Our ratio of qualified to non-qualified staff is well above industry norms. We place great emphasis on professional qualifications, ongoing professional and personal development, and importantly a congruency of organisational and personal values.
Allison Durant has been with Chancellors since 2009 and in her role as Director of the firm since July 2016. The profession of accounting is in Allison’s blood following her grandfather, his sister and her great grandfather. Allison has a wide range of accounting experience which enables her to provide relevant and timely advice and assistance to clients. Allison is unwavering in her commitment to high ethical, moral and professional standards. Raised in Guyra in the Northern Tablelands of NSW, Allison is a down to earth country girl through and through.
Special interest areas include: Superannuation, Structuring, High net worth family groups, Tax and Estate Planning.
Nick was the third generation to lead the firm since it was established in 1934. He maintains a pivotal role as full-time consultant to the practice. Characteristic of Nick’s modus operandi is his steadfast adherence to the traditional professional values of honesty, reliability and independence, passed on to him by his forefathers, together with an unrelenting dedication to achieving value and efficiency for clients through process and technology. His commentary on issues relevant to our clients is unconventional in that it provides insight and not just information, albeit with some cynicism thrown in.
Special Interest Areas Include: High net worth family groups, Investment, Superannuation, Structuring, Tax and Estate Planning, Professions including medical and allied health fields.
Experience: 25 Years. With Chancellors: Commenced 2020
Bruce is a Chartered Accountant with many years of finance and accounting experience in private sector and not-for-profit enterprises.
He gained his professional accounting qualifications while working at PwC Brisbane and then pursued a career in commerce across several industries including commercial property, software, manufacturing and media publishing.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology. He is an Associate of The Chartered Governance Institute and a Chartered Governance Professional and he is a course Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Special Interest Areas Include: Business structuring, Tax planning, Leadership, Governance, Commercial Property, Retirement living, Medical practice.
Affiliations & Accreditations include: CAANZ, ACIS, GAICD, Xero, Royal Queensland Golf Club, Director at The Moreton Bay Foundation
Interests Include: Bruce is a cyclist – a regular Brisbane City river loop rider - and he enjoys maintaining a high level of fitness. He lives in Brisbane with his wife Lisa and their three children. He plays a very active role in supporting the children’s numerous school and sporting commitments. In the quieter moment he can be found relaxing at the coast, surfing or playing a round of golf.
Susan has extensive compliance and taxation experience with many small business clients. She loves dealing with small business owners and taking the time to get to know her clients and their needs. With that knowledge and great attention to detail she can help these clients to navigate the everchanging tax environment and ensure efficient data management.
Special interest areas include: High net worth family groups, medical specialists and small business entities.
Rebekka is our assistant accountant, she is currently undertaking her bachelor studies at the Queensland University of Technology. With many transferable skills from her previous work with a suburban practice, she has been able to provide a great deal of support and value to the team.
Special interest areas include: ASIC, Company and Trust formations.
Affiliations & Accreditations: First Aid Certification, Xero.
Interests Include: Being active by going for runs along the Brisbane River, attending Yoga and Pilates at her local gym and exploring new cafes for Sunday brunch.
Venetia Keane has been working with Chancellors since 2019 as a contract bookkeeper. She is CPA qualified and has a wide range of experience which enables her to provide relevant, timely advice and assistance to clients. Her attention to detail makes her a valuable member of the team. She spent many years working in public practice in Ireland before moving with her husband to Australia in 2012.
Affiliations & Accreditations: Xero, Hubdoc.
Interests Include: Bush walking, running and biking. Venetia enjoys listening to music and attending live music concerts. She is also an avid reader. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children who also lead active out door lifestyles.
Crystal is our Practice Manager and Production manager all rolled into one. She oversees development and management of business process and systems, hiring and training of administration staff, maintaining records, monitoring client engagement outcomes and assisting Directors. Crystal injects leadership qualities and a unique energy to ensure Chancellors maintains direction and high morale.
Special interest areas include: Practice Management including Health Industry.
Affiliations & Accreditations Include: First Aid Certification, Xero.
Interests Include: gym, personal training, cooking and spending time with her family.
What it is to be a Chartered Accountant – “Chartered Accountant” is the designation available to qualifying members of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ). The CAANZ is regarded as the leading professional accounting body in Australia. The CA designation and Chartered Accountant Practicing Certificate involve by far the most rigorous qualification and ongoing education and review requirements of any body of accounting, taxation or management professionals in Australia. Included within the ranks of Chartered Accountants are many of the country’s business leaders. Not all designations are created equal and it is important to understand the differences.