More than just accountants

Our professional and highly trained team of accountants is equipped to help our clients overcome any business challenges they face, helping them reach their business and financial goals.

Garry Pinch, Founding Partner

Our Story

Established in 1996, Accounting Professionals is an Illawarra based accounting & business advisory firm. 

After starting out as a general accounting firm with a diverse range of clients, over 20 years later the AP team focus on assisting business owners establish and grow businesses that sustain families and provide our clients with the opportunity to make lifestyle choices. 

Our team of highly skilled business and finance specialists are working with businesses every day through their business journey. 

Start up – We mentor business start-ups on business structure options, pricing, the most profitable business channels, when to employ staff or subcontract and more. 

Growth & Profitability – At this stage, when you’re building the business, we work with business owners to identify unique strategies to grow and increase profits. 

Succession – Our succession team assist owners consider options to sell/retire from the business to support themselves in retirement. 

The AP team also includes leading growth specialists for high growth business start-ups, medical and professional service firms and the building and construction sector. 

We examine our clients’ businesses, understand how they work, identify how they can be improved and partner with them during any change and implementation process. 

From the outset, we become an integral part of our client’s business or personal financial strategies. 

We help our clients implement sound organisational and financial frameworks, proactively manage assets and liabilities, critically examine the way they do business, focus on key success factors and help effect change within the business to facilitate growth, increase profitability and improve cashflow. 

To enable them to live their life, their way. 

Accounting Professionals: The tax, accounting and advisory firm for small businesses looking to achieve their full growth. Live Your Way. 


 

Our Partners

Garry is the founding partner here at AP. He has built his career on taking start-up businesses from infancy to successful ventures. He has proudly mentored over 80 trainee accountants to establish successful professional careers. An avid golfer, Garry also enjoys the challenges of ocean swimming and recently took up sailing, but warns against taking on crew members without a full risk assessment.

Garry Pinch

Chartered Accountant, Founding Partner

Starting as a trainee accountant in 1999, Angela rose quickly through the ranks; becoming a University of Wollongong graduate in 2000, Chartered Accountant in 2002, and respected partner at AP in 2004. She is sought-after for her extensive knowledge of the taxation system, fuelled in no small part by her commitment to her clients and her ever-present pink glitter Dance Mum coffee cup.

Angela Hales

Chartered Accountant, Partner

Mark has over 20 years of experience in supporting and mentoring business owners. A Chartered Accountant, and self-confessed sports tragic, Mark takes a holistic approach to business incorporating Tax and Compliance, Business Strategy, Asset Protection, Leadership, Wealth Creation, and Succession.

Mark Placek

Chartered Accountant, Partner

Nick is a Chartered Accountant and partner at the helm of the Business Advisory team at AP. He assists his clients’ businesses from birth to growing into upstanding citizens of our local economy by utilising over 15 years of experience gained since his graduation from the University of Wollongong in 2005. His animal-shaped cake baking skills are certainly a plus!

Nick Fitzgerald

Chartered Accountant, Partner

Our Team

Having joined the team as a trainee accountant in August 2020, Erin brings with her 3 years of experience in Superannuation and Tax. She is currently juggling her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New England, her puppy Jett and 6 uniquely named hens (her favourite of which is Cluck Norris).

Erin Barkeit

Trainee Accountant

Lisa is an accountant with over 20 years of experience in our Tax & Accounting division, Lisa has a deep understanding of our clients' compliance and taxation needs. Focused on innovation and efficiency, Lisa is motivated by the success of her clients. She’s also been known to tear it up on the touch field and tennis court.

Lisa Bassingthwaighte

Accountant, Client Manager

Debbie started working at AP in 2014 as our Operations Manager with over 20 years of experience and a Masters in Management from Charles Sturt University. Having honed her skills in environments ranging from tourism to law, she guarantees the smooth operations of our team. She adores a daily coastal walk in Kiama and the company of her happy family.

Debbie Cairncross

Operations Manager 

Cameron is a Chartered Accountant with 7 years of industry experience working at AP. As a manager in the business advisory division, Cameron is interested in assisting business clients through the various life cycles of a business, from start-up to growth and profitability stages through succession planning. Cameron is a big sports fan and plays AFL locally.

Cameron Daly

Chartered Accountant

Arlan has over 16 years of experience in Finance and Accounting to Base Operation Support Contracts. Since joining the team in 2018, Arlan has been interested in business analysis and assisting clients as a member of the Business Advisory Division. Outside of work, he loves cycling and spending quality time with his family.

