BDO adds Nick Kervin and John Burger to Australian partnership

13 March 2024 2 min. read
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Professional services firm BDO has added two new partners: former EY real estate advisory leader John Burger in Perth, and its own former digital & tech leader Nick Kervin in Melbourne.

Accounting and consulting firm BDO has recruited EY’s former Western Australian real estate advisory leader John Burger to head its local project & infrastructure practice as a partner in Perth.

Meanwhile, BDO’s former national digital and technology advisory leader Nick Kervin has rejoined the professional services firm as a partner in Melbourne, having previously spent close to a decade in the Adelaide office until early 2022.

BDO adds Nick Kervin and John Burger to Australian partnership

Nick Kervin crosses from his most recent role as consulting manager at Adelaide digital boutique Bailey Abbott, before which he served as CEO of advanced analytics & business intelligence platform provider Frisk. Prior to that, Kervin spent more than eight years at BDO in South Australia – including four as national digital and tech leader – with earlier stints at Ernst & Young and KPMG featuring among a three-decade career in IT.

According to BDO, Kervin’s recruitment will strengthen the firm’s core service offerings in digital strategy transformation and cybersecurity & privacy advisory. Described as a highly accomplished leader and expert strategist, Kervin brings local and international project management and consulting experience across a wide range of industries, including the government, health, education, manufacturing, utilities and logistics sectors.

“It’s an exciting time to be re-joining BDO, as the Melbourne and national practice is growing from strength-to-strength and I look forward to being a part of that,” Kervin told industry publication AccountantsDaily. “I’m also extremely eager to support the expansion of the global partnership between BDO and Microsoft in the Australian market, with a specific focus on Microsoft’s Purview platform and generative AI offering, Copilot.”

Meanwhile, BDO has recruited experienced real estate professional John Burger as the new head of its project & infrastructure practice in Perth. Burger joins after spending the past decade in Ernst & Young’s Strategy & Transactions division, including as the leader of the Big Four’s WA real estate advisory services (REAS) team. Earlier, he spent the best part of a decade in investment and advisory roles between Colliers and CBRE in the UK.

“l look forward to building on BDO’s robust presence within the national infrastructure sector and the local capability of BDO Perth to provide a wide range of independent advisory services for government, private and ‘for purpose’ clients in WA,” Burger stated, pointing to his 20-plus years of commercial & financial advice, transaction services and specialist valuation experience across real estate, social infrastructure and property finance.