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David Knowles

David Knowles

Partner, Melbourne

David combines comprehensive knowledge, foresight and industry experience to deliver business advisory and audit services to a range of private and public companies, and not for profit organisations.

Innovation is central to his outlook and approach to business. With a keen interest in future technologies, David leads the practice in looking after clients in the advanced manufacturing and high-tech innovation space. He is strategic in his thinking; focussing on anticipating what may be over the horizon in order to ready businesses for change. His innovative excellence was acknowledged when he was named Thought Leader of the Year at the Inaugural Australian Accounting Awards in 2014.

Recognising the business growth potential of Melbourne’s South East region early on, David spearheaded the establishment of a Pitcher Partners office in Dandenong South. His vision to directly service the variety of businesses located here has been realised in strong year-on-year growth in the client base in the region.

David was instrumental in the formation and implementation of the Pitcher Partners International Institute of Entrepreneurship. Over the years, many staff have benefitted from undertaking the qualification and applying the innovative mindset it encouraged. He is a member of the Swinburne Business School Industry Advisory Board and the Chair of the Course Advisory Committee for the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship’s flagship Master’s Program.

David joined Pitcher Partners’ predecessor firm in the 1980s and has witnessed the firm’s ongoing commitment to providing excellent service to the middle market as it has grown and expanded nationally. He became a partner in 1998.

Memberships and qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce (University of Melbourne)
  • Masters of Applied Innovation and Entrepreneurship (University of Adelaide)
  • Registered Company Auditor
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Certified Practising Accountant
  • Member Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)
  • Professional Member of the Australian Institute of Management (AIMM)
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