Our People

Arabon is a diverse team of family and friends committed to getting to know you and working with you to achieve your goals. We celebrate our clients’ and our colleagues’ passions and achievements, and love coming to work everyday with our Arabon Family.


Our partners have over 135 years of combined industry knowledge and experience.


Our team of accountants and advisers have over 235 years of combined industry knowledge and experience.

The Partners

Leading the Way

Michelle McDowall

Michelle founded Arabon over 30 years ago. Michelle continues to lead the Arabon team as Principal Partner in realising her vision of a firm that provides more than just accounting. With degrees in commerce and law, and a passion for building relationships to help friends and family realise their dreams, Michelle is the heart and soul of the Arabon culture. Michelle was a Queensland state finalist in the 2014 and 2017 Telstra Women’s Business Awards.

Robert McDowall

Robert became a Partner in Arabon in 2014. With a Bachelor of Commerce from UQ and international experience in project and systems accounting, Robert is experienced in working with SMEs, public companies and not-for-profit organisations. As the only Gen Y partner in the firm Robert leads the way in adoption of the latest technology to support his clients and establish Arabon as a firm of the future. While maintaining strong working relationships with his clients, Robert is also an active member of the community, coaching rowing and mentoring in school programs.

Brendan Macrae

Brendan provides independent audit services specialising in SMSF's, not-for-profits, kindergartens, P&C associations, charities, trust accounts and local councils. Brendan has over 30 years experience in internal and external audits, financial reporting, risk management, fraud prevention and internal controls reviews and is chair of a number of local government audit committees.

Richard Smith

As owner of Arabon Financial Services, Richard has over 30 years’ experience in financial services from his time as founder and manager of Kersley Financial and 25 years at St George Bank, where he was a finalist for St George Bank’s National Employee of the Year Award.

The Accountants

Stewarding and Problem Solving

The Financial Advisers

Planning and Managing

The Audit Team

Reviewing and Assuring

The Administration Team

Ensuring our business runs smoothly