BDO appoints James Massie-Taylor as managing partner of Perth

24 November 2021 2 min. read
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A new sustainability offering and managing partner in James Massie-Taylor will be features of BDO’s modern new offices in Perth’s CBD, with doors opening to clients from early next year.

The Perth branch of accounting and consulting firm BDO will mark its upcoming return to the CBD with a newly launched sustainability offering and the fresh appointment of 20-year company veteran James Massie-Taylor as office managing partner. The firm expects to start moving staff into its more spacious city-centre location in late December, ready to welcome clients early next year.

Following eight years at its current Subiaco base, BDO will be taking up residence in what the firm describes as modern, state-of-the-art facilities in Tower 2 of the Capital Square Precinct. “We’ll be even closer to many of our clients and our people will no doubt enjoy the benefits that come from being in the heart of the city,” said Massie-Taylor, who takes over as managing partner from Peter Toll.

James Massie-Taylor, Perth Managing Partner, BDO

A corporate and international tax specialist serving clients in the oil & gas, automotive, construction and engineering sectors among others, Massie-Taylor first joined BDO as a graduate in Perth in 2001 following studies in commerce with Murdoch and economics at the University of Western Australia, before then moving up the ranks and gaining partnership just the seven years later.

“I feel privileged to be leading such an exceptional team, especially as we embark on several strategic initiatives,” Massie-Taylor said of his latest promotion. “My vision is to build on the work of our previous managing partner Peter Toll by continuing to provide our clients with the ideas and insights they can trust, and by introducing new service offerings to help them combat (today’s) challenges.”

Sustainability offering

One of those new service lines is a local sustainability practice to support clients through the rapidly evolving regulatory and operational landscapes. The team is led by Catherine Bell and Kira Sorensen, with Bell having until recently served as BDO’s global sustainability business development lead out of Singapore, where she supported members worldwide to establish the practice.

“We’ll be helping activate and guide our clients along their sustainability journey with a practical approach focused on value creation and material risk management,” Bell said, adding that the firm’s approach is a key part of its employee value proposition for a sustainability-passionate workforce. “Our aim is to inspire, educate and lead an unstoppable movement for sustainable business practices.”