Canny Group is built on teamwork and a passion for delivering quality

The people who make the Canny Group team are specialists across the Accounting, Advisory and Legal industries. We attribute our success to our clients but also to our team. They are committed to delivering exceptional quality while forming close partnerships with our clients.

Every week of every year since 1960 you can expect Canny Group to be a friendly team of professionals. Eager to use their expertise to help you succeed!

Meet the people behind Canny Group

Stanley John Canny OAM
Stanley John Canny OAM Founder

Stan commenced the practice in 1960 and in 2010 was awarded a medal from CPA Australia celebrating 50 years as a qualified CPA. Stan is also a well-known member of the Geelong community. Now semi-retired, Stan’s role currently revolves around looking after those clients who have had a long standing and fruitful relationship with him and the Canny Group firm.
In 2017, Stan received Queen’s Birthday Honours. Stan was awarded with a Medal of the Order (OAM), for his service to the community through a range of roles.

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Amanda Wilkens
Amanda Wilkens Director - CPA

Amanda joined the firm in 1980 and became a Director in 2011. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and is a qualified CPA. Amanda has a keen interest in helping women in business. Whether in their role as Director, Owner or Bookkeeper Amanda will be able to help women grow and manage their businesses. She has extensive experience working with small to medium business owners and specialises in cash flow management, business advisory, GST and tax planning.

In 2014 Amanda took part in the Leaders for Geelong program.

When she’s away from the office, Mandy loves spending time in the garden at home or working on her tan at the beach on a hot day. Mandy is often socialising with family and friends and playing Ninny to her young grandchildren.

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Krystine Canny-Smith
Krystine Canny-Smith Director - CPA

Krystine has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and has been an accountant since 1998. She is a qualified CPA and also made the Dean’s List at Deakin University. Krystine became a Director of Canny Group in 2011.

Like Amanda, she has a keen interest in small to medium business. Krystine enjoys working with small to medium business owners to help them maximise cash flow, manage the compliance burden and complete Canny Group taxation planning. She also has significant experience with the Not-for-Profit sector, GST and management accounting.

Krystine has a personal affinity for Geelong’s northern suburbs and the Not-for-Profit sector. This is evident in her community contribution as Treasurer on the Board of the Norlane Community Centre, which she has been involved with since 2013. In 2016, Krystine received a Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers’ Award which recognised her valued contributions and highlighted the appreciation of the entire Norlane Community
Centre Board.

Additionally, Krystine has been on the Board of Bethany since 2014 and was also asked to join the ATO Lodgement Advisory Committee in 2016.

In her down time, Krys enjoys hanging out with her husband and three divine children, going to the movies, keeping fit at the gym and dining out at a great restaurant.

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Gabriella Gibney
Gabriella Gibney Manager

Gab graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University in 2009 and became a qualified Chartered Accountant in 2012. Gab has a back ground in all areas of taxation and accounting, self managed super funds and audits.

Gab is passionate in assisting clients with their taxation affairs and building trusting relationships.

In her time away from the office, Gab enjoys going out for good food and coffee, keeping fit and active and maintaining her count down to Summer calendar. During the Summer months you can find her at the beach.

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Helen Yau
Helen Yau Manager and Financial Planner

Helen holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Helen specialises in Self-Managed Super Funds and has extensive knowledge in all facets of SMSF’s.

Helen enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, bushwalking, cooking and badminton.

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Richard Pinkstone
Richard Pinkstone Principal Solicitor

Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Law from Deakin University. In 2004, Richard was admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia. He is also a member of the Law of Institute of Victoria.

Richard has an extensive knowledge of commercial law, particularly in the areas of advising on business structures and preparation of all commercial, property and business documentation, such as drawing commercial agreements, contracts of sale, leases and the formation of trusts.

Richard practices extensively in commercial litigation across all jurisdictions and is capable of managing a client’s needs from start to finish. He can direct clients in the management and strategy of their litigation in a bid to achieve the best case outcome.

