Pacer Accountants is locally owned, employs local people, and assists the local community.

Evan Prestwidge
Evan PrestwidgeB.Tax, CA
Evan is the owner of the firm. He has over 20 years of professional experience and has an intimate knowledge of tax, accounting and business issues. Evan is empathetic and committed when working with clients to achieve their goals.

Evan has a young and busy family, so is regularly spotted on the sidelines of soccer fields and netball courts on the weekend. He is passionate about both sports and loves the positive impact they can play in young people’s lives. He is a Newcastle Jets and Liverpool FC fan, so can range anywhere from “absolutely buzzing” to “devastated” when he gets in the office on Monday mornings.

Carol Patten
Carol PattenBA (Accounting), Dip FP, CA, JP
Carol is our SMSF Specialist and has over 35 years professional experience in accounting and finance practices. She joined the firm in 2001 and has assisted SMSF clients through many changes since then. She has an intricate knowledge of self-managed superannuation and takes pride in her work to deliver strategies for self-managed super funds, wealth management, retirement and estate planning. The needs and success of all clients are her priority.

Carol enjoys the increased freedom that comes with having young adult children. She is a member of the “mighty” Wests Tigers and you will find her at most home games. She loves musical theatre, visiting her children in Melbourne and travelling. At home Carol enjoys time with her husband & friends, a good book or movie and loves hot chocolate.

Mitchell Ryan
Mitchell RyanB.Bus (Accounting), CPA
Mitch has been an accountant for over 15 years offering a wide range of knowledge and experience aimed at tailoring accounting and tax outcomes for your needs.

Mitch is married with a son, and is enjoying family life. He is an avid sports fan including a proud member of the Central Coast Mariners and a supporter of the Parramatta Eels. In his spare time he can be found on the bowling green or enjoying time with the family.

Jeremy Buckley
Jeremy BuckleyB.Bus, B.Com
Jeremy is an accountant with 8 years professional experience and has been with the firm for over 5 years. He offers a range of services to our clients to assist with their tax, accounting and compliance needs and always strives to achieve productive outcomes for them.

Jeremy has recently started a young family and enjoys spending as much time with his wife and new son. Outside the office he enjoys travelling, the odd DIY project and has a great love of Australian Rules Football, playing an active role in his local football club the Warners Bay Bulldogs. He is also a passionate St Kilda supporter in the AFL, which can be tough at times but he is forever the optimist.

Cary Hemphill
Cary HemphillB.Com
Cary is an accountant with 5 years of experience and has recently completed his Bachelor of Commerce at University of Newcastle. He has been with the firm for almost 4 years and prides himself on having great rapport with clients and going that extra mile in order to meet their needs.

Away from the office, Cary is an avid AFL follower and supports the Carlton Football Club as if it was a religion. He is also a muscle car enthusiast and has a passion for hard rock music, his wife, his two little dogs, and did we mention he loves the Carlton Football Club?

Leanne Osborne
Leanne Osborne
Leanne is our office manager and chief administrator. She has been with the firm for over 30 years and assists the firm and its clients in many ways, including bookkeeping, tax compliance work and ASIC responsibilities

Away from the office, Leanne and her husband enjoy camping and are planning exciting trips to destinations all over Australia. She is a fan of a wide range of sports and enjoys playing golf on her day off.

Jenny Bambey
Jenny Bambey
Jenny is one of the longest standing members of our team. She is a para-professional in the tax and small business area of the practice. She is a specialist in MYOB bookkeeping who can assist with one-off problems or offer the full bookkeeping experience, freeing your time to focus on the operational aspects of your business.

In her free time you will find Jenny anywhere from the Williams River (where there are no sharks apparently!) enjoying water sports, to sitting in a comfortable chair with a good book, or taxiing her two boys to their many extra curriculum activities.

Sophie Lawless
Sophie Lawless
Sophie is our receptionist and administration assistant. She only joined the firm in early July 2019, but quickly found her groove!. She is here to assist as your first point of contact.

When she’s not answering your calls or helping out the team, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family and catching up with friends over a nice dinner.

Our founders:

Pacer Accountants was formerly known as Williamson Chaseling, a firm established by David Williamson and Bill Chaseling. Together, they created a firm that has serviced clients at a high standard for many years and across many generations for some of those clients.
At Pacer Accountants we are very proud of our heritage and have great respect for Bill and David.

Bill Chaseling
Bill ChaselingB.Com, FCA
Bill is a professional consultant to the firm with more than 40 years of working in the profession. As a Chartered Accountant, tax agent and registered company auditor, he is qualified to help assist individuals and businesses succeed in a complex environment.

Bill semi-retired in June, 2017 to spend more time with his ever-growing family and he has taken on grand parenting like a pro and we all enjoy the photo and video updates of his young brood. If he is not with the family, he is quite often sailing Lake Macquarie, be it for pleasure or twilight racing on Friday evening.

Bill worked hard for a long time building this firm, so we are all thrilled to see him enjoying some well-earned quality time (finally) with his loved ones.

In memory of David Williamson
In memory of David WilliamsonFCA
In July of 2012, we were rocked by the sudden passing of David. It was an extremely sad time for our office and his clients. Williamson Chaseling changed forever that day, but we pushed on in David’s honour, servicing his clients with the same high standard that he did.

David was a well-respected member of the community and the profession. He was a great leader and a great man who enjoyed sharing his travel stories and tips and was quite the fussy customer when it came to the ideal flat white.

Contact Us

Unit 4, 47 Bolton Street, Newcastle NSW 2300

PO Box 444
Newcastle NSW 2300

Phone: 02 4926 4233
Email: office@paceraccountants.com.au

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