25-27 Jun 2017 GALLAGHER CONVENTION CENTRE, MIDRAND, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
advisory board member
deputy ceo, grant thornton
Gillian Saunders is Deputy CEO of Audit
Tax and Advisory Firm, Grant Thornton in Johannesburg and Head of Advisory
Services in South Africa. Gillian has a long track record, of more than 25
years in her specialty: consulting to the hospitality, tourism and
leisure industries. In 2012 Gillian was appointed Global Sector Leader, Hotels
and Tourism for Grant Thornton and leads a team of experts in various fields
from over 25 countries.
Gillian has consulted extensively in all aspects
of these industries for the public and private sector through-out Africa. Prior
to consulting she worked in the industry in Europe and South Africa, with
stints with EUREST (a contract catering subsidiary of Nestle and Wagon
Lits), in France, and with Sheraton in Germany and Switzerland, before joining
the Southern Sun Group in South Africa in 1982.
Gillian is the author of a
number of articles and a regular commentator in the media, particularly on mega
events. She is Chairperson of the board of the University of Johannesburg’s
Kerzner School of Tourism and Hospitality and is passionate about education and
education in the Hospitality and Tourism sector.