Richard emphasises the importance of developing trusting relationships with clients. He enjoys the interaction and worldly perspective shared by each clients’ personal and professional dynamic situation and is rewarded by achieving the client’s legal objectives.

Richard is excited to be part of the growth of Canny Legal and he shares the vision of Canny Group providing clients with a holistic service.

Richard revels the chance to get outdoors on a camping and hiking mission. He is also enjoying family life with his wife and their young daughter, whether that's a weekend at the beach, playing handyman around the home, gardening or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

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Jade MacGregor
Jade MacGregor Associate Solicitor

Jade MacGregor is the Associate Solicitor of the new Canny Legal incorporating Hill Perkins & Co. Jade is an original and highly regarded Hill Perkins & Co. team member, having commenced there back in 2013.

From a young age, Jade had wanted to be a lawyer when she grew up. Jade's qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws(Honours). Then in May 2015, Jade fulfilled her aspiration as a child and was admitted to Legal Practice.

Jade has a natural ability to form relaxed and trusted relationships with clients. Her friendly and bubbly personality along with her strong work ethic, sees her assist clients in achieving their desired outcome. Focusing on communication and understanding is also something Jade considers important, in an effort to minimise client stress.

With an interest in the legal system spanning close to twenty years, her most favoured areas of law include property and will and estates.

Jade is looking forward to working in partnership with Principal Solicitor, Richard Pinkstone and being an important contributor to the Canny Legal incorporating Hill Perkins & Co. journey.

Property isn't only an area Jade enjoys in her work. Jade and her husband are currently renovating their home, all with their nine-month old son in tow. Jade also admits, that even without the intention to buy, she has a bit of an addiction to attending property auctions. So she may very well have some tips up her sleeve.

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Matt Stokes
Matt Stokes Financial Advisor

Matt has more than 20 years Finance experience. Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Diploma of Financial Planning and is a qualified CPA having a background in Public Accounting and Industry, which includes spending four years working in London. Matt is focused on understanding his clients needs and finding solutions that are practical and appropriate to meet those needs.

Matt believes listening to his clients goals and objectives is critical to a successful client-planner relationship and takes pride in his clear and regular communication with all clients. Matt is dedicated to assisting existing and new clients develop and achieve their individual financial goals, at whatever juncture they are in life.

Matt is an avid Cats fan and a very poor golfer, although it doesn’t stop him from trying. He enjoys family time with his wife and their four beautiful cheeky children.

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Kim Bradbury
Kim Bradbury Business Manager

Kim Bradbury joined Canny Group in the role of Business Manager.

With a background in administration, Kim has spent a considerable amount of that time within the finance industry.

Kim has come to us full of energy and ready to keep Canny Group running like a well oiled machine. Kim places a high importance on unifying processes and creating procedures to maximise efficiency. She also makes no attempt to hide her love of a good spreadsheet.

Kim is a firm believer in maintaining client contact and delivering a holistic service that exceeds client expectation.

In the short time she has spent with us, Kim is already excited about implementing ideas and seeing their benefits. She has found the Canny Group team to be everything she wanted in a place she could cement herself in and looks forward to becoming a vital part of the firm.

After spending 14 years in the UK, Kim moved back to Australia in late 2016 with her family in tow. Her husband, Paul loved the Aussie lifestyle and their son, Ged wasted no time in learning to ride a bike and loves to go snorkelling.

Along with spreadsheets, Kim also has a passion for restoring old furniture and revealed 80% of her home is decorated with revamped furniture.

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Daniel Grigg
Daniel Grigg Senior Accountant

Danny hold a Bachelor of Commerce and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He specialises is small business, GST, Companies and Trusts.

Danny revels in the opportunity to work closely with clients to help them with their needs, not only in tax situations, but also helping them in making the correct business decisions.

In the future Danny would like to go into Forensic Accounting and hopefully be able to add this to the services offered at Canny Group.

This year, Danny took on the role as Treasurer of the Galaxy United Football Club.

