Bernard

Bernard Curran

Partner, Business Services

Brisbane

+61 7 3237 5928

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Bernard is a Business Services Partner with BDO in Brisbane.

With growth advisory as a key focus, Bernard supports business owners set their strategy, write supporting business plans and establish performance measurement and budgeting systems. He has extensive experience advising clients on appropriate business structuring for taxation, succession and sale purposes. He has acted as lead advisor on several large projects, including the sale of a privately held medical practice to a publicly listed health service provider; capital raising and structuring for the international expansion of a project art business; restructure of the ownership of a major construction company, including the introduction of new equity and finance arrangements; and supporting a New Zealand based engineering business to establish branch operations in Australia, including advice on taxation structuring, accounting systems, payroll and their reporting framework.

Bernard’s accounting career stretches back to 1981. He joined BDO in 1986 and became a Partner in 1991, and has since held several leadership positions within the firm. He was Partner in Charge of BDO Brisbane’s Private Client service line, between 2001 and 2011, and National Chair of the service line, from 2008 until 2011.

Services

  • Business coaching
  • Financial statements & management reports
  • Financial projections & modelling
  • Measurement & monitoring of business performance
  • Taxation compliance & advice, including GST
  • Outsourcing
  • Strategic & business planning
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Growth advisory
  • Governance

Sectors

  • Health
  • Professional practice
  • Property & construction
  • Arts
  • International business
  • Not-for-profit

Key assignments

  • Adviser to medical practice on its partial sale to a publicly listed health service provider
  • Financial review of leading Performing Arts organisation for funding submission
  • Specialist advice for major credit unions including assistance with GST implementation for 20 credit unions
  • Restructure of the ownership of a major construction company including introduction of new equity and arranging new finance arrangements
  • Adviser to New Zealand based engineering business to establish branch operations in Australia including taxation structuring and assist establish Australian office including establishing accounting systems and payroll

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Responsible Officer, ASF Licence, BDO (Qld) Corporate Finance Pty Ltd
  • Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Graduate, Leading Change and Organisational Renewal, Harvard University
  • Registered Tax Agent
  • Columbia University, Executive Coaching

Affiliations

  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia (1989)
  • Chair & Board Member, Prince Charles Hospital Foundation (since 2008), (chair since 2012)
  • Chair, Finance Committee, Prince Charles Hospital Foundation (2008-2012)
  • Board Member, Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (2014-2015)
  • Chair & Board Member, Crèche & Kindergarten Association Ltd (since 2013)
  • Chair, Finance & Audit Committee, Crèche & Kindergarten Association Ltd (2011-2013)
  • Chair and Member of Business Advisory Committee's for a number of private companies