RSM Australia expands risk consulting team with senior appointments

RSM Australia (RSM), one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has announced a senior appointment to its risk consulting team.

Darren Booth has joined RSM as national head of security and privacy risk services. He brings more than 17 years of experience in IT internal audit, technology risk consulting, risk advisory, and data analytics. Darren is a qualified internal auditor, IT internal auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and previous Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard Qualified Security Assessor (PCI DSS QSA).

Darren has successfully delivered cyber security and privacy risk assessments to both local and large multinational corporations in the public and private sectors across a range of industries. He has worked on an extensive range of technology risk management projects and, prior to joining RSM, worked as the senior director of IT internal audit and technology risk consulting at Protiviti.

Michael Shatter was previously the national head of security and privacy risk services, RSM, after establishing and developing the services moves back into a more dedicated role for leading the firm’s national probity audit and advisory services. While Michael will continue to work with Darren, Michael will dedicate his focus to continue in his role as subject matter expert for all probity services delivered nationally by RSM. With more than 26 years’ experience in delivering probity services for much of his career, he works on and has delivered a large range of complex and significant infrastructure and procurement projects.

Michael has been the probity advisor and auditor on some of Australia’s largest privatisation projects, including the recent Port of Melbourne medium-term lease and privatisation of the electricity state owned enterprises in New South Wales. He has also assisted governments in delivering their public-private projects, including the recent Ravenhall Prison Project for the Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation.

These projects, combined with hundreds of other procurement projects across a broad range of goods and services, have resulted in Michael being considered one of the most experienced probity practitioners in Australia.

Jamie O’Rourke, national chairman, RSM, said, “Risk consulting is a growing area as Australian organisations look to manage risk and governance, especially cyber risk, in more comprehensive and effective ways. Michael Shatter and Darren Booth both have a deep wealth of experience and knowledge that RSM’s clients can rely on to help them manage risk innovatively and successfully. The growth of these services add to the already-strong stable of RSM experts specialising in this area and we look forward to helping many more Australian organisations achieve strong risk management and governance outcomes.”

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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 30 offices, combined with over 95 years’ experience. Its network spans across 116 countries and comprises 750 offices.

RSM Bird Cameron introduces RSM health+

August 1, 2011RSM Bird Cameron, one  of the largest mid-tier accounting firm in Australia, has announced RSM health+, tailored accounting and business advisory solutions for health professionals including allied health, physicians, dentists, pharmacists and GPs.

Dr Rod Paton, Dentist, said, “As a dentist, my focus is on my patients. I rely on RSM Bird Cameron to help manage the business side of the practice – whether it’s planning tax affairs or feedback on ways to improve, I know they’re looking after my interests.”

RSM health+ understands the challenges that health professionals commonly face, such as lack of resources, capital or succession planning. RSM health+ is designed to help overcome these challenges while building wealth, balancing risk and effectively managing cash flow.

Kim Hutchinson, national chairman, RSM Bird Cameron, said, “The RSM Bird Cameron difference lies in the close and enduring relationships it has with its clients. RSM Bird Cameron works closely with health professionals, regularly consulting with its advisory panel of health professionals to ensure that it is across the latest developments and opportunities.

“RSM Bird Cameron’s ability to provide advice within tight timeframes means health professionals are able to make decisions efficiently, while maintaining focus on their business and taking maximum advantage of opportunities when they arise.”

Damian Bennett, Bennett Pharmacy Group, said, “Over the last 15 years, RSM Bird Cameron has provided expert advice and guidance as we have bought, sold and operated pharmacies. We now operate across two states with annual sales exceeding A$10m.”

Hutchinson said, “RSM health+ draws on almost 100 years of experience and offers expertise from more than 70 directors in 28 offices across Australia. It has the technical knowledge to drive health professionals’ business processes, build wealth and protects assets long term so they can put patients’ needs first every time.”

RSM health+ offers advices in the specialist areas including:

Tax advisory services
* Specialist knowledge of health accounting and taxation issues
* Compliance GST, fringe benefits tax, income tax
* Non-commercial losses
* Income splitting
* Negative gearing

Wealth creation services
* Personal wealth goal setting
* Budgeting for lifetime financial requirements
* Succession planning
* Self-managed superannuation funds
* Exit strategies and management succession

Asset protection services
* Structuring advice
* Wealth management and preservation
* Ownership succession
* Asset protection
* Business valuations

Cash flow services
* Business plans and budgets
* Financial management
* Merger and acquisition advice
* Feasibility studies
* Capital raisings
* Finance applications.

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About RSM Bird Cameron
RSM Bird Cameron is the largest mid-tier accounting firm in Australia with national ownership and profit sharing and offers a full range of specialist advisory services, including business consulting and advisory, assurance and advisory, taxation consulting, corporate consulting and turnaround and insolvency. RSM Bird Cameron is a core member firm of RSM International, the sixth largest network of independent accounting and consulting firms in the world.