RSM New Zealand

Lyle Irwin
International Contact Partner


Lyle Irwin has been with RSM New Zealand since 1987 and became a partner in 1997.  Lyle was raised in rural New Zealand and decided early on that he wanted more than what his small home town could offer him. 

He moved to Auckland to pursue a career in accounting at the Auckland Technical Institute and worked part time as a business advisory accountant for one of the big four accounting firms.  It quickly became apparent to him that to be able to work more closely with his clients and make a difference he had to join a medium sized firm – a realisation that saw him make the move to RSM. 

As a business advisory partner, Lyle has considerable experience in accounting, taxation, succession planning, corporate advisory and business structuring and his diversified client base covers a broad range of industries with a variety of size and types of entities.  Lyle’s approach to his clients is enthusiastic, determined and with the firm belief that every problem has a solution and settling for second best is never an option.  The benefit of this combination is that Lyle can work with people to form relationships that produce exceptional results and exceed their expectations.

Having developed an interest in corporate governance and organisational change early in his career, Lyle is our specialist in those fields.   He helps his clients focus on operational and strategic solutions to take their businesses ahead of the game and avoid any future problems. 

Outside of RSM, Lyle is an active member in the community and a member of the Rotary Club of Auckland. 

Lyle completed his Associate Chartered Accountant degree at Auckland Technical Institute and became a Chartered Accountant in 1997.  He is also a Member of a number of professional associations for Chartered Accountants – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia and Governance New Zealand

With his proactive, forward thinking and passion for business, Lyle is the perfect accountant to have acting on your behalf. 

“A dream is a dream, a goal is also a dream but with a plan and a deadline”

~ Harvey MacKay

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News articles

Diversity & Inclusion - where to from here?

16 June 2020
As part of our efforts to recognise PRIDE Month this June, Partner Lyle Irwin shares some thoughts on inclusion and diversity, and speaks to his role chairing a panel earlier in the year.  Recently I had the opportunity to chair a panel of experts, all of whom manage the role of diversity and inclusion within their organisations which are i...

Ever wondered how far and fast a dollar travels?

2 April 2020
When we pay for goods and services, the chain of spending starts. When economies are buoyant, this dollar can move extraordinarily fast. When the economy is down, the movement of that dollar slows. The speed at which this dollar moves is referred to as the velocity of money. The Covid-19 lockdown means times become tough for businesses and c...

Issues On Your Radar in 2018

16 January 2018
It’s the start of another year - 2018! 365 days of promise for your team and organisation to build on your progress to date, to take things to the next level, to maybe do some things differently and modify, change tack and try some different directions and initiatives .  With any planning though it is important to look at ...

RSM World Day 2017

19 September 2017
A day when the independent member firms of the RSM network celebrate our shared values of Understanding, Collaboration and Ideas and Insight – this year, with an innovative twist. September marks ‘Innovation month’ internationally across all RSM member firms, in line with this, RSM New Zealand took the opportunity to mark our global day by...

RSM sponsors the LPGA New Zealand Tour

29 August 2017
Audit, tax and consulting specialists RSM New Zealand have joined the family of sponsors to support next month’s MCKAYSON New Zealand Women’s Open. The event, New Zealand’s richest golf tournament with NZ$1.85 million in prizemoney, will be staged at the new Windross Farm golf course in Auckland from 28 September to 1 October and will ...

Trustees and dementia?

16 November 2016
The role of trustee implicitly involves decision making – taking multiple sources of information into account, making a considered decision, understanding the implications of that decision, and being held accountable for it. A trust deed will often require unanimous decision making. Where there are concerns that one trustee is or is becoming m...

RSM gives back to the community

22 September 2016
RSM World Day : A day when the independent member firms of the RSM network unite and engage with national, or local, charities through volunteering and community work and other charitable giving activities "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is now." RSM in New Zealand celebrated by supporting Ngāti...

Struggling to find a work/life balance?

7 July 2016
There simply aren’t enough hours in a day to accomplish the things you want in your business let alone in other areas of your life – time with your family, time to relax, read a book, or do something just because it’s fun. If your business dominates your life and you find yourself missing out on the things that really ARE important - ask y...

Merger Delivers Growth for RSM in New Zealand

1 April 2016
The merger of chartered accounting firms RSM and Nexia New Zealand’s Auckland operations will deliver a stronger, mid-market offering in accounting and business solutions. Both parties see the advantage of building the RSM network in New Zealand, to deliver to the local market and via the RSM Network to our internationally active clien...

Press release - Emily Xu promoted to Principal

11 January 2016
New Zealand Chartered Accounting firm, RSM New Zealand have today announced the promotion of Ms Emily Xu to Principal of its Asian accounting group. She will continue to be responsible for the growth and development of specialised services to migrant and overseas investors.  Emily Xu, Principal “Emily has been an integral part of t...

RSM - a new unified brand

27 October 2015
What’s in a name? Flags, brands, and banners we operate under as organisations.  Are they important?  They’re the labels we choose to define and present ourselves to the world.  To define who we are and what we stand for.  So should one change? From October 26, 2015 we have simplified and changed our branding.&nb...

RSM - The Gauntlet

26 October 2015
A new broadcast advertising campaign launched in the US. The Gauntlet is running on television networks including CNBC, CNN and Bloomberg TV, in both 30 and 60 second slots. The campaign also includes print ads, running in publications including The Wall Street Journal, CFO magazine and regional business journals, as well as ...

Standard Terms and Conditions - RSM New Zealand

1 June 2018
Please note this document is only applicable to the trading entities RSM New Zealand (Auckland) and RSM New Zealand (Auckland North).  If you are an audit client through RSM Hayes Audit, you will be provided with a separate document outlining your engagement terms STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS RSM New Zealand (Auckland) and RSM New Zeala...

Be prepared for the new Heath & Safety laws

Thursday, 14 April 2016 from 7.00am to 8.30am
Occupational Health & Safety is facing its biggest shake up in 20 years The Health & Safety Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament on 11 March 2014 and came into effect on 4 April 2016.  The Act is part of “Working Safer”, aimed at reducing New Zealand’s workplace injury and death toll by 25% by 2020. Learn about the legi...