Ashok started his accounting career in 1978 at a firm called Weston James and which is now named, Ernst and Young. After 6 years at the firm, he relocated to Kalgoorlie and setup his own firm, Ashok Parekh & Co Chartered Accountants. Starting with no clients in 1984, within a year he had impressively built up a client base servicing over 1000 clients. 34 years later, the firm now acts for over 2500 clients across three offices in Kalgoorlie, Mandurah and Bunbury and additionally offers a mobile service in Karratha.
During his successful accounting career, Ashok has received a number of prestigious awards including the Meritorious Service Award in 2009, which is the highest award in Australia awarded by the Institute of chartered Accountants, and the Centenary Medal which was awarded by the Governor General of Australia in 2003 for his contribution to community and professional services in Australia.
In addition to his accounting business, Ashok is also the owner of numerous successful businesses in the goldfields including the Palace Hotel, Hoovers Café, Australia Hotel, Goldbar Nightclub and Sylvesters nightclub and uses his wealth of business knowledge to advise and guide his accounting clients with growing their own businesses.
Furthermore, Ashok is heavily involved in the mining industry being the Non-Executive Chairman of Macphersons Resources and has also played a key role in the success of Kalgoorlie’s Diggers and Dealers mining conference which is now recognised around the world.
Ashok is also the Vice President of the West Australian Hotels Association (AHA).
In his spare time, Ashok enjoys spending time with his family, having a drink with his mates at the Tattersalls club in Kalgoorlie, watch the soccer and travelling back to his home town of Dublin where he was born and raised.
Qualifications and Affiliations
- Bachelor of Commerce – Curtin University
- FCA- Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
- FTIA – The Tax Institute of Australia
- Centenary Medal Recipient 2003 – Awarded by Governor General Australia
- Meritorious Service Award 2009 – Awarded by Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia