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 Private Business and Taxation Structuring

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

Ross Forrester

Director Private Business and Taxation Structuring

 

  • 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 Private Business and Management Advisory

Craig Seddon

Director Private Business and Management Advisory

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.

John Finnegan

Senior Advisor

John Finnegan

Senior Advisor

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chartered Tax Advisor
  • Associate Member of CPA Australia

John moved to Perth in August 2011 and joined Westcourt in August 2015.  He has 12 years’ experience in both private practice and in-house accounting and tax advisory roles in Ireland and Western Australia. John has a wealth of experience dealing with small to medium-sized enterprises and high net worth individuals. He loves assisting clients in developing and realising their business goals.

John always strives for excellence and his highly-motivated and results-focused attitude is also evident in his personal achievements. John became the youngest member in his club to achieve a black belt in Karate at the ripe old age of 15 and is currently training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing.

Mel Clayton

Senior Advisor

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

Mel Clayton

Senior 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.

Gavin Van Der Linden

Senior Advisor

Gavin Van Der Linden

Senior Advisor

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Certified Practising Accountant

For nearly 14 years, Gavin has engaged his expertise in ‘problem solving’ for his client group. He joined Westcourt in September 2012.

Adam Stannett

Advisor

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

Adam Stannett

Advisor

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Provisional Chartered Accountant

Adam joined Westcourt in February 2015, from Curtin University as a Graduate. Adam brings with him 6 years management experience within the hospitality industry. Adam currently assists the senior staff with tax planning and finance projects as well as providing Xero training to our client base. In his spare time Adam enjoys watching and playing Rugby Union.

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.

David Hewitt

Senior Advisor

David is an avid numbers enthusiast.

David Hewitt

Senior 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.

 

 

June Hughes

Practice Manager

June runs the business of Westcourt.

June Hughes

Practice Manager

June is dedicated to making our internal processes better, getting the best results out of our team and challenging the way we think about the business and what we do. June also oversees our external accountant who does our BAS and tax returns (yes we use another accountant to make us disciplined), and she controls our HR issues within the firm.

A high achiever by nature, June played competition netball for Australia at just 17 and continues to be involved in the sport. She is an accredited coach and has won 10 Gold and 2 Silver medals representing Southern Districts in the Masters competition.

Cassie Kinnane

Receptionist / Administration Support

Cassie Kinnane

Receptionist / Administration Support

You will have spoken to Cassie as the first point of contact at Westcourt Consulting as she directs you to the person most suitable to handle your enquiry.  Cassie’s efficiency and previous experience within the accounting industry, coupled with her enthusiasm for dealing with clients provides a professional and friendly welcome to the Westcourt Consulting family. Her role also includes administration support to the Practice Manager.

Nick Jefferies

Advisor

    Nick Jefferies

    Advisor

      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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