James Ainsworth has now returned to the mid-tier firm, three years after he decided to strike out on his own to set up Ainsworth Advisory to assist small and medium companies with their outsourced finance functions.
The 33-year-old began his career at BDO — then PKF — in 2006, before leaving the firm as a senior manager in 2018.
Mr Ainsworth will now return to BDO’s Sydney office as a partner in its business services practice.
“James’ experience running his own business, in particular providing cloud-based management reporting solutions and outsourced CFO services to SMEs, will be invaluable to BDO’s growing client base,” said BDO Sydney office managing partner Grant Saxon.
“He brings extensive skills and experience helping clients transition to cloud technology, which is a game changer in our industry.
“His return is recognition of BDO’s strong position in the mid-market, our unique culture, our approach to client service and the quality of our work.”
Mr Saxon believes Mr Ainsworth’s extensive accounting, outsourcing and taxation experience will be crucial for the firm as it sees an increase in client demand.
“BDO is seeing continued demand for our traditional services of audit and tax now being matched by client requests for our advisory offering,” Mr Saxon said.
“The business environment in Australia has had to swiftly adapt in the last 12 months which is driving demand for firms that can provide clients with a strong advisory relationship supported by deep sector and market knowledge.”
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