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International women of risk - Carmel Mortell



Introduce yourself. Tell us your name, your practice and your country. What are you currently focused on?

I’m Carmel Mortell from KPMG in Australia, where I am currently the Victorian Chairman.

Tell us why you’re excited to be part of the International Women of Risk (IWOR) community. Why are you an ambassador?

Mentoring and sponsoring KPMG women that aspire to be leaders is extremely important to me. For KPMG in Australia to strive and survive it needs diverse leadership and a culture of inclusion. IWOR is helping to achieve these goals for the Australian firm.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

I have been at KPMG in Australia for more than 30 years. The diversity of opportunities, the ability to constantly learn, be challenged and develop professionally and personally are what keep me motivated and engaged.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments? Why?

I am the first female Chair of the KPMG Melbourne Office. Achieving that role has been quite memorable for me.

We all hit bumps along the road. What has been a challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did it help you grow?

I have faced many challenges in my career, most of them in regards to client feedback, disagreements and losses. There is always a lesson to learn and I’ve learnt something from all of them. However, the most important learning has been to undertake all these difficult discussions and negotiations with the end aim of maintaining a long-term professional relationship with the client.

Is work-life balance a challenge for you? What is one tactic you use to make it all come together?

I’m usually very time poor, so work-life balance can be a challenge. I am very clear on my priorities that I know are really important to me and will make me feel happy. I make decisions based on these priorities – if something comes up that’s outside of these priorities I don’t feel guilty about not focusing on it. When life changes and demands more of my time, I look at which priorities need to shift so I can make room in my schedule.