Michael Picone, Managing Partner - CA, B. Com
Currently the Managing Partner of the Firm, Michael started as one of C & W’s first cadets in 2001. He graduated from the University of Newcastle and gained his Chartered Accountant designation in 2006.
Having grown up on a farm near Garah, Michael is passionate about our rural community and understands the need for exceptional financial services in regional areas. Michael has developed strong relationships with our clients and enjoys building on these as our firm continues to expand and increase its range of services.
Outside of work, Michael used to be a zealous sportsman, though these days is limited to a few games of cricket. Michael and his wife Kelly have three children, Hazel, Joe and Mack.
Mark Johnson, Partner - CA, B. Fin Admin
Mark provides clients with specialist services in tax, management accounting, superannuation, estate and succession planning, and appreciates the long standing client relationships that he has been fortunate to have throughout his career.
In more recent years much of Mark’s professional direction has been partnering with legal firms to deliver effective estate planning solutions for high net worth clients. “Working with agricultural families to achieve estate and succession solutions is extremely challenging but professionally rewarding”.
Mark remains passionate about C & W and providing high quality professional services to regional clients.
Away from work Mark is a long suffering Rabbitoh’s fan who in 2014 witnessed them claim the Premiers crown. “Good things come to those who wait”. Mark with his extremely supportive wife Helen have three adult children who “even now enjoy our company, which is nice”.
Trent Humphreys, Partner - Certified Financial Planner, B. Fin Admin
Trent commenced employment with C & W Financial Services in 1993. After completing a Bachelor of Financial Administration in 1997 he returned full time to C & W, where he was working in accounting. As Trent became more heavily involved in superannuation, he encouraged the establishment of a financial advisory side to the business.
Since then Trent has gone on to complete his Diploma of Financial Planning, he is a Certified Financial Planner, the highest designation available in Financial Planning, and is a Self-Managed Super Fund Specialist.
As a Certified Financial Planner and Authorised Representative of Byron Capital, he is committed and eager to provide you with the highest level of service and is driven by seeing his clients achieving their goals.
Trent and his wife Anna have three children, Heidi, Nicholas and Margaret.
Louise Gett, Partner - CA, B.Fin Admin
After completing her Bachelor of Financial Administration at the University of New England in 1982 Louise joined Horwath & Horwath (a medium sized Accounting Firm) in Sydney. At Horwath & Horwath she worked in the small business division where she gained a broad background in most areas of a Public Accounting Practice and also completed her Professional Year to become a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand in 1986.
In August 1987 Louise returned home to Narrabri and joined Lockhart & Carrigan as a manager in the Narrabri Office. On 1st July 1996, Louise was admitted as a Partner to Carrigan & Co.
Louise has experience in many areas of income tax matters and is also the firm’s advisor in all computer matters. She is a Certified Consultant with MYOB, an Accredited Partner with Reckon and has her Xero Advisor Certification.
She has three adult children, two young ladies working in Narrabri and her youngest, a son, is currently at UNE completing a Bachelor of Accounting degree. Louise is passionate about her home town and serves on a number of local committees.
David Maxwell, Partner - CA, B.Fin Admin
David joined Carrigan & Co in 1994 after completing his Bachelor of Financial Administration at the University of New England and became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1998. In 2001, David was admitted as a partner working out of both the Wee Waa and Narrabri offices and has continued as a partner since the merger with C & W in 2013 and manages the Wee Waa office.
David and his wife Tracey, and their children Sam, Lily and Juliet live on their property outside of Wee Waa where they also run a grazing and farming business. It is this active role in their farming business that gives David an insight into his client’s own businesses which allows him to better understand the challenges and opportunities they face.
David’s key area of expertise is in small, medium business enterprises providing taxation, management and succession planning advice. David enjoys working closely with clients in a wide variety of industries including primary production, agri-services, retail and manufacturing.
Fraser Brown, Partner - CA, B. Comm
Fraser started with C & W in the Moree office in 2013. Prior to that Fraser spent 15 years living in Brisbane before deciding on a ‘tree change’ and moving to Moree.
Fraser completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Queensland before starting a Graduate Accounting program at Grant Thornton in Brisbane and worked for UBS in Wealth Management and as a Commercial Analyst in Mining and Gas.
Fraser is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Graduate Certificate in Mining Engineering, and has completed Level 1 of the CFS (Chartered Financial Analyst) program. Fraser works predominately with farming clients and agribusinesses. Fraser has significant experience in helping clients analyse and improve their business, budgeting and performance reviews, working with banks to refinance and restructure, and working with the RAA and RIC regarding drought loans and subsidies.
Originally from Tenterfield, Fraser is married to Elke and has two children, Harriet and Hugo. Fraser has given up trying to retire from Rugby Union, and enjoys Golf and both the Moree Triathlons and the occasional longer distance events. Fraser lives on a hobby farm west of Moree and enjoys chasing cattle around on the weekends.