Andrew has been a key figure in Blackburn Prior since he started with the firm in 1991. He has a commerce degree from University of Melbourne, a postgraduate Diploma of Agricultural Economics from University of New England and a fellow with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Andrew is a highly qualified, experienced professional that understands the need for balance and finds the solutions which best suit the client, in both their business and personal life. He knows that as much as we try and compartmentalise business and personal, it never works that way for business owners. With this in mind Andrew is able to facilitate robust business negotiations between clients and external parties and find workable solutions for all parties.
Andrew grew up in Warragul in rural Victoria, studying in Melbourne and then Armidale on theNorthern Tablelands of NSW. Here he met his lovely wife of thirty years, Anne. His first position in the profession was in Leeton in the NSW Riverina, followed by stints in Taree and then Coffs Harbour. It was in Coffs Harbour that the desire sparked to become a principal in an accounting firm where he would be actively involved in how the business operated and create a positive, engaged culture for staff and clients alike. He seized the opportunity to join Blackburn Prior; with the added benefit that Anne was originally from Casino and still have family there.
Growing up Andrew was active with time spent on the football field or tennis court and otherwise spent spare time working on a family friend's dairy farm before commencing his studies at Melbourne University, which ceased his career as a farmer (only without a farm!).
Andrew is an active member of the community and has lent his expertise to various organisations including Trinity Catholic College Lismore where his association of over 17 years has seen him take on various roles including Director, Finance Committee Member and Chair. His love of cricket combines with his expertise in his roles as former president and coach of the Marist Brothers Junior Cricket Club Lismore and he has served as a member of the Rotary Club of Lismore for approximately ten years.
Andrew proactively supports the Heart Felt House Organisation, a local not-for-profit organisation that provides support to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their family and friends. His recent experience as a juror highlighted that our society, although better than others across the world, still has progress to be made to ensure that woman are treated with respect in every facet of life and his sponsorship of this organisation is one way to address this.
Words to live by: Problems are opportunities waiting to be taken. Success evolves - it is not instant or a state, it is relative not definitive.