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Ian Stone

Ian Stone

Ian has been with Nexia for over 40 years and is both a Director in the Sydney Office and also Chairman of Nexia International.
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Ian's management style is the hallmark of the firm’s success with his ability to establish long-standing professional and friendly working relationships with his clients.

His advice on managing family businesses, succession planning, taxation and strategies for driving future growth has been highly regarded by all clients who work with him in this capacity. 

Ian’s team are long-serving staff of the firm, highly qualified and share the same personal client service focus as their partner. Clients have the pleasure of having the same people doing their work from one year to the next. 

Clients find Ian’s breadth of experience allows him to add value to their business and offer opportunities to expand. Many of Ian’s clients have been retained over his working career with Nexia Sydney and he now works with the second and third generation family members of some of the Nexia’s family-based businesses. 

Ian’s International client base is also growing through referrals from the Nexia network. International clients looking to open offices in Australia are choosing Nexia Sydney for their ability to deliver efficient accounting and taxation services for a competitive fee and Ian’s experience ensures a smooth transition.

Qualifications

Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand

Registered Tax Agent 

Registered Auditor

Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting)

 

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Richard Cen

Richard Cen

Richard is a Partner of Audit & Assurance and Corporate Advisory (Asia) at Nexia Melbourne. Richard has over 15 years of experience in auditing, financial reporting, risk assessment, and the review and design of internal controls.
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Richard has over 15 years of experience in both “Big 4” and second tier firms where he has gained specialised knowledge in auditing, financial reporting, risk assessment, and the review and design of internal controls.

Richard has been able to use his experience in professional services in China and Australia to provide specialised advice to international and local clients. As the leader of the Asian Advisory Service, Richard liaises with other Nexia offices in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Nexia International firms in China and the Asian region.

These combined resources are able to provide high quality assurance and advisory services to Chinese and other Asian companies with operations in Australia, as well as to Australian companies with operations in the region.

Richard leads a team of dedicated professionals, providing audit and assurance services to listed companies, large private companies, and emerging businesses across a wide range of industries, with a focus on providing efficiency and cost effective audit services.

In addition, Richard is able to communicate technical advice in both English and Chinese. This ensures that it is understood by all stakeholders and assists clients with developing networks for conducting business in the region.
 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Master of Commerce (Accounting and Finance)

Registered Company Auditor

Registered Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Auditor

Member of Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand

Member of CPA Australia

Fellow of Institute of Public Accountants Australia

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Ben Bester

Ben Bester

As a Director at Nexia Melbourne, Ben has over 25 years of experience in providing external audit services and CFO services to a broad range of clients in both the private and public sector.
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Ben is an innovative professional with more than 25 years of accomplishment in providing external audit services and CFO services to a broad range of clients in both the private and public sector. His experience with systems and procedures ensures that, apart from an audit opinion being provided, proactive management advice is provided that will benefit his clients.

Ben acted as CFO for a group of companies in South Africa before migrating to Australia in 2006 and became an audit partner with WHK (Now Crowe Horwath) in Victoria before joining Walker Wayland Advantage from October 2014 to February 2020 as audit partner. He joined Nexia Melbourne in March 2020 as Audit Director.

His extensive audit experience was gained with listed entities, VAGO, large non –reporting entities, not for profits entities, incorporated associations, and covered industries such as manufacturing, retail, education, health, clubs, associations and self-managed superfunds.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) (Unisa) 

Member of Chartered Accountants Australia + New Zealand

Registered Company Auditor

SMSF Auditor

Accredited External Examiner of the Legal Services Board

Public Practice Certificate

Skills

  • External Audit
  • Due Diligence
  • Business Improvement Advice

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Stephen Purcell

Stephen Purcell

Stephen is the Non-Executive Independent Chairman for Nexia Sydney Group.
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Stephen joins us with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. He has 20 years’ experience in leading professional service firms, and held three positions as a successful CEO and Managing Partner in both law and accounting firms.

He has a reputation as an inspiring leader with strong values, for being a “people person” and for getting things done.  

Stephen was admitted and practised as a solicitor for many years before taking on professional services firm leadership roles. Stephen is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Non-Executive Director of The Executive Connection’s Parent company and a member of the NSW Regional Council for Redkite, a charity supporting families who have a child with cancer. 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Law 

Bachelor of Economics 

Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors 

Member of the NSW Regional Council for Redkite 

Skills

  • Senior Leadership and Management 
  • Board Governance 
  • Professional Services management 
  • Independent Board member 
  • Corporate Governance 
  • Restructuring

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Matthew O'Connor

Matthew O'Connor

Matt is a Partner in Nexia Edwards Marshall’s Audit and Assurance division.
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Matt’s work involves providing clients with an efficient and personable service through all stages of the audit process, and providing technical advice regarding accounting and financial reporting matters.

He has international experience from his time on secondment through Nexia International. He spent three months in London working in Assurance and also three months in San Francisco where he gained experience auditing hedge funds.

He has presented on accounting and auditing topics, including fraud, to the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Business Forum which is designed for business and financial professionals to keep up to date on the latest industry changes.  

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce

Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Registered Company Auditor.

