Geoff Cowan is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Deakin University. He was one of the founding partners of the firm in 1986, having previously been a manager with Coopers & Lybrand. Geoff now has over 35 years' experience in accounting, taxation, business advice, structuring, superannuation and estate planning. He is married to Janet and has three daughters and six grandchildren. Following a long time involvement in tennis, Geoff is now a golfer. He has also served on the Committee of many non-profit organisations and is currently on the board of 13th Beach Golf Links Ltd.
Paul Bongiorno is a Chartered Accountant, having obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Deakin University. He joined the firm as a manager in 1988 after four years' in the Business Services Division of Price Waterhouse. Paul specialises in business advising and structuring, and superannuation and taxation planning strategies. He is married to Carmel and has a daughter Maxi and son Oscar. Paul’s passions outside of family are horse racing and breeding, travel and golf. Paul was formerly President of the Geelong Racing Club, and plays golf at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links.
Peter MacMillan is now a consultant to the firm that he co-founded with Geoff Cowan in 1986. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute has also designated him as a Specialist Financial Planner.
Peter now has a financial planning business named Bayview Financial Planning Pty Ltd and his long experience as a Chartered Accountant together with ongoing further supplementary studies all make him an ideal person to help clients with all their planning needs.
Pete joined MacMillan Cowan & Co in 2001. He has completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University and is CPA qualified. Pete is a keen surfer and golfer and enjoys spending time with his young family.
Helen joined our firm in 2004. She obtained a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University and is a CPA. Helen has over 20 years' experience in accounting and taxation services for a diverse range of small-medium clients across a wide range of industries. Helen is married to Barry and has two daughters. She keeps fit by going to the gym and walking two dogs.
Margaret joined MacMillan Cowan & Co in February 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Deakin University and is currently undertaking her CPA studies. Margaret loves to travel and explore new places, and also enjoys playing tennis in her spare time.
Nethmi joined our firm in October 2016. She graduated from Deakin University in 2012 having completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in Accounting and Finance. Nethmi is planning to commence the CPA program, and in her spare time she hits the gym and occasionally bakes. Nethmi is fond of dogs and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Oscar joined MacMillan Cowan & Co in November 2017 as an Undergraduate as he continues his studies with Deakin University at the Waterfront Campus. He is in his final year, completing his Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Majoring in Accounting, and Minoring in Taxation Regulation.
Oscar enjoys soccer outside of his work and studies.
Diane commenced with our firm in May 2012. She has worked in Administration, Education & Training and the Employment Services Industries over the past 34 years. She has completed Certificate IV in Business Administration. Outside work Diane enjoys spending time with her family and keeping active.
Melita started with MacMillan Cowan & Co in November 2017. Melita has worked in various administration & bookkeeping positions over the last 34 years, mostly in accounting practices. She is married with 2 active teenagers.