The experts in
not for profit

The Team at Accounting For Good

Our Team

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 - CEO

Kirsten Forrester - CEO

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 AFG since 2009. She’s a numbers person who continues to be passionate about bringing the numbers to life for people who ‘do good’ in the world.

Read more about Kirsten here.

Carol Tran - Account Manager

Carol Tran - Account Manager

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.”

David Colmer - Account Manager

David is a qualified CPA with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle. His career has been predominantly in commercial roles, including 18 years as Commercial Manager and Finance Business Partner in the Pharmaceutical/Animal Health industry.

David stepped out of the global corporate world to work alongside not for profit senior management. He is passionate about helping NFPs achieve organisational sustainability and support their ability to provide security for their clients, employees and other stakeholders.

“I thrive on working close to the people with the passion to run these special organisations – working next to people out there making a difference.”

Process improvement and simplification is high on David’s agenda. “I actively seek opportunities to simplify financial and reporting processes so that everyone can spend more time on tasks that are really important to the organisation’s mission.”

Jane Chen - Account Manager

Jane Chen - Account Manager

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.

Kathy Tung - Account Manager

Kathy is a qualified Chartered Accountant with CFO experience in both the not for profit sector and public practice. She is an experienced and trusted pair of hands – taking care of the technical details so that change makers feel supported to focus on doing the work that drives them. Her focus is on managing risks, stewarding clients through big decisions and streamlining processes to ensure reliable and useful information for clients. She has made an art form of using relatable analogies to demystify financial concepts.

“I’m just so energised by the exciting things that people are doing out in the world and doing what I can to support them through that journey and empower them with their finances. When a client has that ‘Ah-hah!’ moment and all the pieces suddenly fall into place is so satisfying.”

Paula Chegwidden - Client Manager

Paula Chegwidden - Account Manager

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!”

Sarah Locke - Account Manager

Sarah has over 15 years’ experience in the not for profit sector. She has a wealth of experience and extensive finance knowledge from her previous roles.

Before joining Accounting For Good, her positions varied from accountant through to financial controller… so she has an exceptional range of skills.

She has the professional background to offer clients great support, particularly in delivering improvement and simplification strategies.

Sarah believes good financial information is important to assist management make sound financial decisions to achieve business goals and growth.

She loves working in the NFP sector. “The people are compassionate and dedicated to supporting the community. Not for profit organisations are always focused on making the world a better place!”

Andrea Ellis

Andrea Ellis - Account Manager

Andrea is a qualified Chartered Accountant with experience in both public practice and the private sector.

She has always had a special interest in not for profit organisations and has worked with a number of charities focused on children and youth, environmental sustainability and grassroots organisations.

Her focus is on building rapport with clients, using her presentation and report writing capabilities and organisational skills to deliver excellence in service delivery.

Andrea Banic - Account Manager

Andrea has over twenty five years of professional experience in financial, strategic, business planning and change management gained in the private, government and not for profit sectors.

She has worked as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a couple of community based organisations and is a highly sought after, experienced financial expert.

In her executive roles, Andrea has fostered strong relationships and created meaningful change within the organisations with which she has been engaged.

With a passion for human rights, equality and supporting the community, Andrea is also on the board of My Foundation Youth Housing and is a Director and Treasurer of Women in Aid & Development. Andrea has a Bachelor of Business degree, is CPA qualified, MAICD and a fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Glenn Murray - Client Manager

Glenn Murray - Senior Consultant

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 financial insight and supporting integral projects 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 finding unique solutions. A happy NFP director is the aim of Glenn’s game.

Valentyna Kors - Practice Manager

Valentyna Kors - Practice Manager

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.

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