Skills

Audit and Assurance

Matt has worked on clients in a broad range of industries including those in the manufacturing, transport, educational, healthcare and superannuation industries. These clients range from trust accounts to not-for-profits, large corporations and public offer superannuation funds.

Matt has a strong understanding of financial reporting requirements, accounting systems and internal controls and also has experience in due diligence reviews for business acquisitions.

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George Whitington

George Whitington

George is a Partner in Nexia Edwards Marshall’s Forensic Accounting division.
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George provides valuation, corporate advisory and litigation support services. He specialises in commercial business valuations, financial modelling, economic loss assessments and insolvency.

George also helps clients wind up their solvent companies, with an emphasis on speed, efficiency and maximising distributions to shareholders tax-effectively.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce (Corporate Finance)

Bachelor of Economics

Chartered Accountant (CA)

CA Business Valuation Specialist

CA Forensic Accounting Specialist.

Skills

Valuations

George has managed both commercial valuations, such as share sales and mergers and acquisitions, and valuations for litigious purposes, such as shareholder disputes and matrimonial property settlements.

Litigation support

In assisting the firm’s partners provide independent accounting evidence for litigation, George has worked on a number of large and complex cases in various jurisdictions and courts around Australia.

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Justin Mulhair

Justin Mulhair

Justin is an Associate Director in Nexia Perth Audit division
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A grounded professional with a well-rounded perspective, Justin sees more than just numbers, he sees data for what it is—the story of your business. Meticulous in approach, his noted attention to detail, intelligibility and inclusiveness ensures at all times, he communicates clearly and concisely with clients, instilling both comfort and confidence.

 

As Associate Director - Audit, Justin’s role involves strengthening Nexia Perth’s audit service line and through technological integration, delivering efficient and effective outcomes. Equally adept addressing mum and dad operations or C-Suite executives, Justin specialises in delivering audit assignments to public unlisted companies, ASX-listed companies, Local and State Government departments, Not-for-profits, Indigenous corporations, foreign-owned groups with Australian subsidiaries, Australian companies with foreign subsidiaries, large privately-owned entities and trusts.

 

Technologically savvy, Justin commands an impressive array of proficiencies and skills, aiming to complete the audit experience with better educated and properly informed clients. To that end, Justin delivers high-quality and timely audit and assurance services.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts - Accounting and Human Resource Management (Honours)
  • Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA)
  • Member of Chartered Accountants Ireland
  • Registered Company Auditor

Skills

  • Accounting Advice
  • Agreed Upon Procedures
  • External Audit
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Reporting (IFRS & AASB)
  • Internal Audit
  • Internal Control Reviews
  • Investigating Accountant’s Reports
  • SaaS & Technology
  • Tax (Domestic and International)

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Scott Travis

Scott Travis

Scott Travis joined the Auckland office in 2002 and has been a Director since 2006 and has particular experience in the areas of taxation planning and advice.
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Scott also has expertise in the areas of business structuring, business development and business sale and acquisition; including preparing a business for sale, due diligence and valuations.

Scott works closely with clients across a range of industries including horticulture, manufacturing, technology, service and franchise sectors. An active member of the Franchise Association of New Zealand, Scott is passionate about helping franchise businesses grow and improve performance. He is also part of the franchise industry leadership group which was involved in establishing New Zealand’s first biennial franchise survey

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce 

Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Skills

  • Business Structuring
  • Business Development
  • Business Sale and Acquisition
  • Due Diligence
  • Valuations

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Phil Barlow

Phil Barlow

Phil Barlow joined the Auckland office in 2007 as Director of the Tax Team coming from Ernst & Young. Having specialised in tax for more than 20 years, Phil has considerable expertise in tax effective structuring, tax risk management, assisting with IRD audits, domestic and international tax advice and tax due diligence.
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Throughout his career, Phil has worked with many clients across a broad spectrum of industries; ranging from small to medium size businesses through to large multinational companies. Phil has also assisted the key stakeholders in these businesses with their own personal tax obligations.

Phil co-manages the day to day operations of Knowledge Shop Limited and regularly presents on topical tax issues for the Knowledge Shop, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ) and other Auckland based Chartered Accountancy firms.

Within CAANZ, Phil is Chair of the Auckland Branch Operational Tax Liaison Group. Phil is also the Auckland representative on the National Tax Liaison Committee.

Phil holds a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and was awarded his Fellowship for his services to the profession in 2019 by the Chartered Accountants Institute of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Qualifications

Bachelor of Business

Fellow Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Skills

  • Tax Effective Structuring
  • Tax Risk Management
  • IRD Audits
  • Domestic and International Tax Advice
  • Tax Due Diligence

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Tristan Dean

Tristan Dean

Tristan Dean joined the Auckland office in 1995 and has been a Director since 2000. Tristan works closely with a broad range of clients with specialised knowledge in the technology, food manufacturing and health sectors.
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Tristan has expertise in the areas of tax, business restructuring, forecasting, offshore expansions, negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, business valuations and business development.

A regular presenter at Knowledge Shop training sessions, Tristan has presented for the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ) on the topics of business restructuring and business ethics.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce

Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Skills

  • Tax
  • Business Restructuring
  • Forecasting 
  • Offshore Expansions
  • Negotiations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Valuations
  • Business Development

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