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Greg Stanton

Nicole Powers

Hai Nguyen

Lisa O'Donnell

Cassandra Smyth

Kacey Johnson

 

Greg Stanton

Greg is a born and bred Cairns local. Before pursuing a career in Accountancy, Greg spent four years on the tools as a Carpenter in the local building industry in which time he attained his trade qualification.

After graduating from James Cook University in 2004, Greg started his career as a graduate accountant with William Buck. When William Buck’s Cairns office was acquired by WHK Greenwoods in June 2006, he was promoted to Senior Auditor. In March 2008, Greg joined the team at Goodman Chartered Accountants as Audit Manager where he was given the opportunity to diversify his skills and gained experience in taxation.

After three and a bit years in this position Greg fulfilled an ambition to have his own practice and opened the doors of GKS Chartered Accountants in July 2011.

Greg enjoys interaction with clients and thrives on expanding his knowledge. Greg gained membership with the Institution of Chartered Accountants, Australia in 2009.

Nicole Power

Nicole started as a graduate accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2000. Nicole gained membership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia in 2004. In 2005, Nicole moved to London to broaden her horizons and travel through Europe. During this time she worked with Associated Newspapers to fund her expeditions.

However, Nicole couldn’t fight her homesickness and in 2010 returned to Cairns where she secured a position with international firm BDO. Nicole has since discovered that she wanted a more personal relationship with her clients, which led her to GKS Chartered Accountants.

Hai Nguyen

Hai began his career as a graduate tax accountant for a local accounting firm in Townsville after graduating from Griffith University in 2013. After working in tax for over a year, he wanted to broaden his knowledge in another accounting specialisation and joined GKS Chartered Accountants as an auditor in November 2015. Hai is currently studying towards his Chartered Accountant qualification.

Outside of work, Hai enjoys fishing, hiking and anything outdoors that the great tropical north Queensland has to offer.

Lisa O'Donnell

With over 10 years’ experience in accounting, Lisa brings extensive knowledge and enthusiasm to GKS Chartered Accountants as their Bookkeeper.

After graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2007 with a Bachelor of Commerce, Lisa then went on to gain her CPA qualification in 2012. Seeking warmer weather and a more relaxed lifestyle Lisa moved to Cairns in August 2014.

Lisa enjoys utilising her accountancy knowledge to make bookkeeping for clients easy and was drawn to GKS Charted Accountants due to their personal approach with clients. Lisa has a high level of expertise in all facets of bookkeeping, including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Bank Reconciliations, BAS returns, and Financial Reporting.

She is also Xero Certified and believes that Xero allows businesses to work smarter and faster. Online accounting allows business owners to stay connected to their Financial position and their Accountants.

Cassandra Smyth

Cassandra began her career with Wedrat Chartered Accountants as an undergraduate in 2001 and has joined GKS Chartered Accountants in 2017 as a Senior Accountant. Cassandra provides accounting and taxation services to a range of clients including trusts, companies, and individuals. She has established a speciality in the administration and taxation of self-managed superannuation funds and specifically the accounting for people transitioning to retirement.

Kacey Johnson

Kacey joins GKS Chartered Accountants with a Bachelor of Creative Industries attained at James Cook University in 2009. Subjects undertaken in this degree included Business Management, Project Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Accounting, and numerous law subjects. This degree along with 15 years of administration and customer service experience provide Kacey with a solid understanding of business administration and support. Kacey enjoys client-facing roles and looks forward to speaking with and meeting all GKS Chartered Accountant clients.

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