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RSM promotes nine with focus on cyber, climate risks


Fresh partners with expertise in ESG and digital security bolster the firm’s Perth leadership team.

By Philip King 12 minute read

RSM Australia has promoted nine including three to partner level in an effort to bolster its leadership team in Perth and meet demand for specialist services such as climate and cyber security risk.

Freshly promoted partner Catherine Bell (pictured) joins the national ESG services team based in Perth, bringing “extensive experience as a global sustainability adviser in Australia and overseas”, RSM said.

Also promoted to partner and based in Perth, Riaan Bronkhorst (centre) joins the security and privacy services team while operational resilience practitioner Kaustubh Vazalwar (left) moves to RSM as an associate director from the role of head of technology, enterprise resilience, at Tabcorp.


Also strengthening its Perth team was Stephanie McAuliffe, who became principal of its corporate finance team while on parental leave.

RSM’s Perth managing partner Alasdair Whyte said all businesses regardless of size faced more granular and complex risk.

“Governments, consumers, customers and investors are demanding more information, assurances and disclosures than ever before from companies and business suppliers,’’ he said.

“Whether it’s addressing the growing importance and complexity of ESG considerations in Australia and globally, or meeting enhanced cyber security obligations if you’re a critical infrastructure owner, or implementing improved systems to protect customer data, no business can operate successfully today without the support of technical business specialists.

“The risk of not doing so is too great for everyone.’’

Ms Bell, who majored in climate-related business risk, said a “business unusual” approach was needed to respond to energy transition and climate change.

“These megatrends are ensuing generational and transformational changes to the way we do business, the way we live and the way we work,’’ she said. “Achieving sustainable businesses and livelihoods is going to require an ‘all hands’ mentality, outside-the-box thinking and an understanding of working together quickly to help solve our collective challenges. It’s no longer business as usual.

“The opportunities the new green economy offer is enormous, particularly as we accelerate the redesign of the economy towards sustainable production and consumption.”

Also promoted to partner was Peter Xi at Sydney research & development while new principals included Aleesha Bailey and Derek Xie of Sydney business advisory, and Kenneth Lai of Melbourne corporate finance.

As well as Mr Vazalwar, Tranquility Clinton of Melbourne risk advisory services was named an associate director.



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Philip King

Philip King


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.

Philip joined the titles in March 2022 and brings extensive experience from a variety of roles at The Australian national broadsheet daily, most recently as motoring editor. His background also takes in spells on diverse consumer and trade magazines.

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