About Kilara Group

Kilara Group has evolved from a practice that was founded in 1963 by Owen Jeffers. We pride ourselves that we still service clients today that have been with the firm since its inception.

The practice has operated out of the historic house “Kilara” since 1977.

Owen’s practice was purchased by Peter Dowdle and Howard Smith in 1980 and the firm became known as Dowdle Smith & Jeffers.

Malcolm McLean joined Peter and Howard in 1987. Malcolm became a Partner (replacing Howard) in July 1989 and at that time the firm’s name changed to Dowdle McLean.

The evolution continued when Andrew Holmes became a Partner in 2005 and on 1st July 2006 the firm was re-badged as Kilara Group. It was decided that Kilara was an appropriate name as the firm has been at home in the “Kilara” house for so many years.

Peter retired as a Partner in June 2007, leaving Malcolm and Andrew to carry on the successful firm that has been servicing our clients for so long.

We have an enthusiastic and dedicated team who are committed to providing the highest level of service to our clients.


Malcolm McLean (Partner)

B Fin Admin, CPA, ACA, CTA, SSA, JP

Malcolm obtained his Bachelor of Financial Administration in 1982. He was admitted as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1983, became a Certified Practicing Accountant in 1989 and obtained his practicing certificates with both bodies in that year.

Malcolm has continued to gain qualifications in a diverse range of areas to allow him to offer clients a "one stop shop" approach when dealing with their financial affairs, including becoming an accredited superannuation specialist with the SMSF Association in 2006.

As well as offering traditional accounting and taxation advice, Malcolm has the expertise to advise on financial planning and superannuation matters to enable the client to get a total overview of their wealth creation strategies. Regardless of the size of your business, Malcolm can offer advice on business structures, business consulting and asset protection.

Malcolm is also a Registered Company Auditor, a Justice of the Peace, a Chartered Tax Advisor with the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Member of the Self Managed Super Fund Association.

Andrew Holmes (Partner)

B.Bus (Acc/Fin), CPA, AdvDFP, SSA, JP

Andrew began with the firm in 1990 as a trainee accountant. After four years of part-time study he completed his Accounting/Finance Degree full time. He then joined the Border Mail as a management accountant where he stayed until 1998. In 1999 he began studying to become a CPA, achieving four high distinctions and a distinction in the five subjects offered.

In 1999 Andrew rejoined Kilara and worked as a CPA until becoming a Partner in 2005. He completed studies in Superannuation, attaining the status of Specialist Advisor with the Self Managed Super Fund Association. He is also a Justice of the Peace.

Andrew has considerable experience in the industry and is available to give advice on business and taxation matters for corporate structures, family trusts, partnerships and individuals. He specialises in tax planning to ensure his clients only pay the legal minimum. Andrew delights finding opportunities within his clients' taxation affairs to ensure they get the best result possible. He is also proficient in all Centrelink and government grant matters. He has an intimate knowledge of wealth creation strategies including superannuation specialisation, capital gains tax, succession and estate planning. He enjoys a hands on approach when dealing with clients and revels in working alongside you to get the best results.