Sean Pascoe

Sean Pascoe

Partner, Risk Advisory Services

Consulting | Risk Advisory Services


Sean is a Risk Advisory Partner with BDO in Sydney. He is highly experienced in understanding client needs and in providing tailored solutions and insightful advice. Sean adopts a pragmatic approach to demystifying risk and consulting concepts by making it simple and easy for clients to adopt and manage within their own environments.

Sean has over 30 years’ experience in the conduct of consulting and risk assignments, including, statutory audits in both the public and private sector. In the public sector, Sean holds a Commonwealth Government security clearance of ‘Secret’ and has undertaken a number of major projects throughout his career that were primarily designed to deliver solutions to highly complex business issues.

In late 2012, Sean joined BDO and was instrumental in establishing the BDO Risk Advisory practice in NSW. Within this practice he further established the Consulting, Data Analytics and Forensic service lines. Sean is responsible for IT assurance (SOC 1&2, Privacy (CDR), IT Audit etc.), governance, solution selection (IT Procurement), business continuity management and project advisory, and a host of other advisory related sub-services. He has also been involved in a number of large due diligence reviews including PBL, Seven Network, CBA/BOS.

During his career, Sean has worked with large global accounting firms and was Managing Director of a successful private risk advisory consultancy firm. He previously worked in industry with St George Bank, IAG and in government with the NSW Audit Office. He has obtained international experience by working in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Sean has broad industry experience and is the engagement partner for a number of clients across a wide range of industry sectors with specific expertise in professional services, not-for-profit, financial services, technology and government.  He has actively shared experiences between industry’s and has worked closely with a number of charities where he has contributed a significant amount of his personal time to assist, either as a board member or strategic advisor to identify, manage or remediate mission critical risks.

Sean has been an active member of the BDO Global Risk Advisory Services Executive Steering Committee since 2014 where he was appointed to represent Oceania and Asia Pacific countries. He is also a member of the BDO Global Third Party Assurance Working Group and the Strategic Focus Area of Innovation and Optimisation.

Sean is a frequent presenter at local and global risk seminars and is always keen to share his knowledge, skills and experiences as part of his commitment to mentoring the next generation. He has authored a widely publicised article for board / steering committee members titled ‘Runaway Projects Do you have one…?’ (ISACA). Sean has also authored articles for:

  • ‘Business Continuity Management Business Impact Assessment’
  • Transforming Risk Management’ & ‘Transforming Risk Management – People’
  • SOC 1 & 2 Third Party Assurance.

As a passionate risk adviser, Sean has been recognised both locally and globally through the following awards:

  • Finance Awards – 2014 – Best in Risk Management
  • Finance Awards – 2015 – Sustained Excellence in Risk Management
  • Finance Awards – 2017 – Risk Advisor of the Year


  • Enterprise risk management frameworks
  • Business process improvement
  • Project risk management
  • Project management
  • IT strategic planning
  • Solution specification & selection
  • Probity / due diligence
  • Business continuity management
  • Data analytics
  • IT assurance (SOC 1, SOC 2, CDR, ISO 27001, Privacy, IT audit)
  • Governance, risk and compliance


  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Not-for-profit
  • Government and Education
  • Financial Services


  • Bachelor of Financial Administration (UNE)
  • Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE)
  • Certified Risk & Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Prince2 Practitioner (PRINCE2)


  • Fellow, Certified Practising Accountant
  • Affiliate, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Platinum Member Information Systems Audit and Control Association
  • Member Institute of Internal Auditors