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Justin Toomey - Partner

Justin Toomey
Partner
Bachelor of Commerce, CPA & Public Practice Licence

Justin is a country lad, who grew up in the Great Western region before leaving to study in Ballarat. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce, he moved to Swan Hill, joining GMG in 2002. A self acclaimed sports nut, he first fell in love with the Murray Downs Golf & Country club, before then falling for a local girl. Now a proud father to 4 boys who keep him very entertained and busy, he hopes that perhaps he'll be considered a local soon as well. 

Professionally, Justin loves to see not only our clients but also our staff and friends succeed in their business and careers. He believes there is no greater reward than to be able to help someone achieve their goals.

 

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Shaun Lawry - Partner

Shaun Lawry
Partner
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), CPA & Public Practice Licensee

Shaun has described himself as an accountant with a passion to see his clients grow and prosper. He enjoys the challenges faced by our industry, particularly adapting to change (specifically in regards to computers and information technology) and prides himself on searching for new ways to ensure that clients of the firm are ahead of the field in many of these challenging areas.  

Shaun considers communication a strength rather then a burden and ensures that he is always available for his clients. If you require a professional, enthusiastic, trustworthy & loyal up-to-date business advisor and accountant, then Shaun wants you to ask "How can you help me?".

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Rene Domaille - Partner

Rene Domaille
Partner
Fellow of the NTAA, Registered Tax Agent

Rene began working with GMG in 1997, meaning he has over 18 years experience in the Accounting & Taxation industry. During his time with GMG, Rene has had great pleasure in assisting clients with their Business & Taxation affairs.  Rene believes that there are many business owners that are stuck in a rut where they mainly work 'in' their business rather than 'on' their business.  Included in the swag of services GMG provide, Rene is passionate about providing Business Advisory services to his clients.  

Rene believes that today's accountant can't just focus on compliance work, they need to adopt a holistic view of the clients business to fully assist them in achieving their goals.

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Rick Pickering - Managing Partner

Rick Pickering
Managing Partner
Diploma in Business Accounting, Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, SMSF Auditor & Public Practice Licensee, Diploma of Financial Planning, Authorized Representative - Partners SMSF Advice, Registered External Examiner - Law Institute of Victoria

Rick has had over 30 years experience in Accounting, Tax and Business Advisory and is the managing partner of the practice. Born & bred in Ouyen and having spent time over the years in Mildura & Robinvale, Rick has a wealth of experience in all types of Agriculture, Horticulture and Viticulture. His specialties include Business advisory, Succession Planning & Superannuation Advisory.

Rick is hands on & accessible in serving his clients taxation and other compliance needs. He takes a stake in the welfare of his clients businesses and works with his clients to improve their financial and business affairs.

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Ash Lawry - Partner

Ash Lawry
Partner
Bachelor of Business, CPA, SMSF Auditor & Public Practice Licensee, Diploma of Financial Planning

Having grown up in Swan Hill, completing secondary schooling at MacKillop College, Ash attended University at La Trobe Bendigo.  Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting in 1999, he started work with a local accounting practice for several years.  After a brief stint in the UK, Ash gained further experience in Public Practice at an accounting firm in Geelong.  Ash has been back in Swan Hill and working with GMG since 2008.

Ash has recently completed a diploma in financial planning and a Self Managed Super Fund Advisor course. He is an authorized representative of Partners SMSF Advice.

Ash is passionate about Business Advisory & Accounting and specializes in Self-Managed Superannuation. He enjoys helping people as they approach retirement with his wealth of experience in succession & estate planning. 

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Daniel Barresi - Equity Manager

Daniel Barresi
Equity Manager
Bachelor of Commerce, Chartered Accountant (CA)

Daniel was born in Swan Hill, living out his childhood on the family farm at Tresco West. Daniel has an outstanding organic understanding of horticulture as his intentions were always to take over the family farm – however his interest in numbers and desire to help people to grow their own businesses won out. With encouragement from family and his future wife, Daniel decided to pursue his interest in accounting. He left to attend University at Latrobe in Bendigo and upon completion of his degree he undertook studies to become a Chartered Accountant – fulfilling that goal when he joined the institute in November 2011.

Daniel has been with us since July 2011 and remains committed to the long term investment  - helping clients achieve their goals is what drives him everyday and is what he enjoys most about working at GMG. 

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Andrew Halligan - Equity Manager

Andrew Halligan
Equity Manager
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Commercial Law), CPA & Public Practice Licensee

Andrew is a local boy who moved away to Deakin University in Geelong where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting & Commercial Law. Upon graduating in 2008, Andrew returned home to Swan Hill and has been a proud member of the GMG team ever since. Furthering his studies while working at GMG, Andrew attained his CPA certification in 2013 and his Public Practice Certification in 2017. An avid sports enthusiast, Andrew can usually be spotted out on a Saturday at a local football or cricket match. 

Andrew prides himself on enriching client relationships and believes the diverse range of clients the rural setting provides makes country accounting a very rewarding experience. 

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Jess White - Manager

Jess White
Manager
Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Bachelor of Computing, CPA & SMSF Auditor

Jess grew up in the rural town of Charlton before moving to Bendigo to complete her university degree. She then moved to Swan Hill and has been working in the industry for nearly 10 years. Since working at GMG she has married and recently she and her husband welcomed a beautiful baby girl.

Jess is extremely passionate about helping her clients to get the most out of their business. With an exceptional knowledge of farming enterprises and a passion for all things rural, she will always endeavour to help you succeed.

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Brent Thomson - Equity Manager

Brent Thomson
Equity Manager
Bachelor of Business (Accounting) & CPA

Brent has recently moved back to Swan Hill after spending the previous 7 and a half years working in Geelong. He has over 12 years of experience in Public Practice and in that time has developed a strong field of knowledge. He understands that managing and mitigating tax obligations is an important part of our role as an Accountant and Adviser but he believes in a key emphasis of assisting clients to properly structure wealth - ensuring that assets are properly protected and that income is maximised for retirement.

Brent is keenly focused on building strong relationships with his clients to ensure he fully understands their needs now and goals for the future. 

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Charles Ficarra - Accountant & IT Support

Charles Ficarra
Accountant & IT Support
Bachelor of Commerce & CPA

Charles is the office's resident IT Guru – he is at the top of his game when he is supporting our systems internally or assisting our clients in getting the best from their own IT systems. Don't let that fool you though – Charles is an enthusiastic & skilled accountant having recently attained CPA status in 2015. Charles believes his greatest strengths lie in the space where he can combine his two passions – technology & accounting – into a solution that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Charles believes that technology in all forms should be the gateway to better business and builds his strategies around it. He specializes in analysing & recommending IT systems for our clients to ensure that the systems they have in place are working efficiently & are the right fit for their business.

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Maria Giles - Accountant

Maria Giles
Accountant
Diploma of Accounting, Reckon Accredited Trainer

Maria was born and grew up in Woorinen North. After finishing school, she worked as a payroll/finance officer for 10 years and then joined the team at GMG in 2010. Maria and husband Bill welcomed the addition of their adorable baby girl Madison in 2014 and are enjoying every bit of their new journey with her. She is a card shark and is often spotted out and about participating in weekly poker tournaments, testing her skills against the region's best players!

Maria is a quiet achiever who shows dedication to ensure her clients get the best results. As our accredited Reckon trainer, she loves seeing the positive impact good quality software can have on improving and simplifying our client's businesses.

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Doug Balcam - Accountant

Doug Balcam
Accountant
Masters of Professional Accounting, Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mining), Adv. Diploma of Engineering Science (Civil) & CPA

Spending his formative years in Swan Hill before moving to Ballarat to study Mining Engineering, Doug has gained experience working in a range of different disciplines in various locations over the years. Finding a strong interest in accounting five years ago, Doug retrained and graduated with a Masters of Professional Accounting from Deakin University and returned to Swan Hill, starting work at GMG in 2013. His love for our clients means he couldn't imagine himself working anywhere else. 

Doug enjoys going above and beyond to help his clients, spending some weekends glued to his phone or in front of his computer at home ensuring his clients needs are met. Dougie is the office prankster and we always have to keep a keen eye on our workspaces to stay ahead of his latest plot!

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Ashley Edwards - Accountant

Ashley Edwards
Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) & CPA

Ashley grew up in Swan Hill, completing his VCE at Mackillop College. He moved to Hawthorn to continue his tertiary study at Swinburne University where he majored in Accounting and Finance. Once completing his degree he began working at GMG in 2013. In 2016 he received his CPA Certificate after completing a further 2 and half years of study.  Outside of work, Ash spends most of the summer playing cricket with the boys at Woorinen CC where he is also the Club Secretary and B Grade Co-Captain. He enjoys living an active lifestyle, where most evening you will find him training at Voyage Fitness Club. Other than the gym Ash also has a passion for wholefood healthy cooking and eating.
  

Professionally, Ashley loves to help clients with all aspects of improving their business. He takes great pleasure in knowing that his knowledge and use of resources benefits our clients day in day out.


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Kerry Thomson - Accountant

Kerry Thomson
Accountant

Kerry is originally from Melbourne and moved to Swan Hill 11 years ago chasing the man of her dreams - her now husband Shane. She has worked in accounting firms for over 15 years, taking some time off while raising her three beautiful children. Kerry came to GMG two years ago and has since shown our clients she is an enthusiastic, dedicated person who can assist with all their BAS, financial and tax return preparation needs.

Kerry is a self proclaimed property nerd, with something always something on the go.  In her spare time (not that there is much) Kerry enjoys the quiet life out at Speewa Island.

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Kasey Wilson - Accountant

Kasey Wilson
Accountant
Certificate III in Financial Services

Kasey grew up locally, joining the team at GMG as a school based trainee in 2012. After completing Year 12 in 2013, she joined the firm full time and has since commenced studying for her Bachelor of Accounting/Marketing, Communication & Digital Media with Charles Sturt University by correspondence. Kasey enthusiastically participates in the Healthy Mates Program and enjoys testing out her latest baking efforts on the staff at GMG.

Kasey thoroughly enjoys working with the local farming Co-Operatives and strives to develop and maintain client relationships with every client. She is also a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and a Xero Certified Advisor and loves helping clients with any queries with these online programs.

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Jessie Toppinen - Accountant

Jessie Toppinen
Accountant

Jess is a local girl born and bred in Swan Hill. She completed her VCE at Swan Hill College, and previously worked as a Medical Receptionist for a few years. At GMG our staff have access to subsidised gym memberships, and Jess is a success story having dedicated herself to (almost) daily gym sessions since signing up in late 2014. Jess shows the same dedication to her work and is learning quickly in her current role as an accountant since starting out as a receiptionist at GMG in 2013.

Jess is a big believer in working hard to achieve your goals and is known to even head to the gym at the ungodly hour of 6am on a Saturday! She is a lover of the outdoors and enjoys camping and bush walking with her partner and two dogs.

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Tamara Paull - Accountant

Tamara Paull
Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), CPA

Tamara grew up in regional NSW, moving to Victoria to attend The University of Melbourne in 2006. With a background of more than eight years in retail and five years in retail management, she brings plenty of experience in business efficiency, compliance, and budgeting. Tamara moved to Swan Hill in 2011 and has been working at GMG since early 2014. Outside of work, she is a snowboarding enthusiast and enjoys travelling Australia and the world in search of the white stuff! On weekends Tamara is a keen hockey player in both the North Central Hockey League, Bendigo and Melbourne Vic League Competitions.

Tamara is very handy with a spreadsheet and loves to help out clients by finding innovative solutions to their business problems. She is part if our team of Self-Managed Super Fund Specialists.

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Jessica Gaut - Accountant

Jessica Gaut
Accountant
Bachelor of Accounting

A local through and through, Jess grew up on a cereal farm out towards Goschen. Graduating from MacKillop College, Jess decided to enter directly into the accounting industry while completing her degree via distance learning through Open Universities. Jess enjoys working with and building relationships with clients, to assist with enhancing thier business and planning for the future.

5 years on, she has completed the degree & started working with GMG. In her spare time, Jess enjoys tossing the netball around for the Mallee Eagles, socializing with her friends & family.

 

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Matthew Lenton - Accountant

Matthew Lenton
Accountant
Bachelor of Business (Finance) & Associate CPA

Matt grew up in the Swan Hill region, attending MacKillop College before heading to Swinburne University in Melbourne to study his degree. He spent a couple of years working in Local Government before making the move to the firm in early 2015. Matt plays a multitude of sports around the region and particularly enjoys a kick of the footy & taking numerous wickets with his lethal fast bowling. 

At the firm, Matt enjoys coming to work and interacting with the clients, team members & the wider GMG family, striving to achieve the best possible results for all parties involved.

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Katrina Sculli - Accountant

Katrina Sculli
Accountant
Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Human Resource Management)

Katrina grew up on a small stone fruit farm in Woorinen North. Graduating from Swan Hill College, Katrina moved to Bendigo to attend Latrobe University to further her knowledge in the accounting field. Completing her Traineeship at GMG in late 2015 she returned back to the firm and is now working full time. Also working part time at Target in Swan Hill, Katrina makes time to support the Mallee Eagles Football Netball Club & spend time with her family

Katrina has been working in the Self Managed Superfund area and is working hard toward learning and understanding the procedures that can best assist out clients for the future. 

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Belinda James - Administration

Belinda James
Administration

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Bev Pollard - Practice Manager

Bev Pollard
Practice Manager

Bev enjoyed a wonderful childhood at Woorinen South and attended Swan Hill High School, as it was known in the old days. With over 35 years working in accounting firms, Bev understands most aspects of the industry. Starting pre-computers, she has seen a great change in processing procedures over the years. Bev keeps the wheels of GMG turning by overseeing the day to day operation of the business, making sure all of our client's work is completed thoroughly and in a timely manner.

Bev has pleasure in seeing staff progress through the firm, and seeing the firm grow from strength to strength. Most of all, Bev enjoys seeing the passion our partners and staff have for their clients and the wish to help them succeed.

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Jamie Sewell - Receptionist

Jamie Sewell
Receptionist

Jamie was born and bred in Swan Hill. She kick-started her career as a hairdresser, spending seven years in the salon before making a career change to our GMG receptionist in 2014. She spends most weekends in her netball gear and can be spotted playing on court for Sea Lake. With her wedding day fast approaching, Jamie and fiance Wes have recently bought a block of land to start building their dream home. She also loves having a good catch up with her friends and family over a coffee. 

Jamie really enjoys the challenge of working in our busy office and is always ready to greet our clients with a big smile! She provides great support to our network of clients and will endeavour to make sure your queries are dealt with as quickly as possible.

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Rosalie Quigley - Administration

Rosalie Quigley
Administration

Rosalie grew up on a dairy farm on Pental Island and is a country girl at heart. Married for over 30 years and with two fantastic kids, she has been involved over the years in their sports endeavors by signing up as a club president, secretary or team manager. Rosalie has worked in Accounting/Administration since 1974 and has been part of our team at GMG for over 13 years - she still enjoys what she does everyday. The maker of a mean sponge - it is always a happy day in the office when Rosalie brings one in for the tea room!

Rosalie is passionate about helping clients - whether it be making appointments or dealing with the ATO on their behalf. She has embraced countless (pun intended!) changes in procedures from the old adding machines to today's system of "clouds" and information being increasingly sent electronically.

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Andy Millar - Consultant

Andy Millar
Consultant

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Tash Hufer - Receptionist

Tash Hufer
Receptionist

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