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First Australian appointed president of DFK International


The Perth managing partner takes over the role with three decades of industry experience.

By Josh Needs 12 minute read

Global association of independent accounting firms DFK International has appointed Stephen Bushell as the first-ever Australian president of its board. 

Mr Bushell, managing partner of accountancy and business advisors at DFK Gooding Partners in Perth, has been appointed the organisation’s next board president at its recent annual conference in Miami, Florida. 

Mr Bushell said he is eager to take on the role and was humbled by the appointment.


“I am truly honoured and excited to assume the google of board president of DFK International,” said Mr Bushell. 

“This appointment not only reflects the growing influence and capabilities of the Australian accounting and consulting industry on the global stage, but also the trust and confidence placed in me by DFK International.” 

“I look forward to working with our member firms to drive collaboration, innovation and value creation for our members and clients worldwide.” 

The firm said with over three decades of experience in the industry, Mr Bushell displays excellent leadership skills and a core understanding of the challenges and opportunities that accounting firms face in today’s climate. 

Mr Bushell’s previous leadership roles with DFK included serving as chairman of DFK Australia and New Zealand as well as on the DFK Asia Pacific Executive Committee.

Recently departed DFK International Board president Harriet Greenberg said she is thrilled by the appointment of Mr Bushell. 

“As we embark on this new chapter, we are excited to witness the next phase of DFK’s journey, fuelled by Stephen’s dedication, kindness, energy and vision.” 

“Australia is really leading the charge on our global stage.” 

Executive director of DFK International, Bill Wright, said the selection of Mr Bushell was supported by his comprehensive experience and vision. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Stephen Bushell as the new board president of DFK International,” said Mr Wright. 

“His extensive experience and strategic vision will be invaluable in leading our network through the ever-evolving business landscape.” 

“As the first Australian president, his appointment symbolises the global reach and diversity of our organisation. We are confident that Stephen’s leadership will help drive our continued growth and success.” 

DFK International is a global association of independent accounting and consulting firms, with member businesses located in over 90 countries to provide clients with access to a vast network of professionals dedicated to helping organisations thrive in the rapidly changing world.

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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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