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Accountant Spotlight: Kelly Crethar

You’ll never know what’s possible until you try

Collins Hume Partner, Kelly Crethar, is passionate about helping business owners achieve their goals in business.

Kelly is a highly qualified and experienced business services specialist with a passion for helping business owners achieve their goals. With over 20 years of experience in the field, Kelly has a wealth of knowledge in business planning, structuring, management, acquisitions, valuations, and regulatory compliance, with a special focus on professional services, hospitality and retail, building and construction, property development, health, and larger intricate structures industries.

"I love working with people and helping them achieve their goals," says Kelly.

"Understanding the financial side of a business is something that doesn't come easily for everyone."

"I love being able to interpret the financials into information that business owners can easily grasp."

Kelly joined Collins Hume in 2017 and believes it is the firm's commitment to helping the community which she admires.

"We often speak to our clients about work/life balance and that is a focus here at Collins Hume too."

Kelly has been the presenter of Collins Hume's popular Better Business Workshops which are designed to educate business owners.

She acknowledges that it can be daunting for young people to enter into the world of accounting and business advising but says the industry has so much to offer and having a female perspective on business is so valuable.

"You'll never know what's possible until you try, so go for your dreams and never give up," Kelly added.

When she's not working, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and golden retriever, Max, and can often be found at the beach or enjoying the great outdoors. She is also an avid cook and is co-opted to keep the books for her husband's business.


Kelly holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Business Law) from Southern Cross University and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), Xero Certified Advisor, and Registered Tax Agent. She began her career in 2001 as a Trainee Accountant in public practice and worked her way up to becoming a Senior Manager before transitioning to the corporate sector, where she spent five years as a Corporate Accountant in the road transport industry.

Kelly joined Collins Hume in 2017 where she helps clients navigate the complex world of business. Her areas of expertise include business advisory around growth strategies, profitability and systems implementation, as well as business regulatory compliance.

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