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.
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.
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.
Carita Lablack, Partner - CA, B. Bus (Acct)
Carita joined C & W in 2007 and in 2011 she completed her Bachelor of Accounting from the University of South Australia, going on to complete the Chartered Accountants Program in 2013.
Carita has spent most of her life in Moree, with some time living abroad, and also studying in Brisbane. She works part time, with the remainder of her time filled with chasing after her two young boys. Carita loves the balance that working part time gives her, providing both quality time with her children and time in the office building relationships with her clients.