Our Story

Our firm was created from a family owned business. We understand how families in business work, think and act.

 

 

 

 

 

Our History

Our History

We know from personal experience how challenging it can be to build a business, and we understand first hand the stresses faced by families who own businesses. The lessons we have learned mean that we can really relate to our clients, and have the practical experience to help them grow their business.

Our first five clients are still with us today, which we believe speaks volumes about the strong relationships we develop with our clients. We are proud of our history and the positive affiliations we have with our clients and staff, and look forward to helping many more businesses and their family owners go from strength to strength in the future.

Westcourt was founded by Ross Forrester in 1998, with Craig Seddon coming on board in 2001. From the early days in a single sub-leased cubicle with no door and a business card taped to the wall, we have grown to become a thriving advice business in bustling Northbridge with 15 successful and experienced team members.

Mission and Vision

Vission Mission

Our vision is for family owned businesses to be the primary driver of profits, innovation and employment in Australia.

And we want to be the catalyst for that change. We will do that by cutting red tape, providing certainty, increasing wealth and by helping a family transfer their legacy at a time and way that is best fit for the family.

Our Team

Our people are our greatest asset. We carefully select all our staff to offer our clients an outstanding team with a range of expertise and targeted solutions for their situation.

Ross Forrester

Director

Ross founded the practice and still loves coming to work each morning.

Ross Forrester

Director

 

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Business Law)
  • Graduate Diploma of Applied     (Finance (Property Investment Analysis)
  • Graduate Diploma of Financial ( Planning (Business Succession + Estate Planning)
  • Masters of Applied Finance         (Private Equity: Mergers and Acquisitions) – expected completion June 2016
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Chartered Tax Advisor
  • Family Business Australia – Advisor Member
  • Senior Fellow – Financial Services Institute of Australia

Ross set up the business at the age of 25 and his drive and enthusiasm for his clients and staff has built the company into what it is today.

He is particularly skilled at identifying tax opportunities, family business (he is heavily involved in his parents family business), due diligence on business purchases and non-executive directorships.

Ross has held the following board roles

The British Sausage Company – 2018 to present

Gilmac Pty Ltd (one of Australia’s premier hay exporters) 2011 to 2018

RTR FM – 2006

The Cancer Support Association of WA – 2008 to 2015

Ross is a passionate Wildcats, Eagles and Scorchers fan and loves golf. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son.

 

 

 

Craig Seddon

Director

Craig Seddon

Director

Craig Seddon joined Westcourt as a graduate and has helped to grow the business from a small group of 3 staff to a motivated team of 15. Craig believes that accountancy is not about “a set of numbers”, it is about “helping someone to get the most out of their life”.

An avid hockey enthusiast, Craig also tries to help others get the most out of life by coaching and mentoring young hockey players.

Mel Clayton

Advisor

She enjoys dealing directly with clients and imparting specialty advice on taxation.

Mel Clayton

Advisor

  • Chartered Tax Advisor
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • (Finance Accounting, Management Accounting, Corporate Finance)
  • Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting

Mel joined Westcourt in 2007 with a Bachelor degree and is now a Chartered Accountant.

Mel is very motivated, as demonstrated by her high-level participation in hockey and floorball. Mel also enjoys road cycling to maintain fitness and focus.

David Hewitt

Advisor

David is an avid numbers enthusiast.

David Hewitt

Advisor

 

  • Bachelor Commerce (Accounting, Finance)
  • Bachelor of Economics (Economics, Business Law)
  • Chartered Accountant (CA)
  • Member of the Tax Institute

David has a love for helping families in business. His only loyalty is to his clients and attaining the best possible outcome across all areas of their lives. He provides independent, unbiased and pragmatic advice to empower you with information to help you make great decisions.

He has a strong focus on identifying tax opportunities, business strategy, wealth design and developing inter-generational relationships.

David believes great advice comes from an intimate understanding of your environment, intelligent thought, pragmatic solutions and doing the unnecessary.

He is continuously helping the community through providing low cost access to advice through the Westcourt Workshops initiative and is involved in coaching the Wembley Amateur Football Club Colts Team.

David enjoys sharing war stories with Family and Friends over a glass of wine and is a regular attendee at the Perth Wildcats and Lynx.

 

 

Storm Kent

Advisor

Storm Kent

Advisor

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
  • Chartered Accountant (CA)

Storm joined Westcourt Family Business Accountants in December 2018. She has six years of experience in mid-tier and boutique public practice firms in Perth.

Storm enjoys bringing a personable approach to accounting: it’s all about the story behind the numbers and how best to convey that story to the relevant stakeholders.

She is passionate about being actively involved in clients’ affairs which enables a forward focus and opportunities to be seized in a time sensitive matter.

Storm revels in continuous learning to stay ahead of the curve: essential in a tax and technology heavy environment. She also enjoys pushing for change and utilising the best of technology to gain insights faster; to streamline and simplify processes.

Storm is actively involved in the community through volunteering. In her down time, she can be found enjoying a good book or out on a walk with her rescue dog, Candy.

