Collins Hume welcomes new Senior Accountant

Chris Horne CA, B Bus (Accounting)

Leaving the cooler climes of public practice in Melbourne, Chartered Accountant Chris Horne has slotted into professional life at Collins Hume as an accounting all-rounder.

Chris' professional career began ten years ago when he finished university and joined the business services team in a local Melbourne firm. During that time he completed the Chartered Accountant's self-managed superannuation fund specialisation course at the University of New South Wales and became the superannuation go to person.

Having a partner from Byron Bay, it didn't take much persuading that a change of life was in order and they moved to the sunny Northern Rivers.

Chris is enjoying the opportunity to relook at his profession

"Coming from a firm that wasn't automated it's very exciting and impressive how Collins Hume are going about cloud accounting," says Chris. "We have an actively involved approach which gives us more time to look at business performance, not just routine compliance issues."  Read more…

Collins Hume adds Financial Planning specialist

Collins Hume pleased to announce that Adam Vermillion joins as Financial Advisor

Offering advice on wealth creation, wealth protection and insurances, strategy and structural expertise on retirement affairs, Adam works with Collins Hume's clients each Thursday and Friday to provide a one-stop-shop.

Adam was formerly a Senior Financial Planner at The National Australia Bank. Whilst at NAB, Adam was a multi-award winner within the Financial Planning Department as the recipient of the Leading Lights Awards for outstanding results and values. He understands well how superannuation works and is across the array of administrative fees, but is careful to provide an onus on clients, not products.

"70 per cent of people are not prepared for retirement," says Adam. "Working with Collins Hume I review and take into consideration a client's tax position and blend that with their retirement goals, working in conjunction with the Collins Hume partners for the best possible outcome."

Adam is used to analysing complex superannuation issues and developing retirement strategies.  He holds Diplomas in Financial Services and Advanced Financial Planning and Services.

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TAX TIME Meet Collins Hume Exec Assistant Carol

Many people know Carol Holton from when she ran the Collins Hume reception with a big smile and a warm welcome.

Since becoming an Executive Assistant four years ago, Carol works closely with John Collins to help keep his clients organised and his work flowing smoothly. She also forms part of the Collins Hume first aid response team, as well as carries out some very important social activities when team birthdays come around.

This year Carol celebrates her 14-year anniversary with Collins Hume.

"From my time as Collins Hume receptionist I know most clients personally," says Carol. "It makes it a whole lot easier when it comes to looking after their tax matters."

Inevitably, Carol brings her insight when dealing with the ATO for all manner of client tax queries.

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Ian Wunsch on super, SMSFs, sugar and sliced bread

On super, SMSFs, sugar and sliced bread

Ian Wunsch is what many in the profession would call an accounting veteran.

Not only is he a classically qualified accountant, but he has seen life from the other side of the fence – the tax office fence.

If you think Ian's insight into the 'dark side' was a dalliance with the devil, think again. What he brings to Collins Hume in terms of understanding and advice is over and above what any run of the mill accountant can offer.

Ian became a key part of 'Collins & Hume' in 1988, after wrapping up ATO matters on Expo 88 as the event's Tax Auditor. A friend told him about an opening up with Messrs Collins and Hume; the promise of a fair maiden's hand waiting for him in Ballina sealed the deal.

"I always wanted to be a sugar cane farmer and an accountant," says Ian. "So we got married and I moved back to the Northern Rivers."  Read more…

#CHTEAM Meet Collins Hume Accountant Annalisa

Annalisa Bryen chalks up her first anniversary at Collins Hume
When you are young, people often tell you the sky is the limit.

This is the case for Annalisa Bryen (pictured far right) who, after completing her Bachelor of Business degree with a double major in accounting (followed a brief stint over the border as a tax and super accountant), will take her qualifications to a higher level when she embarks on her CPA certification in 2015.

There is also a spring wedding to plan. So it's the proverbial heads down at the moment for Annalisa who is ploughing through the 2014 tax season.

Refocusing on a predominantly business tax workload is like falling off a bicycle.

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