In his spare time, Danny favours the outdoors riding motorbikes, spending time at the beach, camping and socialising with friends. He also enjoys being with his family, watching his talented kids play sport. Danny is a footy fanatic and devoted Richmond supporter. He often attends both local and AFL football games. Each year Danny looks forward to running the tipping challenge at Canny Group, even if he’s not always the one leading
the ladder.

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Jamie Arrington
Jamie Arrington Accountant

Jamie moved to Australia in 2009 and completed her Bachelor of Commerce in 2011 at Newcastle University after transferring from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Jamie became a Chartered Accountant and also obtained her Diploma of Financial Planning in 2016.

Jamie has had extensive experience with medium sized business and is well versed with corporate structures that provide the best tax outcomes. She enjoys collaborating with clients to achieve the best possible tax result on either a personal or business level to ultimately benefit them and their families. Jamie also has a good understanding of self managed super funds.

Jamie is looking forward to becoming an integral part of the Canny Group team while having the opportunity to continue working with more clients into the future.

When Jamie is at home she loves spending time with her gorgeous baby girl and husband. Jamie is an avid reader and a particular fan of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. She is a self-professed nerd who also enjoys her cult classics.

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Humam Siddiqi
Humam Siddiqi Junior Accountant

Sid completed his Bachelor of Commerce at Monash University after moving to Australia in 2007. He has spent several years working in the accounting industry and has also commenced studying for his CPA.

Sid enjoys the challenge in the technical aspect of accounting and further building on his knowledge in taxation and professional services, especially with SMEs. He also enjoys the ability to build relationships with clients, particularly when he is able to save them money. Sid is also QBO qualified.

Sid hopes to achieve his CPA in the next few years and solidify his expertise in tax and additional services.

Sid is a keen snowboarder and tries to hit the slops at least twice during the snow season. He is a fan of international sports including the NBA and Premier League. Sid also recently won a game of chess against his father, which he felt was quite an achievement.

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Fenting Lin
Fenting Lin Junior Accountant

Lin holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and is currently completing her CPA. With prior experience in the tax field, Lin is enjoying expanding her knowledge in the different areas of accounting.

Lin likes the personal interaction she has with clients and has achieved some great tax results for many of them. She enjoys the diversity and challenges her role presents.

Lin is looking forward to building on her outstanding tax result tally, helping as many clients as possible. She is also excited about achieving her CPA and has registered to be a member of the recently formed CPA Australia Geelong Branch Discussion Group.

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Kristal Posilovic
Kristal Posilovic SMSF Administrator

Kristal has completed Certificates III and IV in Financial Services - Accounting and an Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

Kristal assists Helen Yau in her role within the Self Managed Superannuation Fund area.

Kristal loves spending time with her stunning young daughter and also makes time for gardening and training her dogs for competitions. When it’s time to relax, you will find Kristal curled up with a good book or sewing a new creation.

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Erin Launer
Erin Launer Legal Practice Manager

Erin has a substantial background in the legal industry, particularly in the areas of conveyancing and running of the trust account. She is very knowledgeable and the skills Erin has developed make her extremely efficient and organised.

Erin takes on challenges within her role well, she is persistent and is always looking to get the best result for Canny Group clients. Guiding and leading clients through the processes of buying and selling property, especially first home buyers is her most favourable part.

At home, Erin and her partner adore spending time with their cheeky young son and entertaining family and friends.

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Katherine Taylor
Katherine Taylor Law Clerk

Katherine is another team member joining Canny Legal from Hill Perkins & Co. Katherine currently holds the role of Law Clerk but is looking to graduate with her Bachelor of Laws later this year. Katherine has a keen interest in history and already holds a Bachelor of Criminology majoring in History.

Since commencing work in the legal industry, Katherine has found her forte in conveyancing. She also enjoys estates and all aspects of business law. When working with clients, Katherine aims to be able to help them with the direction of their future growth and to build on that next step to getting them there.

