OUR JOURNEY

With you, every step of the way

Gillespie Group has grown over the past 30 years to become one of Canberra’s most trusted financial advisory firms, delivering across the full spectrum of financial services — from accounting and taxation services to financial planning, insurance, and mortgage broking — for individuals, families, and businesses.

Lead by our Founder and Chairperson, John Gillespie, Gillespie Group has always had a clear mission — to guide and support our clients to achieve their version of success. And while the outcome of this is financial services, the value we aim to provide our clients extends far beyond the transactional. We endeavour to be trusted advisors and a friendly ear. We celebrate their wins and support them through hard times. And this approach, this mission, will never change.

As we look to the future and plan for the next 30 years of serving our clients and our community, it’s time to evolve our brand to better capture the full breadth of our service offer and create a foundation for continued growth and success.

Introducing Gillespie Advisory - with you, every step of the way

Gillespie Advisory captures the enduring spirit of our business while communicating the value we deliver to our clients - more than just money, we provide advice, for life.

Gillespie Advisory Team
OUR APPROACH
Advice, for life.
EST 1989

Your Financial Journey

At Gillespie Advisory, we believe there is a better way of delivering financial advisory. We have integrated all aspects of your financial journey to provide an all-inclusive service offering. A one-stop shop of financial leaders.

What we create is a more valuable and client-focused way where no matter what your financial position is, we can help you achieve your desired outcomes. We’re obsessively passionate about it and our mission is to help people achieve it. We focus on your financial journey to give you clarity, sound advice and peace of mind.  

John Gillespie

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Our Mission & Vision
Our mission keeps us focused and accountable. Our vision and values enable us to succeed.
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Our Mission
Advice, for Life.
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Our Vision
To provide integrated financial solutions to achieve superior commercial outcomes creating long-term intrinsic value.
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Our Promise
We will be with you, every step of the way.
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Our Values
Together we are stronger. We deliver more success through shared goals and mutual support.

 

Business Services
Experienced financial leaders
John Gillespie
John Gillespie
Founder/Chairperson

Area of expertise:
Mortgage Broking
Financial Planning
Business Advisory
Taxation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Certified Financial Planner
Accredited Mortgage Consultant

Phone: (02) 6260 4994
Email: john@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

John Gillespie is the Founder and Chairperson of Gillespie Advisory.

 

He brings nearly four decades of experience in business advisory and financial management services, providing high-quality advice for a broad range of businesses and individuals.

 

At Gillespie Advisory, John provides leadership and guidance to a team of over 20 advisors and consultants in a number of professional disciplines. He ensures the quality and culture of our service delivery is of the highest standard, and always in the best interest of our clients.

 

As a Chartered Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, and Accredited Mortgage Consultant, John understands the support and guidance required at various stages of your business and personal financial journey. He has deep knowledge and practical experience working with small and medium enterprises and bringing an unparalleled understanding of the challenges and complexities of business ownership and operations.

 

John and his wife Anita, have three adult children Rebecca, Robert and Ben, and are looking forward to the next chapter in welcoming their first grandchild later this year. John and Anita’s families have a long history of supporting Marist College Canberra and involvement in local sporting communities and charities throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. John is also a keen rugby enthusiast, and always up for a passionate chat about the latest footy game.


Area of expertise:
Mortgage Broking
Financial Planning
Business Advisory
Taxation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Certified Financial Planner
Accredited Mortgage Consultant
Ryan Slater
Ryan Slater
Director

Area of expertise:
Taxation
Business Advisory
Succession Planning

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
Registered Tax Agent
Certified Practicing Accountant
Registered Company Auditor

Phone: (02) 6215 9707
Email: ryan@gillespieadvisory.com.au

Ryan is a Director of the Business Services area at Gillespie Advisory.

 

Ryan works closely with our software consulting team. Ryan has experience advising and auditing businesses in varying industries including property development, property-related services, manufacturing & wholesale, hospitality, medical, professional service firms, retail, and the not-for-profit sector.

 

Ryan understands the need for teamwork, communication, and collaboration with clients and therefore enjoys providing an advisory and consultant service working closely with them to achieve their potential both strategically and operationally. He has a strong focus on ensuring clients have the correct software systems and processors in place to reach these goals.

 

Ryan is a big fanatic of sports, where you will find him working on his golf game or immersed in rugby, particularly the Brumbies and Raiders. He once scored 4 tries in his 200th rugby game for the Vikings, some say the greatest 200th game ever played!

 

He also enjoys relaxing and spending time with his wife and two young boys down the coast.


