Norman Hilton

B Comm, PCA

Norman graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1966 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Accountancy.

In that year he joined the international accounting firm of Touche Ross (now Deloitte & Touche globally) where he spent twenty years in Australian, Canadian and USA offices, including nine years as an audit partner in the Sydney office (since merged with KPMG). He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1968 and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a member of the Australian society of Certified Public Accountants.

His relevant work experience at Touche Ross included audits and investigations into the accounting and financial affairs of companies in most business sectors. He also held senior responsibility for technical accounting and auditing issues.

From 1986 to 1988 he was Finance Director and then Managing Director of Beach Energy, a major ASX listed oil and gas exploration and production group with operations in Australia, UK and USA. He had overall responsibility for all financial, operational and personnel matters within the group. The group also included Kalimantan Gold NL which owned a substantial interest in the major Kelian gold project in Kalimantan, in joint venture with CRA (Conzinc Riotinto).

For the last 21 years he has been engaged as principal of his own advisory firm, Profin Consulting, providing consultancy in financial and forensic accounting services and strategic business advice. He has extensive experience in the preparation of independent expert’s reports in the areas of business valuation, due diligence reviews, economic loss and associated litigation support briefs.

His experience includes giving evidence and cross-examination as an expert witness in commercial, personal injury, family law, mediation and arbitration matters.

He is also on the panel of independent arbitrators for the Sydney Futures Exchange and holds a number of non-executive directorships, including NRMA Careflight.