Jonathan Smith

Partner, Energy & Natural Resources, Oil & Gas Sector Leader

KPMG Australia

Solving complex issues through harnessing the diversity of thinking jointly with the client and the KPMG team is a hallmark of Jonathan’s leadership style in his role as KPMG Australia’s National Sector Leader, Oil & Gas.

Jonathan’s keen interest in chess, animal welfare and the environment reflect the importance he places on strategy and working with clients to create value in the context of both shareholders and the wider community. Jonathan is a fan of quality strategic thinking but not of detailed strategic plans; as he likes to quote “no battle plan survives contact with the enemy”. He has found that focusing on strategic intent is usually far more effective than adhering to a rigid process in the rapidly changing business environment we face.

Jonathan’s commitment to lifetime learning has led to him creating a learning ecosystem for his team. “I’m a believer that the greatest lessons come from how we work through challenges and what lessons we take away; we never learn as much from successes. It’s also important to take responsibility as a team, play to the team’s strengths and learn as a team. I also think we need to be reminded sometimes that all teams and clients are human; and despite the logical view will act and react in very human ways.”

In 2014 he participated in the Harvard Authentic Leadership Program, alongside 80 leaders from 40 countries. This further cemented his view that we need diverse thinking in solving problems for our clients and that being true to your own values and purpose is where we are most effective as leaders.

As a circuit breaker, Jonathan loves to go camping around the Margaret River area in Western Australia, "where there are great wines and no mobile phone coverage".

Areas of expertise

Advisory Energy Energy and Natural Resources Environment Financial Management Liquified Petroleum Gas Management Consulting Mega trends Oil and Gas

Connect With Me

  • Perth, AU

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