Sharee Bartlett will join the firm as a risk advisory partner in Brisbane. BDO said the appointment is a direct response to the growing demand for governance and IT risk-related services.
The firm added that Queensland organisations have steadily increased their investment in technology in an attempt to enhance their operational efficiency.
Marita Corbett, national leader of risk advisory services for BDO, stated that this growth in technology uptake has led to an increased need for guidance to assist these companies.
“Many businesses are still coming to grips with the impacts and benefits of technology platforms, as well as strategies to secure company and customer data following a series of high-profile breaches,” Ms Corbett said.
Ms Corbett noted that within the information technology space, “remaining current with the latest developments and industry changes is paramount”.
“Sharee’s skill set combines internal audit, IT and risk management expertise, to help guide Queensland businesses through these issues, from review to implementation and management, and maximise strategies for growth,” she said.
Ms Bartlett has more than 15 years of experience in professional services, including within the big four environment. She holds a bachelor of commerce (accounting) and a bachelor of information technology (information systems) degree.
Intellectual property protection, cyber security and the risks associated with outsourcing IT services to third parties were flagged by Ms Corbett as key areas of advice as companies further incorporate technology into their operations.
“It’s not just about delivering what they need now, it’s about being able to draw upon a team of experts to identify how else you can deliver value for them and help them achieve, or exceed, their desired future state”, she said.
“Sharee’s appointment is just another step forward in this approach for our firm, providing our clients with access to another professional with a wealth of experience and insights to share.”