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Progue has been established by director Gavin Jones, one of a new breed of accountants. Having been a partner with a Sydney based firm whilst still in his mid-twenties, Gavin utilises the skills acquired in a successful career to lead the team at Progue by example. The result: Progue offers a rare combination of depth and enthusiasm.

The team at Progue understands the challenge of taxation and business planning in an environment of constant legislative reform. As such we are an indispensable asset for our clients, ranging from individuals to associations, small business to multi-national corporations operating in a wide spectrum of industries.


The Team

Gavin Jones

Director - B Bus Accounting, CA, JP


Gavin Jones, founder of Progue Pty Ltd, has a wealth of knowledge and technical expertise to draw upon. He started his career in Sydney based firms where he became a partner in his mid twenties.

 

Gavin specialises in finding practical solutions for his clients. He aims to do so with customer service and communication standards that are second to none.

 

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Coach AFL, Tennis, Cycling, Gym and the occasional Xbox game

 

If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

Selfishness. If everyone was motivated by collective rather than self interest the world would be a far better place

 

Cat or dog person?

Most definitely dog…really dislike cats as they cannot be trusted

 

Pets?

A Cavoodle named Bella who thinks she is people

 

Family?

Wife and 2 sons

 

Describe yourself in 5 words

Positive, energetic, helpful, empathetic, practical

 

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Europe

 

Morning or evening person?

Morning

 

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet unfortunately

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

 

Favourite foods?

Italian, BBQ and Dessert

 

Storms – cool or scary?

Very cool

 

If you could meet one person dead or alive – who would it be?

Martin Luther King

 

Favourite sports?

AFL, Soccer, Tennis, Cricket

 

What traditional gender roles do you disagree with?

That maternal instinct is more powerful or important than paternal

 

Favourite moment in time?

The birth of my children and my wedding day closely followed by the Swans winning the 2005 AFL premiership


Rowell Corpuz

Senior Manager - CPA


Rowell started working with Progue in 2011, bringing with him over 20 years worth of experience in public practice from Australia and overseas.

 

Specialising in business services and taxation Rowell has a wealth of knowledge to assist any type of business, in any industry, of any size.

 

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Read books

 

If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

Eliminate crime so people can co-exist peacefully

 

Cat or dog person?

Dog

 

Pets?

2 Dogs – a Jack Russell & a Maltese

 

Family?

Married with 2 beautiful girls

 

Describe yourself in 5 words

A man of few words

 

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Hawaii

 

Morning or evening person?

Morning

 

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

 

Favourite foods?

Italian pizza & Japanese ramen soup

 

Storms – cool or scary?

Cool

 

If you could meet one person dead or alive – who would it be?

Nelson Mandela so i can ask him how he managed to overcome being a prisoner to become a president

 

Favourite sports?

Basketball

 

What traditional gender roles do you disagree with?

The wife (or woman) mowing the lawn!

 

Favourite moment in time?

When my firstborn arrived!


Keira Borg

Practice Manager - B Bus Management, Cert IV Business Administration


Commencing business involvement in the Travel industry, Keira wanted to expand her experience in customer service and joined the Progue team in 2007. She has been part of the administration team since.

 

Always enjoying interacting with people, Keira plays at her strengths in assisting clients, practice management and company secretarial attendances.

 

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Cooking, yoga, going on impromtu adventures, reading, crochet and spending time with my family

 

If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

The rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. That and animal cruelty

 

Cat or dog person?

I don’t hate cats, but I prefer dogs

 

Pets?

Two dogs, a Beagle named Angus and a Foxie cross named Peach

 

Family?

Just me and my dear husband with our dogs at this stage

 

Describe yourself in 5 words

Always chasing a humble life

 

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Italy, for its sites, history, delicious food and romance

 

Morning or evening person?

Morning

 

Sweet or savoury?

Savoury

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

 

Favourite foods?

My favourite cuisine is Japanese, but my guilty pleasures are popcorn, cheeseburgers, soft serve and hot chips

 

Storms – cool or scary?

So cool!

 

If you could meet one person dead or alive – who would it be?

Audrey Hepburn, I would love to talk about how she balanced her roller-coaster life in the spotlight with being so successful in humanitarian work, and being so poised throughout it all

 

Favourite sports?

AFL and tennis

 

What traditional gender roles do you disagree with?

The woman is the homemaker and the man provides for the family. Because nowadays both the man and woman provide for the family, but somehow the stigma that woman must ‘run the roost’ still exists

 

Favourite moment in time?

