The Fordham Property and Construction Services Team provides specialised accounting, tax and advisory solutions across the Australian property sector. We work with long term property investors, regional property developers and large urban residential and commercial builders as well as helping set up Managed Investment Trust structures for large Australian and foreign property investors.
Our range of accounting and advisory services are tuned to helping business and private property investors maximise the value, income stream and sustainability of their property assets and businesses.
Property tax and accounting
Strategy and optimisation
Financing, structures, wealth
The Fordham Property and Construction team
Our team are all active members, contributors and sponsors of industry bodies in both the commercial and residential construction industry, including the: Master Builders Association, Property Council of Australia, Urban Development Institute of Australia, Family Business Australia, and the HIA (Housing Industry Association).
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
John is the Managing Partner of the Fordham Sydney Office and proudly delivers the Fordham Wealth Journey®, with its integrated set of services, to our New South Wales & Brisbane clients.
With more than 39 years’ experience in accounting – the last 15 leading large teams – he has earned a reputation for providing highly beneficial strategic outcomes. His clients and colleagues benefit from this depth of experience and particularly value his consideration of the broader landscape in any discussion. He has particular expertise in the area of tax structuring, where he is renowned for providing compelling solutions that allow businesses and individuals to reach their goals.
John O’Donnell is a respected and experienced leader who works with every client to ensure they achieve successful commercial outcomes. His positive approach and philosophy of collaboration ensures that his clients benefit from Fordham’s full capabilities.
Industry specialisations: Property & Construction, Superannuation, Professional Services, Manufacturing, Cross Border Transactions
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
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
Kyle joined Fordham in 2009 as a graduate and is now an Associate Partner in Fordham’s Property & Construction team. He began his career at a large privately owned property developer, where he laid the foundations of his industry knowledge. Naturally, Kyle has a sound understanding of compliance and taxation matters, corporate structures, financing, financial modelling, superannuation, estate planning and the interactions of complex family groups. He is a knowledgeable presenter at industry events facilitated by the likes of the Master Builders Association of Victoria and the Housing Industry Association.
While at Fordham Kyle has developed a deep knowledge of the property and construction sector while helping his clients to grow their business, protect their assets and plan for the future. He has particular expertise in business succession strategies for private business owners, including merger and acquisition transactions.
Kyle uses his significant commercial experience in the property and construction sector to help his clients become top performers. He is responsible for running client engagement in this sector, ensuring that services are provided to our clients in a timely manner and in accordance with our client services policy.
Kyle’s skills as a Chartered Accountant, as well as degrees in both Accounting and Banking & Finance, have given him a great foundation of knowledge to advise his clients. Kyle is the chairman of both our Corporate Finance and Property and Construction Industry Excellence Groups which build up-to-date IP and roll out best practice advice to clients. Kyle also serves as an independent director of clients' philanthropic funds.
Industry specialisation: Property and Construction / Corporate Finance