MEDIA RELEASE: The managing partner of advisory and accounting firm HLB Mann Judd Brisbane, James Henderson, has been appointed chair of HLB Asia Pacific, effective immediately.
HLB is a global network of independent professional accounting firms and business advisers. It has member firms in 158 countries, including HLB Mann Judd from Australia.
His appointment follows the retirement of Terry Blenkinsop as chair, who is a partner with HLB Mann Judd Perth.
In the role, Mr Henderson will lead HLB Asia Pacific over the next three years, and will be primarily responsible for implementing HLB’s strategy and growth initiatives plan across the region.
Mr Henderson has been with HLB Mann Judd since 2005, with a high proportion of work throughout this time advising international clients.
Throughout his accounting career, Mr Henderson has specialised in a range of industries, including property and construction, hospitality, professional services, transport, financial services, and the not-for-profit sector.
He holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Business (Accounting and Legal Studies) from the Queensland University of Technology, and is a Fellow of both the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Taxation Institute of Australia.
“Over the past 15 years, our client base has really evolved and now attracts clients from Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Having extensive experience with Asia Pacific clients in particular will provide me with a greater understanding of what’s happening in the region,” said Mr Henderson.
“The growing significance of the area globally as an economic hub is only going to intensify and become more relevant. HLB’s position there is important, and I’m looking forward to continuing its role in the global economy.”
Commenting on the appointment, HLB Mann Judd Australasian Association chairman, Tony Fittler, said Mr Henderson is a natural fit for the role, having also served on the National Executive Committee for HLB Mann Judd for the past nine years.
“James’ experience and expertise in leading the Brisbane firm will serve him well. The timing of the appointment is also significant in this post-COVID-19 world. The ability for James to draw upon client and management experience, and share this knowledge at a regional level will be of benefit to the organisation. It’s a time where change is being forced upon us and we need to deal with that change in appropriate ways; James is the best person to lead HLB Asia Pacific through this period.
“He will also have the opportunity to build on the great work of Terry Blenkinsop who is retiring after 22 years as chair of HLB Asia Pacific. Terry became chair in the formative years of HLB Asia Pacific and has been instrumental its growth. It means HLB is well placed to assist businesses seeking to do more international trade,” he said.