Melbourne Panel Discussion – Succession Planning

10 July 2024

Succession planning is critical for the longevity and sustainability of architecture practices and it’s essential to plan well in advance. Join the ACA and our panel of financial experts on 19 July for an interactive face-to-face discussion on succession planning, from tax, funding, valuations and buy-sell agreements to ownerships structures, director pathways and timing. Free for ACA members.


Whether you’re preparing for retirement, aiming to retain key talent, or seeking to position your firm for growth, this event offers indispensable guidance and resources to help you navigate this crucial aspect of firm management.

This valuable session will equip you with essential strategies and knowledge to navigate the complexities of succession planning for the best outcome for owners, employees and businesses.

Join us over lunch for key information on practice valuation, accounting structures, funding and real life implementation experience.

Panel members are Daniel Burt and Liesl Malcolm from Pitcher Partners, Harley Beaumont from Macquarie and Matthew Tence from JCB Architects and the ACA Victoria/Tasmania Branch. For more about our panellists see below.

Our panellists will discuss

  • Practical insights into the financial aspects of succession planning, including tax implications, funding, valuations and buy-sell agreements
  • The various succession planning /ownership structures and when they’re appropriate
  • Ownership vs management succession planning and identifying potential successors and director pathways
  • The time required for effective succession planning and why
  • The benefits of well established and communicated succession plans

Succession plans can fail when left too late. Exploring options and establishing your planning ahead of time can allow time for necessary restructuring, growth, training and communication to contribute to a successful transition.


Friday 19 July 2024, 12.30–2.30pm AEST

Lunch provided.


Macquarie Office
Level 36, South Tower
80 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


Reserve your place or join the waiting list by making a booking below or through the booking site.

Attendance is free of charge thanks to the support of our Principal Parnter, Macquarie Bank.

RSVP by 15 July to allow for catering to be confirmed.

Please advise of any dietary restrictions for catering purposes during the booking process.


Participation in this event will deliver 1.5 formal CPD points.

Learning Outcomes – Better understand the planning requirements; key financial and tax strategies and implications; and practice based insights on implementation for successful succession planning outcomes for owners, employees and businesses.

AACA Competencies: Practice Management and Professional Conduct – PC2


Harley Beaumont, State Leader – Business Services, Macquarie Bank

Harley Beaumont joined Macquarie Bank in 2010 and has spent the past 14 years in the Business & Commercial Banking Division. In addition to the teams focus on debt funding of commercial property, the division specialises in cash flow secured lending capability across a range of professional services industries in excess of $15 billion. Harley is currently responsible for the Built Environment segment in Victoria, a specialisation focused on providing acquisition finance, working capital, partner loans and succession planning to these professionals

Daniel Burt, Partner & Executive Director, Taxation Advisory, Pitcher Partners

Daniel has over 17 years of experience across corporate and international taxation issues. He has advised on a number of significant and complex Merger and Aquisition transactions, providing value-add, bespoke advice to his clients on issues such as pre-sale restructuring, tax consolidation, capital gains tax and company losses. In addition, He has also advised on a number of initial public offerings, undertaking transaction structuring, and taxation due diligence services. Daniel also assists clients in relation to the management and resolution of ATO compliance and advice activities, including risk reviews, private rulings and objections. Established in Melbourne in 1991, Pitcher Partners is a national association of six independent accounting, audit and business advisory practices.

Liesl Malcolm, Partner, Pitcher Partners

For the last 15 years Liesl has been an integral part of the Pitcher Partners Corporate Finance team. She has extensive experience in valuations, having worked on many engagements assisting clients with their personal and business needs advising on tax, accounting and litigation matters. A well rounded professional, Liesl specialises in accounting and tax restructures, expert valuation reports for litigation matters, intangible asset valuations for corporate transactions and employee equity schemes. Liesl helps to simplify the valuation process and provides reliable advice, arriving at a valuation that is independent and thorough. She is dedicated to providing a valuation outcome that makes sense and is supported by valuation methodologies and market data.

Matthew Tence, Treasurer ACA Vic/Tas Branch and Practice Manager JCB Architects

Matthew has extensive experience in business and operations management, leading architecture and design practices in Australia. His skills and experience include accounts / finance, resourcing, human resources, fees, contracts, IT, marketing and facilities. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Design – Landscape Architecture. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Matthew is Treasurer and Committee Member for the Victoria/Tasmania branch of the ACA.


For any questions, please contact Katherine Ygosse