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Simon Byrne

After doing one term of accounting in secondary school, Kothes director in Merimbula Simon Byrne, who grew up on a property in Western Victoria, knew the career path he was going to take. A passionate sportsman who competes in triathlons and George Bass surfboat marathons, this father of four is as dedicated to his accounting career as the day he started his first job with Coopers & Lybrand in Melbourne aged 20. It was a desire to move back to the country which brought Simon to the...

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Fiona Dunham

Kothes Accounting Group Bega office director Fiona Dunham always wanted to be an accountant, but took a slight detour after leaving school to join the banking and finance sector. During her 12-years working with Westpac she started a Business and Commerce degree via distance education, then in 1998 she left the bank to work for Kothes in their Bega office. What she enjoys most about being part of a large chartered accounting firm is the depth of knowledge across the seven offices amongst the other...

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Peter Mann

When Peter Mann sat in his first accounting lecture at university while studying his Bachelor of Commerce, the penny dropped. Double entry book keeping made so much sense; he knew he was pursuing the right career path. Peter grew up in a small country town, and spent his earlier working years in the city. But he always wanted to move back to the country with his wife and young children, so when a graduate accountant’s position came up with Barclay & Donaldson in his wife’s...

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Gary Pearce

If you are looking for a chartered accountant with an intimate knowledge of Australian tax law, Kothes Accounting Group director Gary Pearce, who works in the Bega and Bermagui offices, is a great place to start. Previously an auditor with the Australian Tax Office, Gary joined Kothes in 1989 and became a director in 1992. He enjoys being on the public side of tax a lot more than on the tax side of tax, and says keeping up with changes is one of the most important...

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Kevin Philistin

You might expect to run into Kothes Accounting Group Merimbula office director Kevin Philistin at a local car show, on the golf club, at the beach or at a food and wine event. Or you might see him down at the Merimbula Tourism Information Centre advocating for the area’s enormous tourism potential. Wherever you see him, you are assured he will have a ready smile and during football season, you can always rely on him for the latest tips on his favourite AFL team Essendon or Rugby League’s Melbourne...

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Gary Skelton

Kothes Accounting Group Bega office principal Gary Skelton is the only Self Managed Super Fund specialist on the NSW Sapphire Coast. When he is out socially and people ask him what he does and where he works, he says he feels a great sense of pride saying he works for the largest multi-partner chartered accounting firm in the region. Gary’s role is predominantly in the company’s financial planning and investments area, and he is an AFS Authorised Representative of Bridges Financial Planning. The professional advice Gary...

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