About Poole Group
At Poole Group, we are particularly proud of our unique ability to offer specialist business and accounting expertise in a friendly, approachable manner.
Whilst we consider ourselves to be big enough to make a difference, we’re also still small enough to care. Our specialist advisers work together, with you, to provide a range of services and strategies to reduce your risks, grow your business and create wealth.
We are committed to maintaining a personal touch through all of our business dealings and make a conscious effort to be available for our clients when they need, whether it be on site, in our office, on the phone or via email.
This approach to business has meant that since being established on the Sunshine Coast in 1980, Poole Group has grown to be one of the largest accounting and consulting firms in the region.
Starting as a typical tax-orientated accounting practice, the partners identified that clients had the need for eight main operating divisions which have been developed over time:
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Meet Our Team
Don is a founding partner of Poole Group and has been in public practice since 1974. He opened a small office in Mooloolaba in 1980 and the business has grown in leaps and bounds ever since. For many years Don has been an advocate for exit planning and has assisted many business owners in their exit transition period.
Outside of work Don is a pretty good magician, loves to cook and has a bungalow in Vanuatu that he visits when he can. He is also a father to 2 grown children and granddad to 5.
Starting a family very young, Neil had to grow up quickly and so his mother-in-law suggested an accounting career so he could work and study. The rest is history and Neil has been in the industry for almost 30 years. Neil’s passion for accounting stems from the people and making connections. He loves having real conversation with his clients and being the trusted person they turn to. His particular interest lies with sales and acquisitions and business advisory. Neil is also on the board of the Mooloolaba Surf Lifesaving Supporters Club and Falcons.
Originally from Sydney, Neil has been on the coast since 2008. Now his 2 children are grown he has time to dabble in some hobbies. He likes mountain biking, golfing, skiing and fishing. Neil often needs something to chase so sets himself goals to keep him focussed which may mean a gym challenge or training for a triathlon.
Craig joined Poole Group as a Graduate in 1999 and became a Partner in 5 short years. In his time in the accounting industry, Craig has developed a keen interest in the Building and Construction Industry, including acting as Director of several large Commercial and Residential Property Development companies as well as acting as Accountant and Advisor to a number of long established property developers and builders within the Sunshine Coast region.
Outside of work Craig enjoys spending time with his 3 boys and splitting whatever free time he has between his 2 passions, surfing and fishing. Craig is also very active in the community, having been involved in local sporting clubs and committees for many years.
Dale held several different positions before deciding to become an Accountant. He even worked as a Scaffolder whilst finishing university. He has been with Poole Group since 2007. Dale has a broad client group which includes many industries however he does have a strong interest in the medical field. He is a big supporter of local charities and is a member of the Wishlist Spring Carnival Committee and on the board of the Your Mates Mateship Foundation.
When Dale isn’t in the office you can find him spending time with his 3 young children hitting the beach, swimming in the pool or playing games in the backyard. Dale loves travelling and is very fond of south east Asia, in particular Bali, but also loves camping locally. He is a keen craft beer drinker and enjoys a wide variety of cuisines but being time poor these days just eats what his wife cooks him!
Mitch has been with Poole Group since 2014 and has a special interest in the construction industry with many of his clients builders and trades. Mitch is across all QBCC requirements.
Born and bred on the Sunshine Coast, Mitch’s favourite meal is coffee and eggs. When he isn’t busy running around after his 4 kids (2 boys and 2 girls) he is hitting the gym or surfing.
Paul has been with Poole Group for over 10 years where he took his first job out of university. Paul heads up our SMSF Division where he ensures all our client super funds are compliant.
When not working, Paul is busy running after his 3 small children. He enjoys life with a lager and pizza and fits in playing video games where possible. He’d like to see the world when his kids are older to appreciate it.
After a brief stint at another accounting firm after graduating, Adam has been with Poole Group for over 7 years. Adam has a range of clients and is always happy to take on new clients from various industries. He does have a special interest in estate tax and planning. Adam is also a board member of local Sunshine Coast charity, DV Safephones
Originally from Brisbane but coming from a Polish background, Adam speaks fluent Polish. Adam has been living on the Sunshine Coast since 2018. In his spare time he likes keeping fit by running, doing crossfit and riding dirt bikes. While watching rugby (or any sport for that matter), Adam likes to smoke meats and drink whiskey.
Alisha’s first accounting position, she has been with Poole Group since 2006. Alisha has a strong interest in women’s business and helping empower them to achieve their goals and see their ventures succeed.
Figuratively and literally, Alisha likes climbing mountains. An avid hiker, Alisha is also a dedicated mother to two young children. Her vices are coffee and chocolate.
Poole Group was Natasha’s first accounting job after spending some time in the banking industry. Natasha joined us in 1998 and remembers the time that was pre-GST. Natasha is our tax guru and likes to keep us all up to date with changes in regulations.
Outside of work Natasha has a passion for running, particularly long distance – anywhere from 5km to 50km. She likes to participate in weekly park runs, marathons and ultra marathons. Natasha loves running as it gives her a great sense of accomplishment.
Brooke heads up our administrative division (where all the magic happens) and has over 20 years administrative experience. Her first job was as a clown, which says a lot about Brooke’s personality!
Originally from Canberra, Brooke is a mad Raiders fan and in her spare time you will catch her sipping on scotch, eating seafood and watching any form of sport or jet skiing. She is also mother to 2 boys and has 2 beautiful grandchildren.
‘Running and growing a business for the last 9 years and recently acquiring a second business has been met with many challenges. The Poole Group has been with us every step of the way. From tax planning, to ensuring we meet our financial obligations. The team has always made themselves available when requiring advice or even just to be a sounding board. Their knowledge and experience has truly been an asset to our business and we would not be where we are today if it was not for the support of our servicing team at the Poole Group
‘We have been clients of the Poole Group for many years, firstly when we had our own business and now that we have retired. We cannot speak highly enough of the team that steered us through the Global Financials Crisis and now into our retirement and they were always available to help and advise’
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