The Australian Accounting Awards, supported by principal partner Thomson Reuters, recognises excellence across all facets of the accounting industry nationwide.
Ben Skull, Thomson Reuters
At a five-star gala dinner held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on 26 May 2017, winners of the 28 categories for this year were announced to a crowd of more than 500 people.
Accountants Daily congratulated all the winners and finalists on their achievements. “The awards are very well represented this year. Australia’s top accounting firms and professionals were nominated.”
The judging panel is an important part of the rigorous assessment process to ensure integrity and professionalism. The judges included Tracy Angwin, chief executive of the Australian Payroll Association; Doug Driscoll, chief executive at Starr Partners; and and Eric Jelinek, head of Qantas Business Rewards.
This year, there were a record number of finalists and the quality of submissions was outstanding.
“Winners and finalists should be proud of their achievements. The competition was tough this year,” Mr. Ed Chan, Non Executive Chairman of Chan & Naylor Accountants, said.
It was great to see some of the accounting industry’s brightest talents recognised for their hard work. Chan and Naylor would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and finalists.
The 2017 award winners are:
Graduate program of the year: Power Tynan
Accounting student of the year: Arien Dabinett, Pitcher Partners
Community engagement program of the year: Leeane Templeton Chartered Accountants
Auditor of the year: Jo Heighway, Deloitte
Innovator of the year: O’Connells OBM
Rising star of the year: Dean Sammut, MMT Accountants and Advisers
Bookkeeping firm of the year: Carbon Bookkeeping
Professional development program of the year: Pitcher Partners
Office administrator of the year: David Keith, Collins Hume
Young accountant of the year: James Fitzgerald, Moore Stephens
New partner of the year: Christopher Tinta, Link Advisors
Partner of the year (less than $1bn in revenue): Bert Girle, Agilia Accountants and Advisors
Partner of the year (boutique firm): Peter Fowler, Collins Hume
Executive of the year: Natasha Chambers, Wilson Pateras
Thought leader of the year: Trent McLaren, Intuit
Diversified firm of the year: BusinessDEPOT
Fast-growing firm of the year: SIDCOR Chartered Accountants
Marketing program of the year: Altus Financial
Boutique firm of the year (less than $10m in revenue): Wilson Pateras
Firm of the year : Pitcher Partners
AccountantsDaily excellence award: Peter Fowler, Collins Hume
Editor’s choice:: Chris Hooper, Accodex
New firm: Dexterous Group
Business advisory firm: SMART Business Solutions Accounting