Area of expertise:
Taxation
Business Advisory
Succession Planning

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
Registered Tax Agent
Certified Practicing Accountant
Registered Company Auditor
Ken Johnston
Ken Johnston
Principal

Area of expertise:
Taxation
Business Advisory
Self-Managed Superannuation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce

Phone: (02) 6215 9717
Email: ken@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Ken is a Principal at Gillespie Advisory.

 

Ken handles the day-to-day management of a group of accountants in the accounting division working on a range of activities for numerous clients including high-level income tax advice, GST and FBT advice, financial statement, and income tax return preparation and review. Ken is known for his pragmatic advice and for making the most complex ideas seem simple.

 

Nothing gives Ken greater pleasure than helping to solve the day-to-day issues clients have in respect of their business affairs. Ken prides himself on his good relationship with clients, some of whom he has acted with for over 30 years, and is available both during and after business hours.

 

Outside of work Ken enjoys spending time with his wife and his three high-achieving children. In summer you will find Ken at the coast or at home working on various home renovation projects. During the colder months, Ken is a team manager for the Woden Weston Rams juniors rugby league and treasurer for the club.


Area of expertise:
Taxation
Business Advisory
Self-Managed Superannuation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce
Tony Lopilato
Tony Lopilato
Principal

Area of expertise:
Small & Medium Size Business

Qualification:
Bachelor of Economics
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants

Phone: (02) 6215 9719
Email: tony@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Tony is a Principal at Gillespie Advisory.

 

His primary focus is to assist each and every client, from individual taxpayers to small and medium-sized business owners. He is actively involved in all aspects of accounting, taxation work as well as providing business advisory services. Tony takes on a hands-on approach and regularly visits his clients, listening to their needs and understanding their businesses on a personal level.

 

Tony has seen many changes in the accounting profession and one thing that hasn’t changed in all his time is the enjoyment he finds in the relationships he builds with clients. A highly energetic person, his presence cannot be missed with his warm and approachable nature, all courtesy of his Italian roots!

 

Family and community also play an important part for Tony and he is actively involved in many community organisations such as volunteering with Hartley Life Care for over 30 years to a number of sporting clubs.

 

You can also find Tony talking about all things culinary, with his passion for cooking and eating shining through.


Area of expertise:
Small & Medium Size Business

Qualification:
Bachelor of Economics
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
Yvonne Varela
Yvonne Varela
Senior Manager

Area of expertise:
Tax Compliance
R&D Tax Incentives
Audits
Business Advisory

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Diploma of Financial Planning
Registered Tax Agent
Certified Practicing Accountant

Phone: (02) 6215 9709
Email: yvonne@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Yvonne Varela is a Senior Manager at Gillespie Advisory.

 

She is driven to providing more than just traditional accounting services. Yvonne works closely with a variety of businesses, including not-for-profits, to assist them in ensuring the smooth running of their business, cash flows, strategic growth and compliance with the various levels of government legislation, including as their outsourced financial controller.

 

Yvonne has great IT skills and provides advice, deployment, and training on the latest software used by businesses.

 

Sharing of professional knowledge and skills is important to Yvonne - she is a board member on various not-for-profit organisations servicing community-focused activities.

 

Yvonne enjoys spending time with her family and friends outside the busy office either at the beach or the farm where the kids (and adults) can run free.

 


Area of expertise:
Tax Compliance
R&D Tax Incentives
Audits
Business Advisory

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Diploma of Financial Planning
Registered Tax Agent
Certified Practicing Accountant
Tyron Kentwell
Tyron Kentwell
Manager

Area of expertise:
Business Advisory
Taxation
Self-Managed Super Funds

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant

Phone: (02) 6215 9706
Email: tyron@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Tyron is a Manager at Gillespie Advisory.

 

Better known as TK to his friends, colleagues, and clients, he is part of the team that works with compliance of Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF). TK knows the SMSF industry is forever changing and complex but enjoys helping clients simplify the whole process, allowing clients to focus on building for their retirement.

 

In addition to SMSFs, TK has experience working as a commercial accountant for successful Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Not-for-Profits in Canberra providing a broad range of valuable business advice and expertise to these organisations.

 

TK loves to let his work do the talking for him and prides himself on his ability to give the most factually relevant and practical information to his clients whilst building strong relationships on the back of this.

 

TK has a country background, born and raised in a small town in central NSW before moving to Canberra to finish his studies and further his career. TK is proud of his country roots and always revels in any chance to “go bush”.


Area of expertise:
Business Advisory
Taxation
Self-Managed Super Funds

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Jessy Hua
Jessy Hua
Manager

Area of expertise:
Business Advisory
Compliance
Taxation

Qualification:
MYOB Certified
Xero Certified
QuickBooks Online Certified
QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified
Reckon One Certified
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting

Phone: (02) 6215 9705
Email: jessy@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Jessy is a Manager at Gillespie Advisory.

