EY appoints new Adelaide leader

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Thursday, 13 November 2014 - EY has announced the appointment of Don Manifold to the role of Adelaide Office Managing Partner. 

Manifold has over 15 years’ experience in transaction advisory having advised on transactions in Australia, England, Croatia and Papua New Guinea across a broad range of industries including financial services, manufacturing, retail and information technology. He joined EY as a partner in 2012, most recently leading the Transaction Advisory Service for Adelaide. 

Manifold will take over the reins from current Adelaide Managing Partner, Chris Sharpley, on 1 January 2015. Sharpley will be retiring on 31 January after a distinguished 38 year career with EY, including three years as the Adelaide Managing Partner. 

Sharpley said he had seen enormous changes in the accounting profession over the course of his career. 

“It’s a far more dynamic profession than it used to be. When I started, professional service firms were primarily audit and tax focused. While these areas of our practice are still important parts of the business, we now do so much more,” Sharpley said. 

“We’re not just accountants. We have people in our Adelaide team who are heavily involved in areas such as infrastructure advisory, productivity advisory, performance improvement, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, and research and development advisory, just to name a few.” 

“We’ll be taking on 24 new graduates in our Adelaide office next year and, while many will still have accounting or finance backgrounds, we are also recruiting economics graduates to work in infrastructure advisory, and engineering and geology graduates to work in research and development advisory.” 

“Our people have been part of a variety of key projects in Adelaide over the last few years. EY has written the business cases for the development of SAHMRI and the Adelaide Convention Centre. We have been involved in a cost benefit analysis for the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval and have been commercial and financial adviser to SA Health on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. We’ve also assisted with the preparation of the SA Government’s 30 year integrated transport and land use plan and provided strategic advice on improving productivity within the public sector.” 

“With such a diversity of backgrounds, experience and projects within EY Adelaide, this is an exciting time for the business and I look forward to watching its continued growth under Don’s leadership,” Sharpley said.

Manifold said the transition of the South Australian economy was continuing at a rapid pace. 

“South Australia’s future economy will be very different to what it is today. I believe we will have a greater reliance on the energy, resources and healthcare sectors and a smaller reliance on the traditional mass manufacturing base,” Manifold said. 

“I am looking forward to leading our firm’s effort to support South Australian business and Government in dealing with this transition and building a better South Australia.” 

“From a personal perspective, helping our people succeed and grow gives me great satisfaction and I am keen to continue to build our South Australian business to give our people even more opportunities.”

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