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20 November 2020
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Topic: Financial Management

Overview

Promoting better business practices and raising financial management capabilities within the construction industry are some of the NZIOB's main goals, which are closely aligned the Construction Sector Accord's objectives.

Under the CARTERS sponsored Building Legends programme, experts from BDO have prepared a six-hour programme that will be delivered over two half-day sessions.

The course is aimed at:

  • Owners of new companies;
  • Practitioners who would like to up-skill their financial literacy within the construction sector;
  • Senior team members and sub-contractor firms, i.e. Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, or Construction Managers who have (or are about to have) a shareholding in the business; and
  • Owners or senior managers of the full range of businesses that operate in the construction industry, i.e. main and sub-contractors, design professionals, suppliers.
Material covered:
  • The construction economic cycle, what to expect and how to respond at each stage;
  • Techniques to identify the difference between a 'Robust Business' and a 'Fragile Business', and strategies on next steps should you find yourself in a 'Fragile Business' status;  
  • Profitability focus and suggested benchmark targets to adhere to;
  • Ideal capital structure for a business in the construction industry, i.e. one that will enable businesses to weather downturns, without hamstringing their operations;
  • Forecasting;
  • Cashflow management including bank relationship management;
  • Governance what should be in monthly reports, project vs company governance, governance basics;
  • Interpretation of financial statements and projections/financial literacy;
  • Understanding and measuring work in progress;
  • Retentions regime;
  • Risk management;
  • Tax issues in construction;
  • Staffing the accounting function;
  • Accounting systems and software;
  • Common mistakes and oversights others make;
  • What to do when things get tough; and
  • Lessons from recent court cases.
AUCKLAND   Part 1: Tuesday 16 February (3pm–6pm)
  Part 2: Tuesday 2 March (3pm–6pm)
    CARTERS, 64‑68 Harris Road, East Tamaki, Auckland
 
CHRISTCHURCH  Part 1: Thursday 18 February (3pm–6pm)
 Part 2: Thursday 4 March (3pm–6pm)
  Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch Campus, Room N604/605 
COST $475 +GST for NZIOB Members* / $575 +GST for Non-Members

*NZIOB membership is based on individuals, not organisations. To check if someone in your organisation is a member, to request a membership number, or to enquire about membership, please email nziob@nziob.org.nz

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Presenter profiles:

James MacQueen Chartered Accountant
Advisory Partner, Construction and Real Estate Sector National Leader, BDO East Tamaki

With more than 40 years of advisory, business services, tax, corporate finance, and audit experience, James maintains a proactive partnership approach with his clients who benefit from his multi-disciplinary range of services and experience across a wide range of industries. James's passions include Construction, Manufacturing, and Family Business. He has great insight into the issues and challenges facing these sectors and develops a very close relationship with his clients and provides practical and pragmatic advice. His clients appreciate his strong industry expertise and look to him for leadership in emerging issues.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Construction – Head Contractors
  • Construction – Trades
  • Property Investment and Management
  • Property Development
  • Family Business
  • Succession Planning
  • Business Acquisitions, Disposals, and Mergers
  • Valuations
  • Relationship Property Disputes
  • Profit Enhancement
  • Management and Financial Accounting
  • Trusts and Investment Accounting
  • Business Structuring
Education and Affiliations:
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Member of New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB)
  • Member of New Zealand Construction Law Society
  • Australian Family Business Association – accredited Family Business Advisor
  • Previously Head of Advisory BDO New Zealand

Martin Veitch Chartered Accountant
Head of Advisory, Advisory Partner, BDO Christchurch

A Partner since 2009, Martin is in charge of the Business Advisory Division at BDO Christchurch. With 20 years' experience, Martin focuses on providing professional, proactive advice to his clients. Martin has clients in various commercial sectors, but a specific interest in advising construction related businesses.

Key areas of expertise:
  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Governance development including establishing and chairing advisory boards
  • Accounting system and business process reviews
  • System selection and implementation
  • Debt restructures for growth
  • Business sales and purchases
  • Outsourced accounting functions up to CFO level
Education and Affiliations:
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Member of Institute of Directors

Nick Innes-Jones Chartered Accountant
Advisory Partner, BDO East Tamaki

Nick is an Advisory Partner in the BDO's East Tamaki office where he works with a range of clients in a wide variety of businesses, including property, construction and family businesses. Nick is involved with corporate finance transactions, valuations and general business advisory work, and has more than thirteen years of business services, audit, business recovery, and restructuring and commercial experience. He spent the first four years of his career in the “Big 4” working in Business Advisory Services and Business Recovery before moving to London. Nick worked for BHP Billiton, the largest company in Australasia in various finance roles for three and a half years working in London, Johannesburg, Melbourne, and Brisbane before settling in Sydney with the company. He returned to Auckland in 2013, joining BDO.

Education and Affiliations:
  • Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Commerce

Husain Suterwala Chartered Accountant
Advisory Manager and Construction Specialist, BDO Auckland

Husain is an Advisory Manager in the construction team where he works closely with James and Nick. He has client service responsibilities for many of the more complex construction groups and is frequently the first point of contact for a wide range of issues raised with clients for which they need assistance. Husain has a strong understanding of the IFRS financial statement issues impacting construction companies, the tax issues which are particular to the industry and the construction-specific software packages commonly used, and assists with many of the succession plans, valuations, and banking negotiations which arise. Clients appreciate his direct and comprehensive advice on a wide range of issues for both head-constructors and sub-contractors as well as developers.

Education:
  • Bachelor of Commerce

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