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28 June 2021 | Minutes to read: 3

William Buck welcomes new Chair

By William Buck

William Buck is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie McKeough, Managing Director of William Buck Adelaide, to Chair of William Buck Australia and New Zealand.

Jamie has been with William Buck for 33 years and Deputy Chair of the Board for 11 years. His long tenure is testament to his dedication to the firm and passion for the a­­ccounting profession.

Outgoing Chair of 13 years, Nick Hatzistergos said William Buck is in very good hands with Jamie assuming the role of fourth Chair of the group.

“Jamie has proven himself to be an outstanding leader with strong lateral thinking,” said Nick.

“Jamie has driven the growth and development of the Adelaide office, has played an enormous role in building the William Buck brand and has led the Business Advisory team from a small team in its infancy to one that today makes up the largest part of our practice across Australia and New Zealand,” said Nick.

“I have no doubt that Jamie is the right person to lead the next stage of growth at William Buck.”

Jamie said he’s extremely honoured to take on the role of Chair. He has thanked the Board for the opportunity and Nick for his significant contribution to the Group over the last 13 years.

“When Nick took over in 2008, the Group was experiencing challenges. He stood up when strong leadership and vision was needed,” remarked Jamie.

During Nick’s time as Chair, the William Buck Group has seen remarkable growth. From a firm of 30 directors and $25m turnover in 2008, William Buck’s footprint has grown to nine offices across Australia and New Zealand, with over 100 directors and $130m turnover.

William Buck forged several strategic equity partnerships during this time and joined Praxity Global Alliance, the world’s 6th largest accounting group, giving us access to an extensive pool of global resources that we use to reach the best outcomes for our clients.

While Nick has stepped down as Chair of the Group, he will continue on the William Buck Board and as Managing Director of William Buck NSW where he will focus on growing and nurturing the ‘immense talent’ across the Sydney offices, and will remain a member of the Praxity Global Management Board.

Jamie said he looks forward to working with the Board and the entire William Buck group to promote the next level of growth and pursue the firms’ vision to be the leading advisory firm to middle market clients.

“We will continue to co-invest and look for opportunities to grow both organically and through strategic mergers and acquisitions which enable us to deliver innovative solutions and increased value and choice to our clients.

“We will do this alongside of our pursuit to create positive change in the lives of our people and clients. This reflects our “Changing Lives” philosophy and is embedded in the key pillars of our five-year strategic plan which is centred on people, clients and collaboration.”

“We will deliver on these pillars by developing our people, continuing to establish new services, embedding innovation into our decision-making and facilitating and embracing digital transformation.”

About William Buck

Established in 1895, William Buck is celebrating 125 years of changing the lives of our people and clients and making contributions back to our communities.

With nine offices across Australia and New Zealand, we’ve grown to 100 directors and over 700 professional staff and are wholly owned and operated in Australia and New Zealand.

Throughout our history, we have assisted individuals, progressive businesses and community organisations with a focus on the middle market. Remaining true to our core client base has enabled us to develop a depth of knowledge and expertise specific to our clients’ needs.

 

Media Enquiries Danielle Shaw

PR and Communications Advisor – National

Ph: 0477 010 730 or 02 8263 4000

E: Danielle.shaw@williambuck.com

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