About Us

Chessboard is fortunate to have a debt of experience from its professional team and advisory board. It comprises the following highly respected leaders:

CHESSBOARD TEAM

Chessboard comprises of a specialised team that brings with them immense history in the accounting and finance sector, business advisory, and strategic planning. Encompassing a diverse range of industries and business sizes, the Chessboard team offers expertise and guidance based on more than 95 years of collective experience.

ADVISORY BOARD

Chessboard is fortunate to be able to draw upon the skill, experience and network of its non-executive Advisory Board. The Board comprises of highly respected leaders in a diverse range of fields including politics, commerce, investments, mining, and elite sports. 

Corporate Partners

HLB Mann Judd is a leading Chartered Accounting firm and member of the HLB international network, providing professional accounting and taxation advice. Chessboard is proud to be partly owned by HLB Mann Judd Brisbane.

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Burrell Stockbroking is a full service Stockbroking and Wealth Management firm that has proudly serviced Queensland clients for over 80 years. Their clients include, institutional, wholesale, Not for Profit, Self-managed Superannuation funds and Retail Investors. Chessboard is proud to have a strategic alliance with Burrell broadening our distribution capacity and offering corporates comprehensive strategic and capital raising advice.

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The SAS Group is a bi-partisan advisory firm working with a diverse range of clients in government and stakeholder engagement, media and communications and corporate advisory work. Group Directors and staff include former Federal Government Ministers, industry leaders, senior journalists and ministerial media and policy advisors. Chessboard is proud to have a strategic alliance with SAS allowing us to support clients with their stakeholder management and media strategies through a transaction.
Chessboard are proud to be shareholders of Yodal. Yodal provides a technology platform that allows advisers (accountants and financial advisers) to offer their clients estate planning services in a replicable format supported by highly regarded law firms. Please reach out to Yodal to discuss your estate planning needs.
Chessboard are proud to be shareholders of Tactiv. Tactiv are the creators of Enquire. The Enquire platform provides functional solutions for Grants, Project, Contract, Document and customer relationship management. Please reach out to Tactiv for a software platform to support the management of your grant programs.
Chessboard are proud to be shareholders of LGI. LGI specialises in the development and management of biogas infrastructure. Through their infrastructure, LGI provides carbon abatement and generates renewable electricity for the local communities their projects operate within.
Chessboard are proud to be shareholders of AgCoTech. AgCoTech is the developer of a unique and tailored medicated nutritional technology which accelerates performance of ruminant welfare and reduces methane output. The technology, when used under independently verified projects creates certified reductions in emissions resulting in credits and offsets that ethical corporations can purchase with confidence to help meet their carbon neutral goals of the future. Contact AgCoTech to discuss carbon offsets and taking your business to carbon neutrality.
Chessboard are proud to be shareholders of Tharos. Tharos is a biotech company developing a suite of products related to improving animal gut & microbiome health. Their first product is EquiNectar, a natural digestive supplement for horses. The supplement provides active enzymes into the animal’s diet restoring the microbiome health of the guy and improving the wellbeing of the horse.
Chessboard is a proud shareholder of Legal Logix. Legal Logix is a provider of online legal solutions. Their developed platform supports legal practices to transform their practice through leveraging automation and expanded legal domain expertise. Developed legal verticals include estate litigation, personal injury and DUI.

PETER BISHOP

Managing Director

Peter, the founder of Chessboard, has been in the accounting and finance industry for 18 years. As a chartered accountant, Peter has worked for Deloitte and was Principal in charge of Corporate Finance in Queensland at Crowe Horwath. Peter spent many years in the investment banking industry in Sydney and Brisbane. He has completed many transactions up to $135m in his career from dual track exits, mergers and acquisitions and takeover defences to capital raisings and proposed IPOs. Peter has a depth of experience in private equity, agribusiness, health and services. He regularly acts as lead adviser to boards through corporate transactions. Peter sits on the board of trustees for the Clem Jones Centre and has previously sat on the UQDI Advisory Board, chairman of the UQDI Foundation Board and the JDRF state committee.

Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Member of FINSIA, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an adjunct fellow of the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute.

