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As CEO Riana is responsible for the firm’s overall strategic direction, client relationships and culture. She brings to the role 15 years’ senior strategic and operational leadership experience. She has previously worked in senior roles in the financial and professional services sector in Australia and internationally. 

Joining Bartier Perry in late 2017, Riana’s priority is building on the firm’s successful client-centric culture.

Riana has also worked to successfully build diverse and flexible workplaces where the focus is on the best outcomes over rigid operating structures.

Riana is respected for her focus on building authentic relationships at all levels, along with her ability to communicate with clarity, conviction and honesty.


What our partners say about Riana

Riana leads an efficient and highly productive management team.  She sees opportunities and turns those into achievements.  It’s her collaborative, influential and practical style that drives the results she achieves.  Not just for Bartier Perry but for our clients too. 

Riana understands the value of fostering strong relationships with clients and colleagues alike.  She is passionate about delivering outcomes that consistently exceed expectations, and putting the client at the centre of this. Riana sees change as an opportunity to embrace and is unapologetic about her view that the need for people and organisations to constantly look at how they can improve and innovate is critical to long term success.



  • Member of Women on Boards

  • Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • Member of Australasian Legal Practice Management Association

  • Member of the CEO Institute

  • Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors)

  • Foundations of Directorship (Australian Institute of Company Directors)

  • Master of Business Leadership (Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa)

  • Bachelor of Arts, African Languages (Honours) (University of Pretoria)


A word from Riana

“When I talk to Bartier Perry partners, they have a strong focus on specific practice areas, a deep knowledge of their clients and a clear vision of what areas of opportunity they want to target and they are achieving what they plan. This is a team that knows what they are doing and do it really well.”


Career highlights

  • Instrumental in expanding Bartier Perry and another Sydney based law firm’s footprint into the Eastern seaboard.

  • Successful track record throughout career of building strong, competent teams who work together to drive a culture of performance.

  • As general manager of a Sydney law firm, introducing robust processes and controls across divisional expenditure to provide transparency on ongoing and discretionary spending, delivering significant cost savings.

  • Driving a cultural transformation at a Sydney law firm.

  • Creating a pipeline of high-quality talent for in-demand skill sets at a private banking organisation.


Specific areas of focus

  • Creating, implementing and tracking successful strategy

  • Driving performance excellence

  • Providing strong leadership and direction

  • Mentoring and coaching

  • Organisational review and design

  • Identifying significant opportunities and risks


Areas of expertise

  • Strategic leadership

  • Business optimisation

  • Change management