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Ian Stone

Ian Stone

Ian has been with Nexia for over 40 years and is both a Partner 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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Aaron Breckell

Aaron Breckell

With a real passion for mentoring businesses, Aaron prides himself on providing clear, practical advice drawn from his own experiences as a business owner.
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With a real passion for mentoring businesses, Aaron prides himself on providing clear, practical advice drawn from his own experiences as a business owner.

Aaron has particular expertise in working with businesses to increase profitability, drive efficiencies, and realise potential. Aaron has worked with corporates, national franchises and a variety of businesses operating across a wide range of sectors throughout New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Germany and the UK.

Aaron also chairs the advisory board of Cultivate Christchurch, a social enterprise that brings together urban farming, youth development and community participation.

Outside of work, Aaron and his wife are kept busy with their two young sons and two dachshund dogs – both of which require frequent but not very long walks! He enjoys keeping active, and networking on the golf course with the aim of dropping his handicap back to single digits.

Qualifications

  • Chairman, Cultivate Christchurch
  • Chartered Accountant (Fellow), FACCA

Skills

  • Business advisory
  • Mentoring and consulting
  • Scenario planning and modelling
  • Growth strategies
  • Business structuring
  • Business and share valuations
  • Business planning
  • Due diligence
  • Business sales and purchases
  • Funding arrangements

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David Keane

David Keane

David is a Taxation Consulting Partner at Nexia Australia - Sydney Office.
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In David’s role as a Tax Partner within Nexia, he assists clients with complex transaction advisory and annual compliance matters to help them navigate through Australia’s ever changing tax system.

David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Taxation team. Having previously worked as a tax specialist in both mid-tier and big 4 firms, he advises clients across a range of industries, with many clients having the complexities of cross border dealings, tax consolidated groups and/or trust structures.

His prior experience includes working with fund managers, private equity, manufacturers, distributors, real estate businesses, and many other businesses. David prides himself on ensuring clients are receiving timely advice and the most commercial outcomes. He enjoys the challenge of communicating complex issues to his clients in a way that is easy to understand and action.

David also assists with complex tax compliance matters and completes the tax sign-off for numerous audits. This means David understands how any advice will affect the tax return and financial statements for his clients, allowing him to ensure any advice is implemented properly.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Bachelor of Laws

Affiliate Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW

Skills

  • Tax Consolidation

  • Managed Investment Trusts

  • Thin Capitalization

  • ATO Dealings and Audit Settlement

  • Inbound Financing

  • Due Diligence

  • Structuring

  • Tax Health Check

  • Governance

 

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Sam Neale

Sam Neale

Sam is a Taxation Consulting Partner at Nexia Australia - Sydney Office.
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Professional experience

Sam is a solicitor and an accountant with extensive experience in advising SME’s to large corporates on investment structures and transactions across a broad range of industries - with a particular emphasis on M&A and tax-efficient international financing/investment structures.

As a Tax Partner within our Nexia Sydney office, Sam prides himself on ensuring clients are receiving timely advice and the most commercial outcomes and enjoys the challenge of communicating complex issues in an easy to understand way. He brings strong experience having worked as a tax specialist in both mid-tier and big 4 firms.

Sam specialises in providing advice to clients across a range of industries, with many clients having the complexities of cross border dealings, tax consolidated groups and/or trust structures. His expertise sees him servicing a broad range of clients from large family groups, multinationals, private equity, distributors and service businesses, amongst others.

Sam and his team of specialists have a dedicated focus on uncovering latent cash assets and future savings for clients across a broad range of tax fields in a risk-free manner. Together, they can assist with the structuring, implementation and ongoing compliance management to minimise the workload of clients’ teams and maximising the value provided over time.

In addition, Sam assists with complex tax compliance matters and completes the tax sign-off for numerous audits. This means he understands how any advice will affect the tax return and financial statements for his clients, allowing him to ensure any advice is implemented properly.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Laws

Affiliate Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW with current legal practising certificate

Skills

  • Tax Consolidation

  • Trusts

  • International Taxation

  • ATO Dealings

  • Inbound Financing

  • Due Diligence

  • Structuring

  • Tax Health Check

  • Governance

 

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Tania Venville

Tania Venville

Tania is a Manager for Business Advisory at Nexia Brisbane South.
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Tania is a Manager for Business Advisory at Nexia Brisbane South with over 10 years commercial accounting experience and 15 years public practice experience.

Her experience ranges from family operated business, building and construction, transport and delivery companies, as well as the hospitality sector.  Tania’s passion is growing small businesses and helping them achieve their individual and business goals.

 

Qualifications

Associate Diploma Business (Accounting)

Bachelor of Commerce

Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants

Skills

  • Business Advisory
  • Tax and accounting compliance
  • Strategic business planning and analysis
  • Business Structuring and restructuring
  • Cash flow forecasting
  • Taxation Consulting

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Erin Tanyag

Erin Tanyag

Erin is an Associate Director in Nexia’s Audit and Assurance division.
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Erin is an Associate Director and Chartered Accountant with over 13 years audit experience in servicing entities of various sizes and in a wide range of industries. Erin has been a valued member of our team for more than a decade and has furthered her experience by working in the United Kingdom with our Nexia affiliates. Erin has extensive experience in the private sector, government sector, education, agriculture, viticulture, financial services and the not-for-profit industries.

Qualifications

Member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand

Bachelor of Business (Accounting) 

 

Skills

 

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Lydia Liu

Lydia Liu

Lydia is a Associate Director in the Corporate Advisory team at Nexia Australia - Sydney Office.
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Professional experience

Lydia has over a decade of experience in Corporate Advisory and Professional Accounting, including 6 years of experience working in Shanghai, China.

Lydia works on a range of corporate finance transactions including valuations and expert reports, M&A’s, IPO and capital raising, due diligence and investigating accountants reporting. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to work across a diverse range of industries including healthcare, education, technology, manufacturing, retail, real estate and agriculture.

Lydia has a strong desire to develop a genuine understanding of her clients’ needs, which allows her to provide clients with the best possible outcomes. Her ability to maintain high work standards whilst under pressure ensures her clients are receive quality decisions in a timely manner.

She is a resilient leader with a desire to deliver the highest of professional standards. Her ability to take responsibility for her actions as well as manage projects and people, sees her as a well-respected leader within her team.

Qualifications

Master of Applied Finance

Chartered Accountants ANZ

Skills

  • Corporate Finance
  • Due Diligence
  • Valuations
  • Financial Modelling
  • Independent Expert’s Report
  • Investigating Accountants Report

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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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