In 2018, we were awarded the Qld State and National titles of "2018 IPA Practice of the Year", from the Institute of Public Accountants. An honour we wear proudly and humbly!
We are a dedicated team of individuals with over 85 years of collective experiences in this profession and supportive industries, providing you and your business with personalised professional services. All of our team are committed to ongoing professional development so you enjoy the best technical tax, accounting and advice available. Below are the profiles on our team members.
Mary Anne Chappel FIPA - Director, Principal
Mary Anne has an Associate Diploma in Business, is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, registered Public Practitioner, a registered Tax Agent and is certified in Xero Accounting Software. She is now part owner of Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd, which was established by her in October 1997. Mary Anne has well over 30 years experience in the profession, covering many different industries including but not exclusive to building and electrical, retail and service, legal and medical with her speciality and vast experience in primary production. Mary Anne is widely recognised locally and throughout North West Queensland for her impeccable ethics and integrity, being approachable, obliging, open and honest while meeting every client on an even playing field. Loyalty is a two way street and reciprocated with the team and clients alike.
Outside the office, Mary Anne enjoys spending time with her family. Her love of tennis and playing competition with the Triple M’s (Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd’s tennis team) and getting away ocassionally with the team, are considered great ways for team building and bonding. Travelling Australia and seeing the world is another dream that’s been made a reality!
Sally Williams – Director, Business Finance Manager
Sally is a part equity owner in the Company since 2016. She is our Business Finance Manager and Accountant at Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd and holds a Graduate Diploma of Accounting. She is an Associate of the Institute of Public Accountants, a registered Tax Agent and is certified in training and implementation of Xero Accounting Software. Joining us in 2013, specialising in KPI's, productivity, workflow and payroll she now has a collective 21 years of experience from previous accounting, administration, finance, HR and management roles. Building healthy client relationships, driving business goals and supporting the team at every level is how Sally became the "go to person" at Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd.
Outside the office, Sally enjoys those precious moments with her children and helping out family and friends to achieve success and reach their personal goals too. Playing competition tennis with the Triple M's (Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd's tennis team) is another highlight in her busy schedule, together with her new found love of hiking the outdoors.
Jeff Pringle CA - Equity Partner, Senior Accountant
Jeff is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and is a registered Tax Agent. He has a Bachelor of Administration Accounting from JCU and a Masters of Taxation from UNSW. His accountancy career began in 2000 in Mission Beach and started working in Townsville in 2002. After making fun of teachers for many years, he discovered he really enjoyed teaching and was lucky enough to be offered various teaching roles with the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Townsville - Taxation & Management Accountant modules; H & R Block Tax course; Masters of Professional Accounting, JCU - Advanced Issues in Accounting; Masters of Business Administration, JCU - Accounting for Decision Makers.
From very humble beginnings in Cairns, Jeff knew from a young age that he only wanted to be an accountant and to have his own business and today as an Equity Partner with Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd, he has fulfilled his lifelong dream. He says, "I am the opposite of a Santa Claus accountant, because what makes me unique is my ability to communicate with people. Other accountants won't return your phone calls or reply to your emails and only contact you when they want something or have bad news. With my clients, I believe in regular communication and checking in with how they are going, what's happening with their family, talking about their business and what's the next step."
Outside the office, Jeff enjoys exploring all that this city and surrounds has to offer with his wonderful wife Alicia, who is a travel agent, and their son Lincoln. She has a profound love for travel, (which is ironic as Jeff finds air travel makes him rather anxious) but play dates are great! His creative streak includes cartooning, because someone told him he couldn't draw a straight line and he wanted to prove them wrong. Plus, he is in the process of writing three books covering a lot of issues that are important for business owners to know and understand but accountants have trouble explaining. He really enjoys coming up with simple and easy ways of communicating difficult and complex topics.
Kristen Watson CPA – Senior Accountant
Kristen is our Senior Accountant with over 12 years of experience, joining Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd in 2008. She is a Chartered Practising Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce, specialising in Accountancy & Finance. Her specialities are dealing with individual (wage earners), small business taxation and financial statements. Kristen's capabilities and achievements are a result of her thoroughness and due diligence in every aspect of her profession! Loyal and dedicated to the core is our quiet achiever, appreciated by clients and staff alike.
