Craig West

Business Succession and Exit Planning, Venture Capital & Private Equity

Craig West, Sydney, Business Succession and Exit Planning Adviser

Craig West's Bio:

Craig West is a strategic accountant who has over 20 years’ experience advising business owners. His background as a CPA in public practice has provided invaluable experience in the key issues of concern to business owners.

Following 6 yrs of study to gain two masters degrees, Craig focused on Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for business sales advising on strategic management of taxation issues. This experience formed a very strong view that the majority of business owners (and often their advisers) were unprepared and unaware of the steps required to prepare for an exit.

Craig West now acts as a strategic business and financial mentor for mid-market business owners and has written four critically acclaimed books educating business owners on employee incentives, succession planning, asset protection and exit strategies. Craig has conducted numerous seminars and keynote presentations throughout Australia & internationally, including adviser education programs for the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia, and is a sought-after presenter.

In March 2014, Craig was appointed Executive Chairman of the SME Association of Australia, an organisation focused on improving the success of SMEs in Australia and is also the host of SME Radio – a weekly broadcast focused on business.

In October 2014, he was awarded the Exit Planner of the Year at the Exit Planning Institute Annual Conference in Texas, USA as a result of his innovative development of an exit planning process to help business owners maximise business value and achieve a successful exit.

In 2015, Craig West commenced a Doctor of Business Administration on the topic of using Employee Share Ownership Plans (ESOPs) as a Business Succession and Exit Planning tool. Craig’s proprietary structure – a Peak Performance Trust – has won the Australia-wide award for the Employee Share Ownership Plan of the Year twice in four years.

Specialties: Succession planning, private equity and capital raising, asset protection and structuring, valuation, Employee Share Ownership Plans (ESOP) and incentive schemes. 

Craig West's Experience:

  • CEO & Founder at Succession Plus

    Succession Plus is a multi discipline consulting practice designed to lead business owners through the complexities of identifying, maximising, extracting and managing the wealth locked up in their business.

  • Executive Chairman at SME Association of Australia

    We are a not-for-profit association driven to support and equip small and medium sized enterprises for success and economic growth and are committed to our Vision of “Prosperity for Australia through successful SMEs.” The SME Association of Australia was officially launched on 6th October 2011 and since then we have grown to enormous levels. We are an association representing and connecting SMALL and MEDIUM ENTERPRISES and understand the important role SMEs play in Australia's economy. There are around two million small businesses in Australia, comprising more than 95% of all businesses in Australia.

  • Director at SME Village

    SME Village at Level 3, 50 York Street Sydney is an executive business lounge and co-working space for members who are looking to do business in a professional environment surrounded by premium quality services. We also offer a unique CBD events space and meeting / conference facility as well as virtual office services.

  • Senior Adviser at Peak Partners

    We are using our expertise in business succession planning to assist business owners in creating a plan to maximise the value of their business and then be able to sell or exit at the right time.

  • CEO at AllState Partners

    Grew an accounting practice from a sole trader with $140K revenues to a multi discipline financial services practice with a 1.8M turnover in 3 years

  • Senior at MGI Wamstekers

    Managed business clients accounting and taxation needs, including business advisory.

Craig West's Education:

  • University Of Technology Sydney

    Masters
    Concentration: Taxation Law
  • University Of Technology Sydney

    Masters of Business
    Concentration: Accounting & Finance
  • Charles Sturt University

    Bachelor of Business
    Concentration: Management
  • Charles Sturt University

    Doctor of Business Administration
    Concentration: Business Succession and Exit planning.

Craig West's Interests & Activities:

Flying, Music, Cricket and Rugby