Our People

The talented Anova team is made up of expert Accountants and professionals, committed to providing the highest level of service to meet your business needs.

We pride ourselves on our passion for business and exceptional service. We leave no stone unturned in finding the right solution for your individual requirements.

Our holistic approach to doing business and ‘Better Together‘ philosophy means you can focus on what you do best, running your business.

James Carr


James is a lover of music and is always looking to add to his vinyl record collection. Both James and Ryan are life long friends, having attended kindergarten together.

Peter Keirs


A born and bred local Peter is an avid hockey player for the Newcastle Wests Team. Being the youngest of five, Peter knows the importance of family and looks forward to welcoming his first child in 2017.

Ryan Threlfo


Ryan is married to Nina and they have two daughters Genevieve and Annabelle. Away from work, Ryan enjoys trying to reduce his golf handicap or playing any other sport that is on offer.

Amanda Gascoigne


With over 20 years of accountancy experience Amanda relishes helping small to medium sized businesses that are fun, profitable and rewarding. She and her husband have been married for 22 years and have two sons together.

Stephen Keirs


As the grandfather of the team, Stephen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Anova. His passions include travel, enjoying a good book and spending time with his family.

Leesa McCallum


Leesa brings a positive and upbeat attitude to the Anova team and enjoys interactive and getting to know her clients. Her hobbies include reading a good fantasy novel and spending time with her three grown children and granddaughter.

Mark Lilly

CA SMSF Specialist

Mark is enthusiastic about superannuation, nature and golf and has worked in Cessnock for 30 years.

Kate Flint


Born and bred in the local area Kate is a busy mum to two girls. Away from work Kate enjoys kicking back with family and friends.

Owen Dodson


The youngest of four, Owen was born and raised in the Maitland region and currently resides in Newcastle with wife Kendall and beloved dog Henry.

Gideon Masterton


Gideon has settled back into the Maitland region from 2009, and is an avid chess player. Having changed career from cheffing, he is also an enthusiastic bushwalker.


Tony Bates

BEcon Financial Advisor 

Tony has held senior positions at many of Australia’s pre-eminent banks, stockbrokers, accountants and fund managers over his 30 finance career. Out of the office, Tony is kept busy with three teenagers.  Tony comes from a Sydney theatre family and currently volunteers as President of Epicentre Theatre Company.

Karen Lowcock

Registered BAS Agent

Karen loves a challenge and is always planning her next big travel adventure.

Louise Cagney

Administration Manager

Louise is enjoying the challenge of her new position with Anova. When she isn’t telling a good joke, Louise ensures she spends quality time with her family, friends and two adorable puppies, and can’t resist a good Chardy!

Elise Krupka


Elise is a highly energetic individual that believes every moment of life can be pure magic if you let it.

Nina Threlfo


Nina is a busy Mum of two beautiful daughters. She loves to keep fit and is preparing for her first marathon in 2018.