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Gillian Saunders

Head: Advisory Services, Grant Thornton
Gillian Saunders is Director and Head of Grant Thornton Advisory Services in South Africa. She holds a BSC (Hons) in hotel, catering and tourism management and an MBA. She worked for EUREST (a contract catering subsidiary of Nestle and Wagon Lits), in France, and with Sheraton Europe in Germany and Switzerland, before joining the Southern Sun Group in South Africa in 1982. Gillian joined Grant Thornton in 1988 as a tourism and hospitality consultant and became manager of the tourism and hospitality consultancy in 1997. As such she has consulted extensively in all aspects of these industries for the public and private sector for more than 20 years, and led the consultancy to become a pre-eminent Hospitality and Tourism advisory firm . Gillian is the author of a number of articles and a regular commentator in the media, particularly hotels and tourism. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Department of Tourism and at the University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism and Hospitality. She is also Chairperson of the board of the University of Johannesburg’s Kerzner School of Tourism and Hospitality.