HLB Mann Judd strengthens leadership team with five new appointments

HLB Mann Judd in Sydney has appointed four directors and the Australasian Association has appointed one director, effective 1 October 2019.

The Sydney firm welcomes Vanessa Abboud, James Friend, Matthew Hocking and Amanda Sweeting to its leadership team. Their experience further bolsters the firm’s strengths in audit and assurance and risk advisory.

The fifth appointment is Holly Dixon, who has been promoted to director of marketing and brand for the Australasian Association.

Commenting on the new appointments, Tony Fittler, Chairman of the HLB Mann Judd Australasian Association, said:

“These appointments reflect the incredible talent within the Sydney firm and Association. Our appointments demonstrate the firm’s strategy and commitment to support ‘home-grown’ talent and present a clear career pathway. All of the Sydney directors commenced at the firm as graduates and have developed deep expertise and a focus on delivering exceptional client service.

“Our new directors bring different skills, ideas and perspectives to their work. This is particularly exciting as we set our sights towards the future. We wish them every success in their new roles,” concluded Mr Fittler.

They join more than 80 partners and directors at HLB Mann Judd.

A little insight into HLB Mann Judd’s recent appointments:

Vanessa Abboud

Vanessa Abboud joined the Sydney firm as a graduate in 2008 and has spent the past 11 years providing audit and financial reporting services to a broad range of organisations. In recognition of her expertise and leadership, Vanessa was nominated as a finalist for the Young Leader of the Year award category at the 2018 Women in Finance Awards. She is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Matthew Hocking

Matthew Hocking has been appointed director in the Sydney firm’s restructuring and risk advisory division. He joined the firm in 2005 and following a year working in business services /taxation, he began specialising in the newly established business recovery and insolvency division. Matthew has extensive experience in a variety of insolvency appointments. He is a member of the Australian Restructuring, Insolvency & Turnaround Association and Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

James Friend

James Friend joined the Sydney firm as a graduate in 2009 and has a portfolio of audit and assurance clients including medium to large private businesses, companies listed on the ASX, managed investment schemes and not-for-profit organisations. James is also highly experienced in valuation and due diligence assurance services. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Amanda Sweeting

Amanda Sweeting joined the firm as a graduate in 2008 and has spent the past 11 years working with the Sydney firm’s audit and assurance clients. She has a focus on working with clients requiring audit and financial reporting services, specifically with industry knowledge of funds management, AFS licences, charities, not-for-profit entities and private-public partnership transactions. Amanda is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Holly Dixon

Holly Dixon has previously held marketing roles in accounting firms in Australia and the USA. She has a strong focus on branding, communications and digital media. Since joining HLB Mann Judd in 2017, she has successfully overseen a number of large projects for the Association including a rebrand and new website launch. Earlier this year, Holly was named a finalist for the Marketer of the Year award at the Women in Finance Awards.

HLB Mann Judd is an Australasian association of independent accounting firms and business and financial advisers, with firms in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

For more information please contact:
Tony Fittler
Chairman, HLB Mann Judd Australasian Association
Phone: +61 2 9020 4096
Email: tfittler@hlbnsw.com.au