Alison Kitchen is about to be the first woman to chair an Australian big four professional services firm

Alison Kitchen, the new KPMG Australia chair. Supplied

Alison Kitchen has just been elected by partners at KPMG Australia as national chair, the first woman to chair a big four professional services firm in Australia.

She is a strong advocate for improving trust between business, government and the community.

“I have boundless energy and enthusiasm for the chair role, and I could not be more pleased and excited by this opportunity,” she says.

“I look forward to utilising my experience to help inform public debate and bridge the current trust deficit between business, politics and society.”

She takes over from Peter Nash on September 1.

“Alison is well known and respected by boards and CEOs across Australia as a leader and effective decision maker,” says Nash.

“She will work closely with Gary Wingrove, our CEO, to lead the firm’s future in Australia, and represent the Australian firm in the international arena.”

Alison started her career with KPMG in the UK working in the audit and tax practices, before moving to KPMG’s Perth office where she worked in internal and external audit, corporate finance and restructuring roles.

She is currently based in Melbourne where she specialises in external audit, management and governance.

She has previously served as a board member of KPMG Australia and is an active member of Chief Executive Women, with a particular focus on championing future women leaders.