BDO’s Audit & Assurance expert Matthew Cutt will be responsible for safeguarding the Thailand Property Awards’ longstanding reputation for integrity and credibility
This year’s PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards will rope in once more one of the world’s largest accountancy and auditing networks, with a new lead supervisor, Matthew Cutt, at the helm of the BDO team, whilst previous head, Paul Ashburn, will focus on supervising the jury for the Grand Final of the Asia Property Awards.
Continuing the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards programme’s tradition of a fair and transparent judging process, the Awards, now in its 14th year, will be held on 9 August at The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok.
Cutt brings 15 years of experience in audit and assurance spanning three continents to the renowned awards series. Previously a partner within the audit and assurance practice of BDO in Perth, Australia, he has cultivated a significant experience in international and capital markets as a trusted advisor to his clients.
“I am honoured to be supervising the PropertyGuru Thailand Property Awards on behalf of BDO. The Asia Property Awards are regarded amongst the region’s finest real estate developers as the most respected, fair and transparent awards that celebrate the best achievers in Asia’s dynamic market,” Cutt said in a statement.
“I look forward to seeing who emerges as this year’s winners,” he added.
Ethical, objective and credible supervisors
Recipient of the 2018 Network of the Year Award by the International Accounting Bulletin (IAB), BDO has been appointed as the Official Supervisor of the Thailand Property Awards since 2007.
“BDO is constantly adapting to the needs of a wide range of clients — much like the Asia Property Awards, which is consistently expanding both in terms of scale and detail to accommodate the latest trends and quality benchmarks in regional real estate,” said Ashburn, who has been part of the judging process of the Thailand Property Awards since its inaugural gala dinner in 2006.
The rigour of the judging process has allowed the Thailand Property Awards to remain relevant over the last 14 years, Ashburn noted. From the reviewing of entries to the tabulation of scores, BDO ensures that each step of the judging process is as ethical and objective as can be. A representative from the organisation always oversees judges’ meetings, with special attention paid to conflicts of interest between members of the panel and the entrants.
“It is the responsibility of BDO to ensure that the rules for judging entries are rigorously adhered to by the panel of judges and site visit teams,” Ashburn noted.
Entries for this year’s 14th edition of the Thailand Property Awards are due on 21 June, followed by site inspections from 24 June to 12 July for the development categories. Final judges’ meetings are set for 24 and 25 July.
As official supervisor of the Asia Property Awards, BDO had participated in 49 gala dinners by the end of 2018. BDO is supervising other local editions of the Asia Property Awards, which has expanded from the original Thai edition to include Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia. Japan and Australia participated for the first time in 2018, whilst Maldives will finally be represented in 2019.
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