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William Buck recruits two directors from Fordham Group


With expertise in corporate financial management and property development, the duo join the firm’s business advisory team.

By Philip King 9 minute read

Mid-tier firm William Buck has recruited two directors to its business advisory team in Chris Leahy and Kyle Wathen, both from Fordham Group.

The firm said Mr Leahy had 18 years’ experience managing the finance functions of privately owned international companies across five continents as CFO and statutory director.

“He has been helping businesses and their owners in Melbourne for over seven years now and his extensive knowledge and experience will strengthen William Buck’s business advisory team and CFO advisory service,” the firm said.

It said Mr Wathen brought an understanding of the property and construction sector after beginning his career at a large, privately-owned property development firm.

“He has been providing proactive and valuable advice to a range of clients that operate in this sector and other privately owned businesses for almost 15 years, and regularly presents at industry events,” William Buck said.

Mr Wathen also had expertise in business succession strategies, including management buyouts, and finding resolutions to shareholder disputes.

Victoria managing director Lindsay Holloway welcomed the newcomers and said they were a good fit.

“We are delighted to have Chris and Kyle join us to continue the growth trajectory of our business advisory division and extend new opportunities to the broader firm.”

He said both had shown a commitment to achieving outstanding results for their clients and a focus on developing long-term, trusted relationships in the mid-market.

The appointments take the total number of Victorian-based directors at William Buck to 29, within a local team of over 200 professionals.

William Buck now has 125 directors and 950 staff in nine offices across Australia and New Zealand and is a member of the global Praxity Alliance.


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Philip King

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Philip King is editor of Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser, the leading sources of news, insight, and educational content for professionals in the accounting and SMSF sectors.

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