North West Melbourne’s premier business consultants, Matthews Steer Accountants and Advisors, announced the promotions of Charith Mandadige and Damian James to partner on June 28, expanding the firm’s executive team to seven partners and two associates.
Matthews Steer’s Managing Partner, Ken Matthews, said he was delighted to welcome Mandadige and James as his partners, following the unanimous support and vote of all the partners.
“Both Charith and Damian have shown great potential during their years at Matthews Steer and have been instrumental in the firm making its mark on North West Melbourne,” said Matthews.
Mandadige joined Matthews Steer as a Senior Accountant in 2011, completing his Chartered Accountancy qualification the same year. He was promoted to Supervisor in 2013 and completed his CTA and advanced to the role of Manager in 2014. He was promoted to Associate in 2016 and completed his Company Directors Course in 2017.
“Charith is a very focused and talented young man, who cares about his colleagues and brings much drive and enthusiasm to his role,” said Matthews. “He is able to switch deftly between compliance, turn-around and business advisory clients, and is a key team member, and a future leader of our firm.
“Charith has exceeded all expectations, and we’re delighted to have him – with all the energy, passion and intellect he brings – as a partner at such a young age.”
Mandadige, who grew up in Lalor, and won Matthews Steer’s Contribution to Culture and Employee of the Year awards in 2013, said the firm’s reputation for delivering quality services to its clients with a local focus on Melbourne’s North West, first attracted him to join the business.
“Even though I had opportunities to work at the ‘Big 4’, I didn’t want to be just a number, I wanted to be part of a family and a community,” said Mandadige.
“The main difference between Matthews Steer and other places I’ve worked is the culture, the management team’s commitment to continuously nurture our culture, and its unwavering duty to ensuring the work delivered to clients is of the highest quality.
“Matthews Steer has given me an opportunity to develop both technically and personally. This was especially critical in the earlier part of my career, knowing I could make a real difference and have a positive influence on our client base, my team, and the firm at large.”
James joined the firm in 1998, initially on a part time basis while he completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree. He completed his CPA and was promoted to Senior Accountant in 2006 before leaving Matthews Steer in 2007 to pursue other interests. Following his return in 2010, he completed his Master of Tax from the University of Melbourne in 2011, was promoted to Associate in 2012, and completed a Diploma of Financial planning in 2017.
Matthews said James’ technical knowledge and ability to handle complex clients and tax matters, were an asset to the firm:
“Damian is a taxation specialist who deals with the most intricate tax issues faced by our clients at Matthews Steer,” said Matthews. “He is a problem solver, a business advisor, and a no-nonsense manager.
“He’s extremely loyal, and a fierce guardian of the values we hold dear at Matthews Steer.”
James said he was delighted to take a further leadership role at Matthews Steer: “It is a great honour to be accepted as a partner at Matthews Steer by the people I have looked up to since I was a young man,” said James.
“My earliest memories were of the excellent training I received as a graduate, and the chances I was given to get out of the office and visit clients and see their businesses.
“Matthews Steer has always provided me with opportunity and the encouragement to do what interests me. I have never felt pressure to study, however when I have studied, I have always received tremendous support,” he said.
The appointments, announced at Matthews Steer’s end of financial year celebration on June 28, mark another successful 12 months for the firm on the professional development front, with Nidal Mazloum named associate last July, three senior accountants promoted to supervisor roles, and three further team members stepping up to senior accountant roles.
Matthews said the appointments were a testament to Matthews Steer’s strategic commitment to servicing entrepreneurs and family businesses in North West Melbourne, in particular in the fields of: transport & logistics; food & beverage; and manufacturing.
“These promotions are critical to our firm’s continued growth,” said Matthews. “We offer our people a structured training and performance review program, and a defined and documented career pathway that leads all the way up to partner. I am tremendously proud to call Charith and Damian my partners.”
Matthews Steer’s executive team now comprises Ken Matthews (Managing Partner), Adrian Misiano (Partner and Head of Transport), Anthony Flapper (Partner and Head of Private Wealth), Stephen Wooster (Partner and Head of Business Advisory) Catherine Duncan (Managing Director), Charith Mandadige (Partner), Damian James (Partner), Nidal Mazloum (Associate) and Matt Caruso (Associate).