Major coup for Matthews Steer Board
Matthews Steer Accountants & Advisors is proud to announce a major coup for the firm with the addition of former senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Graeme Billings, to the board.
Matthews Steer Accountants & Advisors is proud to announce a major coup for the firm with the addition of former senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Graeme Billings, to the board. Billings was with PwC for 34 years as a chartered accountant, as head of PwC’s Global Industrial Products Group, and partner in charge of the Melbourne assurance division. He says his decision to join North West Melbourne’s premier business consultants’ board is based on their meteoric rise in the business advisory space.
“Matthew Steer is on the cusp of taking the firm to the next level,” says Billings.
“The firm had 10% growth year-on-year and I think they’re in a good position to significantly build on that. For the young professionals in the company, there’s great opportunity for growth and development and I’m excited to be involved in that. We hold the same values and I look forward to working with them and helping them further build sustainable profitability and growth at a crucial time for the business.”
Matthews Steer is fast becoming Essendon Fields’ biggest business success story having evolved from a one-man practice, to a partnership between Ken Matthews and Geoff Steer, to the firm’s current executive team and nearly 50 staff.
The firm helps entrepreneurs realise their dreams and protect their assets through astute financial management, strategic business development and innovative financial planning. Matthews Steer grows, sustains, and protects clients’ wealth, advising them through the challenges they face, and highlighting evolving opportunities available to them. And the firm helps clients unlock their financial potential to build wealth, achieve the lifestyle they desire, and secure their future.
Matthews Steer prides itself supporting and encouraging the achievement of its employees’ potential and putting people first. The company’s second board appointment for 2017, Stephen Wooster, embodies that philosophy having started as an undergraduate who was working part-time, progressed through the ranks to become, head of Matthews Steer’s Business Advisory division, an associate in 2014 and a partner in 2016, and to his current board appointment.
CEO, Director and founding partner Ken Matthews says this year’s two board appointments mark a milestone for the company.
“To attract someone of Graeme's experience and capability is a real coup for our firm,” said Matthews. “He brings a wealth of knowledge having been a senior partner of a Big Four accounting firm. As a public company director, his extensive industry connections and experience will be of great benefit to us. He has mentored some of our partners for a couple of years now, so he’s already made an impact.
“We are also incredibly proud to appoint Steve Wooster to Matthews Steer’s Board. We’ve witnessed first-hand his progression through the ranks from graduate to partner to director. His leadership skills in building our business services and Virtual CFO departments in particular have been exceptional.”
New board member Wooster says he’s excited to take his next step with the firm, having started with Matthews Steer in August 2006.
“Joining the board, there is a mix of excitement and trepidation,” said Wooster. “It’s one thing to work inside a business managing a department but to be on the board is a big responsibility and it’s one I’m looking forward to. It’s an honour to help guide the firm’s strategy into the future and create a business environment that provides the team we have grown with a diverse range of opportunities, just like I had. It’s also a chance to even further develop the way we support our client base to help them achieve their business and personal goals. That’s the most rewarding part of the job.”
CEO Matthews says appointments such as Billings’ and Wooster’s are going to be vital to the firm as it evolves over the short to medium term. “The size and complexity of our clients is growing all the time, so we need people like Graeme and Steve on our board to help guide the way and shape the growth and development of our business,” said Matthews.