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The Great Bean Counters are Registered Tax Accountants offering accounting services to Brisbane’s Western Suburbs including but not limited to: Moggill, Chapel HillKenmore, Fig Tree Pocket, Indooroopilly, Upper Brookfield, Brookfield, Pullenvale, Pinjarra Hills, Bellbowrie, Anstead, Mount Crosby, Kholo, Kenmore HillsKarana Downs, Toowong and Middle Park.

We are a Brisbane based accounting firm.

*Liability limited by scheme approved under Professional Legislation

 ABN: 19 617 763 836

Meet our Accountants

Cecilia Chen

Director & Principal Accountant


Cecilia has an ESFJ personality. Now to quote what the Briggs Myers personality test says about ESFJs and suitable employment industries I will leave you with this to see why we think it is ironic and relevant to know 


"Their practical skills combine well with their dependability, making ESFJ personalities surprisingly good accountants – though they often prefer to be personal accountants, helping people and interacting with them directly, instead of corporate accountants crunching numbers in some back room."


Caitlin has an ESTJ personality. I think we all like to have our accounts neatly in order which matches perfectly with how Caitlin works, and the description of her personality:


"People with the ESTJ personality type create order, follow the rules, and work to ensure that their work and the work of those around them is completed to the highest standards."

Caitlin McDonald


Professional interests

I enjoy working with more complex accounting services that have constant learning. Although it varies most consistently I like start-up businesses as you get to share in their vision and have a significant impact on ensuring they have the best chances possible in achieving it. Particularly I enjoy learning about the people I am working with and their every day lives which makes working on their tax a better experience and meaningful.

Community Interests

I wish to be an active part of my community and give back to it. Ethically it feels right, economically supporting local makes sense to me and you get a good feeling when you see someone benefit from your actions. It would be difficult to narrow down though I generally like to be involved in causes around animal welfare and hope all the small efforts like donating blood as well as larger can grow in number as time passes. One day I would like to assist my partner in setting up his charity vision.

Local interests

I like to explore nature and meet new people. As such I enjoy walking my two dogs around the local parks with two in particular; the Rafting Ground Reserve near Brookfield & Pullenvale as well as Akuna St Park in Kenmore. 

Caska (the Staffy) & Lucca (the Chihuahua) also are advocates of visiting the local parks as well.


I enjoy ballroom and Latin dance and have taken up tennis lessons recently. I play piano and generally love music as most people do. During my travels I have acquired a love of horse riding through adventurous landscapes, paragliding, kayaking and other activities. Adding to other factors my travel gained hobbies ensure I always pack a pair of comfortable shoes when travelling.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Masters of Professional Accounting

  • Member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand

  • Member of The Australian Taxation Institute

  • Registered Tax Agent

  • Member of the National Tax & Accountants' Association

  • Chartered Tax Advisor  

  • Certified Xero Advisor

  • Diploma of Financial Planning

Professional interests

Caitlin enjoys making the numbers add up and putting it all in order. Just as the final peice of the puzzle going in place gives many satisfaction efficiently finishing an account seems to put a smile on Caitlins' face.

Community & Local Interests

Having grown up locally in Upper Brookfield riding motorbikes and horses around the hobby farm, Caitlin appreciates the local area and community.


Caitlin loves to take the foster dogs to Booker Place Park with her children in her free time while being her local P&C secretary and school banking coordinator. Her down to earth nature is friendly and confident to engage with.


Relaxing exploration and adventure is at the core of Caitlins' hobbies. Going wild at water parks with the children, or bush-walking while camping pair with rowing, horse riding and rock-climbing as her interests. 

That being said adventure can always be found reading a book or watching Netflix on the couch some days. 

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor in Commerce with a Major Accounting 

  • Awarded a faculty medal for outstanding achievement - GPA 6.87

  • Certified Xero Advisor

  • Kaplan Professional Diploma of Financial Services