Dubbo IT Guru Named 2012 Employee of the Year
1 December 2012
The Directors of Boyce Chartered Accountants are proud to announce Liam Smith as the winner of the firm’s prestigious “Tony Quirk Employee of the Year” award for 2012.
A judging panel that included the firm’s managing director Bernard Kennedy, chairman Robyn Clubb and 2011 Employee of the Year award winner, Elizabeth Timmins, selected Liam as the stand-out from this year’s five finalists for his outstanding work in developing cutting-edge information technology solutions to drive efficiency and innovation in the firm’s service offering.
Liam has a long history with Boyce, starting as a Cadet in the Goulburn office whilst completing an accounting degree at the University of Canberra.
An interest in information technology led Liam to take on the position of IT Support and saw him move to the Dubbo office of the firm. Liam’s knowledge of accounting and Boyce systems proved invaluable to this firm-wide role and set him in good stead to take on the broad-ranging and exciting responsibility of leading the firm’s systems development agenda over the past two years.
“A role in which he has excelled beyond our wildest dreams,” said Boyce managing director, Bernard Kennedy.
“Liam’s ability to think through problems and persist with research to come up with solutions amazes us.”
Liam has been responsible for development of a unique, highly-automated financial reporting program known as “Management Insight”. This program is in first release stage and has been rolled out to a number of the firm’s large corporate agricultural clients with great success.
Liam has also had responsibility for driving, researching and developing solutions to improve the efficiency of processes in the production of Boyce’s unique management based financial statements, management reporting, budgets, and tax planning services.
“The development work Liam has been responsible for will ensure that Boyce remains at the very forefront in delivering high-quality, highly efficient and accessible management accounting services to our broad client base,” said Mr Kennedy.
The employee of the year award was initiated by the firm’s leadership group in 2008 to honour fellow Director and friend, the late Tony Quirk. Tony joined Boyce in 1991 and became the youngest-ever Director appointed in the firm. Tragically Tony died prematurely at the age of 34.
As in previous years, finalists from each of the Boyce offices were selected by their peers with supporting written submissions forwarded to the judging panel.
“We were thrilled that in this, the fifth year of the TQ Award, the calibre of the finalists was once again outstanding – a reflection of the depth of talent we have in the firm,” said Boyce HR Manager and member of the judging panel, Gabrielle McFarland.
The judging criteria includes demonstrating a genuine care for clients, contributing to the social fabric of the firm, acting in a professional manner, living the firm’s values on a daily basis and meeting the high performance expectations of the role within Boyce.
Ms McFarland said the panel was extremely impressed with Liam’s professionalism, depth of knowledge and approachability – a great combination that has resulted in kudos from both clients of the firm and his peers.
“One of the Boyce Directors said that he is always extremely proud to introduce Liam to clients as one of the firm’s key people – a sentiment that we all share.”
Ms McFarland also highlighted Liam’s contribution to the social fabric and culture of the firm.
“Despite his huge work-load and family responsibilities, Liam has been an enthusiastic supporter of the firm’s fund-raising events including competing as part of the Boyce team in the annual City 2 Surf challenge for a number of years and in the local Relay for Life event.”
“As you can see in the image above, Liam (pictured on the right ) is also a supporter of the “Movember” men’s health awareness and fund-raising program,” said Ms McFarland.
The firm’s managing director acknowledged the achievements and contribution of all the Award finalists from across the Boyce offices – Whitney Seymour (Wagga Wagga), Carolyn Roach (Cooma), Jono Hart (Goulburn) and Bindi Oates (Moree).
“All of these people have contributed in different ways to the success of the firm and for that we are extremely thankful to have each of them as part of the Boyce family,” said Mr Kennedy.