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John Wilkes

John Wilkes

Partner, Risk, Strategy & Technology

KPMG Australia

For more than 20 years, John worked in executive level roles in risk management, internal audit and operational management for companies including Air New Zealand, Stockland, Vodafone and Etisalat. He joined KPMG in early 2018.

John has lived and worked in both developed and emerging economies and understands the importance of tailoring approaches and solutions to match regional nuances. "Global businesses often attempt to implement solutions with a ‘one size fits all’ mindset and then wonder why they are not embraced as successfully as planned. Listening to what motivates the various parts of the business and adapting approaches to suit is key here."

He has a keen personal interest in helping businesses understand the broader social impact of what they do and to build upon more traditional social responsibility programs to put this in to action.

Outside of work John devotes most of his time to his family and his love of aviation and history. Despite spending more hours on a plane than he cares to remember, he still loves the thrill of hurtling down a runway and the curiosity of visiting new places.

Areas of expertise
Internal audit Risk Consulting Risk Management Transformation
Education and qualifications
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Queensland, 1987

  • Diploma of Financial Markets, FINSIA, 2006

  • Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand


  • Risk Management Institute Australia

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