Kenneth George Howes
Audit, Small Business, and Primary Production.
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand;Registered Company Auditor since 24 June 1969
Ken is a partner at Howes Walcott Accounting Services. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and is a registered company auditor. Ken studied at NSW TAFE, later enrolled in the Institute Entrance exams whilst working in Gunnedah NSW in an Accounting and Audit practice.
Ken has been a general practitioner on the Central Coast for in excess of 40 years. During that time he has also been heavily involved in local charities and youth work.
The practice offers a wide range of accounting experience, including management and taxation. The team is well versed in the needs of the small business community.
Ken is married to Mary, and together they consider their biggest asset to be their 6 children and 11 grandchildren.
Ken's directorships and associations include past Chairman of the East Gosford Chamber of Commerce, past Treasurer and life member of the Central Coast Youth Club which has constructed and managed the Niagara Park $3.5 million sports stadium, Director of the Franchisee for Bendigo Bank - East Gosford, District Financial Services Ltd: this listed company controls and manages the East Gosford, Lisarow and Kincumber outlets for Bendigo Bank, past accountant, chairman and committee member of the Wyoming Our Lady of the Rosary church parish council, Committee member of St Patrick's Church East Gosford finance committee.
Ken's Greatest Achievement at Howes Walcott Accounting Services
After working in public practice for 54 years I have most enjoyed seeing the result of the work we have done with clients over those years.
Small Business Management and Taxation.
Bachelor of Management, Chartered Accountant; Chartered Tax Adviser; Master of Business Administration
Leanne's career started with a government position with the Australian Taxation Office, which sparked her interest in tax, though her interest in business management and what makes business tick started much earlier. Leanne's father owned and built a small business which he grew from an initial start-up to a saleable interest. Leanne loved the workings of the business and as a child enjoyed spending many hours helping her dad with stock management and various other functions.
After starting her family, Leanne went on to manage the administration and bookkeeping functions for a high volume retail company with several outlets operating from various locations on the Central Coast. She was lucky to have been part of an award winning franchise business and learned a lot from the owners.
Over the years Leanne experienced the dynamic natures of these businesses and was involved in both opening and closing locations. When Leanne's youngest child started school she decided it was also time to continue her learning and she enrolled in university to formalise her qualifications in accounting. She quickly realised how much she enjoyed the challenges of study and having refreshed her interest in taxation, Leanne decided to make a career move into professional practice where she could utilise both her knowledge of business management and further expand her interest in taxation matters. She was not disappointed. Leanne loved her work and knew that her future was here. Leanne has worked extremely hard to get where she is today and has loved the experiences it has bought her. When you commit to a profession you also commit to a lifetime of continued learning.
Leanne loves camping weekends, relaxing with family and friends. She enjoys getting her hands dirty in the garden and yoga keeps her sane. She likes to read, but has little time to sit with a good book so she always has an audio book to keep her company in the car.
Leanne's Greatest Achievement at Howes Walcott Accounting Services
Leanne found $37,000 of GST credits for a client - they were unaware they were entitled to claim. A small business owner came to her to review their tax position and she found they were entitled to claim thousands of dollars in previous tax losses that had been overlooked by their previous adviser.