 

She has been with Gillespie Advisory since 2007 and is a manager of the tax accounting team, experiencing in accounting, taxation, business advisory services, tax compliance, and business performance management.


Jessy works with a strong quality assurance approach and passion to deliver high-value outcomes to clients and establish a trusted relationship with those clients as well as her team. She has worked across multiple sectors including professional services, property development, retail, and hospitality.


She provides solutions in both English and Mandarin for businesses range from Start-up to Small to Medium-sized businesses. She is committed to delivering tax and financial services that meet each client's unique objectives.

 

In her free time, Jessy enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Area of expertise:
Business Advisory
Compliance
Taxation

Qualification:
MYOB Certified
Xero Certified
QuickBooks Online Certified
QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified
Reckon One Certified
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
Ignatius Rozario
Ignatius Rozario
Senior Accountant

Area of expertise:
Accounting
Taxation
Business Advisory

Qualification:
Bachelor of Accounting
Diploma in Commerce

Phone: (02) 6215 9704
Email: ignatius@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Ignatius Rozario is a Senior Accountant at Gillespie Advisory.

 

Ignatius has over 15 years of experience in the accounting industry. He has a Diploma in Commerce and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and is also a Provisional Member of Chartered Accountant in Australia and New Zealand and MYOB Certified Consultant.

 

He is a specialist in taxation and accounting where he has assisted many clients with JobKeeper and cash flow boost claims. Ignatius enjoys building long-term and respectful relationships. Honesty, integrity, accountability, and diligence are the core values of his service.

 

Ignatius came to Canberra as a student in 2001. It was Canberra’s quiet and family-friendly environment that attracted him and he decided to stay after graduating from the University of Canberra.

 

Ignatius enjoys spending time with his family and 2 young children. He loves playing cricket and soccer and regularly volunteers with local charities. Ignatius is a member of the Community Advisory Council, Calvary Hospital, Bruce, ACT.


Area of expertise:
Accounting
Taxation
Business Advisory

Qualification:
Bachelor of Accounting
Diploma in Commerce
Reuben Keane
Reuben Keane
Accountant

Area of expertise:
Taxation
Accounting
Bookkeeping
Software Consulting

Qualification:
Bachelor of Accounting

Phone: (02) 6215 9702
Email: reuben@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Reuben Keane is a Graduate Accountant at Gillespie Advisory.

 

Reuben currently works within the tax and accounting team. Predominantly, he works on completely individual tax returns, regular accounting, and bookkeeping for some larger clients and can assist with software consulting when needed.

 

In August 2020, Reuben completed his Bachelor of Accounting at the University of Canberra. In the near future, he will look to begin undertaking his Chartered Accountant qualification.

 

An important part of Reuben’s motivation is supporting small and growing businesses with their financial needs. Coming from a family that runs a small business, he understands the work that goes into achieving the goals for the business to successfully operate.

 

Born and raised in Canberra, Reuben grew up as the eldest of three children. Now residing in Brisbane, Reuben keeps busy outside the workplace as a part-time contracted Rugby Union Match Official. This also allows Reuben to fulfill his interests in travel and exploring different cities and environments. While spending a lot of time round sport, Reuben also enjoys catching up with friends and spending time at the beach.


Area of expertise:
Taxation
Accounting
Bookkeeping
Software Consulting

Qualification:
Bachelor of Accounting
Guy Richardson
Guy Richardson
Graduate Accountant

Area of expertise:
Taxation
Business Advisory
Payroll

Qualification:

Phone: (02) 6215 9712
Email: guy@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Guy is a Graduate Accountant at Gillespie Advisory.

 

Guy assists managers with individual and company taxation. His goal is to minimise tax through his taxation law knowledge and is passionate to maximise the client experience. He also directly deals with clients on payroll and bookkeeping operations where he is proficient in the use of accounting software such as Xero, KeyPay and QuickBooks.

 

Guy has a passion for the business world and is interested in further study in the accounting and finance landscape. He is born and bred in Canberra and currently plays senior Australian football for Ainslie. Guy has a love for American sport and culture and often proclaims he is from there.


Area of expertise:
Taxation
Business Advisory
Payroll

Qualification:
Ethan Hooley
Ethan Hooley
Undergraduate Accountant

Area of expertise:
Xero
MYOB
QuickBooks

Qualification:
First-year Undergraduate Bachelor of Economics & Finance

Phone: (02) 6215 9723
Email: ethan@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Ethan is an Undergraduate Accountant at Gillespie Advisory.

