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Top communicator joins consultantcy

HIGH-profile Perth businesswoman Valerie Davies has accepted a consultancy role at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu communications manager Judi Halliday said Ms Davies’ business experience would be invaluable in targeting new clients and with her strategic skills she would be able to offer a fresh assessment of the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu approach.

“Ms Davies has got technical skills but she’s also got excellent people skills...it will be good to have her on board in a mentoring sense,” Ms Halliday said.

“Because of her involvement in the business community she knows a lot of influential people.”

In addition to her technical skills, Ms Davies’ commun-ication skills have been recog-nised as an integral part of her successful business career.

“Although business is very sophisticated, it still gets down to relationships... we’re buying her expertise in that area and her business development skills,” Ms Halliday said.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu managing partner Keith Jones said Ms Davies brought more than two decades of corporate communications expertise to Deloitte.

Ms Davies will continue to work out of her own company One.2.One Communications as well as hold directorships of Iluka Resources, Totaliser Agency Board of WA, Inte-grated Workforce and Amcon Solutions Group.

Ms Davies’ appointment is just one of several high-profile appointments in Deloittes off-ices across Australia, including Nick Greiner, Michael Knight and Tim Fischer.

Ms Davies said her new role with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu would be focused on developing networking and communicat-ions skills.

“ I may say look this is an interesting issue we could target in the media but what is of more interest and what I do enjoy is the whole coaching networking situation,” Ms Davies said.

“Deloitte understands the total person, you can’t be at your pinnacle in business if you’re not together as a person.”

Ms Davies said she worked with a number of businesses in Perth and had a very clear understanding of the benefits of networking.

“ I work at a high level with individuals and groups and understand very clearly issues of confidentiality,” Ms Davies said.

“Networking is a benefit for everyone – it’s all about relationships.”

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