When my husband proposed to me, to feel so much love, excitement, anticipation and surprise all at once was the most amazing feeling in the world


Amanda Bonavita

Senior Accountant - B Com Accounting


Having discovered her passion for accounting within a family business Amanda has been with the Progue team since its beginning. She has assisted in the development and growth of Progue’s clients over numerous years.

 

Amanda’s broad based skill set makes her an invaluable member of the Progue team and she plays an integral part in the management of the taxation and business affairs of her clients.

 

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Catching up with friends, swimming, walking, travel & trying new restaurants

 

If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

Cure world sickness

 

Cat or dog person?

Dog

 

Pets?

No

 

Family?

Husband

 

Describe yourself in 5 words

Saving for my next holiday

 

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Vegas & Santorini

 

Morning or evening person?

Morning

 

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

 

Favourite foods?

Italian foods

 

Storms – cool or scary?

Cool

 

If you could meet one person dead or alive – who would it be?

Michelangelo – While holidaying in Italy I was really inspired by all of his famous art work

 

Favourite sports?

Swimming, Tennis, Judo & NRL

 

What traditional gender roles do you disagree with?

Women can cook better than men

 

Favourite moment in time?

My wedding day. After months of planning, organizing & stressing about the weather. It ended up being the most amazing sunny day. I was so lucky to have the Sydney Vivid Festival on at the same time. They displayed some fantastic light shows on the Harbor Bridge during the reception for all guests to see. It was amazing


Cath Viertel

Administration Manager - Cert IV Human Resources


Cath has a diverse range of skills developed from a variety of roles throughout her career from talent co-ordinating, executive assisting and photography. Cath has now applied her vast skills to the management of Progue’s administration matters and has quickly made herself an invaluable member of the team.

 

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Yoga; Reading; Travel

 

If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

Discrimination – without it the world would be a much better and peaceful place

 

Cat or dog person?

Definitely Dog

 

Pets?

Billy – Cavoodle

 

Family?

Husband – Brett & 2 Teenagers – Lauren & Ryan

 

Describe yourself in 5 words

Work to holiday/live

 

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Maldives – have only been once but it was amazing

 

Morning or evening person?

Evening

 

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet

 

Coffee or tea?

Tea

 

Favourite foods?

Pasta & Melting Moment (but not together!)

 

Storms – cool or scary?

Cool

 

If you could meet one person dead or alive – who would it be?

Very hard to choose just one but…Michael Buble

 

Favourite sports?

Netball; Dancing; Tennis; AFL

 

What traditional gender roles do you disagree with?

Virtually all of them, why place people into boxes and tell them that due to their gender that is where they ‘sit’ in the world!

 

Favourite moment in time?

Birth of each child


Emelia Afful

Senior Accountant - CA


Emelia brings to the firm 7 years worth of experience in the accounting industry. She brings with her a passion to solve even the trickiest of queries and a keen interest to always be learning something new.

 

Her ability to take on various types of work enables her to apply her knowledge to all accounting aspects within the team.

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Time with family, shopping and cooking

 

If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

Stop children from getting sick

 

Cat or dog person?

None

 

Pets?

None

 

Family?

Married with 2 kids

 

Describe yourself in 5 words

kind, honest, empathetic, modest and reliable

 

What is your favourite holiday destination?

UK

 

Morning or evening person?

Morning

 

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

 

Favourite foods?

Thai Cuisine

 

Storms – cool or scary?

So scary

 

If you could meet one person dead or alive – who would it be?

My grandparents, I never had the priveldge to meet them

 

Favourite sports?

Netball

 

What traditional gender roles do you disagree with?

Men are breadwinners, women stay home to take care of the family

 

Favourite moment in time?

The birth of my kids


Stephen Imms

Senior Accountant - Bachelor of Business in Accounting/Law


With 15 years worth of accounting experience, Steve holds an abundance of technical knowledge and experience across many industries.

 

Specialising in providing taxation, superannuation and business advisory services, Steve possesses a diverse set of skills.

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spending time with the family, Reading, watching old & new movies, playing my guitar, playing computer games

 

If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

People’s lack of compassion for each other

 

Cat or dog person?

I Like dogs but prefer cats

 

Pets?

Have had 3 cats and 1 dog (all deceased) but I’m allergic to them so no more pets for me

 

Family?

Wife and 2 kids – boy & girl

 

Describe yourself in 5 words

Easy to get along with

 

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Fiji

 

Morning or evening person?

Evening

 

Sweet or savoury?

Savoury

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee in the mornings – Tea in the afternoon/evenings

 

Favourite foods?

