Meet the Team

David Rich
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Chartered Accountant (FCA)
  • Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA)
  • Registered Company Auditor

David was born and raised in Dubbo, attended the local Catholic School, St John’s College before completing his Higher School Certificate at St Josephs College, Hunters Hill, Sydney. In 1988 he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Degree, majoring in Accounting at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. Working initially with Deloittes Sydney in Corporate Audit he completed his Associate Membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. This experience enabled him to become a Registered Company Auditor. In 2014, he was advanced to the status of Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in recognition of his years in practice.

Taking a break from auditing, he backpacked around the world visiting countries in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. His favourite country was Nepal where he trekked the famous mountain ranges and competed in two mountain triathlons. Whilst abroad he worked as an Accountant in England for United Provincial Newspapers assisting with production of the Yorkshire Post newspaper. He also worked in the UK Midlands in Public Practice producing financial statements for small business.

In 1993, David returned from overseas and joined his father Ron Rich at GJ Christie & Co. In 1995 the firm changed its name to Christies Public Accountants and he became a partner. He now consults in all aspects of taxation and business advice. He has a special interest in primary production as well as business valuations. He was recently accepted as a Chartered Tax Advisor with the Taxation Institute of Australia.

David has retained his passion for travel along with his other passions of Rugby Union and agriculture, having a background on the family farm in his early years. David played Rugby for the Dubbo Kangaroos with his highlight being part of three winning Blowes Cup Premiership teams. He also served as Treasurer during the building of Dubbo Rugby Club’s Victoria Park Clubhouse. David ended his rugby days as Vice President of Geurie Goats Rugby Club, coaching and playing until his retirement in 2006. He now farms a small property near Dubbo with his wife Alison and four children when not in the office.

David Chapman
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Finance)
  • Chartered Accountant (CA)

David is originally from Narromine and was raised on a small rural property. Whilst attending University he worked for a local grain merchant and also a stock & station agent, maintaining a strong connection to the rural sector.

After graduating from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, David began his professional career at KPMG Sydney where he spent five years in Middle Market Advisory, servicing the needs of mainly high net worth individuals. David also obtained his Chartered Accountant designation during this period. David returned to the country and commenced with Christies in 2004, becoming a Partner in 2006.

Whilst David services the needs of clients from a wide variety of industries, he has a particular interest in superannuation and is the Partner responsible for the administration needs of the firm’s self managed superannuation clients.

In his spare time, David enjoys a number of activities with his family.

Jeremy Dickson
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Chartered Accountant (CA)

Jeremy was Melbourne born and bred. Having moved to Dubbo in 1995, completing all of his high school and university in Dubbo, and marrying a local girl he certainly considers Dubbo to be home. He graduated from Charles Sturt University Dubbo campus and completed his Chartered Accountant qualification whilst working with our firm. Jeremy started work with Christies as a Cadet Accountant in 2002. During this time he gained experience in all areas of tax, business services and auditing.

Becoming a partner in 2014, Jeremy’s workload covers all areas of taxation and business services.  He enjoys the challenge of being a partner and the high level work but Jeremy also still likes to keep up to date with his clients and the everyday running of their businesses.  Jeremy is often the first point of call for our firm’s new clients, he has a great ability to work out the strategies required to get the most benefit for our clients.

Away from the office, Jeremy’s main interests are family and sport.  He has two young children with his wife, Emma and his son is already following in his Dad’s footsteps with his love of all of things sport.  Golf and cricket are Jeremy’s favourites, but any sport, any time will do.

Jeremy is heavily involved with his beloved Macquarie Cricket Club, being treasurer and previous first grade captain.  Jeremy often assists with junior sport fundraising and actively assists with the local junior sporting community where possible, including refereeing, coaching, caretaking and function committee roles over the years.

Peter Singh
  • Bachelor of Economics (Accounting)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA)

Peter was born, raised and attended school in Armidale, NSW. He graduated from the University of New England and commenced his professional training with Deloittes Sydney in 1977. Whilst completing his Chartered Accountant qualification, Peter gained a solid grounding in public company audits and taxation.

Since moving to Dubbo in 1980, Peter’s experience in a broad range of areas has been valuable to the firm. These include rural accounting, taxation planning and auditing, particularly in the not-for-profit sector. Peter was a Partner in the firm from 1995 until retiring out of the partnership in 2014.

Included in Peter’s interests is a love of the game of cricket and a keen interest in most things sporting, particularly the Rugby codes, walking, running and cycling. Peter walked the 96 kilometre Kokoda Track in 2006 and has run a marathon. He finds home gardening a very relaxing way to relieve the stresses of his professional work.

Peter has given extensive service to the community through his membership in the Rotary Club of Dubbo South, as well as involvement in local cricket. Peter was President of his Rotary Club in 2005-6 and was awarded a Paul Harris fellowship in 2011 for services to Rotary. He has been a qualified cricket umpire since 1995 and remains active in this role.

Michelle Peek
Assistant Manager
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Chartered Accountant (CA)

Michelle was raised in Nyngan where she completed her Higher School Certificate. She then moved to Newcastle, completing her Commerce degree at the University of Newcastle.

After completing her degree Michelle made Dubbo home and began to gain practical experience working in a public practice accounting firm. Since joining Christies in 2007 Michelle has completed her Chartered Accountant qualification and has been promoted to Assistant Manager. She has extensive experience in Business Services, Taxation and Audit, particularly in Self Managed Superannuation Fund audits.

Michelle has recently taken maternity leave after having her second child. Michelle will return to work part-time and enjoys spending time with her family and friends whenever possible.

In the community Michelle involves herself with the Orana Toy Library, of which she is currently the Secretary. Michelle’s other interests include sewing, gardening, golf and water skiing.

