Our Vision: We use our teams’ knowledge, experience and passion to help you grow and sustain your business, your wealth and your lifestyle.
The firm now known as MB+M, Chartered Accountants, began June 29, 1946 as an Accountancy – Taxation Business. The firm was called Maxwell Brown, after it’s founder and had a staff of one!
Maxwell Brown returned to Shepparton as an employee of the then Bank of NSW after service in the AIF and the RAAF during World War II.
Max recalls that their first client was the late Mr Rupert Wright (father of Lloyd and Graeme) who then conducted a hardware business. He also recalls fondly that staff in those formative days consisted of one secretary whose only technical aid was an old Imperial typewriter.
The original premises were located at 370 Wyndham Street, and in a period of a mere eight years, MB+M had grown into a business enterprise which in 1954 had an accommodation problem. In July of that year it moved to 24 Fryers Street.
The 1956 Summer Olympics was held in Melbourne. Our Peter Mountjoy had the honour of carrying the Olympic flame into Shepparton and lighting the local cauldron.
At the beginning of the new financial year 1 July, 1957, Peter Mountjoy joined Maxwell Brown – giving the second dimension to the firm Maxwell Brown & Mountjoy.
Max & Peter were key players in the development of iconic areas of Shepparton – including the property developments of Wanganui, Riverpark and Kialla Lakes Estates. Max was instrumental in establishing the Star Bowl in Shepparton and enjoyed a life long participation in the game.
During the late 1960’s, Shepparton’s signature firm SPC Ltd was experiencing problems. Max became a member of the Board of Directors until 1973 with the purpose of resolving finance problems.
Rod Gemmill became a Partner of Maxwell Brown & Mountjoy in 1974. Although Rod retired in 1986 due to his health, he retained a close and happy relationship with the firm until his death.
Peter Bicknell accepted a partnership in July, 1982. Max Brown had retired in July, 1981 while Peter Mountjoy followed in July, 1983. Peter did not fit into the “Accountant” stereotype and enjoyed being the public face of MB+M. As with all Partners/Directors of the firm, Peter was involved widely in the community. Peter retired in June, 2015.
Rod Miller became the fifth partner in the firm in 1979, bringing a different set of skills into the partnership. Rod setup the successful Melbourne office of MB+M in Moorabbin in 1993 until 2009.
Mike Hall is now the elder statesman of MB+M and has been an integral part of the firm since 1984. Mike has many professionals strings in his bow and excels in the area of wealth creation for his clients – maybe a natural talent for a Scotsman!
The partners of the day and Max Brown designed and built the premises at 21 Welsford Street which they occupied from February, 1984. In some respects a new era had commenced as two more partners, Trevor Greene and Michael Hall had joined the firm.
This move was to be of comparatively short duration as the partners had purchased two old houses on 17 and 19 Welsford Street. The third of the Welsford Street locations became base for MB+M in November, 1990. By this time, Trevor Greene had retired as a partner but continued as a team member and two new partners Christopher Coe and Gregory Luscombe had been admitted (July, 1989).
Greg Luscombe is one of those people who excels at whatever he puts his mind to. Greg has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things taxation and financial planning. Although very modest, he has played at high levels of cricket and hockey and is also a handy golf player.
Our Financial Planning arm commenced at MB+M in 1995. It has now grown into our strong multi-disciplined Wealth Creation team.
1996 was cause to celebrate our 50th Anniversary! Max Brown was still involved with the firm as a consultant. It was great to have both Max and Peter Mountjoy at the anniversary event.
MB+M has always had an ethos demanding a high standard in ethics and business morality. Directors & team members have always been very community minded and have contributed to the Goulburn Valley in many areas, some of these include: Shepparton Agricultural Society, GV Grammar School, GV Health, GMCU, Shepparton Retirement Villages, The Community Fund and much more.
Rebecca Woolstencroft joined the firm as a young graduate in 1998 and quickly established herself in the firm. Bec is currently CEO of MB+M and enjoys guiding the firm into a progressive future.
Natalie Parker began her career at MB+M in 1999 and is passionate about growing client’s businesses, seeing well beyond mere taxation. Natalie has many tools and strategies in her repertoire as is able to bring much to the table.
In 2006 our first female partners, Narelle Pesavento and Rebecca Woolstencroft, joined the partnership in July.
MB+M again outgrew their premises and this time built a purpose designed building at 23 Nixon Street in a beautiful location overlooking the Queens Gardens.
Glenn Irvine joined MB+M in 2010 in the totally new role of Business Coach for MB+M clients. Glenn has many years experience in training and mentoring roles.
2014 saw more changes with MB+M changing from a Partnership to a Company. There are now 4 Directors, 20 additional accountants as well as consultants and a range of vital team members.
Natalie Parker and Glenn Irvine stepped up as Directors in July 2015.
An inside look at our office in 2017.
Some of the team – 2017
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