• The firm's partners

The firm's partners

A balanced representation of experience and proactive professionals

Terrence Betham

Senior Partner

+ (685) 24337

terrence.betham@bdo.ws

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce - University of Auckland, New Zealand

Chartered Accountant (Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand)

CPA (CPA Australia)

Fellow Chartered Accountant (Samoa Institute of Accountants)

Public Practice Licence - Samoa

Executive summary

Terrence has over 35 years of experience in providing consulting, advisory, assurance and accounting advice in Samoa and the Pacific Region.  He provides a strategic sounding board through his network and experience of many years in order to construct a solid platform to help businesses develop and prosper.

He has also been a director and Chairman on many Boards at not only the corporate level but also at the state owned level and continues to provide strategic business advice to the Government and Private enterprise.  A former chief executive and chairman of Polynesian Airlines and former chairman of National Bank of Samoa are only some of the many organisations that Terrence has been involved with.

He is currently Chairman of the Independent Selection Committee for the evaluation and nomination of directors for members for the Government state owned enterprises and serves as a Trustee for the Unit Trust of Samoa (UTOS).

Ernest Betham

Managing Partner

+ (685) 24337

ernest.betham@bdo.ws

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce degree - University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.

CPA (CPA Australia)

Chartered Management Accountant (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - United Kingdom)

Chartered Accountant (Samoa Institute of Accountants)

Public Practice Licence - Samoa

Executive summary

Ernest has over 25 years of experience in providing advisory, assurance and accounting advice in Samoa and across the Pacific Region. 

His client base extends across finance, insurance, not-for-profits, retail, charities, donor funded organisations, property and state owned enterprise industries giving him a broad range of knowledge and experience to draw on.  He has a hands-on approach ensuring that wherever possible issues are identified and dealt with in a proactive manner.

His public practice licence allows him to act for and on behalf of the Controller and Auditor General in the audits of state owned enterprises and overseas donor funded projects.

Keeping current with emerging technologies and their positive impacts on businesses is a priority for Ernest. The goal is to ensure that clients adapt to the right technology in order to ensure that there is Xero disruption to their businesses.

Ernest has significant company experience and is currently Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee for one of the major Government state owned enterprises in Samoa and serves as a Trustee for the Unit Trust of Samoa (UTOS).

Hanalei Betham

Partner

+ (685) 24337

ernest.betham@bdo.ws

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce degree - Otago University

CPA (CPA Australia)

Chartered Management Accountant (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - United Kingdom)

Chartered Accountant (Samoa Institute of Accountants)

Public Practice Licence - Samoa

Executive summary

Hanalei has over 15 years of advisory and assurance experience in Samoa and across the Pacific Region.  One of Hanalei’s objectives is to identify risks and opportunities, and develop viable strategies that will positively impact on clients’ businesses in terms of their operational and financial results. Her insight into current business practices and latest technology streamlines the delivery of efficient business advisory services.

Her client base cuts across a range of industries and includes insurance, not-for-profits, retail, charities, donor funded organisations, property and state owned enterprise industries.  Her public practice licence allows her to act for and on behalf of the Controller and Auditor General in the audits of state owned enterprises and overseas donor funded projects.

Hanalei has extensive experience in auditing government organisations and subsidiaries of global companies.  In addition to assurance based work, Hanalei specialises in cloud accounting solutions and is proficient in enabling businesses to extract the maximum benefit from cloud based accounting technologies.

She is a passionate supporter of charitable organisations such as the Lions Club and formerly with the Iko Memorial Trust.