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Our mission

The client is at the centre of everything we do.  We partner closely with them to add value and improve their businesses, empowering them to create wealth and achieve financial freedom.

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Cheesman Applegarth has a long history of providing exceptional accounting services to clients in Toowoomba, the Darling Downs, South East Queensland, Wide Bay Burnett, Northern New South Wales and beyond. For over 90 years, our firm has established a solid reputation in the areas of accounting and tax, SMSF Superannuation, financial services and working closely with our clients. Despite changes within our firm and the accounting industry, our unwavering commitment to delivering outstanding value and high-quality services remains steadfast.


Our current team of partners includes Doug Cosh (since 1992), David Graham (since 2013), Jacko (Johannes) Potgieter (since 2022), and Anthony Lane (Financial Planning) (since 2022).

Meet The Partners

The Partners at Cheesman Applegarth have honed their accounting expertise over many years and have worked with individuals, families and business of just about any type you could think of. They have a diverse set of complementary skills allowing them to provide expert business advisory, financial planning, superannuation, taxation and accounting services.

Doug Cosh

Doug Cosh

B.Bus., FCPA, J.P(Qual)

Doug has been a partner of Cheesman Applegarth since 1992. He specialises in accounting software and business valuation and continues to advise on matters in relation to taxation, management and business structures. Doug's professional accolades also include past Councillor of Crows Nest Shire Council and past President of the Council of CPA Australia - Toowoomba Branch.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Southern Queensland and is a Certified Practising Accountant with Fellow status.

Anthony Lane

Anthony LanE

MCom(FP), BIntFin, Dip.FS

Anthony started his Financial Services career in 2006 and achieved the designation of Financial Planner during 2007; during his time as a Financial Planner, he has also helped multiple Financial Planning practices with advice coaching, compliance, marketing, and assistance with developing advice solutions for their clients.  Anthony joined Cheesman Applegarth and Partners in early 2019 where he has used his skills, experience, and enthusiasm for customer service to become an important resource to both our firm and our clients. Anthony Lane became a partner in 2022.

Anthony holds a Bachelor of International Finance, Master of Commerce (Financial Planning) and a Diploma of Financial Services (Finance/Mortgage Broking Management).

David Graham

David Graham


David joined the Cheesman Applegarth family in 2013 as a partner. David specialises in taxation, business management and self-managed superannuation administration, attained from his wide variety of industry experience as an accountant for over 25 years.

David, a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor holds a Masters in Taxation from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the University of New England.

With a regional upbringing having grown up on a grazing property, our clients can rest assured that David understands your primary and agricultural needs.

Jacko Potgieter

Jacko Potgieter


Jacko (Johannes) Potgieter joined the Cheesman Applegarth team in 2020 and became a partner in 2022. Jacko is an expert in taxation, business assurance & advisory services.


Jacko  studied his Bachelor of Commerce at USQ and is a CPA as well as a Chartered Tax Adviser with the Tax Institute. To further enhance his skills Jacko has also gained further qualifications including a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration, he is a Tax Institute - Chartered Tax Adviser, and a Certified Advisor/trainer for Quickbooks Online, Xero and MYOB.

The Associates

Cheesman Applegarth associates are an integral component of our firm, being highly qualified specialists in their fields. They make possible the high calibre of professional service and support our clients have come to expect. We are proud to boast their expertise and customer service attitudes as important elements of our firm.

Paul Wainwright

Paul Wainwright

B.Bus., FCPA, J.P(Qual)

Joining Cheesman Applegarth in 1980, Paul Wainwright has a broad range of experience across many areas of business taxation. He holds a Bachelor of Business from the Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (now USQ) and is a Certified Practicing Accountant with Fellow status.




Introducing James, a Chartered Accountant and valued member of the Cheesman Applegarth team since 2018. Armed with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce from USQ, and extensive accounting experience, James is equipped with the knowledge and skills to excel in his role. His additional training in franchise management further enhances his ability to guide businesses towards success and assist individuals in achieving their financial aspirations. Outside of work, James nurtures a range of interests, including travelling, photography, and cooking. These passions allow him to bring a well-rounded perspective and creative energy to his professional endeavours, ensuring that he delivers innovative solutions and personalized support to his clients.

Blast From The Past

Blast From The Past

​The partners in 1993 (left to right) Robert Cheesman (former partner 1972-2001), Fred Pimm (former partner 1985-2013), Doug Cosh (partner since 1992) and Winton Thorley (former partner 1974-1996) courtesy of The Chronicle

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