Russell Laird



Russell brings a wealth of Chartered Accounting experience to the O’Regan & Partners Townsville office which opened in 2015, having previously been a Partner of CE Smith & Co and a Principal of Crowe Horwath.

A James Cook University graduate, Russell has practiced in Townsville and Regional North Queensland throughout his professional life. He has significant expertise in advising clients across a broad range of businesses including, but not limited to Agribusiness, Medical Specialists and General Practitioners, Tourism, Hotel and other Hospitality, Engineering, Legal Practices, Retail, Professional Sporting Franchises, Real Estate and Property Developers. He has travelled extensively throughout Western and North-Western Queensland visiting clients where they live and operate.

Russell has held positions as Director and Company Secretary for many corporations over the years, including Chairman of NORQEB (Ergon Energy), Director of Ergon Energy Retail and Director/Company Secretary of North Queensland Crematorium Ltd. He was Company Secretary and Professional Advisor to the highly successful Aboriginal Corporation Morr Morr Pastoral Company Pty Ltd in the Gulf of Carpentaria region, James Cook University Corporations including JCU Uninet Pty Ltd which developed and owned the Stinger nets used on Queensland beaches, and Barrier Reef Basketball Pty Ltd which established the Townsville Crocodiles NBL Franchise.

He coordinated the approval of and funding for the Construction of the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre working closely with Councils, Community, Media and Politicians to bring this important Community Project to fruition. Subsequently to this, he developed the Townsville Crocodiles Corporate Business Model, in liaison with senior local business interests, to the point where the Company operated one of the most financially successful Sporting Franchises in Australia.

He is Past President of the North Queensland Club, Past Treasurer of John Flynn College and JCU Rugby Club. Russell is a keen golfer and Rugby Union fanatic.

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Chartered Tax Adviser
  • Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Registered Tax Agent

Areas of Expertise

  • Taxation and Business Advisory
  • Business Planning
  • Business and Property Acquisition and Disposal
  • Succession and Estate Planning
  • Budgeting and Planning for Growth
  • Corporate Secretary and Director Appointments
  • Litigation Support Services, including Family Law
  • Management Accounting and Analysis;

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