 

Ethan is a first-year undergraduate student studying a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Finance (capital markets) at the Australian National University. Ethan assists all members of the Business Service teams with a range of tasks including individual and company taxation, corporate compliance and bookkeeping.

 

Ethan is proficient in using Xero, MYOB and QuickBooks for booking and payroll activities and has a strong passion for Economics Accounting and finance.

 

Ethan is originally from the United Kingdom and was drawn to University in Canberra by the hotter weather and his Australian family. In his spare time Ethan enjoys Rock Climbing, swimming and attending member events for the ANU AFEC society (ANU Actuarial, Finance, Economics and Commerce Student’s society).


Area of expertise:
Xero
MYOB
QuickBooks

Qualification:
First-year Undergraduate Bachelor of Economics & Finance

 

wealth management
Holistic advisers who understand your financial situation
John Gillespie
John Gillespie
Founder/Chairperson

Area of expertise:
Mortgage Broking
Financial Planning
Business Advisory
Taxation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Certified Financial Planner
Accredited Mortgage Consultant

Phone: (02) 6260 4994
Email: john@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

John Gillespie is the Founder and Chairperson of Gillespie Advisory.

 

He brings nearly four decades of experience in business advisory and financial management services, providing high-quality advice for a broad range of businesses and individuals.

 

At Gillespie Advisory, John provides leadership and guidance to a team of over 20 advisors and consultants in a number of professional disciplines. He ensures the quality and culture of our service delivery is of the highest standard, and always in the best interest of our clients.

 

As a Chartered Accountant, Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Mortgage Consultant, John understands the support and guidance required at various stages of your business and personal financial journey. He has deep knowledge and practical experience working with small and medium enterprises and bringing an unparalleled understanding of the challenges and complexities of business ownership and operations.

 

John and his wife Anita, have three adult children Rebecca, Robert, and Ben, and are looking forward to the next chapter in welcoming their first grandchild later this year. John and Anita’s families have a long history of supporting Marist College Canberra and involvement in local sporting communities and charities throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. John is also a keen rugby enthusiast, and always up for a passionate chat about the latest footy game.


Area of expertise:
Mortgage Broking
Financial Planning
Business Advisory
Taxation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Certified Financial Planner
Accredited Mortgage Consultant
Stuart Howard
Stuart Howard
Director/Senior Financial Adviser

Area of expertise:
Wealth Creation & Protection

Qualification:
Senior Financial Planner with a Diploma in Financial Planning
Economics (Honors) Degree

Phone: (02) 6260 9718
Email: stuart@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Stuart is a Director/Senior Financial Adviser within the Wealth Management area at Gillespie Advisory.

Stuart is one of our experienced Financial Planners who enjoys helping clients realise their financial objectives through providing quality advice.

 

With over 20 years of experience providing advice to a wide range of clients Stuart is confident he has the necessary skills and knowledge to help you put a workable plan in place to achieve your goals.

 

Stuart is very passionate about the financial well-being of his clients and strives to get everyone who goes through the advice process into a stronger position year on year.  Achieving great outcomes for clients has been fundamental to Stuart’s success in the Financial Services Industry.  

 

Outside of work, Stuart enjoys spending time with his family, visiting places of interest in Australia, and even an occasional round of golf when his family let him!




Area of expertise:
Wealth Creation & Protection

Qualification:
Senior Financial Planner with a Diploma in Financial Planning
Economics (Honors) Degree
Michelle Loughhead
Michelle Loughhead
Director/Senior Financial Adviser

Area of expertise:
Financial Planning – Superannuation & Investments

Qualification:
Master of Financial Planning

Phone: (02) 6215 9708
Email: michelle@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Michelle is a Director/Senior Financial Adviser within the Wealth Management area at Gillespie Advisory.

 

As a financial adviser, Michelle takes the time to understand client’s lifestyle and financial goals whilst providing professional, individual advice to her clients.  Michelle works alongside her clients over the long term to assist them to achieve their goals.

 

Outside of work, Michelle is married with a teenage daughter and a dog.  Michelle and her family love to travel within Australia and overseas. 

 

In her spare time (on the weekends) you may find Michelle cooking up a storm in the kitchen at home or doing the odd bit of cake decorating.


Area of expertise:
Financial Planning – Superannuation & Investments

Qualification:
Master of Financial Planning

 

Lending Solutions
Lending specialists to help achieve your goals
John Gillespie
John Gillespie
Founder/Chairperson

Area of expertise:
Mortgage Broking
Financial Planning
Business Advisory
Taxation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Certified Financial Planner
Accredited Mortgage Consultant

Phone: (02) 6260 4994
Email: john@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

John Gillespie is the Founder and Chairperson of Gillespie Advisory. 

