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Brad Chiller - Director
Financial Planning
Brad Chiller - Director
Financial Planning
Authorised Representative of AMP
Brad Chiller - Director

Brad was born and raised in Warrnambool. After completing his secondary studies at St. Kevin's College, he spent 8 years studying in the United States of America (courtesy of a tennis scholarship) and travelling the Tennis Circuit. Upon returning from the U.S in late 2002, Brad completed a Diploma of Financial Planning and began working in the Family Financial Planning business with Kevin shortly thereafter.

Brad specialises in Corporate and Retail Superannuation advice, Personal Risk Insurance, Transition to retirement strategies and Retirement Planning.

Christopher Kol - Partner
Audit & Assurance
Christopher Kol - Partner
Audit & Assurance
Chartered Accountant, Registered Company Auditor Registered Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Auditor
Christopher Kol - Partner

Chris has had extensive external audit experience both locally and with international audit firm Ernst & Young. Chris has worked solely in audit at McLaren Hunt since 1990 providing audit services to listed, disclosing and non-listed public entities. He has worked with financial institutions, a wide range of private industries, real estate and solicitor trust accounts as well as, not-for-profit associations.

Garry Smith - Director
Agribusiness Services
Garry Smith - Director
Agribusiness Services
Chartered Accountant
Garry Smith - Director
Garry was born and raised in Warrnambool and after working for ten years in Melbourne, he returned to South West region. Garry has now established a dairy industry reputation and provides specialist "on farm" accounting and rural management services to primary producers. He provides a full range of primary production services including taxation, financial accounts, budgeting, BAS and PAYG compliance and farm performance analysis. Garry has established a thorough and comprehensive network of dairy industry specialists that work together to provide a unique service of support and expertise to dairy farmers and primary producers.
Geoff McLaren - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Geoff McLaren - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Certified Practising Accountant
Geoff McLaren - Director

Geoff is a well known local identity with more than 35 years of experience in public practice accounting.

Geoff's objective with his clients is to solve their tax and financial problems, help them to capitalise on opportunities, maximise wealth and ensure they avoid the pitfalls through the life cycle of their business.

James Mahony - Director
Taxation & Business Services
James Mahony - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Chartered Accountant
James Mahony - Director
James began working with McLaren Hunt in 1991 after three years with a Melbourne Chartered Accounting firm. He completed his studies at Deakin University, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a qualified financial planner. Raised on a dairy farm, he has a great understanding of farmers and small business people in general. James strives to provide sound, dynamic advice to his clients in a prompt and timely manner. James is the Junior President of the Warrnambool Football Club.
John Brereton - Director
Financial Planning
John Brereton - Director
Financial Planning
Authorised Representative of AMP
John Brereton - Director

John joined MBO in 2001 as a financial planner after several years in the banking sector, going on to become a partner in 2003 and is one of 14 founding partners of McLaren Hunt.  Johns vast experience and approachable nature leads to his clients receiving excellent advice, communicated very simply and clearly.  John enjoys helping his clients make the most of the financial resources at their disposal to achieve their goals, he specialises is Retirement Planning and Self Managed Superannuation Funds: from their establishment through to investment and complex strategy advice.

Lindsay Bullivant - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Lindsay Bullivant - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Fellowship of Chartered Accountants.
Lindsay Bullivant - Director

Lindsay has been with McLaren Hunt since 1981 and in that time, has been providing taxation, accounting and management services to a range of small businesses including primary producers, retail and manufacturers. Lindsay's focus is on assisting clients grow and protect their businesses and he achieves this through his extensive experience, his firm's large accounting resources and his desire and ability to understand his client's business and needs.

