Our Mission & Values
In 2013, Vincents’ staff across all offices participated in selecting the firm’s core values. These values define how we see ourselves as a firm, how we conduct ourselves and our business and help us to create value for our clients, our people and our organisation.
Vincents’ values help guide us to achieving our mission:
We are personally accountable for how we behave; striving to achieve excellence while leading by example. We are loyal, trustworthy and professional in all our interactions with colleagues, suppliers and clients.
We treat each other, our clients and suppliers with respect, recognising the importance of diversity in an inclusive environment. We invest in the professional and personal growth of our staff valuing and rewarding their contribution.
We foster a collaborative work environment providing opportunities for development by being approachable, sharing knowledge, experiences and expertise in a trusting environment.
We communicate to maximise understanding; building relationships based on trust which inspire, encourage and influence. We listen and provide meaningful feedback which is open and honest.
We strive consistently to do ordinary things extraordinarily well, leading our profession in the skill, expertise and advice we offer our clients. We seek opportunities to learn and grow by delivering a cost-effective, efficient service that demonstrates sound commercial acumen.
We care about our clients’ needs and the wellbeing of our colleagues. We understand and support the needs of our Vincents’ family, the wider community and actively encourage a workplace that is environmentally sustainable.
We proactively foster a culture of innovation by encouraging the presentation of new ideas and through ongoing education, networking, diverse work-life experiences and expertise. We are committed to adding value and innovation at every opportunity for our clients and our business.
Vincents Values Awards
Helping guide us towards achieving our mission each day, our values also form the categories for the annual Vincents Values Awards initiative – where we pay tribute to the enormous role that our staff play in both the success and happiness experienced in our backyard.
The Vincents Cup
The Vincents Cup recognises the Vincents staff member who has made a significant contribution to the firm or their community each financial year. Staff are asked to nominate their fellow colleagues and, in addition to holding the cup for the year, the winner nominates the firm’s Workplace Giving charity for the year.
Our cup alumni are as follows:
The 2019 Vincents Cup was awarded to Parminder Nijjhar. Parm certainly cares about her clients, her team and all those she works with. She continually gives her time and makes herself available, and is always happy to help out as much as she can. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Parm upholds and demonstrates the Vincents Values in everything she undertakes.
Parm’s chosen charity for our workplace giving program for 2019/20 is the Make-A-Wish foundation. Make-A-Wish is an amazing charity that grants life-changing wishes for children with a critical illness, creating important memories for them and their families.
In 2018, Ben stepped forward in leaps and bounds as a Vincents leader, demonstrating all of our Vincents Values through his interactions with clients, peers and the wider Vincents community. Ben’s clients adore him and could not speak more highly of his involvement in their organisations. His great communication skills, work ethic, and respectful dealings are a very positive reflection of the Vincents brand and shine through in his end results.
The charity that Ben nominated for our chosen charity for 2018/19 is a local Brisbane based charity, Orange Sky. Orange Sky provide free laundry and shower services to people experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness all over Australia. The founders started it on the back of simply wanting to help others, something that strongly resonates with Ben, as helping others (clients and colleagues) is one of the aspects he enjoys most in his role.
A true advocate and ambassador for the Vincents brand, Victoria Cole was awarded this for upholding each of the Vincents values. She always goes above and beyond not only to provide assistance to every single person within the Vincents family, but to those in the wider Vincents Community. She is a shining example of someone who is committed to their role and always approaches ‘the job’, whatever it may be, with a positive can do attitude. Since day one, Victoria has devoted many hours and much energy into building reputable brand awareness and strong internal and external relationships. She is always willing to help others – exceeding expectations and always delivering on time.
A cause that’s incredibly close to Victoria’s heart and that we were thrilled to announce as our chosen charity for 2017/18 is the MS Society of Queensland. For those of you that don’t know much about MS – it stands for multiple sclerosis, and is a disease of the central nervous system. It can affect the brain, spinal cord and even the optic nerve. We don’t yet know what causes it, and to date there is no cure – with approximately 23,000 Aussies suffering from it and that number increasing by the day. The MS Society of Queensland exists to help people living with MS to get the best out of life, to advocate for change – and to search for a cure.
The 2016-17 Workplace Giving Charity nominated by our 2016 Cup winner Dariusz Bratko was the QUT Learning Potential Fund.
The QUT Learning Potential Fund gives bright and ambitious students the chance to pursue a university education, where otherwise they’d have none.
It gives real support to low-income students in need, so they can rise above crushing financial pressure and sometimes brutal circumstance.
This year’s Vincents Cup was awarded to Dean for his efforts in driving the Graduate Training Program and his dedication to professional development in and outside of work. Dean’s nominated workplace giving charity was The MND and Me Foundation – a not for profit organisation that was formed to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and its’ impact in the community.
Kain has been involved in Vincents’ Chartered Accountants In-House Mentoring program since it commenced in 2010 and has played an integral role in its ongoing development. The program has achieved great success, most recently was the Financial Accounting & Reporting module and achieved a 90% pass rate. Kain is a great role model and promoter of the Vincents Values.
Kain’s chosen charity is Aunties and Uncles Queensland, a program for vulnerable and disadvantaged children aged 1 – 12 years. Mentors have an immense, long lasting impact on these children by helping them to experience stability and the benefits of an extended family.
Kathy is an integral member of the practice support team and she ensures the smooth operation of all catering and housekeeping across the firm. Her work ethic and pride for Vincents is demonstrated in the way she operates every day.
In addition to being ‘holder of the cup’, Kathy selected our workplace giving charity, The Salvation Army.
Barb has a strong work ethic which often sees her working before and after hours, is always willing to help and is pivotal in the efficient operation of the Business Advisory unit. Barb also finds time to raise money for charity, most recently completing the Oxfam 100km Walk in 28 hours!
Barbara’s chosen charity is Alzheimer’s Australia Research, which is the peak body providing support and advocacy for the 257,000 Australians living with dementia.
Jill has made an outstanding contribution to the firm for the past 28 years. She has worked through a number of organisation changes and continues to be our rock.
Jill is the foundation of firm knowledge and our payroll superstar.
Her chosen charity was Worldwide Society for the Protection of Animals, a charity that aims to promote animal welfare.
Theo and his wife Jenny have undertaken long and short term foster care of more than 40 children since 1992, many of whom came from backgrounds of neglect and abuse.
Theo and Jenny also support seven orphans in a small orphanage and school in western Uganda whose parents have died from HIV.
Theo and Jenny, along with their own children, are tirelessly motivated to help others and demonstrate tremendous understanding and patience.
Theo’s chosen charity was Bravehearts, a charity founded to stop child sexual abuse.
Christiane won the inaugural Vincents’ Cup for outstanding performance over her many years at Vincents, but in particular for her efforts during our merger in 2008.
This involved not only the merging of two companies, but the merging of two offices and the relocation to our current premises.
Christiane worked tirelessly throughout the year and beyond to manage these complicated and lengthy changes.
Christiane’s chosen charity was The Smith Family Learning for Life Program, a program that aims to provide children with an education.