Our People

Remembering Gary Packer
2 September 1955 - 17 December 2017

Gary was the founder, a Director and CEO of GPA Accounting and had been a Chartered Accountant for over 25 years. He also successfully completed a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship with Adelaide University, A Certificate in Rural Estate Planning and a 3 day managers course in The Principles of Lean Leadership. He had a keen interest in helping new business owners realise their full potential. Gary also had an intimate understanding of the issues affecting business people who find themselves in the mature stage of business life and was able to help with business exit planning and general small business management advice.  Throughout his time at GPA he mentored and strived to assist many successful Riverland businesses to achieve their goals.



 He had a keen interest in water-skiing and enjoyed many an early morning barefoot ski on the still river.

 Gary will be sorely missed by the team at GPA not only for his knowledge and experience in his field but his friendship and support that he has offered to each team member throughout the years.



Steven Inglis
Certified Practising Accountant
Ph: 08 8582 2311


Steven joined GPA as a director in 2002 after working in the firm for just over 5 years.  Previously, Steven had 4 years experience at another Riverland accounting firm before enthusiastically joining GPA in 1996.  Steven is a well qualified CPA whose speciality areas are Capital Gains Tax, Tax Minimization and Tax Planning as well as general small business advice. Steven has a special interest in dry land farming having spent his childhood years on a farm. His family still retains their interest in that property, giving Steven hands-on contact with farming issues. He is a family man with strong family values and he relates well to people with challenges in the early to middle stage of their business lives. Steven is also the Riverland's only representative on the tax office regional tax practitioner working group and is passionate about keeping the Tax Office aware of local issues. Steven is currently embarking on financial planning studies to ensure that GPA can offer a complete range of advice to clients in the years to come.



Sue Packer
Chartered Accountant
Ph: 08 8586 877

Sue is a Chartered Accountant of long standing.  She has a broad range of taxation and small business skills from her many years of serving rural and other small business clients in Adelaide and the Riverland. She is able to assist in everything from small bookkeeping issues to higher level tax advice.  Her many years involved in the accounting needs and administration processes of small, self managed, superannuation funds has helped put GPA ahead of many other accountants in the Riverland in this area.  She is very much a "hands on" professional who enjoys helping people get it right.


Natasha Drake
Certified Practising Accountant
Ph: 08 8582 2311

Natasha has an accounting degree from Uni SA and has also completed studies to achieve CPA status.  Natasha joined GPA in 1998 as an administration support assistant and took up accounting studies to create a career path for herself.  Natasha has a strong understanding of computer accounting and software needs and helps GPA provide a broad range of tax and accounting solutions to our clients. She has an intimate understanding of the issues that drive younger business people and can assist in decision-making at that level. Tash is also a proud young mum and enjoys a great balance between her family and her career, supported by GPA.


Collis Marrett
Tax Advisor
Ph: 08 8582 2311


Collis is an experienced bookkeeper and tax accountant with considerable early experience with the Australian Taxation Office. Collis joined us in 2004 and brings valuable tax and bookkeeping experience to GPA as well as a sense of humour unequalled in the accounting world. Collis is your man if you need assistance with Quickbooks, payroll or Business Activity Statements and he really knows how to please clients. Collis also manages our salary & wages client group and BAS responsibilities for the firm. Recently Collis has restarted his study and is now working diligently towards his accounting degree at university.


Amy Maddocks 


Ph: 08 8582 2311

Email: amy@gpa.com.au


Amy joined GPA in 2007 as our first accounting cadet after completing year 12 in 2006 and achieving top four status of all students in the Riverland. She is now a qualified accountant having completed her Uni SA degree in 2013. Amy brings a youthful enthusiasm to GPA, has a bubbly, helpful nature and fits well into our "can-do" attitude at GPA. Amy has a strong commitment to her work and to getting the best results for our clients and truly cares about best outcomes for people she is working with. She is a pleasant, motivated young woman with a keenness for new challenges and has very high standards in all she undertakes.  

Amy also has a great understanding of client service needs and is very proficient with all accounting software, but specialises with MYOB.  Amy is able to assist you online with setting up MYOB Essentials, Account Right Live, MYOB Pay Super, payroll & other bookkeeping tasks.


Tamara Braun
Ph: 08 8582 2311
Email: tamara@gpa.com.au

Tamara joined GPA in 2010 as an accounting cadet. From the start her friendly positive nature has fitted well with the GPA culture allowing her to also interact well with our clients.

Tamara has recently completed her accounting study under a cadetship with GPA and so has become our newest qualified professional. Her achievements academically have been outstanding and are a fitting reward for dedication to her course materials. Tamara has proven herself to be a very capable worker, with a likeable personality and she clearly has a promising professional career & future with the GPA team. Her ability to adapt to GPA systems and processes as well as client needs without fuss is a considerable strength that we value greatly.


Lachlan Fielke
Trainee Accountant
Ph: 08 8582 2311

Lachlan joined GPA in April 2017 as our newest trainee accountant, nearing the end of his university years in Adelaide. He has now completed his studies at Uni SA and is motivated by the opportunity to work with GPA and further his qualifications and experience as an accountant.

Growing up in regional SA and NSW as well as having family in the Riverland made the move back to the country a welcome one.

Lachlan's energy and creative ideas will help GPA in planning for the future and bring a new influence to our accounting services. He will initially be involved in BAS and bookkeeping issues, moving forward to providing grounded accounting and business management skills while building positive relationships with our clients in the Riverland and beyond.


Joanne Hayes
Client Services Coordinator
Ph: 08 8582 2311
Email: joanne@gpa.com.au

Joanne is our most experienced support person.  Joanne joined GPA in 1993 and has helped develop most of our client service systems. Jo is an "ideas" person who is our shining light in the client reception area and provides valuable support to accounting staff.  As our established Client Services Coordinator and offering some support with bookkeeping duties Jo continues to be a valuable part of GPA's client focused team. She has an obvious enthusiasm to see that clients get the service that they deserve from the GPA team and is always ready with a joke without too much prompting.


Sharna Griffin
Client Services Officer

Ph: 08 8582 2311

Sharna joined the firm in July 2013, coming from a background of administration in various industries. She has completed a Certificate 3 in Business Administration and has skills and an interest in graphic design. Sharna is a local girl with a happy, friendly nature fitting well with the GPA team. We are very comfortable knowing that Sharna is helping us meet client needs in her usual competent way.



Kerry Lant
Client Services Officer

Ph: 08 8586 6877


Kerry joined the GPA Team in November 2014.  She has a background in financial planning and office administration, working in the past for AMP in the Adelaide State office and also a couple of financial planning businesses. We are confident those skills will be an asset to GPA and a basis for her to expand her knowledge into other aspects of business and finance. Her past admin and office experience and willingness to help is already proving valuable and providing great support for the GPA team. Kerry is training and assisting with payroll processing, BAS and bookkeeping work and has some experience with MYOB Live.

Kerry currently works on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  


GPA not only offer all the traditional services of an accounting practice but extend well beyond these boundaries with their exciting Business Development Service

This service helps small business owners by using revolutionary new tools with hands on advice and management assistance.

GPA assists their clients with these tools to create a daily management focus - in other words helping clients re-establish control over their business direction and success.

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