Alumni Awards – Leading through innovation and inclusion

Kim Cheater


Well known in the Adelaide business community for his innovative approach, Kim Cheater leads the Reconciliation and diversity agendas for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Hailing from Darwin, Kim (BEc ’86) arrived at Flinders University in 1983 ready to be immersed in university life. After completing his Economics degree with a major in Accounting, Kim began his career in professional services with PwC.

He has taken on a number of leadership roles in PwC’s Adelaide office including Governance, Risk and Internal Audit services, Financial Services, the SA Government account and, most recently, as Managing Partner.

‘As Managing Partner, I oversaw a period of significant growth for PwC and the positive engagement of our people,’ says Kim. ‘Through this we have been able to make a significant impact and contribution to both business and the broader community of South Australia.’

He now leads PwC’s Digital and Cyber practice in Adelaide. ‘This is a critical sector of growth in the State and a key challenge for many businesses as they look to compete in national and international markets,’ says Kim.

As the Adelaide Chief Diversity Officer at PwC, Kim guides the Inclusion and Diversity strategy. In 2019 he was appointed as Chief for Gender Equity by the Equal Opportunity Commissioner.

Kim is the Chair of the Finance and Accounting Industry Aboriginal Employment cluster. In recognition of this work the Governor of South Australia, Hieu Van Le, appointed Kim as an Ambassador to the Aboriginal Employment Industry Cluster Program in 2016.

‘It is an honour and a privilege to be recognised for having made a contribution and impact to the business community, and to reconciliation,’ says Kim. ‘It feels like a long journey from growing up in Darwin and I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had.’

For the past five years, Kim has led PwC’s initiatives in Reconciliation and is currently Co-Chair of the National Reconciliation Governance Committee. He recently delivered an Elevate level Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for PwC nationally.

‘I continue to be excited about working with the business community to be more active in reconciliation and continuing to build understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture,’ says Kim.

Kim Cheater was awarded a 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award for his significant contribution to the business community of South Australia and commitment to Reconciliation.

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