Master of Commerce – Major in Taxation QUT
Bachelor Commerce – UQ
Diploma of Financial Planning
SMSF Specialist Advisor – SMSF Association
Registered Tax Agent
Registered SMSF Auditor
Member Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) 1997
Fellow of the Tax Institute (FTI) 2012
Brothers Rugby Club – Board Member/Treasurer since 2014
Brisbane Irish Rugby Football Club, Life Member
A highly credentialed business advisor and Chartered Accountant, Brenden has a special interest in tax, accounting and business advice for professionals, executives and business owners in the mining and resources sectors.
In a field that is by nature complex and logistically challenging, individuals and business owners in mining and resources require clear and practical insights to remain in control of their personal and business financial affairs.
Brenden provides the knowledge and support his clients need to navigate a raft of issues that commonly include business structuring, asset protection strategies and cross-border international tax management. Brenden appreciates that a more cooperative working relationship is required between business owners and their advisors in a sector that is impacted by fluctuating prices, long lead business cycles, heavy demand for capital, high risk and cost controls.
For mining and resources executives and professionals, Brenden assists with matters relating to salary packaging, negative gearing and income tax – in both Australian and international jurisdictions. His in-depth understanding of Executive Share Schemes is particularly valued by clients.
Keenly perceptive and naturally intuitive, Brenden adopts a practical and straight-forward approach that allows him to break down large, multi-layered and complicated matters into clearly articulated points. Brenden has a knack for identifying critical issues and formulating solutions that expose risks and capitalise on opportunities to ultimately deliver required outcomes.
For business owners in mining and resources, appropriate business structures and strong asset protection strategies are fundamental, Brenden works closely with clients to address risk mitigation; tight financial management and effective leadership for multiple businesses across the mining and resources sector.
Brenden helps business owners to gain a clear understanding of their numbers through preparation of financial statements that include special purpose accounts and consolidation of group entities; BAS and PAYG; and Fringe Benefits Tax. He uses these and other financial reports to help and educate business owners to identify red flags, understand the significance of changes or emerging trends and use historic information in alignment with real time data to inform confident decision making.
These financial insights, coupled with his strong understanding of the scale and complexity of the mining and resources sectors and business owners’ specific needs and goals, Brenden develops financial and business strategy to achieve agreed outcomes.
Financial strategy for mining and resources businesses commonly includes timely management reporting at intervals appropriate for the business; realistic budgeting, cash flow projections and financial analysis that are all the more useful when benchmarked against industry standards.
Brenden leads discussions around business performance monitoring; helping to identify and set KPIs – financial and non-financial; and using predictive modelling to gauge impacts of proposed changes before implementation. He frequently provides tax, accounting and business insights for business valuations as required for mergers, acquisitions and when selling mining and resources businesses.
Often acting on behalf of the business in these situations, Brenden works with his opposite number representing the buyer or seller and other members of the team of professionals whose collaboration is necessary to derive the most favourable outcomes for the business owner.
Brenden was born in Brisbane and raised on his family’s stud cattle property in Barraba, Central NSW. Schooled in Armidale, he later attended UQ where he studied Commerce before returning to QUT to complete his Masters, majoring in taxation. He has since completed numerous other qualifications.
Most of what makes Brenden tick comes from his rural upbringing. Growing up in a busy family with multiple business interests, there was always work to be done and new challenges to master. This has instilled in Brenden an excitement for learning and a keen work ethic. It’s not all work and no play though. Brenden likes to relax by entertaining family and friends and playing and watching as much sport as he can fit in.
Married to Catherine, together they are raising two children, James and Amelia. An avid rugby fan, Brenden is a board member and treasurer of Brothers Rugby Club, one of Australia’s largest community sports associations. He is also a life member of the Brisbane Irish Rugby Football Club where he played for many years.