RSM Australia acquires BDO risk consulting division in Perth

PERTH—RSM Australia, Western Australia’s leading mid-tier accounting firm, has concluded a deal to take on the risk consulting division of BDO Perth. The move will further expand RSM Australia’s risk consulting capabilities by adding BDO’s former chairman of partners, Pippa Hobson, and a team of experienced risk professionals to supplement RSM’s existing risk consulting and security and privacy division. This expansion also positions RSM’s risk practice as a leader in the Perth market.

Pippa Hobson said, “Risk consulting has never been more important as organisations face an increasingly uncertain and challenging economic landscape. COVID-19 has presented new risks to businesses in every industry, which has only added to the already-present risks, including sustainability, governance, fraud and more. Additionally, as the number and sophistication of cyber-attacks increase, organisations need to improve their overall cyber resilience in order to respond to and recover from these incidents.”

Dan Hutchens, RSM’s WA risk consulting leader, added, “Western Australian businesses need on-the-ground risk advisory services that can help them navigate the complexities of risk in their organisations, receiving advice that is specific to their unique situation. By adding this capability to RSM’s risk consulting group, we anticipate that local businesses will benefit significantly. We look forward to working with existing and new clients to manage these risks and improve business performance.”

RSM’s specialist risk consulting and technical expertise will be further bolstered by this move.

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About RSM Australia
RSM Australia is an independent member firm of RSM, the sixth-largest professional services accounting and consulting organisation in the world. 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. RSM has 31 offices across Australia, combined with over 98 years’ experience. The RSM network spans 120 countries and comprises 750 offices.

RSM Australia appoints Sam Mohammad as national head of indirect tax practice

RSM Australia (RSM), one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has announced the appointment of Sam Mohammad as national head of its indirect tax practice.

Based in Brisbane, Sam brings more than 16 years of experience in providing clients with practical and easy-to-understand advice about GST, payroll tax, stamp duty, and fuel tax credits, with a particular focus on the energy, government, infrastructure, mining, and property (both residential and commercial) sectors. He has also advised on and successfully obtained GST private rulings and duty exemption requests on a range of complex matters.

Sam is a current member of the Tax Institute’s Queensland state taxes sub-committee and has been a previous member of the Australian Taxation Office’s fuel tax liaison group. He is an admitted solicitor of the Supreme Court in Queensland and, prior to joining RSM, worked as a director at KPMG, specialising in indirect taxes.

Sam Mohammad, partner, RSM, said, “Queensland is an exciting place to be right now with a strong business outlook and lots of opportunities on the horizon. I’m looking forward to bringing my skills to bear to help RSM’s clients maximise these opportunities.”

Andy Graham, managing partner – Brisbane, RSM, said, “The Brisbane office of RSM has been growing steadily over the last 12 months and Sam Mohammad is the fourth partner we’ve appointed in that time. The Brisbane office has exceptional depth and expertise available to help Queensland clients position themselves for growth. Sam’s extensive experience at KPMG as well as his prior role as a policy officer at the Queensland state government means he’s ideally placed to provide strong business advice for local businesses.”

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

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 Australia appoints four new partners and nine new principals

RSM LogoRSM Australia, one of the largest mid-tier accounting firms in Australia, has appointed four new partners, and nine new principals, bringing the total count of partners to 94, and principals to 42.

Jamie O’Rourke, newly-appointed national chairman, RSM Australia, said, “By hiring and promoting the right people, RSM is providing clients with the knowledge and expertise they need to help them reach their goals. For example, three of the new appointees are located in Ballarat to bolster its audit division, reflecting a growing need in that region. Research and development is also a key focus area for many of our clients. RSM has and will continue to expand according to our clients’ needs so we can help them do business better.”

New partners

John Findlay, Ballarat

John joined RSM Australia in 2016, and works in assurance & advisory. He has more than 25 years’ audit experience and works closely with both for-profit and not-for-profit clients from the private and public sectors. His clients include companies in the agribusiness, medical, pharmaceutical, construction, finance and investment, manufacturing, and retail industries, among others. John is based in Ballarat.

