Profiles of our most senior staff:
ALEX STEWART – B. Comm, CPA, CFP
Having obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, Alex began work over 30 years ago with the world’s largest accounting firm. Experience was then gained from medium and large accounting firms both here and in London.
A desire to provide clients with a wide range of services which assist clients through all stages of life from the cradle to the grave saw Alex start his own accounting practice from scratch in 1996. Over the years, in-house financial planning and asset finance and mortgage broking options have been added to the group.
Alex’s interest in assisting small business owners is in part genetic as past generations have run a variety of successful businesses going back to one of Bendigo’s largest gold mines. Alex’s father started a furniture business post WW2 that was so renowned for quality that it furnished both the Victorian and Federal Parliament houses. Small business is in Alex’s blood and which started as early as primary school where he organised grade fund raising fetes and which has seen him run his parent’s dairy farm.
Alex is married with two children. In addition to family life, Alex enjoys films and most sports with active pursuits including golf, running and cycling. Alex also has fulfilled a number of community roles and is and has been treasurer of a number of associations.
PAUL LETHLEAN – FCPA
Paul took over Maggs Reid & Co from his father in law over 35 years ago. Paul has a keen interest in helping people as evidenced by his five years of service on the CPA Australia’s Public Practice Committee (which included one year as chairman – an unpaid role that would have consumed a day a week) and also served as CPA Australia’s representative on a State Government’s gambling task force. Paul is also a past recipient of CPA Australia’s Henry Fox Award – an annual award given to a person who has rendered “Outstanding Service to Public Practice in Victoria.”
A father of two, Paul is now a proud grandfather – and part time babysitter. A keen interest in football is only matched by his interest of playing golf, travelling and socialising with friends.
ARIANNA MCKEAN – B Bus & CFP
A background in various banking and finance roles lead Arianna to concentrate her interest in financial planning where she feels she can most assist people.
Arianna worked for a large multi-national superannuation and financial planning consultancy firm before taking a career break to bring up her two children. Her experience and knowledge is a welcome addition to the office and she has been warmly received by clients.
Arianna has a thirst for knowledge and her empathetic nature has seen her build very strong relationship with our financial planning clients.
A proud mother of two, Arianna’s interests include coffee (at any time of the day) and cooking (mainly traditional Italian fare).
Arianna is employed by Maggs Reid Financial Planners Pty Ltd which is a separate legal entity and which is a corporate authorised representative of Australian Unity Personal Financial Services Ltd ABN 26 098 725 145 (of which Arianna is also an authorised representative).