Helen Newman

Partner, Business Restructuring

Food & Agribusiness | Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure

Business Restructuring


Helen is a Business Restructuring Partner with BDO in Brisbane. Helen provides solutions to companies to manage the challenges of poor trading performance, cash flow shortages and creditor pressure.

Helen works closely with key stakeholders to understand their concerns and the drivers of their business then implements change to achieve the best result possible.

Helen also acts for financiers in the management and sale of property portfolios and distressed businesses and the conduct of investigations.

Helen has been with BDO since 2010 and has over 30 years’ experience involving many insolvency engagements, corporate restructures and asset divestment strategies in Queensland, nationally and internationally.

In 2018 Helen was appointed a member of ASIC’s Abandoned Company Liquidator panel.


  • Liquidation, receivership and administration
  • Business restructuring and turnaround
  • Investigating accountant’s reviews and monitoring roles
  • Corporate structuring
  • Property management, asset enhancement and realisations
  • Non-performing asset divestment strategies
  • Solvency reviews and expert witness reports


  • Real estate & management & letting rights
  • Property & construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial services
  • Food & agribusiness
  • Hospitality & tourism
  • Retail

Key assignments

  • Management of real estate agencies and management and letting rights and unit complexes
  • Operation of retail centres and medical practices and sale
  • Management and sale of distressed property development sites and incomplete construction projects
  • Negotiation of complex sales, water tank manufacturing, copper mine, backpackers and holiday and Island resorts
  • Secondment to NAB Asset Structuring Unit, State Credit Bureau
  • Special Manager for the International Monetary Fund in Bangkok and Jakarta


  • Registered and Official Liquidator
  • ARITA Advanced Certification in Advanced Restructuring & Turnaround
  • ARITA Advanced Insolvency Law & Practice 1 and 11
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Bachelor of Business


  • Member, Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association Australia
  • Member, Women in Insolvency & Restructuring Queensland
  • Member, INSOL International
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand