Directors

Jane Drummond

Jane Drummond

Since joining MJA in 1999, Jane has worked closely with large corporates and small-to-medium enterprises across many industries, including biotechnology, mining, IT and manufacturing.

Her main focus has been on R&D tax incentives, and she has delivered compliance, review, planning and audit services. She has also assisted more than 20 companies prepare applications for R&D Start and Commercial Ready grants, helping them raise more than $20m in grant funding.

Prior to joining MJA, Jane gained 15 years’ experience in the biotechnology sector, working on the research, development and commercialisation of microbial products for agricultural and food industry applications. She was a senior consultant for CPL Scientific Information Services in the UK. She also worked with the CRC for Food Industry Innovation on the development of new products and processes in collaboration with industry partners, and was a Research Fellow at the Waite Agricultural Research Institute (University of Adelaide).

Jane received a scholarship with Microbial Resources Ltd (UK), and holds a PhD in Microbial Genetics.

Ian Ross Gowan

Ian Ross-Gowan

Ian is a highly qualified R&D tax professional, and has worked in the field for nearly 20 years. He has extensive knowledge and experience in accounting and taxation, and their application to R&D projects.

Ian has drafted submissions to government on the new program, met with Treasury, the Innovation Department, the ATO, and AusIndustry on the new legislation, and appeared before the Senate Economics Legislation Committee.

Ian has prepared the R&D Tax Incentive section of the current CCH Master Tax Guide, and is writing the CCH Federal Tax Reporter commentary. He also contributes a regular feature in this area to the Tax Institute.

Prior to joining MJA in 2008, Ian was the Group Tax Manager for OneSteel where he developed an understanding of the practical implementation of R&D tax provisions in a large corporate environment.

Ian holds a degree in Economics and Accounting from Newcastle University, and masters in Taxation Law from UNSW where he received a university award for taxation policy. He is presently a candidate for a PhD in Law (Taxation). He is also a Fellow of the Tax Institute and a Certified Public Accountant.

Craig Stewart

Craig Stewart

Craig joined MJA in 2006, and has worked with many clients to successfully identify eligible R&D activities and prepare R&D tax claims. His consulting experience spans many industries – including metalliferous ores and coal mining and processing, as well as steel, food, manufacturing, agriculture, building, energy, biotechnology, defence and IT.

Prior to joining MJA, Craig gained eight years’ experience in scientific research. His work was aimed at introducing novel technologies in the agricultural and environmental sectors

Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Hons) and a PhD in Precision Agriculture.

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