PKF Australia partners Kenneth Weldin and Martin Matthews have been appointed as joint chairs of audit and assurance at PKF in Australia and New Zealand.
The appointments come after former audit and assurance chair Steve Bradby stood down after almost 10 years at the helm.
Mr Weldin, a partner at the firm’s Melbourne office, has been at PKF since 2016 after joining from big four firm EY.
Mr Matthews is a partner at PKF Newcastle and joined the firm in 2014 after his team from Forsythes Assurance and Risk merged with PKF.
PKF Australia chair Norm Draper said he was confident the new joint leadership model would be successful, and thanked Mr Bradby for growing the firm’s audit and assurance practice during his time.
“Over the last 10 years, Steve has been integral in the practice’s growth across Australia and New Zealand. However, at PKF, we know that size is not what is important,” Mr Draper said.
“We have improved our engagement with our clients and our people and changed the way we work to complement our clients and offer innovative and tailored solutions through the utilisation of technology, data analytics and a focus on client challenges.
“We are confident that under the joint leadership of Kenneth and Martin, the fresh, vibrant and viable approach to client engagement, alongside team culture, management and training, will continue.”
Welcoming the appointment, Mr Weldin said he was confident PKF, which has over 90 partners and 750 staff across Australia, would be able to deliver a unique approach to client engagement.
“PKF in Australia and New Zealand has exciting times ahead. The truly diverse skill sets we have honed within our teams mean that we offer a genuine difference to our clients,” Mr Weldin said.
“Our team provide a fresh and vibrant alternative to the market, and for us, everything and anything is possible.”
Fellow chair Mr Matthew added: “It is a privilege to lead PKF Audit and Assurance. I am committed to building on our strong foundations to deliver even greater value to our clients, people and communities.”
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.