After practising accountancy in Coonabarabran for 34 years, Geoff Redman has retired from Forsyths.
Upon leaving school, Geoff worked full-time for Love and Wallace, a vibrant firm of chartered accountants in Pitt Street, Sydney, and spent his evenings for the next six years studying to gain his degree and charter.
At age 26, Geoff was made a partner of that firm and a year later, in 1982, he and his wife, Kay, moved to Coonabarabran and opened an office in the building now occupied by Orana Mutual.
From these small beginnings the office moved to where Teed Up Travel is now. Here the practice flourished, but soon outgrew those premises and so another move was made, this time to Cassilis Street, where the old house was renovated and new rooms were gradually filled with more staff. Ron Dive’s practice was purchased and more staff filled the desks.
“Residents may remember Christmas time at the Cassilis Street office where, each year, Santa was placed climbing the chimney and the roof held up his sleigh and reindeer, Rudolf,” Geoff said.
“Many teenagers enjoyed playing practical jokes with Santa over the years and I often had to climb on the roof to replace Santa’s trousers!”
Once, Santa was taken into protective custody at the Police Station, after poor old Jolly Saint Nick had been found stashed under a bush.
1991 was the only year Santa didn’t make it to the roof. Unfortunately, Geoff fell off the roof, requiring surgery - seemingly, the elf at the bottom of the ladder didn’t catch him!
The move to the present office at 60 John Street took place in 2005. The Christmas traditions lived on in the conference room, where Santa and his elves have had some fun over the years.
This office has seen the end of paper files and the beginning of a new stage in financial management and taxation work.
“The wonderful staff, some of whom have been part of the firm for over 20 years, continue to service the ever growing client list in all areas of business services,” Geoff said.
“During my 34 years as a principal and chartered accountant I have had the privilege of working with some fabulous staff, meeting some amazing clients and assisting the community in a variety of ways.
“As I retire, I leave behind a thriving local business, highly-trained staff and a newly-formed charity, The Forsyths Foundation, which donates money to local charities.”
On Geoff’s retirement, Andrew Freebairn will take over as the newly appointed principal of Forsyths.
“Andrew has the knowledge, skill and qualifications to keep the Coonabarabran office growing and moving forward, with the great team of staff continuing to serve the Coonabarabran clients and community,” Geoff said.
Geoff Redman (left), who has retired after 34 years of accountancy in Coonabarabran, hands over the keys to new Forsyths’ principal, Andrew Freebairn.