Like many of the businesses, Robert Shelton has expanded his role since starting at the firm in 1993. Rob had been fascinated by business practice and structures since his early days, and saw accounting as a natural path to follow his passion.
Following DFK's theme of serving small-to-medium business in Canberra, Rob sees this scale as his specialty. "We're here to talk to our customers in plain-english and practical advice.
If we can reduce the complexity of business and tax advice, then we're doing our job."
Since assuming the role of Managing Director in 2008, Rob has focused on keeping DFK Everalls' core values intact as the business grows and new clients continue to partner with the local firm.
"We've always had an open door policy, and we certainly encourage workplace diversity. Our firm is thriving because we recognise people's skills and capacities, and encourages them to develop in a welcoming and nurturing environment. It's simply the right way to do business.
"There is great benefit in being open and accessible – both for clients and for ourselves. We find that clients come to treat us as friends as well as advisors. We often get postcards when they're on holiday, which is such a compliment for us given what we are working to achieve.
An avid traveller himself, Rob's globe-trotting has allowed him to see places as far flung as Norway and South America. Next on the list might be southern Africa. "I love waterfalls. If I could see Victoria Falls (on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia), that would be amazing."
Business Consulting and Strategy
Complex Tax Analysis
Board level advice as Director or adviser
Will and Estates
Master of Taxation (UNSW)
Bachelor of Commerce (ANU)
Chartered Accountant (CA)
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA)
Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)