Mark Dickson - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Mark Dickson - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Fellowship of Chartered Accountants
Mark Dickson - Director
Mark joined McLaren Hunt in 1988 after working in Melbourne. His unique insight into businesses and their operations, combined with his expertise across the full spectrum of taxation advisory activities and accounting services, ensures that clients receive the perceptive and dynamic advice they seek.
Mark Patterson - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Mark Patterson - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Chartered Accountant
Mark Patterson - Director

Mark commenced with McLaren Hunt in 1999 after 3 years in Melbourne and has extensive experience in public practice. During this time Mark has been working with clients from a wide range of business sectors. He has provided assistance in areas including taxation advice, specialist advice on capital gains tax, tax compliance, accounting services, business management advice, tax effective structuring and tax exit strategies. Mark also has extensive experience in assisting new business owners to grow their business from the initial start-up phase through to maturity.

Michael O'Keeffe - Director
Taxation, Business & Audit Services
Michael O'Keeffe - Director
Taxation, Business & Audit Services
Certified Practising Accountant
Michael O'Keeffe - Director

Michael became a Partner of MBO Financial Group in 2001 and continues as a Director with McLaren Hunt Financial Group and has been instrumental in ensuring the firm remains up to date with current tax law. Regular professional development ensures clients receive the latest in business advice.

New business clients enjoy Michael's easy going approach and down to earth way of explaining the sometimes complex nature of Tax law.

Apart from small business development Michael also has an extensive knowledge on Self Managed Superannuation Funds. Michael has been auditing SMSF's for over 20 years. His strong commitment to professional development ensures he is able to assist clients in all aspects of SMSF administration.

Narelle McLean - Partner
Audit & Assurance
Narelle McLean - Partner
Audit & Assurance
Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Registered Company Auditor, Registered Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Auditor
Narelle McLean - Partner

Narelle joined McLaren Hunt in 2004 after working in Melbourne for 8 years. Narelle provides a wide range of audit and assurance services, including statutory external & internal audit, due diligence reviews, compliance engagements, special investigations and other consulting services.

Narelle is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Company Auditor, Certified Internal Auditor, Approved External Examiner of Trust Accounts and Registered Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Auditor and provides audit and assurance services to a number of disclosing, private and not-for-profit organisations.

Narelle's focus has been to assist clients to improve their financial reporting process, analysis, compliance and risk management processes.

Paul Looney - Director
Financial Planning and Taxation & Business Services
Paul Looney - Director
Financial Planning and Taxation & Business Services
Certified Practising Accountant Authorised Representative of AMP
Paul Looney - Director

Paul joined MBO Financial Group in early 2000 and has been a partner since 2007. Paul has worked in every area of MBO Financial Group, and now specialises in the administration of Self Managed Superannuation Funds and small business accounting. Paul became a financial planning authorised representative in 2006. Paul enjoys helping clients maximise their wealth via the unique opportunity that a Self Managed Super Fund can provide.

Ross Buzolich - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Ross Buzolich - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Certified Practising Accountant
Ross Buzolich - Director

Ross has been with MBO since its inception and has had extensive experience in all areas of public accounting.

Ross specialises in taxation advice and tax planning, business structuring, self managed superannuation funds, auditing and general management advice.  His personal goal is to make sure that clients feel that our firm helped them with their goals both financially and personally, not that we just prepare their tax returns.

Steve Marris - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Steve Marris - Director
Taxation & Business Services
Chartered Accountant
Steve Marris - Director

Steve started at McLaren Hunt in 1994 in Audit before moving to taxation & business services in 2000. Steve's clients mainly consist of dairy farmers & retail businesses in the Warrnambool area. He provides advice in regards to small business capital gains tax concessions, accounting services & entity restructuring. Steve is regarded for his practical problem solving & attention to detail.

Warren Main - Principal
Taxation & Business Services
Warren Main - Principal
Taxation & Business Services
Bachelor of Commerce
Chartered Accountant
Warren Main - Principal
Warren started working with McLaren Hunt in 1994 after studying at Deakin University in Warrnambool. Warren provides taxation, GST and financial reporting services and advice to a wide variety of clients including individuals, primary producers and small business.

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