JP, B.BUS, FIPA (TAX), CTA, TA
John Richards – Partner
John has been involved in public practice as an accountant since 1982 and as a financial planner since 1998. He holds a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma in Financial Planning. His current specialisations include financial planning, income tax, capital gains tax, GST, FBT, accounting and company secretarial matters.
John is an Authorised Representative of The SMSF Expert Pty Ltd (Authorised Rep No. 234903) and can give high quality strategic advise on self-managed superannuation funds.
CA, FIPA, FFA, B.BUS, TA
Rebecca Garnsey – Partner
Rebecca is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA), a fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA), an associate member of the Self Managed Super Fund Association a registered tax agent and an SMSF auditor. Rebecca is an authorised representative of The SMSF Expert Pty Ltd (Authorised Rep No. 465076) providing high quality strategic advice on self-managed superannuation funds. She has over 20 years’ experience working in public practice and has worked with hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses.
Rebecca has the following qualifications and memberships:
- Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA)
- Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA)
- Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants (FFA)
- Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
- Self Managed Superannuation Fund Auditor
- Member of the SMSF Auditor’s Association
- RG 146 (financial planning)
- Registered Tax Agent
She specialises in complex tax matters, business structuring, SMSFs and strategic advice.
Senior Accountant (FIPA) FFA
Concentrating on self-managed super fund returns, Aline has been in professional practice since 1980. Tax planning, MYOB, business structuring and business services are also Aline’s areas of expertise.
Senior Accountant (CPA, B.Bus, JP)
Dianne holds a Bachelor of Business degree and is a CPA with Public Practice Certificate. Dianne is also a Registered Tax Agent and Justice of the Peace. Dianne has been working in public practice since 2008 and is highly skilled in taxation and accounting.
Dianne is an Authorised Representative of The SMSF Expert Pty Ltd (Authorised Rep No. 1253677).
Dianne has the following qualifications and memberships:
• Member of CPA Australia (CPA)
• Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
• RG 146
• Registered Tax Agent
Karen holds a Bachelor of Accounting and has a Diploma in Financial Planning. She recently returned to resume her role specialising in small business tax returns and accounts for Richards.
Susan was previously at H&R Block so we were very fortunate when she became part of our team in early 2019. Susan is an A-grade tax specialist, with the capacity to answer any complex tax questions you may have.
Belinda joined the team in 2018 and focuses her talents on the preparation of tax returns for individuals, especially with rental properties and complex share portfolios. She is currently studying Advanced Tax to build her technical knowledge.
Accountant (CPA, B.Hosp)
Having worked in public practice since 2014, Raechel is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Hospitality (Business) and a Diploma of Accounting. Thanks to her previous experience in the travel and hospitality industries Raechel has proven an asset to our business services team, and is very experienced with Xero and Quickbooks.
Hayati brings over eight years of accounting experience to her role at Richards, enjoying the client interaction with Blue Mountains locals since moving from a city-based firm. Hayati holds an Advanced Diploma of Accounting and is currently working towards the completion of a Bachelor of Accounting. She works extensively with clients transitioning to cloud-based software such as QuickBooks Online, assisting small businesses with streamlining their bookkeeping needs and focusing on the preparation of financial statements and tax returns for sole traders, companies and trusts.
ACCOUNTANT (B.HOSP, M.ACC, CPA)
Gabe joined Richards in 2019 after moving to the Blue Mountains from North Sydney. He has a Bachelor of Hotel Management and a Masters in Accounting, as well as being a fully qualified CPA. Gabe is a business services specialist, concentrating on helping clients with their Xero and Quickbooks files.
Suzanne joined Richards Financial Services after having been a part of Nationwide Accounting for many years and is currently completing her Advanced Diploma in Accounting. Her expertise includes taxation for sole traders as well as for investors in real estate and shares. Suzanne is a Registered BAS Agent.
Murray joined the Richards team in 2017 after an extensive career in Information Technology and business management. Murray holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting with experience across small to large organisations, including ASX top 50 companies, where he has been involved in developing business start-ups, managing corporate restructures and culture change activities. When not at work Murray can be found watching the Sydney Swans or in the kitchen experimenting with food.
After an extensive career in publishing, a tree change to the Mountains saw Haidi swapping letters for numbers and joining our administration team in 2018. Haidi looks after our clients’ corporate ASIC registers.
We were lucky to have Anjum join our administration team in 2019 after a break from the workforce for a few years to look after her young family. Anjum was previously a Personal Banking Specialist at Westpac Bank in Leura, and has strong ties to the community. In her spare time Anjum is a wonderful artist, who will be putting some of her artworks up for exhibition in our reception gallery soon – watch this space!
Nicole originally joined Richards in 2013 and worked for us for four years before going on a travelling adventure. She has returned to us to head up our administration team while she plans her next trip abroad.
Rebecca (Becky) Smith joined us on the 23rd of July 2019, to round out the admin team. Becky’s employment background is with the ATO, CommBank and ANZ, so she already comes to the team with a sound knowledge of tax and financial institutions. She also has a degree in Ancient History and pirouettes for a hobby.