 

He brings nearly four decades of experience in business advisory and financial management services, providing high-quality advice for a broad range of businesses and individuals.

 

At Gillespie Advisory, John provides leadership and guidance to a team of over 20 advisors and consultants in a number of professional disciplines. He ensures the quality and culture of our service delivery is of the highest standard, and always in the best interest of our clients.

 

As a Chartered Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, and Accredited Mortgage Consultant, John understands the support and guidance required at various stages of your business and personal financial journey. He has deep knowledge and practical experience working with small and medium enterprises and bringing an unparalleled understanding of the challenges and complexities of business ownership and operations.

 

John and his wife Anita, have three adult children Rebecca, Robert, and Ben, and are looking forward to the next chapter in welcoming their first grandchild later this year. John and Anita’s families have a long history of supporting Marist College Canberra and involvement in local sporting communities and charities throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. John is also a keen rugby enthusiast, and always up for a passionate chat about the latest footy game.


Area of expertise:
Mortgage Broking
Financial Planning
Business Advisory
Taxation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Certified Financial Planner
Accredited Mortgage Consultant
Ranee Wang
Ranee Wang
Financial Services Assistant

Area of expertise:
Mortgage broking

Qualification:
Bachelor of Economics and Finance
Master of Financial Management & Management Accounting

Phone: (02) 6215 9714
Email: ranee@gillespieadvisory.com.au

Ranee Wang is a Financial Services Assistant at Gillespie Advisory.

 

She assists in preparing and reviewing loan applications and communicates with clients to provide updates in the process.

 

Having three years of experience working in a fast pace banking and finance industry, helped her to have great time management skills and excellent interpersonal skills. She has managed a heavy pipeline of 35 loans totaling $23 million. She is currently pursuing a Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking course.  

 

She is a hardworking, helpful and efficient individual. She likes to inform the clients of every step of the financing journey. She gets back to clients promptly and processes the documents in a timely manner. Her passion is to help her clients achieve the dream of owning a home or achieve their financial goals. 

 

She has two pets, a toy poodle dog-Pipi, and a cat-Taco. She likes to enjoy a good meal with her friends.  She does Bikram Yoga, going up to the mountain, and plays the piano.

 


Area of expertise:
Mortgage broking

Qualification:
Bachelor of Economics and Finance
Master of Financial Management & Management Accounting

 

Technology & Knowledge
Dedicated financial technology experts
John Gillespie
John Gillespie
Founder/Chairperson

Area of expertise:
Mortgage Broking
Financial Planning
Business Advisory
Taxation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Certified Financial Planner
Accredited Mortgage Consultant

Phone: (02) 6260 4994
Email: john@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

John Gillespie is the founder and chairperson of Gillespie Advisory.

 

He brings nearly four decades of experience in business advisory and financial management services, providing high-quality advice for a broad range of businesses and individuals.

 

At Gillespie Advisory, John provides leadership and guidance to a team of over 20 advisors and consultants in a number of professional disciplines. He ensures the quality and culture of our service delivery is of the highest standard, and always in the best interest of our clients.

 

As a Chartered Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, and Accredited Mortgage Consultant, John understands the support and guidance required at various stages of your business and personal financial journey. He has deep knowledge and practical experience working with small and medium enterprises and bringing an unparalleled understanding of the challenges and complexities of business ownership and operations.

 

John and his wife Anita, have three adult children Rebecca, Robert, and Ben, and are looking forward to the next chapter in welcoming their first grandchild later this year. John and Anita’s families have a long history of supporting Marist College Canberra and involvement in local sporting communities and charities throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. John is also a keen rugby enthusiast, and always up for a passionate chat about the latest footy game.


Area of expertise:
Mortgage Broking
Financial Planning
Business Advisory
Taxation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Certified Financial Planner
Accredited Mortgage Consultant
Ryan Slater
Ryan Slater
Director

Area of expertise:
Taxation
Business Advisory
Succession Planning

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
Registered Tax Agent
Certified Practicing Accountant
Registered Company Auditor

Phone: (02) 6215 9707
Email: ryan@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Ryan is a Director of the Business Services area at Gillespie Advisory.

 

Ryan works closely with our software consulting team. Ryan has experience advising and auditing businesses in varying industries including property development, property-related services, manufacturing & wholesale, hospitality, medical, professional service firms, retail, and the not-for-profit sector.

