Finance Monthly Game Changer Awards 2020 Winners Edition

AUSTRALIA FINANCE MONTHLY GAME CHANGERS AWARDS 2020 www. f inance-monthly .com 34 Simone Palfreyman is a Fellow with CharteredAccountants Australia & NZ. Her national award-winning practice, Palfreyman Chartered Accountants, is located in the picturesque Hunter Valley region of New South Wales, Australia. Having started out as an undergraduate accountant in Australia’s big 5 firms, Simone’s career was cemented by extensive skill sets, technical accuracy and attention for detail early on. As she embarked on her own leadership journey, she began to see herself as an ambassador for change: promoting flexibility and work life balance for working mothers and students, and the importance of firm culture. In 1997, Simone chose to set up her own business to enable the work-life balance needed to support her young family whilst growing her career. Since its humble beginnings as a home office in rural Hunter Valley, Palfreyman Chartered Accountants has grown into a national award-winning CBD firm with staff from all walks of life. By adopting a Holacratic management approach, all staff members have the opportunity to initiate change, to self-manage and to help create a dynamic and constantly evolving practice. In turn, this exceptional team of professionals are also decorated sports people, volunteers and most importantly, active family members. Palfreyman Chartered Accountants is proud to be more than just an accounting firm – with all their clients receiving an education-focused mentoring service, they continue to spread the benefits of empowering staff members and operating with positive work culture in mind. The team at Palfreyman Chartered Accountants consider it a great honour to receive accolades such as the Australian Women in Finance “Accountant of the Year”, NSW SMSF and Accounting Awards “Overall Excellence Award” and their region’s “Business of the Year” and “Business Woman of the Year” for working to improve the industry. SIMONE PALFREYMAN

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