Matthew Gordge, Adelaide

Matthew joined RSM Australia in 2003, and works in business advisory. He provides business, taxation and superannuation services to small to medium enterprises and high wealth individuals. Matthew’s industries of expertise include transport, construction, hospitality, vehicle dealerships and seafood. Matthew is based in Adelaide.

Jayesh Kapitan, Melbourne

Jayesh joined RSM Australia in 2003, and works in risk advisory. He has more than 19 years’ local and international experience in providing advisory services to a range of clients from the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors. He has provided a broad range of services to his clients including internal audit, risk management, assurance and compliance services. His clients are in the health, aged-care, transport, regulatory and public sector industries. Jayesh is based in Melbourne.

Paul Rogan, Ballarat

Paul joined RSM Australia in 2002, and works in business advisory. Paul has more than 14 years’ experience in agriculture, and continues to maintain strong ties within this industry. Paul specialises in the areas of business services and taxation, with extensive experience in the field of superannuation. Paul is based in Ballarat.

New principals

James Campbell, Canberra

James joined RSM Australia in 2014, and works in business advisory. He specialises in providing financial and business advice to health professionals and property developers. James advises clients on how to retire in a financially secure matter, by transitioning their business from ‘personal’ to ‘organisational’ goodwill. James is based in Canberra.

Andrew Clifford, Melbourne

Andrew joined RSM Australia in 2014, and works in corporate finance. Andrew has more than 20 years’ experience within professional practice, and has extensive experience in financial modelling and corporate consultancy. He helped establishing RSM’s financial modelling framework and dedicated financial modelling team. Andrew is based in Melbourne.

Adam Crowley, Sydney

Adam joined RSM Australia in 2014, and works in business advisory. He has more than 10 years’ experience in accounting and business advisory, and provides accounting, business advisory, tax consulting and compliance services to his clients, both local and international. Adam is based in Sydney.

Travis Kukura, Perth

Travis joined RSM Australia in 2014, and works in restructuring and recovery. Travis is a liquidator with more than 20 years’ experience in dealing with directors and corporations as well as individuals who suffer financial hardship. He has worked on numerous formal corporate and personal insolvency appointments across a range of industry sectors. Travis is based in Perth.

Andrew Manuel, Wagga Wagga

Andrew joined RSM Australia in 2009, and works in business advisory. He has more than 10 years’ experience working with international contractors and share traders, as well as businesses across a wide-range of sectors. Andrew helps his clients develop strategies and select the right tools to help with them with their business growth and wealth management. Andrew is based in Wagga Wagga.

Ralph Martin, Perth

Ralph joined RSM Australia in 2016, and works in assurance and advisory. He will be taking on the role of National Technical Director. Ralph has more than 15 years’ experience in providing external audit services. He provides specialist advice and consulting to ASX listed entities, with a focus on mining and mining services, family businesses and other large proprietary entities. Ralph is based in Perth.

Jarrad Turnbull, Ballarat

Jarrad joined RSM Australia in 2008, and works in business advisory. His experience and knowledge have seen him work closely with a diverse range of clients in the primary production and small business sectors. Jarrad delivers welcome, and unexpected, outcomes for his clients and provides solutions that reduce the stress of running a farm or small business. Jarrad is based in Ballarat.

Jade Wade, Wagga Wagga

Jade joined RSM Australia in 2008, and works in business advisory. Jade works with clients from a variety of backgrounds and offers management and accounting advice for small- to medium-sized enterprises from the business and rural sectors. He helps his clients improve their profit results and capitalise on their business for years. Jade is based in Wagga Wagga.

Richard Wraith, Melbourne

Richard joined RSM Australia in 2016, and works in tax services, R&D. Richard has more than seven years’ experience providing specialist R&D tax incentive compliance and innovation consulting services. He has provided advice across Australia to a diverse range of industries, from start-up innovators to large multi-national corporations. Richard is based in Melbourne.

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About RSM

RSM is a full service national accounting and advisory firm delivering expert corporate financial and advisory accounting services to clients across diverse industry sectors.

Its unique one-firm structure means clients can more readily connect to its extensive national and international networks, expertise and industry experience.

Nationally RSM has 29 offices, combined with over 90 years’ experience. Its network spans across 120 countries and comprises 730 offices.