Chicken, Pizza, Bacon & Eggs

 

Storms – cool or scary?

Cool, unless there are gale force winds – then scary

 

If you could meet one person dead or alive – who would it be?

Robert E Howard (Author)

 

Favourite sports?

Ice Hockey, Rugby League

 

What traditional gender roles do you disagree with?

I don’t believe any roles in today’s society should be gender based

 

Favourite moment in time?

The birth of my first child


Aarthy Kumar

Senior Accountant - CA (India), CPA & B. COM


As an ambitious professional with experience in accounting, tax and advisory to clients across a wide range of industries, Aarthy ensures client growth by driving growth, value and profitability.

 

She possesses more than 5 years experience in financial analysis, forecasting and reporting working on different equity research and financial modelling projects.

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Spend time with family and watch movies

 

If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

Cure for cancer

 

Cat or dog person?

Dog. Had a pet dog during school days

 

Pets?

None at the moment

 

Family?

Married with 2 kids, an adorable girl and adventurous boy

 

Describe yourself in 5 words

Honest, friendly and aim for perfection

 

What is your favourite holiday destination?

India at the moment as I miss my home town

 

Morning or evening person?

Morning

 

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet, banana split with sizzling choc brownie

 

Coffee or tea?

Need a sip of coffee first thing in the morning

 

Favourite foods?

Thai and Indian

 

Storms – cool or scary?

Scary

 

If you could meet one person dead or alive – who would it be?

One of my uncle who passed away recently

 

Favourite sports?

Not a sports person though, forced to watch Cricket

 

What traditional gender roles do you disagree with?

Can’t agree with the traditional norm – men responsible for financial safety, planning and women being the homemaker

 

Favourite moment in time?

When I realised that I was pregnant with my first child


Chris Davies

Junior Accountant - B Com Finance & Economics (Completing)


Having just entered the world of accounting, Chris is one of the ‘young  guns’ of our accounting team.

 

With a highly motivated attitude, he is keen and willing to take on any new challenges that comes his way and learn everything there is to know about the industry.

 

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Play video games, listen to music, and play my guitar. All made better with the company of friends

 

If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

Greed. Behind everything is someone’s motivation, if the desire for personal gain was eradicated then the possibilities for growth and development would be endless

 

Cat or dog person?

Dogs, they will always be man’s best friend

 

Pets?

None

 

Family?

I am the youngest of three boys

 

Describe yourself in 5 words

A loyal and hard-working individual

 

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Munich – the culture and atmosphere is spectacular

 

Morning or evening person?

Evening

 

Sweet or savoury?

Sweet

 

Coffee or tea?

Coffee

 

Favourite foods?

Sushi, pasta and nachos

 

Storms – cool or scary?

Cool, provided I am indoors

 

If you could meet one person dead or alive – who would it be?

Warren Buffett – his insights and advice would be fantastic

 

Favourite sports?

Soccer, cricket and volleyball

 

What traditional gender roles do you disagree with?

That men should always be sacrificial when tragedy strikes. I would have wanted to survive the titanic had I been aboard!

 

Favourite moment in time?

Skiing down the Swiss Alps with my family. The pure beauty and excitement was unparalleled to anything else I have experienced

 


Kristen Smith

Administration Assistant - B Bus Administration (Completing)


As a part of the administration team, Kristen will not only be the voice you hear on the phone, but also provides high quality support to both the Progue team and its clients.

 

Using her previous experience in retail, Kristen keeps the day-to-day operations of the firm rolling and does so in a efficient and professional manner

 

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What do you like to do in your spare time?

Sleep & netflix, hang out with friends

 

If you could fix one thing in the world, what would it be?

Poverty and homelessness

 

Cat or dog person?

Dog person

 

Pets?

2 dogs

 

Family?

Mum, dad and one older brother

 

Describe yourself in 5 words

Trustworthy, reliable, team player, loud, organised

 

What is your favourite holiday destination?

Singapore and Thailand

 

Morning or evening person?

Neither

 

Sweet or savoury?

Both !

 

Coffee or tea?

Tea

 

Favourite foods?

Chicken schnitzel, pizza and chocolate

 

Storms – cool or scary?

Cool

 

If you could meet one person dead or alive – who would it be?

Michael Mutchence

 

Favourite sports?

Indoor soccer and netball

 

What traditional gender roles do you disagree with?

The women are meant to stay home and do the house cleaning

 

Favourite moment in time?

Team India in year 11. I travelled to India with school and worked with the schools there to build new facilities for the community