Meet Collins Hume Accountant, Kelly

Accountant Kelly Crethar's Collins Hume start date has a mellifluous ring to it – 17/7/17 – so it's good that the self-confessed 'obsessive number lover and problem solver' can translate most figures into real-world terms.

Kelly CretharKelly is a business services specialist working directly with business owners or supporting the Partners on client planning, acquisitions, valuations and even advising on payroll and fringe benefits matters.

She has a solid grounding in 'doing the books' – first in the family business whilst at university, then graduating to trainee accountant in a firm that allowed her to hone her business services and management accounting skills. In another accounting role, she was exposed to international acquisitions for which the firm was recognised.

She loves being able to interpret financials into information business owners can grasp.

"Everything has a number answer to a degree that is relatable to real life and I love working with people and really like being able to help business owners or couples translate the numbers into language they can understand," says Kelly. 

Recently she was seconded to help Peter Fowler deliver a series of Better Business Workshops and follow up meetings for local business owners.

"Collins Hume's business advice and commitment to helping our community is what I love doing and is why I work here," says Kelly. "Our focus on work/life balance applies to our own business as well as our clients."

Right now Kelly is ensconced in financial year-end tax planning but she looks forward to smashing out more great business solutions in the new financial year – cash flows and business workshops to help business owners understand the concepts to being more commercial.

Being at the new Byron Bay office will be a key part of that.
"With the Northern Rivers region booming, I look forward to getting involved in some exciting projects, part of which means going up to Byron. I can't wait!"

Kelly is a Ballina local who obtained her B Business (Accounting & Business Law) from Southern Cross University before embarking on a career in public practice and qualifying as a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). She is a Xero Certified Advisor as well as proficient across all Collins Hume's cloud accounting systems

Despite joining Collins Hume in 2017, she is still co-opted to keep the books for her husband's business! Outside of work Kelly loves cooking, the beach and doing anything outdoors she can enjoy with her hubby, three kids and golden retriever, Max.

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