PKF Sydney and Newcastle has confirmed Bob Bell will take the reins from Steve Meyn in his new role as managing director. Meanwhile, Mr Meyn has been elevated to the role of PKF Australia chair. Both appointments are effective immediately.
Mr Bell brings an extensive background to his new managing director role, having kicked off his career in 1981.
In 1988, Mr Bell commenced his own practice before co-founding Vouris & Bell a decade later before it merged with PKF (then Lawler Partners) in 2006.
Since merging with the group, Mr Bell has led PKF’s Sydney business advisory and forensic teams, where he has specialised in helping clients in creating efficiencies through automations and cloud-based working.
He looks forward to implementing a similar approach across the entirety of PKF Sydney and Newcastle.
“We have invested in the people and technology that enables us to operate comfortably in the mid-tier of accounting firms, without losing the personal approach and relationships that have always been fundamental to the way we operate,” Mr Bell said.
“My focus will be on listening – to my partners, our team, our clients, our referrers – the people who make us what we are, our greatest supporters but also our harshest – and most constructive – critics.”
Outgoing MD Mr Meyn congratulated Mr Bell, noting he too is excited about the transition of roles.
“Succession in any organisation is a key part of the journey of being in business. The last 12 years has been one of opportunity, challenges, good times and some tough times but above all the most rewarding of my career. The time is right for the next phase of the journey. I am excited about the future with Bob at the helm, my role of National Chair and continuing to provide Business Advisory Services within PKF Sydney and Newcastle,” Mr Meyn said.
These latest appointments follow those of Hanna Barry, Jackie Marriott and Daniel Clements who were elevated to principal and partner roles, respectively, in September last year.
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