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Partner Profile – Matthew Moy, MGI Sydney, Australia

15th April 2013

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Matthew Moy is a director at MGI Sydney, which will be hosting this year’s MGI AGM in October. He will have been at the firm for 10 years in June.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The continually changing environment in which we operate, along with the variety of work. Seeing graduates come into the business inexperienced and then grow into senior roles is also very satisfying.

What was your first job? Where else have you worked before your present firm?

The continually changing environment in which we operate, along with the variety of work. Seeing graduates come into the business inexperienced and then grow into senior roles is also very satisfying.

I started at a small accounting firm in the suburbs, where I lasted exactly 12 months. I then moved to a firm with 150 staff plus partners, where I qualified and gained some excellent experience. I joined MGI Sydney in 2003.

Why did you decide to become an accountant?

My father advised me to become a lawyer or an accountant, saying that in either profession my skills would always be in demand. Thankfully, he has been proven correct!

Do you have a particular area of expertise? What would you say your strengths are?

My client base is large family owned businesses, so I guess my expertise lies there. My strengths are my willingness to work hard for the client to bring about the best possible result for them, my communications skills and being part of the great team at MGI Sydney.

What is your greatest professional achievement? What do you hope to achieve in the year ahead, both professionally and personally?

I would say my greatest achievement was becoming an equity partner in MGI Sydney. My professional goal for the year ahead is to see the firm continue to grow and, of course, be host to an exciting MGI AGM in October. Personally, I am looking forward to spending time with our young family.

What’s the best thing about doing business in Australia and how has membership of MGI helped you connect with other firms around the world?

The best thing about doing business in Australia is that we currently have one of the world’s strongest economies, which has enabled us to continue to grow our business and do interesting work for our clients during this current phase of the economic cycle. Being part of MGI has been a great way for us to service our clients because we can confidently recommend them to a firm when they are looking at offshore expansion.

What hobbies or interests do you have outside of work? Any favourite holiday destinations?

I am very interested in thoroughbred breeding and bloodlines and would be a thoroughbred stud manager if I wasn’t an accountant. For exercise, I enjoy road cycling three or four times a week. Our favourite holiday destination is Capri, although the age of our children and the distance involved mean that we tend to go to Hawaii for holidays at the moment.

If you could go back in time and offer advice to yourself when we were just starting out in the profession, what would you say?

Get qualified as quickly as possible, keep up to date on technical matters, be open to new technologies which can improve your business and continually work on your soft skills – it doesn’t matter how much you know, if you can’t engage with people then you are not going to attract new clients. Finally, work hard.