The founding principal of Finnegan Partners, Ben Finnegan is a Chartered Accountant (CA) with more than 10 years experience in the accounting profession.
Ben began his working life as a public practitioner, working for the Stockford Group as a graduate. He then moved into a client relationship management role at Mutual Trust Pty Ltd where he serviced high net-wealth families providing advice and guidance on family business, succession planning and wealth protection. He also has extensive experience in the construction, professional financial services, real estate and retail industries. Ben also specialises in self-managed superannuation funds.
A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants since April 30, 2007, Ben's commitment to maintaining responsive, communicative relationships with his clients, and his focus on business development, increasing client profitability and protection of client assets, consistently achieve excellent results.
When he's not working, Ben enjoys spending time with his three children, playing golf and squash and running.
David began his career at the Treasury of Victoria in 2005, developing an interest in financial markets and gaining valuable insight into the workings of the Australian economy during his five year tenure.
Since joining Finnegan Partners Pty Ltd in March 2010, David has developed a passion for self-managed superannuation funds and works tirelessly with clients to help them achieve their personal financial goals.
Currently completing his CPA qualification, David achieved a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) degree in December 2011.
David is a fitness enthusiast and can be found at the gym or on the golf course in his spare time.
Stephen Chenoweth has over 35 years’ experience in the accounting industry and business world.
Stephen was the former principal of his own accounting and audit practice, servicing companies, incorporated associations, trusts, sole-traders and superannuation funds for all their accounting requirements.
Stephen Chenoweth is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a registered company auditor and a registered Self Managed Superannuation Fund auditor, with over 30 years’ experience.
Stephen has provided extensive advice to the not-for-profit sector, including limited by guarantee companies who received funding from the federal government.
He spent six years as Treasurer of the Mental Illness Fellowship and also acts as financial consultant to a board of a community based employment service.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business (Professional Accounting) from RMIT University. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has been a member of the Finnegan Partners team since May, 2017.
Sarah began her tax career at a firm in Woodend before spending 7 years with a firm in Greensborough and is excited to now be a part of Finnegan Partners.
Sarah specializes in Self-Managed Super Funds and offering specialist advice to small businesses to ensure they are working smarter rather than harder.
Away from the office Sarah is happiest with her craft in hand, heading out to live theater or on the back of her jet ski in warmer weather.
Kerrie began her working career in industry at Orica Australia. Over the twelve years that she spent there, she gained experience working in Head Office in a variety of Corporate departments, before moving out on site, working at a number of their small businesses and factories. There she gained hands on experience understanding operations, and assisting engineers and factory staff with managing their operational costs, preparing budgets and the reporting of monthly financials.
After having three children, Kerrie spent a few years in a local accounting practice, before deciding to work on her own with a number a few small businesses. She was able to assist them with their day-to-day operations, establishing procedures and policies where required, and also preparing their financial reports. Once her children finished primary school, she was able to take on more clients, and joined Finnegan Partners in 2014 on a part time basis.
Kerrie completed a Batchelor of Commerce, and has over 25 years of experience as a CPA.
When she is not working, Kerrie enjoys spending time with her children, particularly at their sporting endeavours. She also loves travelling, and when her children finish school, she is looking forward to more travels with her husband.
Kerrie has a depth of experience in all aspects of accounting practice administration, having worked in various accounting practices over the past 16 years.
Kerrie began her working life as a “Finished Artist” in commercial art. After backpacking around the world, she entered the Freight Forwarding industry, working in both Melbourne and Sydney and, specialising in import freight for shipping and air transport. Upon her return to Melbourne, she worked as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager for a Chemical Specialties industry association.
Jenni Best - Bookkeeper and Administrator
A Westpac bank teller of 25 years standing - and a mum - Jenni joined Finnegan Partners Pty Ltd in September 2011 as a bookkeeper and office administrator.
A bookkeeper for the past six years, Jenni services a number of Finnegan Partners' small business clients and is responsible for the efficient administration of the practice.
She's the first point of contact for Finnegan Partners' clients, taking calls and directing enquiries.
In her spare time Jenni enjoys quilting and spending time with her three grandchildren.