Anthony Burrell
Assistant Manager
  • Bachelor of Business (Tourism)
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Banking)
  • Certified Practising Accountant (CPA)

Anthony was born in Coonabarabran and moved to Wellington, NSW where he attended school. After graduating from Southern Cross University with a Tourism degree, he then expanded his horizons by studying Accountancy at Charles Sturt University. On completion of his second degree he commenced work with the firm in 2001. Anthony completed his professional training with Christies and qualified as a CPA in 2007.

Since joining the firm as a graduate, Anthony has gained experience in a broad range of areas including Taxation, Tax Planning, Goods and Services Tax, Business Activity Statements, Capital Gains Tax and Self Managed Superannuation Fund administration and compliance.

Outside of work Anthony’s interests include Rugby Union, Cricket, Motor Sports, particularly Formula 1 and V8 Supercars, collecting and making model cars and reading.

Wayne Comber
IT Administrator
  • Associate Diploma in Accounting
  • Certificate IV in Information Technology
  • MYOB Certified Consultant
  • Xero Certified Advisor

Wayne was born and raised in Dubbo. On completion of his secondary schooling, he took a position with a local accountancy firm and studied Accountancy at TAFE. He then worked for the National Australia Bank and a mineral drilling company, where he spent 7 years as assistant accountant, also overseeing the IT needs of the business. Wayne travelled extensively in Australia and overseas during this period, setting up an office in Africa and reviewing operations in Ireland. He then focused more in the IT field, moving to Axxis Technology for a short period where he managed the store and gained further experience with computers and mobile communications.

In 1998, Wayne took on the role of IT administrator with Christies, which allowed him to combine his skills in IT with his accounting knowledge, enabling him to provide a valuable service to the clients of Christies. With the introduction of the GST in 2000, there was a significant shift in the number of clients who needed computerised accounting systems and Wayne assisted and trained Christies clients make the transition. He continues to provide support and training for clients in this area. He also ensures Christies’ internal IT systems are current, secure and reliable, and that the firm can leverage off the latest developments in the IT world, enabling us to provide the best service for our clients.

Wayne has years of experience dealing with a range of software and hardware platforms including Microsoft operating systems, MYOB (MYOB Certified Consultant), Phoenix, Banklink (Gold certified consultant), Xero (Certified Advisor), SQL server and .Net technologies.

Away from the office, Wayne enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He spent many years training in Taekwondo, achieving the rank of 2nd Dan black belt, and starting a Taekwondo school, before injury forced retirement. Wayne enjoys camping, canoeing and bushwalking, and takes every opportunity to unplug and get out and enjoy nature.

Barbara Ewin
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Fellow of Institute of Public Accountants
  • Justice of the Peace (QLD)

Barbara was born in Condobolin but spent most of her high school and early adult life in Katherine in the Northern Territory. She commenced her university degree as a mature age student in Darwin at the Northern Territory University before moving to Dubbo in 1999, graduating from Charles Sturt University Dubbo campus in 2002.

Barbara has recently recommenced with Christies having first joined the firm in June 1999. Initially, she was extensively involved in delivering seminars & training to our clients on the implementation of GST in July 2000. Barbara left Dubbo in January 2004 and has since worked in Chartered Accounting firms in Newcastle and Brisbane, gaining experience in a broad range of areas including Business Services, Taxation, Audit, GST, Business Activity Statements, Fringe Benefits Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Self Managed Superannuation Fund administration and audit.

Barbara is a very proud mother & grandmother with four adult daughters & three grandchildren. She has returned to live in Dubbo for the relaxed country lifestyle and so she can spend more time with her new granddaughter, Lucy and other family in the area. She is looking forward to catching up with her many friends & valued clients once again.

In her local community in Brisbane, Barbara has been involved in the JP’s in the Community program, providing voluntary Justice of the Peace services at her local shopping centre and for elderly & disabled people. She was also Treasurer of the Queensland Justices Association, Western Suburbs Branch for three years.

Leanne Collins
Assistant Manager
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Finance)
  • Chartered Accountant
  • Xero Certified Advisor
  • Law Society External Examiners Course completed

Leanne was born in Cowra and raised on farms in the Central West before her family moved to Dubbo. Leanne completed her high school education at Dubbo High School and obtained her Bachelor of Business with Charles Sturt University as a mature aged student.

Leanne has worked as a bookkeeper for a diversified local business. This role allowed Leanne to become very proficient in using of MYOB software for small business.
Leanne commenced working for Christies in 2013, achieving her Chartered Accountant qualification in 2016. Leanne has extensive experience in Business Services, Taxation and Audit, included Self Managed Superannuation Fund auditing. She also carries out Trust Account examinations for law firms, real estate agencies and other accounting firms. Leanne has been elected to the Western Region Committee of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and enjoys this role.

Leanne and her husband together ran a successful carpentry business until her husband recently changed direction into Building Project Management. Leanne is a proud parent of three children and recently became a grandmother.

Leanne’s interests outside the office include spending time with her family, quilting, kayaking, walking, watching rugby union and cricket.

Kathy Sumich
Assistant Manager
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Finance)
  • Chartered Accountant (CA)

Kathy was born and bred in Narromine and moved to Dubbo with her family in 2003 where she completed her schooling. She started working at Christies in 2009 through our cadetship program and went on to complete her Accounting degree through Charles Sturt University where she graduated in 2013.

After obtaining her degree Kathy began studying the Chartered Accountants Program and has since become a Chartered Accountant.

Kathy has a broad range of experience with taxation and has a keen interest in worker’s compensation, tax planning, GST and payroll tax.

Outside of work Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and family.