James is Managing Partner of Chessboard Mann Judd in Brisbane. He is an experienced business advisory specialist with in-depth knowledge of all operational and strategic aspects of a business. James has an extensive range of expert skills and knowledge across a broad range of industries, including property and construction, hospitality, professional services, transport, financial services institutions, wholesale, and retail. He is involved with several peak bodies that represent these industries and is often invited to attend specific educational programs. James is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

CHEYNE BUCKLEY

Director

Cheyne is a chartered accountant with experience advising businesses across a diverse range of industries and sizes. Whether agriculture, health or hospitality; small-business, corporates or listed; Cheyne supports his clients with a range of corporate advice.

Cheyne embodies, ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t change it’ in his work by delivering quality outcomes for businesses and their shareholders, by starting with identifying and recognising their value first and foremost. He aims to understand shareholders’ goals and deliver tailored practical advice to clearly articulate the key drivers of value.

​SALAJ BHUTRA

Analyst

Salaj is an undergraduate student at the University of Queensland, pursuing a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics degree. As a member of the  Chessboard Corporate Advisory team, Salaj provides his clients with corporate advisory services including mergers and acquisitions, transaction services, valuations, business restructuring, and capital raisings.

Salaj has strong financial modelling experience which he leverages to ensure all client needs are fulfilled the an utmost standard. Before working at Chessboard, Salaj has held internship positions at the Queensland Treasury and Edelweiss Financial Services. Salaj ensures to maintain strong relationships with clients by placing their needs and goals first and delivering a positive outcome.

GAVIN DUDLEY

Managing Director - Debt Advisory

Gavin is an expert finance professional with a key focus on helping businesses of all sizes, and industry sectors, source the right funding so they can achieve their strategic plans. Gavin strives to find funding solutions for enterprises to enable them to focus on what’s really important to them – to run and grow their businesses and have a better chance of success!

Well versed in a wide range of funding products, Gavin is well placed to assist enterprises with delivering customised funding options. From complex corporate structures, cash flow finance, and asset finance, to international trade transactions.

MICHAEL HAWKINS AM

Michael is a company director with diverse commercial experience. In addition to being the Executive Chairman of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), his roles include Executive Director of the National Association of Cinema Operators – Australasia, Chair of the Australian International Movie Convention and Director of the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation Ltd. He is also the Deputy Chair of Screen Queensland and a director of Qi Power Limited. Michael serves on the Foundations of the Queensland State Library and the UQ Diamantina Research Institute. He was formerly CEO of Australian Multiplex Cinemas Ltd, serving for many years as an Executive Councillor of the Australian Entertainment Industry Association. He is a lawyer by training and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

HON. LARRY ANTHONY AO

Larry held the seat of Richmond in New South Wales from 1996 until 2004. During that time, he served in the Howard Government as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Minister for Community Services and Parliamentary Secretary for Trade. Larry was responsible for an annual budget of over $60 billion and is widely regarded for his achievements in social policy reforms. He holds a keen interest in the information technology, finance, property, media and human services sectors. Larry is the current President of The Nationals.

DARREN LOCKYER

Darren is the former captain of the Brisbane Broncos, Queensland and Australian Kangaroos, and the highest-scoring player for the Broncos with 1191 points from 355 appearances. He played 36 State of Origins and 59 Tests for Australia. Darren’s leadership throughout his career has him regarded by many as the world’s best rugby league player. Since retirement Darren has used his leadership skills to establish his business career. Darren is a commentator for Channel Nine and a contributor to The Courier-Mail. He is an Ambassador for Origin Energy and holds several positions in the private sector. These include positions in the mining services sector, the aviation sector, and the investment sector.

JOHN MACTAGGART

John is an experienced investor and director. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Technology One Limited, listed on the ASX and Chairman of the Brisbane Angels Group. John has extensive experience across many industries, including export of animal products, food processing, industrial fasteners, manufacturing of building equipment and computer hardware and software. He is also a director of a number of unlisted companies. John has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 1991.

RICK DENNIS

Rick is an experienced board member with a wealth of experience across several industries. In addition to being a non-executive director of the ASX listed Apiam Animal Health and MotorCycle Holdings, Rick is an advisory board member of Australian Super and non-executive Chair of the privately-owned Leisure Properties Australia. He is an independent member of the Audit & Risk committee of Racing Qld and Open Minds. Rick is a former Queensland Managing Partner of Ernst and Young, recently retiring after 34 years with the group. During that period, he held several roles including Queensland Managing Partner and CFO and Deputy COO in Asia-Pacific for 3 years as well as establishing and leading the EYs Australia / China Business Group in 2005.