.
"His leadership and trusted relationships will greatly assist us in growing our indigenous client base around Australia," Corder said.
"Anthony will lead and develop our Indigenous advisory capability. His expertise will elevate the services we currently offer to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporate sector and further our ambition to be the leading growth adviser to mid-size businesses, no matter how remotely located."
In his previous role, Beven had regulatory oversight of more than 2900 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations, including 174 native title bodies, and was instrumental in significantly improving governance and compliance in the sector.
From 1999 to 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 for four years prior to 1999 and was instrumental in establishing the first stock exchange in that country.
According to Grant Thornton Australia, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporate sector is largely comprised of mid-sized organisations and growth has been strong, but more than 60% are located in remote regions and access to high quality, cost effective professional advice is limited.
In September, Grant Thornton Australia announced a merger with Melbourne-based global retail consultancy GNC Group Consulting in an effort to further build on its growth advisory capabilities.
The move will see retail clients benefit from specialised advisory services including commercial finance, category management, end-to-end supply chain management, process optimisation, technology strategy, and property services.