Annette graduated with a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England in 1994 and joined a local Tamworth based accounting firm. Annette was admitted as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 and in 2007 she was admitted as a partner of the firm now known as Plante Davis Chartered Accountants. Plante Davis merged with Roberts & Morrow in 2016 to provide an even greater range of professional services to their client base.
Annette grew up in Tamworth and is committed to her local community. She is passionate about building strong and viable businesses in the region.
Annette has developed a strong community client base and strives to provide a personal and professional service. Her areas of interest include; taxation, GST and small business.
Annette understands the requirements of the changing business environment today and endeavours to provide reliable and common sense advice to her clients.
Annette’s family, including her husband Raymond and two children, are keen sportspeople and her weekends are often full with various family sporting activities.
Carolyn joined Roberts & Morrow in 2007 as our Chief Financial Officer. In this role she managed the ongoing financial and administrative functions of the firm, delivering quality reliable information to the Partners. In addition Carolyn has been involved in the firm’s quality assurance processes over many years.
In early 2018 Carolyn moved to the Audit & Advisory team to take on the new role of Audit Manager. As required, she is currently maintaining a log book in order to obtain her audit registration.
Before joining Roberts & Morrow, Carolyn was employed as a senior director of the Australian National Audit Office for 7 years and has had significant experience with federal government entities, clubs and not for profit organisations.
Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.
Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from the University of New England in 2000 as well as a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management in 2006.
Chris had previously worked for a number of years with Roberts & Morrow and was admitted as a Chartered Accountant in 2009.
Chris along with his growing family relocated to Tamworth and became a partner with a local firm in 2011 which later became known as Plante Davis Chartered Accountants. Chris maintained his close working relationship with Roberts & Morrow during these years and is now proud to be part of the Roberts & Morrow group after merging the businesses in 2016.
Chris grew up locally on the family farm and has both an agricultural and commercial background. He is dedicated to delivering accurate, high quality, progressive and reliable advice to his clients.
Chris and his wife Louise are kept busy raising their three young sons and enjoy travelling and spending time with their family.
Clint joined Roberts & Morrow over 10 years ago in the Business Services division. During this time he has gained experience in many technical areas and developed a keen interest in practice management software and business management strategies, with a unique expertise in MYOB AccountRight and Essentials products. In 2011 Clint was admitted as a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and in the same year he became a MYOB Certified Consultant positioning him as a key point of contact with clients who are looking to set up an efficient system to ensure accuracy with data processing. In 2015 Clint was made an Associate and in 2017 he was appointed a Partner of the firm.
Clint grew up in Armidale and attended the University of New England, completing a Bachelor of Commerce in 2009. He is a keen sportsman involved with the local Armidale Cycling & Squash clubs as well as various other sporting activities. Clint and his wife Kimberely are passionate about the local community, involved in various charity events such as the Tour de Rocks and Tour de North West.
Gilles Letourneau joined the Firm on 29 January 2018 as the new General Manager. He comes to Roberts & Morrow with significant experience in Accounting, Auditing, Operations and Financial Management. A member of Chartered Accountants in Canada, and CPA in Quebec, Gilles has worked in a variety of industries, most recently with Nilfisk as Operations Director for Australia and New Zealand. He and his wife made the move to Armidale after deciding to leave the bustle of Sydney.
“You learn a lot about an organisation by the manner in which its people interact and behave. My initial contacts with Roberts and Morrow showed me that the Firm’s values of Pride, Integrity, Diversity, Teamwork and Energy were not empty statements, but a system of belief demonstrated by the behaviour of its people. I was sold there and then, and proud to have been allowed to join you in this journey.
I believe strongly that engagement by the people of an organisation, whatever their role, is a major key to success. This can only be accomplished through consultative leadership and communication. That is what I love being part of, and how I intend to conduct myself when I join you.”
Jane began her working and accounting career in 1986 with a firm in Sydney where she gained valuable experience in the areas of taxation, business management & primary production before travelling extensively overseas. Upon her return from overseas she settled back in Glen Innes near to where her parents now reside.
