Leading through innovation and inclusion

Kim Cheater

Well known in the Adelaide business community for his strategic perspectives and insights, Kim Cheater led a renewed market strategy, among many other initiatives, to help PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Adelaide become of one the fastest growing offices in Australia.

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.

Before finishing up in 2022, he took 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 lastly 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 were able to make a significant impact and contribution to both business and the broader community of South Australia.’

Having retired as a Partner with PwC in June 2022, Kim now is a full time Non-Executive Director on a number of Boards as well as independent consulting roles. Kim is currently the Chair of the South Australian Museum, Alwyndor Aged Care and the Warriparinga Advisory Team. He is also a Board member of Sarah Group, ReturntoWorkSA, RAA Group, RAA Insurance as well as the Independent Chair of the Audit, Risk and Investment Committee of Minda Inc.

Kim led PwC’s national Reconciliation Action Plan for over 10 years which saw PwC recognised as an Elevate RAP partner by Reconciliation Australian. He was also Chair of the Finance and Accounting Industry Aboriginal Employment cluster. In recognition of this work the then 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.

‘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.’

Over the past five years, Kim has become more engaged in how Flinders navigates its future, providing his valuable knowledge as Chair of the College of Business, Government and Law Advisory Board since 2022 and most recently, from January 2023, becoming a University Council Member in which he Chairs the Audit & Risk Committee.

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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