Don is an Associate Director - Audit based in the Auckland Central office in Newmarket. Don specialises in providing financial statement audit and due diligence services to SMEs. Don started his professional career in New Zealand with a predecessor firm of RSM in 2006, and also spent valuable time working in Australia and Malaysia. While working in audit in Australia for 2 ½ years he gained an expert knowledge of Australian stock listing rules working primarily with public listed companies operating in the oil and gas, construction, manufacturing and mineral resources industries.
Since returning to New Zealand in 2014 Don has focused on providing audit and related services to a wide range of entities with a specific interest in the Biotechnology, Forestry, Transport & Logistics and Information Technology industries. Don also plays a lead role in many financial due diligence engagements offering transaction support services for those wanting to sell or buy into businesses.
His previous international experience and having international group and subsidiary clients has also seen Don involved in technical training in both Australia and the US. This helps him ensure he can assist with cross border accounting implications.
Don has an active interest in marketing and networking and is involved in driving this area within RSM as a member of the firms marketing committee.
Don graduated from the Auckland University of Technology University (AUT) with a Bachelor of Business and Post Graduate Diploma in Business. During his studies, Don received the AUT Top Pacifica Student Award and received an AUT Pacifica Student scholarship. Don is a Chartered Accountant and also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).
Don married Amanda, his Malay/Chinese/Kiwi wife in 2006 and combined with his Pacifica background is proud of their multicultural mix and this being representative of the bright new face of New Zealand. Together they have three young children.
Other than enjoying his family Don is a keen sports follower, a longtime supporter of the Hurricanes and still keeping the faith with the Warriors. Don enjoys playing Touch rugby and is an avid listener of good music.
Don speaks English and Niuean, and continues to learn Malaysian and Mandarin.