Jane completed a Bachelor of Management (Communication) from the Orange Agricultural College in 1999 and a Bachelor of Financial Administration at the University of New England in 2001.
In July 2000 Jane joined the Roberts & Morrow team in Glen Innes and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2004. In 2008 Jane became a partner of Roberts & Morrow.
Primary production has played a large part in Jane’s personal and professional life. With many agricultural clients, Jane’s advisory work is underpinned by a focus on maintaining and growing client wealth and ensuring they have properly structured succession and estate plans in place.
Having also been a small business owner & manager, Jane understands the complexities of running a business and believes firmly that hard work and high quality advice are critical to business success.
Jane is married with three children and she and her husband Brad continue to run a cattle and fat lamb property at Dundee.
Jane Newsome is an Accountant Authorised Representative of Count Financial Limited.
Jason is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and Tax Agent with degrees in both Law (Honours Class 1) and Commerce from the University of New England where he has also tutored and lectured in a number of subjects including Taxation Law.
One of less than 300 CA SMSF Specialists in Australia, Jason has advanced knowledge & understanding of SMSF regulation, contributions rules, investment standards and taxation concessions. He advises on a full range of complex SMSF strategies and incorporates this into comprehensive wealth plans for his clients.
Joel graduated with a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England in 2000.
Joel joined Roberts & Morrow in September 1999 and was admitted as a Chartered Accountant in 2003. In 2008, Joel was admitted to partnership. His areas of special interest include small business management and accounting, income tax, superannuation and government assistance.
Coming from a family with a very successful small business background gives Joel an understanding of the issues involved in running them. Small business owners need to address many attributes such as human resources, finance, capital management and WHS just to name a few. This is where Joel believes obtaining assistance from a professional practice is crucial to the success of every small business.
Joel is a keen fisherman and golfer and has started competing in fun runs and marathons. He is also involved in the management of several local charities and organisations. He enjoys spending time with wife Jane and their three sons; Nicholas, Oliver and James.
Joel Weier is an Accountant Authorised Representative of Count Financial Limited.
Matthew grew up in Tamworth originally, before heading to St Ignatius’ College Riverview in Sydney for his high school years. For his tertiary studies, he studied at Sydney University and completed a Bachelor of Economics with a Major in Finance. Matthew gained experience working in London for a while and then in Sydney for five years, completing his Chartered Accountant qualification in 2014.
In 2014 Matthew joined Plante Davis Chartered Accountants in Tamworth as a Senior Manager. He was made an Associate of the firm in 2016 prior to the firm’s merger with Roberts & Morrow and in July 2018 Matthew became a Partner of Roberts & Morrow.
Matthew brings a passionate and professional approach to his work specialising in tax advisory and planning for small to medium sized businesses. He works meticulously with his clients and their management team to deliver successful and effective results, achieving positive outcomes in areas such as taxation advice, asset protection, succession planning, business management, cash flow and budget forecasting.
Matthew has strong family ties to Tamworth and the region. He is a keen sportsman, particularly passionate about rugby and golf. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys time with his wife Tara and his son.
Michelle is a Chartered Accountant (CA), an ASIC registered SMSF auditor and a registered company auditor with an Economics degree and a Diploma in Financial Management from the University of New England.
An audit specialist with over 20 years experience in auditing self managed superannuation funds, Michelle’s experience allows the firm to consider the audit implications of complex transactions prior to advising clients.
Michelle works together with business services Partners to audit the majority of the firms 400 self managed superannuation funds. Michelle’s particular interest is in ensuring that the financial reports of each fund are transparent and they met the specific needs of the Trustees.
As part of our commitment to quality Michelle regularly attends SMSF specific focus groups and forums with other industry experts. This networking allows her to stay abreast of the current developments in the growth sector.
Nathan has lived in Armidale for 27 years. After finishing secondary school and travelling overseas, he attended the University of New England to study a Bachelor of Commerce Degree.
Working at a local Chartered Accounting firm in Armidale whilst on university holidays at the end of 2005 started his career in the accounting industry, maintaining a focus on provision of accounting and business advice to primary producers. In 2010 Nathan joined Roberts & Morrow as a senior accountant working for Partner Simon Croft and was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2012.
