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 hometown of Eden in 1995 he jumped at the opportunity.
Peter admits he has some ‘old school’ habits when it comes to accounting. But he also embraces the changes and opportunities new technology and advances in accounting programs offer to Kothes and their clients. Cloud accounting programs, faster electronic file transfers, new ways to communicate through social media and online plus reduced paperwork have all changed the way he does business.
Peter’s areas of expertise include business advisory services for small to medium businesses and taxation. The highlights of his career are many, but he says helping clients achieve their business and personal goals through his professional advice is the most rewarding aspect.
Peter’s tips for businesses
- Enjoy what you do
- Have an inquisitive mind; don’t be afraid to ask questions
- Continually update your professional knowledge
Skills and qualifications
- Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
- Graduate Diploma in Advanced Taxation, University of NSW
- Member – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
- Registered Tax Agent
A keen cricketer, Peter played for Eden Cricket Club. He has now moved onto the golf course and also enjoys travelling, trekking, fishing and gardening. He is also a passionate NRL West Tigers fan. Peter is involved in his community, and loves seeing new development and new ideas come to life in an area with huge growth potential, particularly in tourism.