Richard Payne is CEO, Worldwide Operations of Results Accountants' Systems, a company he jointly founded with Paul Dunn in 1992.
Prior to the formation of Results Accountants' Systems Mr. Payne was a Partner in the firm of Rutherfords, one of the largest and most successful accounting practices in New South Wales, Australia. In that capacity he headed up the firm's Management Consulting Division.
Before joining Rutherfords, Mr. Payne taught in the Business School of what is now Southern Cross University. He was also at various times a Visiting Fellow at other Universities in Australia and the USA.
His teaching and research interests focused on strategy and operational excellence in small- and medium-sized business. He carried this experience to his career as a practicing accountant and quickly developed Rutherford's reputation as a leader in business development consulting.
Mr. Payne has a reputation for his deep understanding of the dynamics of the accounting profession and has consulted to hundreds of firms throughout the world ranging from the Big 6 to small local practices.
He has documented his experience as a consultant in his systematic Consulting Manual and various software applications that are used by clients of Results Accountants' Systems around the world.
Mr. Payne is an accomplished speaker who is able to blend his practical experience as a consulting accountant with his teaching skills to articulate complex concepts and ideas in a coherent and entertaining manner.
Mr. Payne received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of New England. He is a CPA (Australia) and member of the Australian Institute of Management.
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