The Fordham Retail Services Team provides specialised, practical advice to retailers in apparel, hospitality and ecommerce. Our clients range from smaller start-ups to large international brands.
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Michael joined Fordham in 2001 and is now the lead partner of a team of 30 with clients in Property & Construction, Retail/Ragtrade, Transport, Manufacturing and Franchising. He started his career in 1991 with one of the Big Four accounting firms and joined Fordham 10 years later to focus specifically on medium-sized, privately-owned businesses.
As a Chartered Tax Advisor with a wealth of experience in corporate advisory, as well as private businesses, Michael brings this unique perspective to help his clients’ businesses grow and overcome adversity. He helps clients across the broad range of business and personal issues they face including arranging external financing, modelling/forecasting, reporting, shareholder issues, structuring and valuations.
In this role Michael enjoys undertaking strategic planning for his clients and often participates as Board Chair. He runs executive leadership team meetings focused on driving accountability and meaningful improvements to operational performance. He is a regular presenter and author of industry articles for the building and property development sector, as well as Ragtrade industry segments. When not at work, he is chauffeuring four daughters to school, rep basketball and football.
Industry specialisation: Property & Construction, Retail, Manufacturing, Transport, Franchising
Sharon assists business owner clients across a broad range of industries, helping them to navigate their personal and business wealth journey and weigh up important decisions along the way. She has broad experience in taxation and business with particular expertise in complex tax advice and structuring, planning for succession and retirement and dealing with complex family and community issues.
In addition to working with business owners, Sharon is passionate about leading Fordham’s Indigenous Consulting Team, which is part of Perpetual’s broader service offering to Aboriginal communities. This team provides Executive Office and consulting services to communities across Australia.
Clients enjoy Sharon’s attentiveness, responsiveness, her ability to listen, and to provide targeted and practical advice. She is exceptionally talented at developing strong, long-term relationships, and is known for her ability to communicate complex issues in a way that is easy to understand.
Industry specialisation: Property & Construction, Retail, Native Title
Michael Doughty has worked as a professional accountant for more than 30 years where he thrives on the continually evolving challenge of helping his clients, their families and businesses to succeed.
Michael guides businesses of all shapes, sizes and origins on every aspect of their success and is particularly skilful at assisting businesses with unusually complex structures. He advises on a broad range of strategic matters including finance, structuring, tax, compliance and capital gains as well as providing compliance services. Michael is passionate about assisting his clients with their private interests, helping them and their family members make strategic decisions to grow and protect their wealth while navigating the intricacies of areas like deceased estates, changes in circumstance and property ownership. His passion has developed from his own family experience working within family business.
He has an affinity for the issues faced by local communities and has significant expertise in this area. Michael has worked with communities, developers and agents to enhance their local areas by advising on local council issues and related matters. This interest is attributed to his early experience in real estate and community.
Keeping up to date with developments in taxation and business is a particular area of interest for Michael. He shares this knowledge with his colleagues at Fordham and has, more widely through the courses he has created and presented for the Australian Taxation Office via the University of New South Wales.
Industry specialisation: IT, Retail
Stephen Waite has more than 20 years’ experience working directly with business owners and their families. As well as helping business owners to realise their business goals, Stephen also looks after their personal wealth, helping family groups with their tax, compliance and family office needs.
One of Stephen’s particular talents centres on strategy and planning in order to achieve business growth for his clients. He works with clients to develop KPIs, both financial and non-financial, and develops action plans which help clients achieve their goals.
Stephen also works with his clients by sitting on their advisory committees to assist in guiding business owners and keeping them accountable to their action plans.
In addition to working on the big picture, Stephen and his team also keep a keen eye on the necessities of tax planning and cash flow management.
Industry specialisation: Retail, Transport, Manufacturing, IT, Professional Services and Property Trusts
In Brett’s 15 years at Fordham, he has developed a very thorough understanding of the property & construction industry. During this time, he has advised a broad range of businesses from large land developers to residential and commercial builders, civil construction companies, and project management businesses. Brett also assists business owners and their families in the retail, publishing, manufacturing and finance industries.
For many of his clients, Brett acts as chair of both their operating and family boards. In these roles he plays a key part in facilitating discussion with business owners, their families, and senior management teams regarding business performance, profit improvement, optimal business structures, and business acquisition and sale opportunities.
Brett has a deep knowledge of the Australian tax system and in particular the specialist tax issues applicable to the property and construction industry. He is also a leader of Fordham’s internal taxation excellence group. In this role he is responsible for strategies to assess the impact and maximise opportunities available with respect to the following:
- Income Tax
- Capital Gains Tax
- Small Business Capital Gains Tax Concessions
- GST (including the margin scheme)
- Stamp duty
- Land tax.
Brett is a member of the Taxation Institute of Australia and Advanced Property Development accredited (PCA). He is also a member of the Taxation & Finance Committee for the Urban Development Institute of Victoria, which advocates for policy improvements to the industry.
Industry specialisation: Property & Construction, Manufacturing, Retail
Alicia joined Fordham in 2004 as a graduate. From 2008 to 2010 she worked in London as a financial accountant and forensic accountant. Alicia then returned to Fordham, applying her breadth of knowledge and experience to progress to Associate Partner.
Alicia provides support and advice for business owners across various stages of the business life cycle as well as for her clients’ personal wealth and passive investment structures – the Wealth Journey®. Alicia has particular expertise with business and owner planning, restructuring and estate planning.
Alicia enjoys building long standing relationships with her clients and their families. She provides tailored strategies and advice to suit their personal objectives and circumstances.
Alicia is keen to continuously improve her own skills as well as that of others within the firm. She supports our in-house knowledge development groups in business, tax, wealth, superannuation and estate planning.
Honest, reliable, friendly and constructive, Alicia’s clients and team alike have come to appreciate and trust her on both a professional and personal level.
Industry specialisation: Manufacturing, Retail, Property & Construction, Native Title