Our People

Our team are dedicated to providing you and your business with personalised professional services. All our team members are committed to ongoing professional development so you enjoy the best technical tax and accounting advice available. Below are the profiles on our team members.

Steven Davidson


Steven attended Donald High School and completed HSC in 1974.  His qualifications include a Diploma of Business Studies (Accounting) at Ballarat College of Advanced Education in 1979. He became a member of the Certified Practising Accountants in 1982 and advanced to Fellow status in 1995. He currently holds a current Tax Agents Certificate.

Steven is married to Karen and has three children, Dylan, Caitlin and Tyson.

In his younger days, Steven played cricket for Golden Point Cricket Club and had many roles including second eleven captain, Committee member (20 years) and was Treasurer for 17 years. Steven has also been involved in the community through spending 5 years as a Committee member and Treasurer for the Ballarat Basketball Junior Development Squads.

Outside the office Steven is a keen football fan who usually spends Saturday afternoons watching his son Dylan play for Clunes Football Club. He’s also a passionate Essendon supporter. Steve can be contacted on 5331 2600 or sjd@cooke-foley.com.au

Paul Foley


Paul commenced with Cooke & Foley in 1989 after successful completion of his Bachelor of Business in 1988 at the University of Ballarat. Paul became a Certified Practising Accountant in 1994, holds a Public Practice Certificate and is a Registered Tax Agent.

Paul has extensive experience in providing accounting, tax and business advice to a wide range of clients across regional Victoria and welcomes all new clients.

Paul has a great passion for sport including a long term involvement in basketball. He also describes himself as a keen but unsuccessful golfer.

Paul believes in community involvement and has a keen interest in sports administration. He is a past Treasurer of the Ballarat Miners and joined the Board of the Ballarat Golf Club in 1989. He currently holds the position of Finance Director at the club and had a key involvement in the recent re-development of the Club, which won the 2011 Clubs Victoria Award for Best Club Redevelopment.

Paul is married to Danielle with 3 children and enjoys spending time with his family and watching the Tigers. Paul can be contacted on 5331 2600 or pdf@cooke-foley.com.au

Kym Cassells


Kym joined Cooke & Foley in 2000 while still completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Ballarat before starting full time with the firm in 2001.  In her time at Cooke & Foley, Kym has progressed through the firm to become our newest Director in 2012.  During this time she has also completed her CPA studies as well as gaining considerable experience in all facets of public practice accounting.

She has extensive experience in taxation accounting and business services from a diverse range of clients. She also has experience in a wide range of software packages, including Banklink, MYOB & Xero Accounting and likes to spend time with her clients teaching them how to efficiently use these packages to reduce compliance costs.  

Kym holds a Public Practising Certificate and has over 10 years experience in superannuation and specialises in self managed super funds. She prides herself on liaising with her clients in a timely manner and assisting them to set up processes so they can better manage their day to day operations.

Away from the Office, Kym has had a large involvement in basketball being involved in the Ballarat Lady Miners for 16 years before taking a break in 2011. She continues to have an active involvement in the sport and also enjoys watching most sports in her spare time as well as spending time with family and friends. Kym can be contacted on 5331 2600 or kmc@cooke-foley.com.au

Dennis Foley


Dennis was a Director at Cooke & Foley from 1980 to 2012 and took over from his father Kevin Foley, the firm's founder who commenced the practice more than 60 years ago. In 2012 Dennis decided to spend some more time with his family and travel, whilst remaining a consultant to the firm on more than a part time basis.

Dennis is a Fellow of CPA Australia and practices mainly in the area of tax and accounting and has also previously been a Registered Company Liquidator and Registered Trustee in Bankruptcy. As a result, he has vast experience in helping individuals and corporate clients solve their business problems. He also has a keen interest in business valuations and succession planning and continues to assist clients with these important steps.

Dennis has been involved in community and sporting organisations for many years and was the inaugural President of the Ballarat Miners Basketball Club for 20 years. He is presently the Chair of the Ballarat Basketball Foundation and is also Treasurer of the Ballarat & District Trotting Club, a position he has held for thirty years. Dennis has also previously been a member of the Board at St. Patrick’s College Ballarat, for a nine year period, serving two years as Board Chair. He is also currently Chair of the St. Patrick’s College Foundation.

Dennis is a Life Member of the Ballarat Basketball Club, the Ballarat Basketball Association, the Celtic Tigers Basketball Club and the Ballarat & District Trotting Club.

Dennis was the recipient of the Mackenzie Award from the Ballarat Sportsmen’s Club in 1999 for the Sports Administrator of the Year and has also been awarded an Australian Sports Medal.

Dennis is married to Janice and has five children. He can be contacted on 5331 2600 or dmf@cooke-foley.com.au

Nicole Crocker

Senior Accountant

Nicole is known around the office as our friendly auditor. She looks after the audits of our clients SMSFs and trust accounts. When she doesn’t have her green pen in her hand, she works for Steven Davidson completing financial statements, GST matters and tax returns. She is a qualified CPA, holds a Public Practising Certificate and has been working in the public practice accounting field for over 15 years. Nicole has extensive experience in managing the tax affairs for a variety of clients, including a number of property developers, hotels, farmers, tradespersons and various other small businesses.

