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left: Sally Williams Mary Anne Chappel Jeff Pringle Adeline Wong Kylie Anidjar

Jeff agrees: “Some accountants won’t return your phone calls or reply to your emails and only contact you when they want your work in or they have bad news. With my clients I am in regular contact checking how they are going, what’s happening with their family, talking about their business and what’s the next step.” Mary Anne and her team love having a small boutique accounting firm where they can assist clients’ needs as they arise. “We have a genuine interest in our clients’ operations, and it’s part of our role as their trusted advisor that we are honest with them particularly when dealing with the good, bad and ugly of being in business,” she says. “Not everyone has all of the skills required to run a business, so we help out with many aspects of the client’s progression through their business activities.”

right: Maureen Watkin Hanna Burton Vanessa Cooper Kylie Anidjar Adeline Wong

This includes assisting families to transition their business structures through the generations. “We offer a range of services from business set-ups and day-to-day bookkeeping, budgeting, cashflows and forecasting, through to updating business structures, and taxation and capital gains advice.” While Mary Anne has always been the principal accountant and owner, today she has a team of eight supporting her. Sally Williams, who has been Mary Anne’s Business & Finance Manager for the past six years, has now completed her accounting and public practice qualifications and has accepted an appointment as a director of the company. Having also accepted an equity position in the company, Jeff Pringle came on board in January and brought with him over 19 years of experience and a fresh perspective. Jeff has always dreamed of being an accountant with his own practice.

“No-one likes deaths and taxes, but it’s an important part of our society,” Mary Anne adds. “Estate and succession planning are both aspects that need to be addressed in our personal and business lives.” Mary Anne understands this firsthand as she’s been handing over some responsibilities in the lead-up to retirement. “Our main goal over the next five years is to ensure our clients are comfortable with our firm as I ease slowly into retirement,” she says. “Now our firm has three partners, and we are working together with a broad scope of experience to take our firm confidently into the future.”

“We are happy to include him and help him realise his dream,” Mary Anne says. “We’ve also had the privilege of Kylie Anidjar and Adeline Wong joining our team as Senior Accountants and now have over 85 years of collective experience. The wealth of knowledge and expertise we have available to our clients is varied and vast. Knowing our clients have the ability to pick up the phone and talk to anyone of us can make all the difference.”

Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd Unit 2, 547 Industry Park 547 Woolcock Street Mount Louisa 4789 4770 www.chappelaccounting.com.au

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