Outside the office, Kristen loves the precious time spent with her family, husband Karl, beautiful daughter Kailyn and pampered pooch Wally. She enjoys keeping her hands busy with her real estate portfolio and when time permits loves making use of living by the coast, while soaking up the sun, surf and sand.
Adeline Wong CA - Accountant
Adeline is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting. Originally from Malaysia, Adeline started her accounting career in Barcaldine, a small town in central west Queensland. With over 10 years of experience in public practice, she is passionate about helping individuals and businesses with their tax, accounting and compliance needs so they can focus on what they do best. Adeline is a good listener – whether you speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin or Bahasa. She likes to understand her clients’ businesses and what they want to achieve so she can provide solutions that will work best for them – and clients appreciate her reliability in delivering quality output to agreed timeframes.
Outside the office, she’s running after her two boys, who keep her on her toes. She also has a love affair with food, cooking and travelling.
Alana Green CPA - Accountant
Alana joined us mid 2020 after completing her CPA qualification. She brings many years of experience with her in accounting and bookkeeping. Qualified with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in financial management and accountancy at JCU in 2015, she has worked as an Accountant in the Business Advisory sector. Previous experience with multiple Accounting software platforms, she can assist with MYOB (AccountRight and Essentials), Xero, QuickBooks, Reckon and Intuit. Alana’s passion is helping small business owners have as little admin/bookkeeping stress/work as possible, allowing them to focus on what they enjoy. Aiding clients with automating as much as possible using their nominated accounting software will also help reduce any accounting or bookkeeping fees that they incur.
Outside the office, Alana enjoys spending time with her partner Chad, a local bus operator, and their son Benjamin. She loves and is always willing to visit one of our city's local establishments to catch up with friends over a good cup of coffee.
Maureen Watkin – Bookkeeper
Maureen is our senior Bookkeeper at Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd since 2008. Her experience of over 22years has seen many and varied changes in this line of work, with her specialities now including BAS and data entry work. She is a positive, pleasant, helpful and very valuable member of the Team, with an exceptional understanding of the client’s needs.
Outside the office, Maureen enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, and camping out in style to get away from the buzz of the city to the quiet of the bush!
Vanessa Cooper – Bookkeeper
Vanessa joined Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd in 2017, bringing with her experience of over 11years in administration, accounts and data entry. She holds a Cert 3 in Business, is certified in Xero Accounting Software and has a Diploma of Accounting. Vanessa has a penchant for "wanting to learn what she doesn't know" and this combined with her positive, happy-go-lucky disposition and loyalty is a winning combination to support our team.
Outside the office, Vanessa is kept extremely busy as a mum with 5 children to care for, including 2 step-children. Treasured time with her family is spent enjoying the great outdoors and getting back to nature with fishing, camping, kayaking, 4WDing and bush walking!
Bethany Little - Administration
Bethany joined Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd in 2020, assisting the team in administrative duties and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of International Business/Bachelor of Government and International Relations at Griffith University. She realised her passion for business in her final year of secondary school, achieving excellence and receiving numerous academic awards for her studies. Bethany is Xero Certified, and loves being exposed to and integrating new technologies within the industry. 2021 will see Bethany also undertaking a Cert IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, which will be a great compliment to her tertiary studies and her role within Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd.
Outside the office, Bethany can be found in the gym or her studio. Her love of basketball has resulted in representing Queensland, playing in America. Bethany loves developing her fine art skills and has had works displayed in exhibitions at Pinnacles Gallery.
Samantha Dixon - Practice Administrator
Samantha rejoined Chappel Accounting Pty Ltd in 2020, after a career break opportunity. She brings with her four years of experience in Business Administration, a Certificate III in Business Administration and is certified in Xero Accounting Software. Samantha's attention to detail, her excellent communication skills and forward thinking initiative is why we find her a valuable member of our Team. She takes every opportunity to develop and maintain great working relationships.
Outside the office, Samantha loves keeping fit, spending time with family and travelling. Her love for Indoor Cricket has seen her travel the world, representing Queensland and Australia numerous times.