 

Ryan understands the need for teamwork, communication, and collaboration with clients and therefore enjoys providing an advisory and consultant service working closely with them to achieve their potential both strategically and operationally. He has a strong focus on ensuring clients have the correct software systems and processors in place to reach these goals.

 

Ryan is a big fanatic of sports, where you will find him working on his golf game or immersed in rugby, particularly the Brumbies and Raiders. He once scored 4 tries in his 200th rugby game for the Vikings, some say the greatest 200th game ever played!

 

He also enjoys relaxing and spending time with his wife and two young boys down the coast.

 

Ryan scored 4 tries in his 200th rugby game for Vikings. Some say the greatest 200th game ever played!


Area of expertise:
Taxation
Business Advisory
Succession Planning

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
Registered Tax Agent
Certified Practicing Accountant
Registered Company Auditor
Pam Chilman
Pam Chilman
Principal

Area of expertise:
Accounting Software

Qualification:
MYOB Certified Consultant
Xero Accredited Partner
QuickBooks Online Advanced Pro-Advisor
Reckon Accredited Partner
Calxa Accredited Partner
KeyPay Partner

Phone: (02) 6285 4888
Email: pamc@ausmanagement.com.au

Pam is the Principal of AMC Training Centre, part of Gillespie Advisory.

 

Pam is client-focused and committed, ensuring the team at AMC keeps up to date with the latest trends, ensuring they are highly educated in the products supported always understanding the accounting software market, and actively seeking out opportunities. She is delighted that clients keep coming back and regularly seek out our service offering to ensure they keep up to date. In addition to Pam’s accounting qualifications, she has a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, is a Registered BAS Agent, a member of a number Partner Advisor Groups, a lifetime member and Fellow of ICB and IPA.

 

Pam is equally at home presenting to small or large groups, individuals one-on-one and with her background in accounting enjoys training staff in accounting firms. Pam is proud of her and her team's achievements that include being in business for 25+ years in business with awards including MYOB Diamond Partner, MYOB Lifetime Achievement Award, longstanding Xero Gold Partner amongst many others.




Area of expertise:
Accounting Software

Qualification:
MYOB Certified Consultant
Xero Accredited Partner
QuickBooks Online Advanced Pro-Advisor
Reckon Accredited Partner
Calxa Accredited Partner
KeyPay Partner
Yvonne Varela
Yvonne Varela
Senior Manager

Area of expertise:
Tax Compliance
R&D Tax Incentives
Audits
Business Advisory

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Diploma of Financial Planning
Registered Tax Agent
Certified Practicing Accountant

Phone: (02) 6215 9709
Email: yvonne@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Yvonne Varela is a Senior Manager at Gillespie Advisory.

 

She is driven to providing more than just traditional accounting services. Yvonne works closely with a variety of businesses, including not-for-profits, to assist them in ensuring the smooth running of their business, cash flows, strategic growth and compliance with the various levels of government legislation, including as their outsourced financial controller.

 

Yvonne has great IT skills and provides advice, deployment and training on the latest software used by businesses.

 

Sharing of professional knowledge and skills is important to Yvonne - she is a board member on various not-for-profit organisations servicing community-focused activities.

 

Outside the busy office, Yvonne enjoys spending time with her family and friends either at the beach or the farm where the kids (and adults) can run free.




Area of expertise:
Tax Compliance
R&D Tax Incentives
Audits
Business Advisory

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Diploma of Financial Planning
Registered Tax Agent
Certified Practicing Accountant
Tyron Kentwell
Tyron Kentwell
Manager

Area of expertise:
Business Advisory
Taxation
Self-Managed Super Funds

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant

Phone: (02) 6215 9706
Email: tyron@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Tyron is a Manager at Gillespie Advisory.

 

Better known as TK to his friends, colleagues and clients, he is part of the team that works with compliance of Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF). TK knows the SMSF industry is forever changing and complex but enjoys helping clients simplify the whole process, allowing clients to focus on building for their retirement.

 

In addition to SMSFs, TK has experience working as a commercial accountant for successful Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Not-for-Profits in Canberra providing a broad range of valuable business advice and expertise to these organisations.

 

TK loves to let his work do the talking for him and prides himself on his ability to give the most factually relevant and practical information to his clients whilst building strong relationships on the back of this.

 

TK has a country background, born and raised in a small town in central NSW before moving to Canberra to finish his studies and further his career. TK is proud of his country roots and always revels in any chance to “go bush”.




Area of expertise:
Business Advisory
Taxation
Self-Managed Super Funds

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Jessy Hua
Jessy Hua
Manager

Area of expertise:
Business Advisory
Compliance
Taxation

Qualification:
MYOB Certified
Xero Certified
QuickBooks Online Certified
QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified
Reckon One Certified
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting

Phone: (02) 6215 9705
Email: jessy@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Jessy is a Manager at Gillespie Advisory.

