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BDO recruits three partners away from rivals


Melbourne and Sydney newcomers bring experience at EY, KPMG and Pitcher Partners.

By Josh Needs 13 minute read

BDO has expanded on the back of a record result with three additional partners across its Sydney and Melbourne offices. 

Steven Kastanias, Peter Tracey and Eleanor Moffat have all joined the firm to bolster its continued growth. 

Office managing partner of the BDO Melbourne office David Garvey said the firm’s success was a result of its employees and the additions would only reinforce it. 


“BDO’s strong performance during the last financial year comes down to our people,” said Mr Garvey. 

“We have continued to attract high calibre talent across all levels of our firm, enabling us to meet the needs of our growing client base.” 

Ms Moffat previously worked as a director at Pitcher Partners and joins BDO’s Melbourne office as a business services partner with expertise in providing finance and taxation services to family businesses. 

“We are pleased to welcome Eleanor to our firm, who brings more than 16 years’ experience successfully negotiating new business contracts, joint venture arrangements and corporate purchases for large family businesses,” said Mr Garvey. 

“Eleanor has been a trusted adviser to her clients across the world, working with them to protect, grow and transition wealth to next generations.

“BDO is experiencing strong demand from family businesses around Australia, and Eleanor’s caring, enthusiastic and hands-on approach will no doubt see her deliver exceptional results for our clients in this space, and will enhance the family business services that we offer nationally.” 

Both Mr Kastanias and Mr Tracey will be based in BDO’s Sydney office, with the former joining as a project and infrastructure advisory partner and the latter as a business services partner. 

Mr Kastanias had previously worked with EY and the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance and has experience in major project capital structuring, procurement, divestments and public-private partnerships. 

Mr Tracey joins from KPMG where he was the lead partner of the firm’s Penrith office. 

BDO said that Mr Tracey was deeply entrenched in the Western Sydney business market and specialised in providing business and taxation advice to small and mid-market enterprises. 

BDO Sydney office managing partner Grant Saxon said the addition of Mr Tracey and Mr Kastanias was a positive reflection of the firm’s development. 

“The addition of two experienced partners in Sydney is testament to the strong growth and demand we’ve seen at the firm over the last 12 months. Both appointments are in line with BDO’s growing market presence in strategically important parts of the NSW and national economies,” said Mr Saxon. 

“Steven will join our project and infrastructure advisory team, where we work with a number of government agencies and private infrastructure organisations on major projects.

“Peter will be an important member of the BDO team based in our new Greater Western Sydney office, further bolstering BDO’s commitment to the region.” 

BDO Australia was founded in 1975 and has grown to become one of the largest in the BDO organisation with over 2,140 staff and almost 250 partners as well as offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Cairns, and the Sunshine Coast.

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Josh Needs

Josh Needs


Josh Needs is a journalist at Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser, which are the leading sources of news, strategy, and educational content for professionals in the accounting and SMSF sectors.

Josh studied journalism at the University of NSW and previously wrote news, feature articles and video reviews for Unsealed 4x4, a specialist offroad motoring website. Since joining the Momentum Media Team in 2022, Josh has written for Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser.

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