Our Story

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

Westcourt helps to make businesses, and the families that own them, become great.

We understand the unique challenges and opportunities that face a family running a business.  We understand the conflicts, the opportunities, the drivers and the ways that families in business transact and operate.  By keeping our focus targeted we can give great advice so a family owned business will become the best possible fit.

To us, a family in business is not just about business.  The added dimension of family creates a unique dynamic that changes the focus of the business.  We think that the family business model is the best platform for running a long term sustainable business for today’s complex and changing business environment.  A deep and focused understanding of the delicate balance between the needs of the business and the needs of the family is imperative to creating great outcomes.

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 beautiful East Perth with 18 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.

We want to be the catalyst for that change. Good families running great businesses that leave a lasting and permanent legacy.

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 a focus on privately held food manufacturers who have a view to exporting and on mining services businesses (cartage contracting, dry hire and wet hire).  Ross is also a director of Gilmac Pty Ltd (one of Australia’s premier hay exporters).  Ross is a former director of RTR FM and a former board member of The Cancer Support Association of WA and an active member of The Executive Connection.

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.

Alfredo Castronuevo

Senior Advisor

Alfredo Castronuevo

Senior Advisor

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Certified Practising Accountant
  • SPAA SMSF Specialist Advisor

Alfredo has more than 10 years’ experience in public practice and specialises in self managed superannuation funds. Alfredo joined Westcourt in September 2012. His experience includes family business advisory and taxation services as well as providing accounting and advisory services for high wealth individuals obtained whilst working at BDO.

Having satisfied the SPAA SMSF Specialist Advisor program requirements, Alfredo predominantly takes care of Westcourt’s Self Managed Super Fund clients.

Amrat Karsan

Senior Advisor

Amrat Karsan

Senior Advisor

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ( ACCA)
  • Certified Practise Accountants ( CPA)

Amrat moved from the UK in January 2015 and joined Westcourt in March 2015. Amrat has over 8 year of experience working in an accounting practise within the UK and brings her experience and expertise to Westcourt. She loves assisting client to achieve their business goals.

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.

Shu Xia

Senior Advisor

Sheu loves chatting and meeting with clients to help them realise their goals.

Shu Xia

Senior Advisor

  • Certified Practising Accountant (CPA)
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Bachelor of Commerce

Shu Xia joined Westcourt as an advisory in July 2016. Previously, she worked in a medium sized local accounting firm and has rich experience dealing with small to medium-sized family businesses with various entity structures. Shu always puts efficiency and professionalism in the first place.

Besides the professional development, Shu is also keen to contribute and promote to the Asia community in Australia. Shu has held a number of public tax seminars for the local Chinese investors and received very good feedbacks.

Shu is proficient in Chinese and English.

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

Advisor

David is an avid numbers enthusiast.

David Hewitt

Advisor

  • Bachelor Commerce (Financial Accounting, Corporate Finance, Business Law)
  • Bachelor of Economics (Economics, Money & Banking)

David joined Westcourt in 2014, as a current UWA Graduate.  David is currently mentored by the senior staff at Westcourt with the responsibility of undertaking accounting and finance projects.

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.

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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