 

She has been with Gillespie Advisory since 2007 and is a manager of the tax accounting team, experiencing in accounting, taxation, business advisory services, tax compliance, and business performance management.


Jessy works with a strong quality assurance approach and passion to deliver high-value outcomes to clients and establish a trusted relationship with those clients as well as her team. She has worked across multiple sectors including professional services, property development, retail, and hospitality.


She provides solutions in both English and Mandarin for businesses range from Start-up to Small to Medium-sized businesses. She is committed to delivering tax and financial services that meet each client's unique objectives.


In her free time, Jessy enjoys spending time with family and friends.




Area of expertise:
Business Advisory
Compliance
Taxation

Qualification:
MYOB Certified
Xero Certified
QuickBooks Online Certified
QuickBooks Online Advanced Certified
Reckon One Certified
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting
Jane Zhong
Jane Zhong
Consultant

Area of expertise:
Not-for-Profit
Accounting Services
Accounting Software
Microsoft Software
System Integration
Business Intelligence

Qualification:
Certified Practicing Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce

Phone: (02) 6215 9731
Email: jane.zhong@amctrainingcentre.com.au

Jane Zhong is a Consultant at Gillespie Advisory.

 

She has shown a huge interest in learning about technologies and businesses. Previously, she has worked as a corporate accountant in medium to large organisations and has worked in taxation accounting.

 

Jane works closely with a variety of businesses, including not-for-profits, healthcare, construction, professional services to assist them in ensuring the smooth running of their business. Jane uses all software in the marketplace such as Xero, MYOB, QuickBooks, Calxa, and HandiTax. She is also a MYOB Certified Consultant, Xero Advisor Certified and QBO Certified ProAdvise.

 

Jane has great IT skills and provides advice, system migration services, and training on the accounting software and Microsoft software including Excel and PowerBI. Jane is currently enrolled in a Masters In Information Technology and Systems, to have a better understanding of technologies and keep up to the trends.

 

When not at work, Jane enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, playing badminton, kayaking in Lake Burley Griffin, Jane also enjoys a quiet afternoon painting, practicing piano or cooking.


Area of expertise:
Not-for-Profit
Accounting Services
Accounting Software
Microsoft Software
System Integration
Business Intelligence

Qualification:
Certified Practicing Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce
Stefanie Stweart-Jones
Stefanie Stewart-Jones
Training Coordinator

Area of expertise:
Administration

Qualification:

Phone: (02) 6285 4888
Email: courses@ausmanagement.com.au

 

Stef is the Training Coordinator at AMC Training Centre, part of Gillespie Advisory.

 

She is the first line of contact to assist you with all your queries from how to book onto one of our many courses or organise a consultation with one of our qualified staff to assist you with all your financing and office suite program needs.

 

Stef’s attention to detail will ensure a smooth process from start to finish with any query or assistance you require to get the right outcome for you. Even though Stef is new to the company she brings years of experience from her extensive previous administration background. Ensuring clients are happy is her main objective.

 

If Stef isn’t in the office, you can find her at her local rugby club where she wears many hats as a player, committee member, and coach.




Area of expertise:
Administration

Qualification:
Business Management
A full service team
John Gillespie
John Gillespie
Founder/Chairperson

Area of expertise:
Mortgage Broking
Financial Planning
Business Advisory
Taxation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Certified Financial Planner
Accredited Mortgage Consultant

Phone: (02) 6260 4994
Email: john@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

John Gillespie is the Founder and Chairperson of Gillespie Advisory.

 

He brings nearly four decades of experience in business advisory and financial management services, providing high-quality advice for a broad range of businesses and individuals.

 

At Gillespie Advisory, John provides leadership and guidance to a team of over 20 advisors and consultants in a number of professional disciplines. He ensures the quality and culture of our service delivery is of the highest standard, and always in the best interest of our clients.

 

As a Chartered Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, and Accredited Mortgage Consultant, John understands the support and guidance required at various stages of your business and personal financial journey. He has deep knowledge and practical experience working with small and medium enterprises and bringing an unparalleled understanding of the challenges and complexities of business ownership and operations.

 

John and his wife Anita, have three adult children Rebecca, Robert, and Ben, and are looking forward to the next chapter in welcoming their first grandchild later this year. John and Anita’s families have a long history of supporting Marist College Canberra and involvement in local sporting communities and charities throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. John is also a keen rugby enthusiast, and always up for a passionate chat about the latest footy game.


