Meet our new partners – David Ware David, let’s start with a bit of background about your career and what you currently do at Deloitte? I’ve been with Deloitte for about 10 years, in Brisbane and now Melbourne, and including a three year secondment to the firm in Chicago. I lead the customs team nationally at Deloitte, part of our indirect tax practice. Our team and the business have both changed and grown rapidly in the ten years since I joined. You’ve combined that rapid growth with a busy personal life too. Plus I understand you never miss a Brisbane Broncos game… Definitely – when I’m not travelling or working with clients, I have a pretty hectic home life. I’m a lifelong Brisbane Broncos fan, and I’ll be hoping for a better result in State of Origin game two than the performance I witnessed in person in Brisbane at the end of May! I’m currently trying to instil the same passion for NRL into my two sons, Joshua, 7 and Luke, 5. Living in Melbourne, I’ve got stiff competition for their attention and life-long devotion from the AFL, though that in itself faces still competitions from the charms of the iPad! You’re in an unusual location at the moment – tell us a bit about that? I’m current in Tbilisi in Georgia – not a place I thought I would be likely to visit in my lifetime – speaking at the World Customs Organisation’s global IT/data analytics conference. And this is all because of our development of a product called the Global Trade Radar. It’s a global customs data analytics tool that provides insights into a multinationals global import profile and identifies opportunities and risks for multiple countries. I really enjoy travelling, and my 10 year career with Deloitte has brought me more travel than I expected. Rolling out our product into the Asian market, and globally, is giving me plenty of opportunities to visit new places. In the last few months alone I’ve been in Germany, the US, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. What are you excited about for the future, and now leading your team as a partner? Having lead the team for a few years already, as partner I’m excited to be able to really focus on our push into Asia. I think there are exciting opportunities for the team and for our firm in working more closely with our global counterparts. Specifically our expansion into Asia Pacific will be challenging, but interesting. I’m hopeful that my team and my great Deloitte network both in Australia and internationally – I probably know people that look after customs in most countries in the world at this stage! – will help hugely in this effort. I’m also excited about the potential for innovation and changing how we deliver tax services. I developed the Customs Radar with the full support of the firm and was given the space to innovate and the resources to execute the idea. It was one of the first solutions developed in the tax practice that used developments in data analytics and automation to make previously complex processes easier and more efficient for our clients. Since then we’ve developed a range of solutions that use similar technology. We’re changing the game for what tax services can look like, and it’s a really exciting space to be in at the moment. And I’m obviously excited about the comeback of the Maroons in the Origin series!