Antonia Farnworth

Advisor

Antonia Farnworth

Advisor

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting) (New Zealand)

As a Graduate Accountant, Antonia prepares tax returns and financial statements for small and medium-sized enterprises with the support of our senior staff.

Antonia is a state and international level basketball player for WA and New Zealand, currently playing for the Perth Lynx.

Adam Stannett

Advisor

Adam is a people person and loves to help any way he can.

Adam Stannett

Advisor

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Chartered Accountant

Adam joined Westcourt Family Business Accountants in February 2015 after graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).

I help my clients achieve their business and personal goals – whether that be through finding improvements, helping them plan or forecast or helping them out of a tough spot.

I work with a range of clients from large food manufacturers through to family owned trades, assisting with all aspects of accounting – from tax and compliance to forecasting and budgeting.

Gavin Van Der Linden

Advisor

Gavin Van Der Linden

Advisor

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Certified Practising Accountant

For nearly 14 years, Gavin has engaged his expertise in ‘problem solving’ for his client group – in addition to tax return preparation, Gavin is qualified to offer advice regarding GST, FBT and Capital Gains Tax with particular reference to the primary producer. A diversity of daily activities keeps Gavin energised and enthusiastic as he focuses on relationship building and year-round problem solving for Westcourt Consulting clients.

June Hughes

Practice Manager

June runs the business of Westcourt.

June Hughes

Practice Manager

I have been the Practice Manager with Westcourt Family Business Accountants since 2012 and my role sees me getting the best results from the team and ensuring the practice runs as efficiently and as successfully as it can.

I oversee all processes including human resources, risk management, OH&S and IT and enjoy seeing great results from the team.

My career has seen me work with businesses that are undergoing a period of growth and show them the steps to help make it happen – a role which I love.

I am also a qualified Counsellor and following my own netball career, am an Accredited Coach with Netball Australia.

Cassie Kinnane

Receptionist / Administration Support

Cassie Kinnane

Receptionist / Administration Support

I have been the Receptions & Administration Officer with Westcourt Family Business Accountants for the last 8 years and love my job.

I am the first point of contact with my clients and enjoy making their experience the best it can be when they first walk in or call Westcourt.

I have worked in administration my entire career and pride myself on m professional, hard-working and friendly approach to all tasks I undertake.

Joe Demarco

Advisor

Joe Demarco

Advisor

As an Advisor with Westcourt Family Business Accountants, I enjoy helping my clients achieve their personal and professional goals.

Knowing and understanding my clients is central to the way I operate and I work with a wide range of clients aiding with simple tax affairs to the more complex.

I have been with Westcourt Family Business Accountants since April 2019 and prior to that was working as a Chartered Accountant with RSM Australia in regional WA.

I hold a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, I am a Chartered Accountant and a member of ICAANZ  and also a member of the Tax Institute of Australia.

 

Camille Doucet

Advisor

Camille Doucet

Advisor

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Camille began her employment with Westcourt Family Business Accountants in February 2018.

Camille’s critical thinking abilities and creativity convey into an innovative approach in her advisory practice. She brings in an energetic, friendly and approachable environment to family tax and accounting.

Camille highly values her community and has committed several years to improving her domestic environment. This involvement includes volunteering for the United Nations Association of Australia where she promotes the importance of integrating sustainability into business practices. She is also an active member of her local Surf Life Saving Club where she acts as a surf lifesaver during the summer season.

 

Sasha Lindgren

Advisor

Sasha Lindgren

Advisor

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in Accounting and Business Law)
  • Certified Practicing Accountant
  • Chartered Tax Advisor

Sasha joined the Westcourt team in April 2019, re-entering the workforce after spending time at home with her two little girls.  Prior to taking time off, Sasha has worked in mid-tier and boutique accounting firms across Perth.

Sasha loves the ability to work with her clients in simplifying their tax affairs and ensuring that the best outcomes are achieved for each client’s need.  Sasha believes that your relationship with your accountant shouldn’t be a drag.  It should be an ongoing friendship with someone you know and trust, who actually cares about you, your family and your business.

When Sasha has time to spare, she loves to run and is hoping to train for a marathon in the near future.  If not running, the inner book-worm would emerge and relax with a large glass of wine!

 

 

Sarah Lee

Advisor

Sarah Lee

Advisor

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance)
  • Chartered Accountant

Sarah joined Westcourt in July 2019 and brings with her 3 years of experience in mid-tier public practice in Perth.

Following in her Dad’s footsteps (he also was an Accountant), she loves the story a company or person’s financials tell and with her bubbly personality, Sarah is passionate about customising solutions in the interest of her clients.

Sarah began dancing at the age of 7 under the Royal Academy of Dance and remains dedicated to the art. She also actively volunteers in community work. In her free time, she enjoys hikes and relaxing by the beach.

 

 

Affiliations

Intuit Quickbooks
Wolters Kluwer AU
The Executive Connection (TEC) Australia and New Zealand
Chartered Accountants ANZ
The Tax Institute
Family Business Australia
GGi Independent Member
XERO Gold Partner
SMSF Specialist
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