Chartered Accountant, Manager, Jirsch Sutherland
Hayden Asper is a Chartered Accountant and manager at Jirsch Sutherland, a local firm that specialises in providing options and solutions to financially distressed businesses and people. Hayden is a proud Novocastrian who looks for ways to give back. In addition to his day job, Hayden is the Treasurer for Disability Advocacy NSW, the Mid-North Coast Community Legal Centre and the Bean Counters Ball.
Hayden attended the University of Newcastle and is a professional member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association.
In his spare time Hayden enjoys hiking, and has conquered the Larapinta Trail (NT), the Overland Track (TAS) and the Kepler Track (NZ).
What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
My phone. I have a love hate relationship with it. I love it for its connectivity to the world and its convenience. I hate it because it’s another screen and I don’t want to live my life in a virtual world.
Where do you see your industry heading and how have you positioned yourself to benefit from these changes?
I work in the insolvency space; providing options and solutions to financially distressed businesses and people. One of the government’s goals is to encourage entrepreneurs and they have made a number of legislative changes. I have positioned myself by making sure my knowledge is current so that I can ensure all potential options are on the table for our clients.
What motivates and drives you?
I’m driven to be the best version of myself. No one can know everything or be good at everything. Instead I visualise who I want to be and strive to be that person.
What local professionals have had a significant influence on your and what have you learnt from them?
Nigel Donovan, a personal leadership coach, has influenced me and the way I think. Nigel is widely knowledgeable about many subjects and well read. A conversation with him is always a learning experience and doesn’t end up where you would expect.
One thing I’ve learned from him is that it’s easier to change how you feel about being stuck in a traffic jam, than to change the traffic jam itself. This has changed how I perceive the world around me.
How do you define success?
Being satisfied with yourself. Continuing to strive to be your best self and maintaining humbleness. Not being defined by past failures or having regrets. Reflecting on your life and knowing that you have been a great brother, father, son and friend.