The TeamSpecialised Audit & Assurance Services

SAAS Firm Structure and Expertise

SAAS is a registered CPA Practice with a corporate structure SAAS Audit Pty Ltd Trading as Specialised Audit and Assurance Services. SAAS Audit Pty Ltd is a registered audit firm (458246) with its two Directors as Registered Company Auditors.

SAAS ensure high quality senior professionals are assigned to each audit engagement as lead auditor. All professional staff are either qualified or working towards a CPA qualification.

SAAS can confidently assure clients that engagements will always be conducted at the highest standard.

The team is as follows:

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Management Team

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Gary Smith - Director

Work qualifications: B.Bus, MBA, FCPA Registered Company Auditor 222045, Registered Superannuation Auditor 100120161 & SMSF Specialist Auditor (SMSF Association)

Gary is the founding director of SAAS. Gary has in excess of 25 years audit experience and over of 18 years commercial experience. Gary is a Certified Practising Accountant and holds a public practice certificate with CPA Australia and is an experienced Registered Company Auditor and Superannuation Auditor.

Gary is a former member of the Qld Public Practice Committee of CPA Australia having been involved with that committee for over 5 years and is a former Chair of Queensland Ombudsman’s Audit Committee (5years). Gary holds Bachelor degrees in Accountancy and Public Administration and an MBA acquired in 2003 from the Qld University of Technology.

Hobbies: Gary’s personal interests include Hockey both as a player and administrator and currently holds the position of Treasurer on the Australian Masters Hockey Council. Gary is a keen golfer and likes to play challenging courses when time permits. Gary is happily married ( 44 years) has 2 children and 2 grandchildren, with whom he enjoys spending time when not working, hockeying, or golfing. Time management is essential but needs improvement some day.

 

 

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James Kenward - Director

Work qualifications: CA, BCom (Accounting) (Hons), Registered Company Auditor 441040 & Registered Superannuation Auditor 100262495

James works with a diverse range of clients across industry sectors. In addition to providing audit and assurance services James is considered the firm’s financial reporting specialist, preparing financial statements for both audit and non-audit clients.

Having obtained a Commerce degree from the University of Birmingham in the UK, James went on to train and qualify as a Chartered Accountant with a three partner firm in South East London which later merged with mid-tier firm, Wilkins Kennedy. As well as working in audit and financial reporting James spent a number of years acting as an outsourced financial controller for several clients. This included being audited rather than being the auditor!

James made the move with his family from the UK to Australia in 2008. He joined a predecessor firm of SAAS working in the role of audit manager. After becoming a registered company auditor, James joined Gary as a director of SAAS in 2014.

James’s client base includes many of the firm’s corporate entities, including those holding financial services licenses. He is responsible for solicitors trust account audits conducted by the firm and is also the key contact for clients with reporting requirements to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission.

Irrelevant fact: in the mid-nineties, a time when many clients would still use manual books, James had the realisation that the need to constantly roll up your sleeves to conduct audit work was an inefficient process which could be avoided. He is rarely seen in long sleeves to this day.

 
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Alicia Boyce - Practice Manager

Alicia started working with Gary in 2010 and has progressed to be the Practice Manager for SAAS Audit. She is the gatekeeper for all incoming jobs and manages the difficult task of keeping everyone happy and ensuring the work is completed within the deadlines. She has a wealth of experience in bookkeeping and financial management, previously working as the finance manager in both the restaurant and construction industry.

She has taken on the marketing role in the practice with gusto and is often out in the community meeting new people.

Hobbies: Alicia volunteers as a JP in the community when time permits. She also loves a good wine and a book and has a keen interest in travel and property investment.

 

Ken Beattie - Chairperson 

Work qualifications: B.Econ

Ken has over 40 years management experience across both the public and private sectors including over 5 years as a self-employed contract executive.

Ken is a graduate of the Melbourne University Management Development Program and has a broad administrative background with experience in works and costing, personnel, training and development, financial management and customer sales and service.

With Ken's vast Telecommunication and Queensland Government Career including roles as District Telecom Manager on the Gold Coast and Brisbane, General Manager Telecom Business Services for Queensland and National Manager Sales and Service. He was a Member of the Department of Main Roads Board of Management and the General Manager for the Department of Transport and Main Roads $5 Billion works program and as well as the Property Division.

Ken worked in strategic policy and organisational development and was responsible for staff levels up to 4000 and budgets of several billion.

Hobbies: Ken enjoys most sports and describes himself as a "strong family man, and a bad golfer trying to play a great game."

 

 

Staff

 
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Christina

Christina initially worked in the finance department of SAAS Audit while studying for a degree in Accounting at Central Queensland University. After graduating in 2012 with a distinction she was transferred to the SAAS audit team on a full time basis. Christina brings knowledge acquired from a wide array of fields and passion for her work. She thrives on new challenges and being able to overcome anything thrown her way. Christina has an outgoing personality leading her to her passion in cooking, entertaining family and friends, and is an avid badminton fan, previously having competed at national level for her home country of Seychelles.

Favourite quote: “Opportunity always knocks at the least opportune moments!”

 
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Brad

Work qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Auckland, majoring in Finance and Economics. Brad recently completed his professional development program with CPA Australia.

Personal accomplishments: Gained Distinction and High Distinction in PWC Economics competition 2007 and 2006 respectively. Undefeated in 2007 under 75kg boys rugby team.

Hobbies: Sports, model building & gaming

Favourite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world”

 
 
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Robyn

Robyn started her working life as a teacher in Sydney and then moved to Brisbane and a new career of Financial Planning. She has been an authorised representative for 7 years and gained a Diploma of Business (Accounting) before completing her Masters of Professional Accounting at USQ.

Robyn brings to the practice a wealth of knowledge in financial planning and has quickly adapted this to the audit of our SMSFs. Robyn is being trained in all aspects of audit and we expect her to do great things in the years ahead. She has an effervescent personality that endears her to staff and clients, a fast learner and an invaluable asset to this firm.

Robyn is already famous for her home baking and we look forward to our morning teas on those occasions. 

 
 
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Vicki

Vicki has worked alongside Gary for almost 25 years and provides a feminine touch to the practice in all aspects of its operations. Vicki has a significant role in public relations and marketing as well as an overseer of the vital administrative role on practice management from record management, financial accountability, and staff relations.  Vicki expects and demands a clean office and keeps everyone on their toes.

Vicki has a bright bubbly personality that provides a balanced side to an otherwise technically focused office.