Media release | Gadens welcomes new Strategic Advisors
3 March 2022
Gadens is pleased to welcome Gabrielle Trainor AO and Joseph Carrozzi AM to its Advisory Group.
Gabrielle and Joseph will work with the Board and CEO of Gadens to achieve our ambition to be recognised as one of Australia’s leading law firms.
“The appointment of Joseph and Gabrielle comes at an exciting time for Gadens. We recently set our new strategic direction, and now turn our attention to its implementation.
“Joseph and Gabrielle will work closely with the Board and our CEO, Mark Pistilli, and support Gadens as we take our place as a leading values and purpose-led organisation, providing excellent service to our clients and an outstanding working environment for our people.
“Both are astute business leaders, and their wealth of experience will be of great assistance in supporting the continued growth of our firm”, Jeremy Smith, Chairman, said.
“I’m very pleased to be working with Gadens, long known for its specialist expertise and record of achievement for its clients. As professional services firms and society changes, it is clear Gadens is committed to being at the forefront for our clients and in creating an environment of choice for talented people. Since my recent involvement, I’ve been impressed by the evolving Gadens culture and the energy in the firm to which I hope to contribute”, Ms Trainor said.
“I am honoured to be part of the exciting growth strategy of Gadens. The board, CEO and many partners whom I have met are all focused on delivering confident and practical advice to their clients. Our markets and key sectors both locally and globally are in many respects vulnerable and unpredictable. The experience of the Gadens team and their commitment to excellence will deliver confidence to clients. The firm is also committed to investments in innovation and quality systems to support the agenda of its clients and our community”, said Mr. Carrozzi.
Mark Pistilli, Gadens Melbourne and Sydney partnership CEO, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Gabrielle and Joseph to our firm. Their extensive knowledge and experience will really help in guiding us to achieve our strategic vision. They have valuable insights in many areas where we are now focussed – areas like Culture, Ethics, Governance and social impact as well as unrivalled contacts across both levels of Government, corporate and NFP Australia.”
About Gabrielle Trainor AO
Gabrielle is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers 25 years on boards in the public and private sectors, including urban development and property, mining and construction contracting, financial services, transport, sport, the arts, infrastructure, and tourism. She has had a long career advising boards and executives on issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, demergers, capital raisings, corporate re-structuring, corporate reputation, regulatory issues, corporate governance and responsibility, crisis communications and litigation communications strategy. She has conducted several expert reviews for governments. Her background is as a lawyer, newspaper journalist, public sector executive and consultant.
Gabrielle holds a number of Board, Directorship and Audit Committee positions, including:
Chair, Construction Industry Culture Taskforce
Board Member, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (Vic)
Board Member, City Renewal Authority (ACT)
Board Member, Western Parkland City Authority (NSW)
Board Member, Western Sydney University Foundation
Director Zurich Australia Limited
Director, WAM Global LIC
Commissioner, Australian Football League
Gabrielle was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for service to the community in transport and infrastructure planning and design, and as a contributor to social welfare, sporting and cultural institutions. Gabrielle is also a Trustee of the Charlie Perkins Trust and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Melbourne University and is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Her M.A from Western Sydney University is in Creative and Cultural Practice.
About Joseph Carrozzi AM
Joseph is the former Managing Partner, Sydney at PwC Australia where he headed the firm’s Sydney office and was a member of the firm’s Markets Leadership Team. Prior to joining PwC, Joseph was a Tax Partner at Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen for over 17 years. An extensive career, assisting clients in the private and public sectors, Joseph has worked in a wide range of industries, including IT sector, music industry and the transport & construction sectors. He has advised on many M&A and infrastructure projects, for both government and private sector organisations.
Joseph is a member of numerous Boards, Advisory Panels and Audit Committees, including:
Chairman, Centenary Institute for Medical Research
Chairman, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
Deputy Chair, NSW Institute of Sport
Board Member, Football Federation Australia – Board & FRAC
Board Member, Western Sydney University
Joseph was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2021 for his significant service to business, and to the community through multicultural and not-for-profit organisations. He is a Fellow of the Tax Institute of Australia (FTI) and Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and is admitted as a Barrister at Law in NSW.