Our Team









Gary Croese B.Bus.(ACC). CPA Accountant

About Me:

I am born and bred in Newcastle. I graduated from Charles Sturt University what seems a long time ago now, I have enjoyed accumulating 20+ years’ experience in the financial sector. Where I have helped individuals & businesses with financial planning, accounting advice and business strategy. Working hard during the week on the weekend you can find me caravanning, fishing, playing football (soccer) and spending time with my family.

What I am good at:

Researching and identifying business tax strategies that allow you to pay less tax to the government.

I live and breathe numbers and business strategy. I identify missed opportunities in your business where you can extract more revenue and profit, whilst often cutting expenses.

What my team say about me:

“Gary is interested in helping clients make the most of their business, growing it with business advice & Startegies to assist them in being the best they can be. ”

Rene

“Gary is really passionate about helping business owners turn their business into something great. Apart from his expert knowledge of small business taxation and compliance matters, his experience and enthusiasm in providing strategic business advice always shows through and gives our clients confidence in decision making and peace of mind in knowing exactly where their business is at, and where it’s going.”

Chris

“Delivering quality and succinct taxation and accounting advice for over 20 years”

Steven

Chris Stevens B.Fin. M.Acc. – CPA Accountant

About Me:

I grew up in Newcastle, where I graduated from the University Newcastle (bachelor of finance). I then completed my masters of accountancy at Charles Sturt University. I completed my diploma of financial services and I am an Authorised Representative Of Count Financial Ltd. I enjoy helping business owners create strategies that run their businesses more efficiently and more profitable. With individuals i create long-term strategies that help them build wealth for their future.

Away from the office I love spending time with my wife and two boys, eating good healthy food and watching football. I’m a huge Liverpool and Newcastle Jets fan, and also follow the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs in the NRL.

What I am good at:

Analysing individual and couple’s situations and providing them with financial strategies that will build reliable wealth for their financial future.

What my team say about me:

“Chris has a high knowledge of our clients finanical situations and finds great pleasure in being able to present them with a financial plan that will help them meet their goals.”

Rene

“Is University Qualified & his experience to date sees him completing financial statements & taxation returns efficiently and accurately. With his eye for detail no deduction is ever left behind!”

Gary

“Chris is a good financial planner you can trust. He can understand various aspects of your personal circumstances and your personal values and provide you more tailored and valued financial solutions. Chris will not only offer you the best products and services but he will also make a lifetime commitment to your financial well-being.”

Simon

Rene Robertson Bookkeeper/Administration

About Me:

I started with GC Accountants in January 2007, prior to this I was part of a successful windscreen business, tending to all the administration/bookkeeping requirements. My role GC Accountants is to go the extra mile ensure every client receives the very best service. I’m available to spend time helping you or your administration team in maximising the use of your accounting software to make sure that you are keeping accurate financial records in the least amount of time.

I love spending time with friends and family relaxing around barbecues and picnics in the park, and at home I think a superstar at sing star on the PlayStation. And I recently moved back to Newcastle from Medowie.

What I am good at:

My clients love how I can show them how to keep more accurate financial records without the frustration of spending hours and hours in front of your accounting software.

What my team say about me:

“Provides quality client service nothing is ever a problem for Rene, if something is outside of her comfort zone she’ll endeavour to solve the issue on her own or seek an Accountant advice before getting back to the client within 24 hours with an answer.”

Gary

“Rene is a reliable, fast and accurate bookkeeper. She can offer friendly and practical services and information in plain English. With her solid knowledge on bookkeeping softwares she can transfer client data into meaningful reports. ”

Simon

“Rene’s real strength is making tax and BAS compliance easy – she helps our clients stay right on top of tax and BAS compliance which gives them more time to work on business improvement. ”

Chris

Simon Lim B.Eng. B.Com. Senior Accountant

About Me:

I join GC accountants as intermediate accountant in 2012. I graduated from the University of Newcastle (bachelor of commerce) and completed my CPA program professional level in 2013. I also graduated from Chungbuk National University in Korea with an engineering degree.

I enjoyed working with individuals to complete their tax returns accurately and show them how they can minimise how much tax they pay to the government.

I have been Novocastrian since 2003, and have loved raising my two children in the Australian lifestyle and culture. And to keep in good shape I have a deep passion for running.

What I am good at:

Showing individual tax clients all the possible deductions they’re entitled to, so they pay less in taxes.

I also love showing how individuals can use other strategies to minimise their tax and have more disposable income.

What my team say about me:

“Identifies tax deductions that other Accountants have missed! He is diligent & loves his work as an Accountant. Nothing gets Simon more excited than a complex tax problem.”

Gary

“Simon makes sure each client he works on is able to claim what they are entitiled to, researching new rules & changes to the tax system. ”

Rene

“Simon has a real talent for indentifying restructuring opportunities for our business clients – recently he saved a client over $90,000 tax in one year alone by identifying a key structuring opportunity for a family trust client. ”

Chris

Allistair Donaldson B.Com, B.Bus

About Me:

Originally hailing from Tamworth I moved to Newcastle for my university studies. I  always desired a career in Financial Planning and after graduating I wanted to pursue my dream whilst remaining in this great city. I have now been at GC Accountants for over a year and have enjoyed every moment of it. Away from the office I like to have weekends away camping and am a big fan of the Sydney Roosters so you may hear me yelling at the screen when they are playing.

What I am good at:

I enjoy all aspects of my role here but I really love getting clients the best loans out there whether it is for a new vehicle, a property or an investment. I get a lot of satisfaction helping clients with their first home purchase and its process or looking through a client’s current loans and being able to refinance them into a loan that will save them money.

What my team say about me:

“I find Allistair is a very courteous, thoughtful & considerate person that loves helping people no matter what. He loves his work & is learning some fantastic technical skills relating to Superannuation & Lending, recently he has furthered his Professional Career by completing his Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking”

Gary

“Allistair is all over your leasing needs! He is always on the lookout for better leasing option for our clients. He is also a great support for Chris assisting with the financial planning compliance.”

Rene

Tash

About Me:

I have been at GC accountants now for over 2 years. I have really enjoyed my time here so far. I have learnt lots and am still learning new things every day. I have even started my own investment portfolio.

I enjoy socialising and going away on spontaneous trips over the weekend with friends. Something I absolutely love is shopping! I tend to spend most of the money I work for, so I am very thankful to be working with great financial planners who can help with my shopping addiction.

What I am good at:

I have an exuberant personality and enjoy interacting and building a good rapport with all clients. I like to make sure they feel welcome and in a friendly environment when they walk through the door.

I take a conscientious attitude to all work I undertake and take pride in completing all tasks and challenges that come my way.

What my team say about me:

“It is great having Tash in the office her bright personality is infectious and she has a great sense of humour. She excels at any new work she takes on and enjoys rising to any challenge that comes her way.”

Allistair

“Tash is a bubbly & friendly person that happily greats the clients when they enter. Being new to our firm she is getting to know our clients and assists them however she can. ”

Rene