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  • Level 9, 123 Albert Street Brisbane QLD 4000

Ben Pepperell / Manager, Audit, Brisbane

Email
bpepperell@bris.bentleys.com.au
Phone
+61 7 3222 9777
Fax
+61 7 3221 9250
Office
Bentleys Queensland
Ben has over ten years’ experience providing audit and assurance services across a wide range of clients, including local government, universities, independent schools, childcare, licensed clubs, aged care, agribusiness, corporate and other not-for-profit organisations.
 
Ben's career commenced in Lismore NSW in 2003 and he joined Bentleys in 2014.

Ben's previous roles have included lead engagement supervisor and/or team member for the following Local Government Councils:
  • Byron Bay Shire Council
  • Clarence Valley Council
  • Kempsey Shire Council
  • Rous Water
  • Richmond River County Council
  • Far North Coast County Council
  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Tweed Shire Council
  • Coffs Harbour City Council
  • Lismore City Council
  • Kyogle Shire Council
  • Southern Downs Regional Council (Qld)

Through his work Ben has also engaged with the internal audit functions in Councils, assisting in the planning phase via the identification of potential risk areas, review of internal audit report findings and assessment on the impact of the external audit function.

In addition to his audit background, Ben also has over eight years’ experience working on Due Diligence assignments including Mergers/Acquisitions, Demergers, Fraud Investigations, Financial Modelling, Treasury budgets, Accounting System reviews and re-organisation and Administrations and Change Management services for Government agencies.

Specialist Skills
  • Financial audit (external)
  • Compliance audits
  • Forensic accounting and investigation
  • Internal control reviews

Current Client Engagements

Manager for various entities including:
  • Toowoomba Regional Council and its Controlled Entities
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Mort and Co Limited
  • Brisbane Racing Club Ltd
  • Foundation Early Learning Ltd
  • Investorlink Group Ltd

Major Projects:
  • Detailed reviews of specific business cycles that have assisted to strengthen overall control environments, including:
  • Identification of control weaknesses within the payroll cycle for a University client;
  • Improved cash handling and reconciliation processes for a racing industry client.
  • Improved cash handling and reconciliation processes for Local Government entity.
  • Review of Council sub-committee Charter and compliance by the Committee.
  • Key Audit contact for the Queensland Audit Office for several delegate audit contracts.
  • Completion of investigations and consulting engagements for Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC). These investigations supported objectives for improved financial reporting and governance including:
  • An ORIC investigation of a childcare facility in Sydney NSW arising from allegations of fraud; and
  • Assistance with the organizational restructure of a number of indigenous entities in Carnarvon WA and appointment as Administrator

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

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