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Business is what we do best

Our business services provide clients with information on their financial performance and compliance obligation. Key services include financial reporting, taxation planning and GST. Our business advisory service is focused on enhancing business performance by assisting clients to address challenges and discover opportunities. We provide new insights and perspectives with practical advice enabling clients to make important decisions with confidence.

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BUSINESS ADVISORY

Effective business advisory takes a proactive approach to the financial health of your business. Industry benchmarking, mergers/acquisitions and succession planning are just some of the key areas we can help you with.

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ACCOUNTING

Our professional accounting services in Canberra will help you grow your business. We can help you plan your long-term goals and we can help you achieve them.

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TAXATION

We look deeper and consider your long-term business goals to make sure your tax plan is not only compliant but in line with your business goals.

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BOOKKEEPING

Your time is valuable, so spend it doing high-value work. Let us do your bookkeeping so you can focus on growing your business.

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Experienced financial leaders
John Gillespie
John Gillespie
Founder/Chairperson/Legal Director

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

Authorised Representative of Gillespie Finance Directions Pty Ltd (237615)

 

John Gillespie is the Founder, Chairperson and Legal Director 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
Certified Practicing Accountant
Registered Company Auditor

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

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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
Certified Practicing Accountant
Registered Company Auditor
Ken Jonhston
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

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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
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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

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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 an 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
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