He has a keen interest in primary production taxation advice and experience in providing advice on blended businesses with complex structures, Nathan provides taxation and business advice in plain language to ensure clients understand his advice. He believes the most important thing in a client/accountant relationship is communication.
In his own time Nathan spends time at home in his garden with his partner Victoria or travelling around the country to catch up with friends and family.
Nathan Gilbody is an Accountant Authorised Representative of Count Financial Limited.
Phil grew up in Armidale and attended the University of New England, graduating with a Bachelor of Financial Administration in 1988. He spent 12 months working at Roberts & Morrow before leaving to join a Sydney based firm where he gained valuable experience in the audit sector and was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1991. Phil returned to Roberts & Morrow in June 1992 and was admitted as a partner in 1998.
Phil and his team provide general taxation and business advisory services and specialise in generating management reports to assist clients in making well informed business decisions. This is achieved by focusing on his clients’ accounting processes, systems and internal controls. Phil believes that when these are in place, business owners are able to spend more of their valuable time identifying and dealing with the key strategic issues facing their business.
His underlying approach is to look at a client’s whole financial situation and well being – not just at their business – to ensure the focus is on maximising wealth creation and protecting their financial security.
Phil is a keen sports fan who enjoys following the NRL, participating in a range of sports including running and spending time with his family.
Sam was born in Glen Innes and completed a Bachelor of Financial Administration at the University of New England in 1997. After initially training as an accountant in Moree, he joined Roberts & Morrow in May 2000 . In June 2003 Sam relocated back to Glen Innes where he became a Partner of the firm. He now operates from both the Glen Innes and Armidale offices with his client work.
Sam prides himself on his ability to communicate complex information in simple terms to his clients and believes in finding unique ways to develop good business strategies. Sam’s approach is down to earth and he appreciates the chance to communicate with all sorts of personalities.
Sam is a keen sports fan, particularly of rugby union and cricket, however he is willing to hold a discussion on most sports. Sam is well known locally due to his family connection with Notley’s Wool Store and for his contribution to rugby union and cricket teams.
In his spare time, Sam and his wife Alex are busy looking after their three young girls and Sam enjoys playing rugby for the local Barbarian’s rugby union team.
Sam Notley is an Accountant Authorised Representative of Count Financial Limited.
Tanya graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle in 1998. During her university studies she gained early experience as a cadet accountant with a local Newcastle accounting firm. Upon completion of her degree, Tanya relocated to Tamworth to be closer to her home town of Narrabri.
Tanya was admitted as a Chartered Accountant in 2004 and in 2016 became an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) Holder. Her professional experience includes; business services, agribusiness, taxation, tax planning and self-managed superannuation funds.
Tanya became a partner of a local Tamworth firm in 2012 which later became known as Plante Davis Chartered Accountants. Looking to expand the services available to their client base, Plante Davis merged with Roberts & Morrow in 2016.
Tanya provides a personal approach and works hard to deliver solutions to improve the quality of her client’s businesses and ultimately their lives. She understands the demands on professionals and business owners and works hard to deliver solutions to help take the worry of taxation and accounting out of business operations.
A proud mother of two, Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband Joseph and their daughters.
Tanya Bagster is an Accountant Authorised Representative of Count Financial Limited.
Derek joined Roberts & Morrow in 2017 to support the audit practice and develop the firm’s business advisory offerings. He completed a Bachelor of Accounting in 2004 from Pepperdine University in California.
Prior to joining Roberts & Morrow, Derek spent eight years working for an international accounting practice and then four years working in-house for a publicly listed Australian corporation. These roles provided Derek experience across a range of industries and valuable skills in financial reporting, governance and driving business performance. His time spent working within a corporation also gave him an appreciation for what it is like to “sit on the other side of the table”.
In 2007 Derek further attained a qualification as a Certified Public Accountant in the United States. Following ten years of working in accounting in Sydney and Armidale, he became a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand in 2017.
Away from work, Derek loves being outdoors with his wife and three sons enjoying the beauty of the New England.