RSM expands leadership team with new partner and principal appointments in Queensland and across Australia

RSM Australia (RSM), one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has announced the appointment of new partners and principals across Australia, expanding the leadership team and signalling an ongoing commitment to growth.  

Stephen Stavrou is new to RSM and has been appointed as partner, Brisbane Assurance and Advisory. Stephen spent 30 years at Deloitte, where he held various roles and leadership positions, with 15 years as a partner. His background and training is in external audit, control and governance processes, finance transformation, due diligence (including IPOs) and special investigations. Immediately prior to joining RSM, Stephen spent a year as an independent consultant to the Queensland government in a solutions-focused capacity.  

Andy Graham, managing partner, Brisbane, RSM Australia, said, “RSM in Queensland has grown from three partners in 2018 to nine partners as we close out 2020. This growth has been driven by continued strength in the resources sector, as well as other key industries that RSM serves.” 

Stephen Stavrou, partner, Brisbane Assurance and Advisory, RSM Australia, said, “I’m excited to join the team where I can bring my specific skills to bear, especially in servicing clients in the public sector, resources, and retail industries, as well as a broad range of other industries. We anticipate that increasing demand in Queensland will see the Brisbane audit practice double in size within the next three years, and we anticipate similar growth in the advisory side of the business. I look forward to helping these non-audit clients with their financial and business transformation and process improvements, and assisting them identify and solve issues before they affect the business.” 

RSM’s expansion isn’t limited to Queensland, with partner appointments in Sydney and Perth, and principal appointments around the country.  

Peter Revelas has been promoted to partner, Sydney Business Advisory. Peter has worked in chartered firms since 2001. He joined RSM in 2011, where he provides a commercial application of technical tax and accounting skills to suit the needs of his clients, which range from family groups and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to corporate clients. Peter helps clients manage wealth and succession, establish structures, and implement processes and systems to achieve operational efficiency and cost effectiveness.  

Justin Audcent has been promoted to partner, Perth Corporate Finance. Justin has more than 25 years’ professional experience and has advised on more than 200 successful corporate mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital markets transactions, and international and cross-border deals. He joined RSM in 2017 and held previous roles at Crowe Horwath, Ernst & Young, and HLB Mann Judd. Justin’s clients include ASX-listed companies, owner-managed businesses, and large not-for-profit organisations.  

Jamie O’Rourke, national chairman, RSM Australia, said, “2020 has demonstrated that expert business advisory and financial management are crucial for organisations looking to survive in the long term. This has driven significant growth for RSM and I’m pleased to announce these new partnership appointments in response to that growth and in preparation for further expansion.  

“Peter, Justin, and Stephen each bring unique and extensive skills to the team and will play a key role in building out the capabilities of RSM’s teams in Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane.” 

New principals include: 

  • Emma Brown, Sydney Business Advisory 
  • Travis Connell, Albury Business Advisory 
  • AJ Neo, Perth Assurance and Advisory 
  • Michael Palermo, Perth Technology Consulting 
  • Myles Pover, Sydney Business Advisory 
  • Anthony Riding, Ballarat Financial Services 
  • Danielle Sherwin, Sydney Tax Services 
  • Lauren Taylor, Perth Business Advisory 
  • Peter Xi, Sydney Research and Development.  

Jamie O’Rourke, said, “These new principals are geographically dispersed, demonstrating the broadscale growth that RSM has achieved this year across the country. Each of these principals has contributed strongly to their clients’ successes and is well-placed to continue helping clients chart a path to economic recovery in 2021.  

“With these highly experienced and knowledgeable leaders in place, RSM looks forward to helping more clients throughout 2021 and beyond.” 

These new partner and principal appointments bring the total RSM Australia leadership group to 159. 


About RSM Australia  
RSM Australia is a full-service national accounting and advisory firm delivering expert corporate financial and advisory accounting services to clients across diverse industry sectors. Its one-firm structure means clients can more readily connect to its extensive national and international networks, expertise and industry experience. Nationally RSM has 31 offices, combined with over 95 years’ experience. Its global network spans across 116 countries and comprises 750 offices.