Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency Specialists

About Us

 Our Partners – Robyn Erskine & Adrian Hunter

 

Robyn

Robyn Erskine

Robyn has been a Partner at Brooke Bird for over 28 years and has been actively involved in the insolvency industry over the last 30 years. She has been engaged to undertake a wide range of assignments both formal and informal in many and diverse industry segments

She has undertaken specific investigations into insolvent trading, unfair preferences and uncommercial transactions and has prepared specialist reports for various stakeholders including financiers and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission

With such a depth of experience, Robyn is a strong advocate of early intervention and assisting parties in understanding all of the options available to individuals and businesses in financial distress. This hands-on approach increases the chances of a successful outcome.

Through being actively involved in the insolvency profession, she has been able to work within many industries including, among others:

·         Aged Care ·         Co-operatives
·         Retail ·         Importers / Wholesaling
·         Manufacturing ·         Pharmacies
·         Hospitality / Cafes / Restaurants ·         Shopfitters
·         IT ·         Accommodation / Hotels
·         Transport ·         Licensed / Gaming venues
·         Professional Services ·         Construction

 

Robyn regularly speaks to professional associations and groups about sustaining trade, preventing business failure and the ramifications of insolvency. As a widely regarded insolvency practitioner, she is a current director of ARITA National Board. Robyn was President of ARITA from June 2011 to May 2013 and past chairman of ARITA’s VIC/TAS division.

Robyn continues to actively serve the accounting profession. In October 2017 Robyn became a director of CPA Australia and is a current member of CPA Australia’s Victorian Divisional Council. In January 2015, Robyn was appointed to the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) small and medium practices committee where she represents CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Qualifications:

•     Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
•     Registered Liquidator
•     Registered Trustee

Current Roles & Memberships:

Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand

“The Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) represents over 100,000 members in Australia, New Zealand and overseas”

CPA Australia

“CPA Australia is one of the world’s largest accounting bodies with a global membership of more than 160,000 members working in 118 countries around the world, with more than 25,000 members working in senior leadership positions.”

Director CPA Australia Ltd – October 2017 to current
•    Chair of the Member Engagement Committee
•    Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Councillor – Victorian Divisional Council
Deputy President – Victorian Divisional Council 2017
Former member of the Victorian Public Practitioners Committee 2010-2016
Former Chairman of the CPA Insurance Committee
Current Liaison Officer for CPA Australia and ARITA
Provide technical support on Insolvency Law Reform matters as requested
Recipient of the 2014 Henry Fox Award for outstanding service to Public Practice in Victoria

International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)

“IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of over 175 members and associates in 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.”

Current member of the Small Medium Practices Committee (SMPC) (nominated by CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand)
Deputy Chair of the Small Medium Practices Committee (commencing 2019)
Chair IFAC SMPC Ethics Taskforce
Member of the Strategic Planning Task Force
Member of the Small Business Support Task Force

Fellow of Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA)

“The Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA) is the professional body for insolvency practitioners in Australia and for those working in the field of business reconstruction and corporate and personal insolvency.”

Current Director of ARITA (2005 – Present)
President (May 2011 – May 2013)
Deputy President (May 2009 to May 2011)
Vice President (May 2007 to May 2009)
Current Member of ARITA Board Nominations Committee
Current Member of ARITA Board AFSA & ASIC liaison Committees
Former Chair of the ARITA Discipline Review Committee
Former Member of ARITA Professional Conduct Committee
Former Member of ARITA ATO liaison Committee
Former Member & Chair of Vic/Tas ARITA Committee (March 17)
Recipient of the 2015 ARITA President’s Award for outstanding service to the profession
2017 Awarded Life Membership for long, dedicated and distinguished service to ARITA and the Profession

Australian Institute of Credit Management (AICM)

“The AICM was founded in 1937, incorporated in 1967 and has established a trusted reputation as the professional body for setting professional standards and providing for the education, career needs and interests of all who work in the Credit Industry.”

Member of the Victorian/Tasmanian Council.
Author of various articles appearing in the monthly publication ‘Australian Insolvency Journal’.

Contact Robyn Erskine by E-Mail: rerskine@brookebird.com.au

 

Adrian Hunter

Adrian Hunter

Adrian was appointed to partnership within Brooke Bird in 2016 following a 20 year career with Deloitte, PPB Advisory and Ferrier Hodgson. He specialises in corporate reorganisation and insolvency advice

Adrian’s experience encompasses a diverse range of services working with key stakeholders (be they secured lenders, directors, their solicitors and accountants) which typically focus on internal controls, management competency, performance, short to medium term viability and asset divestment.

Adrian has particular expertise in the following areas:

•     Management of businesses in formal insolvency including restructure and cost down programs during the sale of businesses
•     Working capital and cash flow management and associated optimisation strategies
•     Business restructuring and profit improvement strategy development
•     Identification and implementation of operational and process improvements.
•     Business diagnostic reviews / investigations

In addition to being heavily involved in a variety of corporate reorganisation administrations across many industries, Adrian has developed specialised skills in the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (PPSA) which came into effect from 30 January 2012.

Articles written by Adrian on the PPSA and various insolvency topics have appeared in the quarterly Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Assoc (ARITA) journal and Australian Institute of Credit Management journal.

He regularly presents at both CPA and Chartered discussion groups on a variety of insolvency and related topics and is a lead trainer/presenter on behalf of ARITA.

Qualifications

•     Registered Liquidator
•     Official Liquidator of the Supreme Courts and Federal Court of Australia
•     Bachelor of Business

Memberships

•     Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
•     Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association
•     Australian Institute of Credit Management.

Contact Adrian Hunter by E-Mail: ahunter@brookebird.com.au


Experience of the Team

Brooke Bird practise solely in the area of insolvency and reconstruction, and possess a wealth of experience in relation to a diverse range of industries. For example, the firm has handled corporate insolvency appointments in the following industries and sectors:

·         Accounting ·         Mining
·         Aged care ·         Manufacturing
·         Aquaculture and agriculture ·         Medical and dental
·         Automotive ·         Plastics
·         Aviation ·         Printing
·         Building ·         Property development
·         Cleaning ·         Public relations
·         Education ·         Information technology
·         Engineering ·         Retail (including franchises)
·         Real estate ·         Rubber manufacture
·         Hotels, restaurants and cafes ·         Textiles
·         Insurance brokering ·         Transport and storage


 

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