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Grant Walker (CA) - Partner
From the Darling Downs to London, Bermuda and beyond Grant was born in Toowoomba and attended Toowoomba State High School. Grant graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) in April 1999 and subsequently completed post graduate studies and achieved membership with the internationally recognized Institute of Chartered Accountants in May 2001. In May 2008 Grant was admitted to STEP membership and is a Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP). Grant is also a Justice of the Peace.
Grant commenced his public accounting career in 1995 spending 3 years as a trainee accountant with Robertson Scannell & Co in Toowoomba. Between 1999 and 2001, Grant trained as a Chartered Accountant with respected Gatton firm Marsh and Partners under the guidance of Mick Marsh and Terry Brauer.
With a passion for travel and adventure coupled with a desire to learn and experience new things, the year 2002 saw Grant embark on a working holiday to London. Grant worked as a contract Management Accountant for 5 months for a Book Publishing company near the home of English Rugby "Twickenham Stadium". In the 2003 year came the opportunity to work for the Big 4 accounting firm Ernst & Young as an Investment Accountant on the island of Bermuda followed by a three year tenure as Accounting Supervisor with the U.S oil and gas giant Chevron Corporation where Grant was the recipient of several recognition and achievement awards.
Grant married Marianela who is a qualified veterinarian from Venezuela, South America in December 2004. June 2007 saw Grant and Marianela relocate to the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao where Grant accepted a role as a Hedge Fund Investment Accountant for a multi-national Hedge Fund Administrator.
In November 2009, with the onset of the Global Financial Crisis, Grant and Marianela decided to move back to Australia and settled in Dalby where Grant worked as a Client Manager for Aland & Co until September 2011. After gaining 18 months contract Financial Controller experience for a large grain company, GB Walker & Associates Pty Ltd was then founded in March 2014.
Robert Mair (FCPA, FTI) - Partner
Robert has 20 years' experience in commerce and public practice accounting providing financial, accounting, corporate, taxation, strategic, digital and other business advisory services too individual and business clients across a broad range of industries. In addition to core compliance and taxation services, Robert also assists clients to determine their strategic direction, brand management and develop robust and scalable business models to support continuous and profitable growth.
While ensuring clients meet their regulatory requirements, examples of other client solutions Robert has delivered include cloud accounting (both MYOB and Xero), internet and Excel based dashboards and data visualisation, business process improvement and systemisation, advanced financial modeling and business valuations (having trained with Deloitte corporate finance), investment readiness and capital raising (including debt, equity and government grants) and innovation management and commercialisation.
Industries Robert has worked with include agricultural, advanced materials, information technology, retail, property, hospitality, health, equestrian, WHS, renewable energy, consumer electronics, venture capital and private equity and professional services.
Robert holds an MBA and M.Acc from Bond University, is a Fellow of the Tax Institute, a Fellow of CPA Australia where he also completed his Diploma of Financial Services and was admitted as an Affiliate, Chartered Accountants ANZ in September 2017. To support his passion and belief for cloud based technologies (and to better assist his clients to adopt and leverage internet solutions for their businesses), Robert also holds a Certificate IV in Web Based Technologies and a Diploma of Website Development.
Example websites developed by Robert include Hillside On Bridge who is undertaking a property development in Toowoomba and Opaque Services a domestic and commercial cleaning business based in Brisbane.
Robert joined GB Walker and Associates in September 2016 and is concurrently completing a Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law and a Chartered Tax Adviser designation via The Tax Institute.
Stacey Lavender - Undergraduate Accountant
Stacey graduated from Lockyer District State High in 2009. She began her professional career in 2011 as Administration Support for the well-known accounting firm of McConachie Stedman in Toowoomba. In 2012 Stacey accepted the role of Receptionist at Conrad Carlile in Gatton and commenced her Accounting Degree externally at the USQ. Stacey has been a valued member of the team at GB Walker & Associates since July 2014 in the role of Undergraduate Accountant. Stacey has successfully completed the training and is now a Xero Certified Advisor. She has also been successful in becoming a Justice of the Peace.
Leanne Teakel - Senior Bookkeeper/Client Services
Leanne moved to Bowen from Gayndah in April 2001. Leanne comes from a background as a small business owner and also worked for the National Bank for over 10 years. In 2003 Leanne commenced employment as a senior bookkeeper and administration assistant with McIntyre Newton Accounting. Leanne continues in this role today servicing and assisting clients in the Bowen office.
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