40 years of Collins Hume Accountants & Business Advisers
2020 marks 40 years of Collins Hume being in business, so we thought it might be interesting to share a potted history of how we started and where we've been. We hope you enjoy reading.

In 2020, Collins Hume employs 25 people and acts for over 4,000 clients throughout Australia and around the globe. Helping our clients to improve their businesses, wealth and lifestyles is prominent throughout our history.

1 March 1980
john humejohn collinsJohn Collins and John Hume form Collins Hume to address the need for local businesses to have quality tax and business advice. Even though there's been a changing of the guard with additional partners over the years, Founding Partner, John Collins, remains an integral part of the team as the firm continues to grow and deliver their commitment of helping businesses, families and individuals to prosper.

Ian Wunsch CPA was appointed Partner to head our new superannuation offering, following the introduction of self-managed super in the 1980s. 

Executive Assistant Carol Holton and Accountant Peter Fowler joined Collins Hume, with Peter bringing insight and a balanced outlook with a blend of high-level technical advice and commercial reasoning.

David Keith joined as our Business Manager to coordinate HR, technology and help meet our regulatory requirements. David leads our Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services and coordinates all Collins Hume's charitable giving initiatives.

CPAs Peter Fowler and Christopher Atkinson were appointed Partners. Chris is renowned for his hands-on support, particularly in the Northern NSW building and construction sectors.

Shane Bartrim CPA was appointed Partner upon John Hume's retirement to apply his knowledge of Australian tax combined with a specialist niche in legal accounting. 


Collins Hume's branding was updated to two sail boats afloat on a green globe with the strapline, "Building Partnerships. Guiding Strategy." (Some may remember our previous tagline which read "Our business is making your business better.") We also joined forces with B1G1 to become one of the first Business for Good accounting firms, going on to make over 12 million giving impacts at the time of writing.

Chartered Accountants Jeff Skinner, Chris Priester and Chris Horne joined the team. Jeff equips business owners to achieve their financial goals with, from preparing tax returns to running profit improvement programs and even operational 'rescue missions'. Chris P analyses highly complex superannuation issues and develops strategies and Chris H can usually be found in our Byron office. 

jamie doyleJamie Doyle CPA was made up to Partner and was a key proponent of our business development and cloud accounting protocols plus headed up our firm's talent attraction and recruitment. That year, our business also took the bold step to become RG146 authorised to deliver SMSF advice. Chris Atkinson celebrated his 20-year anniversary; Carol and Peter celebrated their 15-year anniversaries.

Collins Hume rallied to the aid of local business with free advice and support on disaster aid assistance to get them back on their feet following TC Debbie, with Peter Fowler appointed to Lismore Business Panel to help Lismore CBD businesses rebuild and reopen. In May, Collins Hume hosted a major business event in Ballina raising $18,000 for local charities. We also redeveloped and expanded our service range and brand message to "Collins Hume… we believe in business."

We started the year by conducting a second major business event in March, which took our fundraising tally to over $30,000. Partner Ian Wunsch retired 30 June plus we opened larger, better appointed premises in Byron Bay. 

Following the amazing efforts of our team, clients and wider community and two standout events, we smashed our original giving target of 10 million giving impacts by 2018, so we upped the ante to a new giving goal of creating 25 million giving impacts by 2025! We wrapped up the year by introducing four new team members and publicly launched our UN Sustainability Development Goals as Purposeful Advisers.

Kelly Crethar CPA stepped into the Collins Hume Partnership, Jamie Doyle stepped up to become our Managing Partner and Partner Shane Bartrim stepped out. We also established our Conscious Business Hive giving hub. David celebrated his 15-year anniversary.

What's in store for 2020?
We kicked off the year by co-hosting a KPI Workshop and Kelly will be whipping businesses into shape as keynote speaker for Entrepreneur Facilitator Service Richmond-Tweed Heads this month. We'll help John Collins and Robyn Johnston celebrate their 40th and 20th work anniversaries respectively. Towards the end of this financial year, Chris Atkinson will dance for cancer to raise funds for Cancer Council's Stars of Ballina Shire. We think it's a top way to see in FY21 and very much in line with the type of business we are today. 

We believe there has never been a more exciting time to be in business. And it's very clear that successful, profitable businesses are the lifeblood of the communities in which we live. By partnering with and inspiring business owners to achieve extraordinary results, collectively we build stronger communities, change lives and create a better world.

Thanks for being on the journey with us. Here's to the next 40!

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