Welcome to the Johnsons MME Alumni Page, where we honour former Directors and Team Members who made a significant impact on our firm’s success.
Explore their inspiring stories of leadership and dedication as we celebrate their enduring contributions to our legacy. Their influence continues to inspire the next generation of accounting professionals.
Service period: 1973 to 2023
Joining Johnson Coughlan & Kay: In January 1973, at the age of 18, Rodney Mullavey joined Johnson Coughlan & Kay, a prominent accounting firm in Albury.
His recruitment was facilitated by his cousin Barry Mullavey, who had started his accounting career with the same firm.
This initial step marked the beginning of his accounting profession.
The Road To Partner
In 1974 the firm known as Johnson Coughlan and Kay merged with Coopers & Lybrand.
Rod was married in October 1977 to Jennifer Wales a nurse from Yass. Four children came along John in 1980, David in 1981 and twin girls Rebecca and Kate in 1983. Over this time, Rod became significantly involved in the North Albury Football Club at that time, as its treasurer.
Rod gained membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in 1979.
Rod became a partner on January 1 1987, having worked in the accounting services division and business services for all of those years. In 1997 Rod became the Manager Partner of Coopers & Lybrand Albury.
The Global Years
In 1998 Coopers & Lybrand merged with PriceWaterhouse to become PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Rod remained Managing Partner.
However, that same year, at a partners’ meeting in Melbourne, it became clear that the Albury practice would eventually have to leave PWC.
Eventually a target date of July 1 2000 was set to de-merge from PWC.
Johnsons MME Era
Johnsons MME was born on August 1, 2000.
Our success since then has been built on a culture of talking straight, communicating honestly, being professional and ethical and having a strong commitment to the communities in which we operate.
In a sense, Johnsons MME was returning to our local roots after being part of National and Global organisations. Rod was instrumental in this change.
In recognition, the name of Johnsons MME honours founding partner Fred Johnson, and the initials MME represents the partners in 2000:
- Rod Mullavey
- Hugh McKenzie-McHarg
- Gary Essex
Leaving a Legacy
Rod has played an instrumental role in the establishment and growth of Johnsons MME, leaving an indelible mark on our firm’s history.
His unwavering commitment to professionalism, exceptional client service, and fostering a positive work environment has been truly commendable.
Rod’s leadership and strategic vision have helped shape Johnsons MME into the reputable organisation it is today.
His legacy will continue to inspire and guide us as we move forward.
Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
Born in Canberra, Steven (Gus)commenced work with our antecedent firm, Coopers & Lybrand, in February 1989. He became a manager at Johnsons MME in 2004.
Steven was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in 1998.
He worked in the area of business and taxation services, using his skills in these areas to assist and guide a variety of clients.
Gus lost his battle against cancer in April 2018.
Our workmate and friend, Gus… he was one of a kind. This mild-mannered accountant by day would turn into a
non-mainstream music listener after hours. From suits one moment to dark heavy metal t-shirts the next. Gus would always have a smile on his face, be eager to help and have the knowledge to back up his decisions and thought processes.
You are missed by all those that knew you