Katherine is looking forward to establishing herself in the legal industry while creating a reputation that reflects the successes she has achieved for each and every client.

During her downtime, you can find Katherine walking her dog at the beach or reading vintage fictional novels. She has a thing for perusing market places looking for old books, particularly the suspense of those without covers. Katherine already admitted to a general interest in history but loves the style of writing these books have.

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Kayla Kennedy
Kayla Kennedy Law Assistant

The latest addition to the Hill Perkins & Co. and now Canny Legal team, is Kayla. Kayla is hoping to graduate with her Bachelor of Laws later this year.

A relative newcomer to the legal industry, Kayla has an interest in several areas including taxation, contracts and intellectual property(IP). Kayla would eventually like to specialise in the area of personal injury.
Kayla sees herself and her career firmly in Geelong. She enjoys the culture that comes with working in smaller firms and the personable relationships she establishes not only with clients but also her colleagues.

Kayla loves travelling and plans to visit various destinations around the world over the coming years. Her favourite destination so far is Paris. Paris certainly lived up to its reputation as the city of love by getting engaged to long time beau, Rhys.

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Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds Financial Advisor

Steve has joined the Canny Group team as a Financial Advisor. He is a qualified CFP with credentials including a Bachelor of Commerce and more recently a Masters in Financial Planning.

Steve has great expertise in the pre and post retirement life stage. From assisting clients with in-depth financial modeling through to the area of Aged Care; this includes educating clients on how to minimise costs and maximise entitlements.

Steve is able to provide advice in additional areas of Self-Managed Super Funds and wealth creation throughout various life stages. Steve likes having the ability to really make a difference to a clients life, particularly with pre-retirees.

Steve has been doing pro-bono work for the Cancer Council for the last five years and is also Treasurer of the Lara Football Club.

With so many achievements, Steve does have one admission; he is addicted to playing golf, although he also admitted that he is absolutely terrible at it, nevertheless he just can't seem to stop trying.

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Lachlan Patten
Lachlan Patten Financial Planner

Lachie completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University majoring in Financial Planning, Finance and Economics.

Lachie aims to structure his services around clients needs and goals. He directs his focus on building a strong ongoing relationship with all of his clients to be there to assist them throughout their financial journey in all stages of life.

Lachie enjoys playing footy.

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Edwina Wilkens
Edwina Wilkens Marketing and Business Development

Edwina brings a great energy to the Canny Group team. Her willingness to go the extra mile to help with getting tasks completed is just one of her many strengths.

Edwina has a natural creative flare which brings an element of fun to the services Canny Group provides, her aim is to inspire both team members and clients to achieve their professional and personal goals.

When Edwina isn’t at the office, you will most likely find her laughing while chasing after her young and energetic little boys.

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Lynne Claridge
Lynne Claridge Receptionist

Lynne has a lengthy career background in the legal field. Her favourite part of her role with the Canny Group is meeting and talking to our clients, half of which she knows. Lynne always goes the extra mile to ensure our clients needs are being met and revels in the moments we have been able to make a difference in a client’s life.

Lynne looks forward to the future with Canny Group, in particular as we develop and grow Canny Legal. Lynne has a natural willingness to assist clients, paired with her experience and we can assure our clients have a friendly face are well looked after from.

Lynne enjoys spending quality time with her family, camping and going on holiday.

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Jenny Crosthwaite
Jenny Crosthwaite Receptionist

Jenny has been a long standing member of the Canny Group team.

Jenny enjoys talking to clients and if there are any issues she’s more than happy to help resolve them if she can or find the right person who can. Jenny also appreciates the positive feedback she gets for a job well done, particularly when it’s from a client we have been able to assist in a major way.

Jenny is really a Jill of all trades around the office and her organisational skills have been the backbone in our ongoing efforts to become a paperless office. In fact her ultimate goal is to finish scanning all of our old files into our computer system, some of which date back to 2000.

Jenny enjoys travelling, cooking and reading.

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