Area of expertise:
Mortgage Broking
Financial Planning
Business Advisory
Taxation

Qualification:
Chartered Accountant
Certified Financial Planner
Accredited Mortgage Consultant
Tom Babic
Tom Babic
Chief Operating Officer

Area of expertise:
Business Management
Strategic Planning
Marketing

Qualification:
Bachelor of Commerce

Phone: (02) 6260 9722
Email: tom@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Tom is the Chief Operating Officer at Gillespie Advisory.

 

He oversees the day-to-day management, administration, and operation of the organisation. Tom is responsible for the design and implementation of business strategies, plans, and procedures. Together with the organisation's directors, he sets comprehensive goals for performance and business growth. He is also responsible for evaluating organisational performance by analysing data and reporting on key business metrics.

 

Prior to joining Gillespie Advisory, Tom’s career encompassed senior executive management positions with Australian and international capital management firms. Tom is committed to developing adaptive, sustainable businesses that deliver high-quality solutions for clients, create business value for equity owners, and is a great place for employees to work. He enjoys football, tennis, golf and spending time with family and friends.  


Area of expertise:
Business Management
Strategic Planning
Marketing

Qualification:
Bachelor of Commerce
Caroline Abbott
Caroline Abbott
Practice Manager

Area of expertise:
Administration

Qualification:
Registered BAS Agent
Diploma of Accounting
Payroll Management Certificate
Advanced Certificate of Accounting
Certificate of Business Studies

Phone: (02) 6260 9730
Email: caroline@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Caroline Abbott is the Practice Manager at the Gillespie Advisory.

 

She manages the finance and administration of our various entities. Caroline has implemented accounting and payroll systems in a number of organisations that have resulted in improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of business operations. In one organisation this resulted in a decrease in the time taken for the audit from three weeks to one.

 

Caroline has a strong work ethic and demonstrates her moral compass in both her professional and personal lives. At this stage in her career she has already achieved a lot and will continue to contribute to the future of the Gillespie Group.

 

Caroline has lived in one of our regional rural towns for long enough to be now be considered a local. She spends lots of her time outside work driving her teenage daughter around and when not busy doing that enjoys cooking, reading and sewing.


Area of expertise:
Administration

Qualification:
Registered BAS Agent
Diploma of Accounting
Payroll Management Certificate
Advanced Certificate of Accounting
Certificate of Business Studies
Marcin-1
Marcin Zygmunt
Marketing Manager

Area of expertise:
Strategic Marketing
Lead Generation
Market Research
Branding

Qualification:
Bachelor of Sports Management (marketing)
Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Legal Studies

Phone: (02) 6260 4994
Email: marcin@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Marcin is the Marketing Manager at Gillespie Advisory.

 

He brings over 15 years of marketing experience where he has previously worked with multi-national, local and start-up businesses spanning multiple industries.

 

Marcin always keeps abreast of new developments in the digital space as well as traditional marketing and branding. He understands how to build upon the strengths of businesses to create and implement solid marketing strategies.

 

Marcin specialises in creating and implementing detailed marketing strategies, campaign planning to content marketing and market research. He likes to keep a close eye on market trends and identify gaps and niches that represent new marketing opportunities.

 

Marcin is passionate about sport, particularly football (the real football!), where he enjoys playing. His favourite team is the mighty red devils aka Man Utd. You can also find him on the tennis court and hiking around Canberra.


Area of expertise:
Strategic Marketing
Lead Generation
Market Research
Branding

Qualification:
Bachelor of Sports Management (marketing)
Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Legal Studies
Debbie Dowdeswell
Debbie Dowdeswell
Administrator

Area of expertise:
Administration

Qualification:

Phone: (02) 6260 4994
Email: reception@gillespieadvisory.com.au

 

Debbie is part of the Administration team at Gillespie Advisory.

 

You will meet Debbie when you first arrive in the office as she covers reception and is always there with a smile to greet and welcome visitors. Amongst her other duties, Debbie helps out behind the scenes with the day-to-day administration of the office, ensuring things run smoothly and there’s always enough tea and coffee for meetings. Debbie also supports the Marketing department, helped by her background in corporate communications.

 

Originally from the UK, Debbie is a convert to the Australian way of life and spends her spare time, hiking and bike riding around the local area, and singing with the Military Wives Choir (occasionally at the same time!)




Area of expertise:
Administration

Qualification:
Val Sellers
Val Sellers
Relief Administrator

Area of expertise:
Administrator

Qualification:

Phone: (02) 6260 4994
Email: reception@gillespieadvisory.com.au


Area of expertise:
Administrator

Qualification:
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