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William Buck names new directors

National accounting and advisory firm William Buck has announced four senior appointments across three business divisions.

News Michael Masterman 05 August 2014
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Nicholas Benbow has been appointed director of Audit, Rebecca Rossi, director of Business Advisory, Janine Williamson, director of Wealth Advisory and Scott Girdlestone, also a director of Wealth Advisory.


Nick Hatzistergos, chairman of William Buck congratulated the four on their promotion, saying the internal appointments reflect the firm’s commitment to developing “home grown” talent.

“These appointments are part of our internal growth strategy. Across the country, we put a lot of effort into providing the necessary training for our people to progress through the firm and achieve their potential”.

“Wherever possible, William Buck chooses to provide opportunities for our own people. Those that have grown up in the firm understand our processes and systems and most importantly form a strong part of our culture. They’re part of the William Buck family,” he said.

Mr Hatzistergos said the firm has made a very conscious decision to put more effort, time and resources into internal staff development to facilitate a succession plan for the business’ current crop of directors.

"Essentially we’re moulding the leaders of tomorrow – and of course our other motive is that we don’t want to lose our best and brightest to other firms," Mr Hatzistergos said.

Nicholas Benbow, director of Audit (Melbourne), is a registered company auditor, specialising in assurance for public and private entities. He has worked with William Buck for five years following several years with with a big four firm and a stint at the Victorian Auditor-General's Office.

Rebecca Rossi, director of Business Advisory (Melbourne) started her career with William Buck's Business Advisory team as a graduate 12 years ago and quickly developed a specialisation in superannuation, allowing her to offer expertise across two disciplines.

Janine Williamson, director of Wealth Advisory (Adelaide), started with William Buck as a team secretary 30 years ago. A turning point in Janine’s career was taking on the role of personal assistant in Wealth Advisory in the early 1990s, and undertaking her Diploma in Financial Planning.

Scott Girdlestone, director of Wealth Advisory (Sydney) brings more than 13 years of industry experience to his role as a director of William Buck Sydney’s Wealth Division. He first joined William Buck 11 years ago as a financial advisor.


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