Today, Paul Burke, ERM Managing Partner ANZ announced the appointment of KJA Executive Director Natalie Boyd to the newly created position of Managing Partner of KJA, a company purchased by ERM in November 2018.

Current Executive Chair Kathy Jones, who established KJA in 2001, will remain in the business as Founder, continuing to consult to clients and growing the business, position and brand in the market.

Paul Burke said that in her role as Managing Partner, Natalie will be responsible for continuing to drive the integration of KJA with ERM and grow the specialist business into a thriving practice serving clients across the world. The role aligns closely to ERM’s structure, which comprises a number of separate legal entities such as KJA and specific geographies managed by a senior ERM Partner.

Natalie has been with KJA for nine years, in senior roles including most recently Executive Practice Director. As a key member of the Leadership Team, Natalie has been part of driving a significant period of growth in revenue and clients. She has had a significant role in business development and successfully led a key business unit, as well as practice, innovation, marketing and organisational development. Her appointment represents a commitment to maintain KJA’s strong focus on excellent client service, quality products and the KJA team during the integration.

This appointment frees Kathy from day-to-day operational responsibilities to focus on the KJA/ERM business, employees and clients, many of whom she has personally advised over a number of years. She has a wealth of knowledge gained through 18 years of driving the business forward to share with Natalie and Paul.

Whilst the executive team all remain in place, there will be some transitioning of responsibilities. In her new role, Natalie will take responsibility for operations and the current executive team will report to her. Over time, Natalie will relinquish her role as Program Director of Community and Social infrastructure, for which KJA will shortly begin a recruitment process.

Current Executive Director Darryl Watkins will become Business Development Partner, supporting KJA Program Directors in reaching their budget targets, growing the KJA business in new geographic markets, as well as identifying and supporting joint KJA/ ERM opportunities. Darryl will also hand on his responsibilities as Program Director for Natural Resources and Energy in the next few months.

Both the KJA Founder and KJA Managing Partner will report to ANZ Managing Partner Paul Burke.