She is a passionate Collingwood supporter and is also the rev head amongst the team so don’t expect to find her in the office when the V8s are racing at Bathurst!  She spends her time away from the office relaxing with family and friends. Nicole can be contacted on 5331 2600 or nlc@cooke-foley.com.au

Peter Davis

Senior Accountant

Peter previously worked for one of the big four banks before transitioning to the public accounting sector. He joined Cooke & Foley in September 2000 and has over 20 years experience in the accounting industry.

Peter’s qualifications include an Advanced Diploma of Business (Accounting) from the University of Ballarat, a Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting (University of New England), Member of the Institute of Public Accountants and holds a Public Practice Certificate.

Peter has worked with a number of different clients from varying industries and also has an extensive understanding of various accounting packages including Xero, MYOB, Banklink and QuickBooks.

Away from the office, Peter enjoys watching motor sports and cycling. Peter can be contacted on 5331 2600 or pvd@cooke-foley.com.au

Chris Squire


Chris is a born and bred Ballarat local. Upon completion of his schooling at St Patrick’s College, Ballarat he took up a part time position at Cooke & Foley while also studying at the University of Ballarat. In 2007 he graduated with a degree in Applied Economics & Finance.

He commenced full time at Cooke & Foley in 2008 and has recently completed his CPA studies. Over this time, Chris has been working with a diverse range of clients and has a keen interest in small to medium size businesses.

Outside of work he is a keen sports lover, having played football for Ballarat Football Club in his earlier years and has also represented Ballarat in basketball. As a life long (and long time suffering) Richmond supporter, he has had to develop interests other than football to fill in the months from September onwards, which include heading to the races and generally relaxing and socialising with friends. Chris can be contacted on 5331 2600 or cjs@cooke-foley.com.au

Candice Magee


Candice has been employed at Cooke & Foley since 2003.

Candice has a broad range of skills in the tax field, from the completion of monthly Banklink reports to Individual, Trust, Company and Self Managed Superannuation Fund Tax Returns. Candice completed her CPA studies in May 2011 and is an enthusiastic and cheerful member of our team.

Outside the office she is actively involved with the Celtic Tigers Basketball Club as Executive Officer for the girls program and has been playing basketball since the tender age of 6. A passion for netball at the SMW Rovers Football Netball Club also keeps Candice busy through the winter months.

Candice has recently become a mum for the first time, welcoming a little baby girl into the world in 2012.

Jason Lowson


Jason recently commenced with Cooke & Foley in 2015. After completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree (with Distinction) at the University of Ballarat in 2007, Jason gained extensive experience working with both a national and local Ballarat accounting firm. Previously Jason spent some 16 years working within the banking and finance industry.

Along with general practice accounting for Businesses and Individuals, Jason specialises in assisting Self Managed
Superannuation Fund (SMSF) trustees with technical advice and solutions including ongoing compliance requirements, contribution and pension strategies, asset acquisition strategies and legislative requirements. Jason is a member and accredited SMSF Specialist Advisor™ with the SMSF Association.

Originally from Western Australia, Jason moved to Ballarat in 2003 with his family.

Away from the office Jason enjoys spending time with his family and friends along with football – and yes Jason is a West Coast Eagles supporter. Having retired from playing football several years ago, Jason has moved to umpiring as a way of keeping fit and contributing to the community.

Jason can be contacted on 5331 2600 or jason.lowson@cooke-foley.com.au

Nathan David


Nathan commenced with Cooke & Foley in 2013 as a graduate accountant, after completing his Bachelor of Commerce with a major in accounting at the University of Ballarat. Nathan looks forward to starting his CPA and developing his skills in a wide range of accounting sectors.

Outside of the office Nathan is a very passionate badminton player, having started when he was 8 years old and developing into a National player, representing Australia. When he isn’t working or training, he enjoys fishing and camping.

Julian Atwood


Julian commenced with Cooke & Foley in 2011 and has recently completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Ballarat. He has been developing his skills in taxation, FBT and compliance accounting during his time at Cooke & Foley.

Away from the Office, Julian enjoys spending time with family & friends.

Julian can be contacted on 5331 2600 or jpa@cooke-foley.com.au

Matthew Dwyer

Trainee Accountant

Matthew commenced with Cooke & Foley in August 2014, working part time whilst completing his Bachelor of Business degree at RMIT University.

Away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his friends and playing both football and cricket at Newlyn.

Matthew can be contacted on 5331 2600 or MatthewD@cooke-foley.com.au

Susan Zakynthinos


Sue commenced with Cooke & Foley in 1984 as a junior and progressively worked her way to front office receptionist where she was responsible for greeting clients and answering incoming phone calls. She left in 1995 to start a family and returned in 1999 on a part-time basis. She is now responsible for the administration of the business and works in a supporting role to other clerical staff.  

In her spare time, Susan loves to watch her children play in various sports, walk her dog and read. Sue can be contacted on 5331 2600 or sez@cooke-foley.com.au

Jessica Dabraio


Jess joined the team in 2006 and now oversees the running of the office. She is not only responsible for the efficient running of the practice but she manages all our ASIC lodgements, client correspondence and processes the payroll for a number of clients.

In her spare time, Jess loves a good laugh with friends, camping, as well as keeping herself fit.

Jessica can be contacted on 5331 2600 or jd@cooke-foley.com.au

Teagan Weightman


Teagan is the newest member to join our team in 2011. She assists with the preparation of client BAS’s and income tax returns as well maintaining client software files and new client integration. Teagan recently completed a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University majoring in Criminology and Sociology. She enjoys basketball, water-skiing and reading.

Teagan can be contacted on 5331 2600 or teagan@cooke-foley.com.au

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