New role for rural accountant

Bronwyn Monopoli thought long and hard before ending more than 30 years working for herself to join accounting group WHK.

The colourful Richmond accountant, who has many farming and horticultural clients, said making the change had cost her quite a lot of sleep as she had loved the freedom of being a sole practitioner.

But she had decided to join WHK as an associate principal to provide security and continuity for her clients and her staff in the event of something unexpected happening to her, although she would be operating as normal and retirement was "not in my dictionary".

It would allow her to shed some of her responsibilities as an owner of a business in order to have more time to concentrate on the things she enjoyed.

As well as lifting the administration load, it would give her access to other professionals with specialist knowledge, she said.

"I won't need to be an expert on everything - I'll just need to know when I'm not!"

There was also the opportunity and the intention to establish and develop WHK's Richmond office as a centre for rural business, she said.