Brett Spicer and Stefanie Merlino join BDO as partners

29 May 2022 2 min. read
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BDO has appointed two new partners in its Australian team: Brett Spicer and Stefanie Merlino. 

A member of the Sustainability practice, Brett Spicer brings over a decade of experience in industry and consulting to the professional services firm. Most recently, he led his own climate change advisory firm, having previously held advisory roles at Shell Energy and Verdia.

“Brett joins us at a time when the demand for sustainability services has never been higher and adds considerable capability to the team. He is a valuable addition to our team and will be highly sought after by clients for his technical excellence. He will work across all BDO divisions to develop and grow the sustainability offering,” said Steven Sorbello, managing partner of BDO in Brisbane.

Brett Spicer and Stefanie Merlino join BDO as partners

Earlier in his career, Spicer spent five years at Origin Energy and two years at Deloitte in its Energy & Resources practice, among others.

Further reading: BDO bundles firm-wide capabilities to launch BDO Sustainability.

Stefanie Merlino meanwhile joins BDO’s Melbourne office as a partner in the People Advisory practice. She previously worked for Big Four counterpart PwC, where she was Director of Financial Advisory & Employment Taxes.

Her experience spans aspects of employment tax including fringe benefits tax, superannuation guarantee, payroll tax, compensation & benefits, and employee share schemes.

“Stefanie has worked on an impressive range of complex matters and specialises in all aspects of employment tax compliance and consulting. We are thrilled to have her choose to join our team,” said Ben Renshaw, BDO’s Melbourne Lead Partner for People Advisory. “She adds strength and depth to our offering, ensuring we can continue to meet the increasing client demand for employment tax and payroll related compliance and advice services.” 

David Garvey, BDO’s Melbourne managing partner, added, “Stefanie has a strong market presence, a positive and growth-focused mindset and has built deep and longstanding relationships with key organisations around Australia. Her technical expertise and collegiate approach across the full gamut of employment taxation matters will be a huge asset to our team.”