Arlan De Guzman

Senior Accountant

Raph joined us in 2021 with many years of administrative experience across a broad range of industries including construction and various professional service disciplines. Her focus is on getting everything to run as smoothly as possible. A farm girl at heart, Raph has a number of furbabies and a long history with horses.

Raphaelle Faulkner

Senior Admin Assistant

Joining AP over 8 years ago, Megan is a Chartered Accountant and dedicated member of our Tax & Accounting division. Megan enjoys building relationships with her clients and assisting them with all aspects of their business. Outside of work, Megan enjoys playing (read winning) board games, going on bushwalks, and watching Real Housewives.

Megan Goodwin

Chartered Accountant, Client Manager

Sanjuli joined our team in April 2021 as a trainee accountant, having graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2019 as a Dean’s Scholar. As the newest addition to the Tax & Accounting team, she enjoys learning everything there is to know about everything and is a star researcher. Her efforts to understand music have inadvertently led her to learn 7 languages!

Sanjuli Gunatillake Ekanayake

Trainee Accountant

Nadia joined AP in 2007 as a trainee accountant and became a qualified Chartered Accountant in 2012. A Senior Accountant within our Tax & Accounting Division, Nadia assists her clients with every facet of their business or individual needs. Nadia also finds time to train any new additions to the team. She loves spending time with her young family and swimming at the beach in her spare time.

Nadia Hoang

Chartered Accountant, Client Manager

Sharmaine joined the team in 2018 and has over 6 years of experience in Philippines and Australian Accounting and Taxation. A Certified Public Accountant in the Philippines, she has been a part of our Tax & Accounting Division and also works on our Superannuation Funds. Joining AP’s offshore team is one of her career highlights to date. She’s a good driver and great at reverse parking.

Sharmaine Lingat

Senior Accountant

Starting with us as a trainee accountant in 2008, Teigan has since built close relationships with her clients and is exceptionally skilled in training junior accounting staff. Teigan's colleagues love her for her sense of humour (most of the time) and dedication to helping the team. Outside of work, Teigan enjoys being a mum and spending time with her family and friends.

Teigan Mariu

Accountant, Client Manager

Jonathan joined our Tax & Accounting Division in 2018. He has over 15 years of experience in Philippines, USA and Australia conducting internal and external audits for various industries and engaging in management consultancy services. Jonathan loves to cook, and before the pandemic, joy rides to the beach and surfing.

Jonathan Martinez

Senior Accountant

Joining AP in 2016 and bringing 15 years of experience as an Executive Assistant, Marketing Coordinator, and Events Assistant - Lynette is an invaluable team member! Day-to-day her role involves managing our administrative team and being the office Champion of Fun. This includes sending office emails with cat memes, providing horticultural advice, and entertaining with her karaoke skills.

Lynette McIlwain

Admin Team Leader

With 15 years of experience in bookkeeping, administration, and customer service, Annelle joined the team in 2018. She was a part of our Admin team before shifting to our Tax & Accounting Division undertaking bookkeeping tasks for clients. She always believes that it is never too late to dream new dreams and is keen to try new things like baking with her toddler.

Megan Phillips

With 15 years of experience in bookkeeping, administration, and customer service, Annelle joined the team in 2018. She was a part of our Admin team before shifting to our Tax & Accounting Division undertaking bookkeeping tasks for clients. She always believes that it is never too late to dream new dreams and is keen to try new things like baking with her toddler.

Annelle Pineda

Bookkeeper

A business advisor with over 10 years in the accounting industry, Sarah made the sea change from famous Gundagai to Shellharbour over six years ago. Specialising in advisory work and assisting clients manage their businesses with a holistic approach, Sarah oversees her clients' overall systems, from cash flow to HR and technology.

Sarah Schubert

Accountant, Client Manager

Brydie started with AP in 2016, an is now a senior accountant in our Tax & Accounting division, Brydie loves helping clients solve problems, making the office a pleasant place to work, and controlling the office jukebox. Brydie can be found busy planning renovations for her home, playing tennis, or cuddling her puppy Baxter outside of work.

Brydie Tarlinton

Accountant, Client Manager

Jason joined AP in 2021, coming from a background in economics and finance, and is currently studying towards obtaining accounting accreditation. During his time with the team, Jason has enjoyed providing client support. He is passionate about developing advisory skills in the future. He is an avid footballer and plays in the local premier league.

Jason Zufic

Trainee Accountant

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