Preparing your Practice for Recovery

7 May 2020

Join the ACA on 18 May for a special online event on how to best position and prepare your practice for the recovery after Covid-19. Not-to-be-missed presentations. Book now!

According to recent feedback from the ACA’s COVID-19 Pulse Check survey, 89% of responding practices have had projects cancelled or put on hold or anticipate that they soon will be. Correspondingly, many of our members have recently experienced a negative impact on their businesses and have taken short-term working and financial measures to help cope with these uncertain times.

But how do you prepare for the upswing to come in the post-COVID recovery period? For insights on the current business climate in the construction industry and how you can help prepare for the future, Stellar Business Consulting, Grant Thornton Australia and Macquarie Bank are joining forces to deliver informative presentations and discussion for the ACA. We hope you can join us to learn from these industry experts and take advantage of the opportunity to discuss the issues and ask questions.

Our speakers will share insights on:

  • Leveraging learnings from the GFC to prepare for the inevitable market recovery
  • The economic cycle, how to achieve a high-performing culture, and what drives business valuations
  • How to make opportunity from building efficiency into your business
  • Observations on the COVID climate through business conversations
  • The critical importance of short- to medium-term forecasting
  • Funding options for business sale and preparation for borrowing post-COVID 

Our Speakers

Chris Dionne, Managing Partner, Stellar Business Consulting

Chris Dionne is a master business consultant with 20 years’ experience in training, educating and coaching business owners on how to best position their businesses for scalable growth. Chris has taken his experience of building equity value and sustainability, and applied it to his own businesses, as well as providing training to countless small-to-medium businesses worldwide. Having lived through multiple market downturns since 1987, he understands how to best help SMEs to navigate their business through tumultuous times.

Matt Byrnes, National Head of Restructuring Advisory, Grant Thornton Australia

Matt has developed strong skills in managing businesses in distress, and in negotiating the best possible outcome via a sale or appropriate workout strategy. He has extensive experience managing companies in Receivership, Liquidation and Voluntary Administration. Matt also has been involved in a number of Investigating Accountant (IA), Due Diligence and limited scope reviews on behalf of banks and other stakeholders.

Harley Beaumont, State Segment Head – Built Environment, Banking and Financial Services, Macquarie Bank

Harley Beaumont has spent the past 10 years in the Business and Commercial Banking Division. In addition to the team’s 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 $10 billion. Harley is currently responsible for the Built Environment segment in Victoria and South Australia, a specialisation focused on providing acquisition finance, partner loans and succession planning to these professionals.


Monday 18 May 2020

Event broadcast 12–1pm AEST
(WA 10–11am, NT and SA  11.30am–12.30pm, Qld, ACT, NSW, Tas and Vic 12–1pm)


This online event will be run through remote login only. There will be no host practices or venues in operation. For those who cannot attend live, recording access will be available

When booking please choose your preferred attendance method under “Sections” and select your ticket type – remote access or recording access.


Members $15
Non-members $30

*One ticket per attendee


Don’t miss this informative panel discussion. To reserve your place book now.


This event will deliver one informal CPD point.


For more information, contact Katherine Ygosse

M: 0413 520 548