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Mid-tier acquires big 4 execs, Supreme Court solicitor


One mid-tier accounting firm has welcomed one new partner and two new principals in Sydney as it looks to boost several core service lines. 

By Jotham Lian11 minute read

Gillian Shea, Jenine Waters, and Adam Simms have all joined BDO in Sydney.

Ms Shea’s appointment as audit partner on 1 April follows over a 20-year career at Ernst & Young and KPMG, most recently as a director in assurance at EY.


Ms Waters and Mr Simms' appointments have been announced internally this week.

Ms Waters will join as principal of human capital and HR services, after a career at Johnson & Johnson, and most recently from running her own consultancy.

Mr Simms is a former solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW and has been a forensic practitioner at PwC. Prior to this, he was a police detective working within specialist roles with the Queensland Police, Australian Federal Police and Scotland Yard in the UK.

Mr Simms' role as principal of forensic services will cover the full spectrum of forensic and legal services including: investigation services, fraud risk services; anti-bribery and corruption; anti-money laundering; counter-terrorism financing and crisis management.

Grant Saxon, managing partner, BDO Sydney, said the trio were important appointments and welcomed the new additions.

“These new hires address our objective of creating additional capacity to meet the audit, tax and advisory needs of our clients,” Mr Saxon said.

Mid-tier acquires big 4 execs, Supreme Court solicitor
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Jotham Lian

Jotham Lian


Jotham Lian is the editor of Accountants Daily, the leading source of breaking news, analysis and insight for Australian accounting professionals.

Before joining the team in 2017, Jotham wrote for a range of national mastheads including the Sydney Morning Herald, and Channel NewsAsia.

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