Steve Willis

Accenture Financial Services Industry Lead, Australia and New Zealand


I lead the financial services team for Australia and New Zealand, where we work as valued partners to our clients in banking, capital markets and insurance. Our goal is always to be relevant and have impact across the breadth of their businesses. We operate on multiple dimensions. These range from exploring possibilities for growth or new customer experiences, strengthening risk environments and supporting transformational technology programmes, driving new opportunities through emerging capabilities like blockchain, and unlocking "trapped value".

Before taking on my current role, I was based in Hong Kong, where I led the initiative to drive growth for our largest clients across multiple sectors, including financial services and products. This included leading our relationships with a major bank and the largest distributed products company in the region, developing our “Digital Hub” strategy for Asia Pacific, and co-driving a development programme designed to cultivate and strengthen the profiles of our leaders.

Before moving to Hong Kong, I grew and ran our communications, media and hi-tech business in Australia for many years, and held various regional roles, including sponsor for our NFP development partnerships in Asia Pacific.

Apart from helping to grow talented teams of leaders, one of the most rewarding aspects of my work has been the chance to focus on building innovation and digital ecosystems. I enjoy identifying and growing new businesses and service areas for clients and for Accenture, and had the opportunity to drive such an initiative across Asia Pacific. I’m currently the joint-executive sponsor for Accenture's innovation programme and ecosystem in Australia and New Zealand.

Before joining Accenture, I was a partner with a global consulting firm, where I spent 13 years providing consulting and operations services to large corporate organisations, and building and running a number of businesses.

Although a Londoner by birth, I’ve worked across Asia for the last 30 years and am currently based in Sydney. In my downtime, rugby is a bit of a passion (though sadly, I’m too old to play anymore!).