Accounting For Good is an amazing set of professionals who are variously qualified as CA, CPA and Certified Xero practitioners. We are proud of their achievements, of the way they support each other and of their care for the not for profit sector.
Kirsten Forrester has a professional background that shows a passion and purpose for making the world a better place.
She likes to make things happen and is a tireless champion of financial intelligence in the not for profit sector.
Kirsten has been at Accounting For Good since 2009 and she refers to herself as “not an accountant – but a numbers person.”
Raised by bookkeepers, remembering the odometer readings on family road trips was all part of the fun.
Carol is CA qualified – she has worked in Tax and Business Services and was previously a Management Accountant for a global IT lifecycle management business.
As an account manager, Carol is responsible for reviewing financial reports and improving business processes. She also likes to help the client learn something new about themselves.
“I analyse and build a story about a client’s business trends and activity, and collaborate with the AFG team to deliver on client goals and requirements.”
Carol’s strengths come from her commercial background and focus on the profitability and sustainability of the client’s business.
She likes to work with clear processes and systems. She enjoys working with the honest, hard working and open-minded team at AFG.
Watching a not for profit deliver on their goals and do the good in the community is what gets her out of bed in the morning.
“The finance department is crucial in communicating the message of the not for profit. It is great to see the Board, donor, or Government Department ‘get it’ after spending hours working on a budget, commentary or presentation.”
Carol is the team’s go-to person for the latest on new bars, restaurants and cafes.
Glenn is a Chartered Accountant and spent twelve years in a ‘big four’ firm and many years in large commercial roles for multinationals. He also has experience in the Community Housing Sector, so he knows how not for profits tick.
Providing reports and financial information to AFG’s clients so they get clarity around their financial position keeps Glenn busy day to day. If it can happen in accounting, Glenn has seen it – he finds it satisfying to find solutions to tricky problems.
“When I can cut through all the noise and focus on the top two or three things that management and Boards need to focus on, that’s really satisfying,” he says.
Juggling demands and deadlines keep him on his toes, but he stays motivated by giving guidance, simplifying processes and saving clients money. A happy client is the aim of Glenn’s game.
Family is number one when not at work – Glenn gets away from the numbers relaxing on the beach or in the national park on the South Coast of NSW.
Jane is a qualified Chartered Accountant and was a Public Practice Accountant before joining Accounting For Good.
She likes to maintain good client relationships, solve problems and deliver solid accounting expertise.
Jane aims to help management teams she works with gain a better understanding of their financial performance.
“I feel proud when I have gained a client’s trust and have added value to their organisation.”
Jane likes working with such a supportive team and enjoys the flexible work arrangements at AFG.
You’ll find Jane recharging the batteries at the weekend after a productive week at work.
Paula supports AFG’s clients with financial management and intelligence.
Her unique expertise comes from many years working in the community services sector, predominantly in Western Sydney, as a manager and board member. This viewpoint means she knows exactly what her clients need.
Paula loves “working with a diverse range of clients who are doing great things. It’s very rewarding being able to provide support to clients in finance and accounting, as these are the areas that they are often a bit scared of.”
She is proud of the diversity of skills at Accounting For Good that collectively they are able to offer clients; it’s a very supportive group of people.
A good day for Paula is when a client is satisfied with the service or information she has provided – “When the client is happier when they say goodbye than when they rang up!”
When she’s not making clients happy, Paula enjoys pottering in the garden, spending time with friends and reading books. She is also a self-confessed TV binger.
Valentyna started her career as a Mathematician/Statistician with a degree in Physics.
After a stint in the USA studying Business Administration and Architecture, she moved to Australia and worked in not for profits, including a role as Operations Manager at one of Accounting For Good’s clients.
So she knew the team before she set foot in the door. At AFG, Val manages the team of bookkeepers and accountants. Keeping an eye on capacity and resources is an important part of her role.
She is a stickler for deadlines and manages the schedules for the team to ensure all milestones are met. Val’s strengths are in logistics and administration. She is naturally good with numbers and optimisations. She likes bringing order to chaos with her client’s information.
“I enjoy finding an individual approach for our clients and seeing results when my team achieves their goals. We care deeply about our clients at Accounting For Good and we have good relationships with them. This makes it easier to achieve results.”
Val says that having a like-minded person as a CEO makes her job easy and enjoyable. Her team is an interesting mix of young professionals who she enjoys seeing succeed and grow professionally.
When she’s not keeping everything in order at AFG, Val takes time out to walk her puppy at the beach and raise two beautiful daughters with her husband. She loves swimming, but finds the water in Sydney a little too cold!
Before joining Accounting For Good, Darren enjoyed a successful career in customer service and proudly received recognition for his outstanding contribution in customer facing roles.
Darren manages AFG’s customer contact systems (ticket queues, phone calls and customer portals), ensuring that enquiries are answered in a timely manner.
He is in charge of onboarding of new clients, he helps clients with their access to the accounting software and customer portals and ensures the team has the correct systems access and tools to support the clients for a seamless transition.
Darren enjoys helping people from all different walks of life, problem solving and perseverance to see projects through to completion.
“Introducing our customer portals has provided a great resource to our clients with helpful guides and information as well as their financial reports all available in the one place.”
Darren is proud to work at AFG as it has a great reputation in the not for profit accounting space.
“Our customers have great things to say about AFG and often recommend us to other not for profit organisations. It’s great when a new organisation comes on board.”
On his days off, Darren enjoys going to the movies, playing tennis, cycling, bushwalking and catching up with family and friends.