About

Shane Ryan B.Fin.Admin., CA

Shane hails from Port Macquarie, NSW. A graduate from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Financial Administration (Accounting) degree, he has gained comprehensive experience and has been admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Shane is also a licensed Business Broker.

After graduating Shane joined ‘Big 4’ accounting firm KPMG in 1995 as an Accountant with their Private Business Services division focusing on Taxation, Accounting and Audit for mid-sized enterprises and high net worth individuals.

In 1999 Shane headed overseas to the UK where he contracted financial services to multi-national conglomerates including the famous Walt Disney Company and Gillette. Whilst living in London he found the time to meet his wife Rene before returning to Australia to broaden his professional experience across stock broking and financial planning.

In 2003 Shane joined a Sydney based ASX200 company ($1.2bn turnover) as a member of the Corporate Business Development team where his role included development and implementation of corporate strategy alongside negotiating and transacting mergers & acquisitions.

Shane’s next move would be Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to a Melbourne based division of the same company ($450m turnover) where he was responsible for the Finance, Administration and group IT functions including the management of 40+ staff. With his commercial experience expanding he customized a number of procedures including the introduction of an Activity Based Costing system.

2007 brought with it another career highlight, with Shane taking on the role of CFO with a Private Equity investee company that imports, manufactures and markets sporting goods. With sport being one of Shane’s passions a ‘hands-on’ approach was inevitable as he introduced initiatives to improve working capital, managed foreign currency hedging transactions, set the company strategic planning framework and reviewed the company’s supply chain (including freight, warehouse and commercial lease arrangements). This appointment allowed Shane to gain a firm understanding of the Private Equity Market.

Eventually the call of home proved too much and Shane moved his young family back to Port Macquarie to take up the position of CFO at the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. Here he managed Council’s financial operations (including the Council’s $55m investment portfolio), was responsible for Risk Management and Insurance and provided advice on project, operational, legal & property issues. Shane led an initiative to significantly reduce Council’s operating costs and was a member of Council’s Asset Management Planning steering group, responsible for implementing asset management structures across Council’s $1.1bn asset base. Invaluably, Shane’s time at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council allowed him to round out his industry experience gaining firsthand knowledge of local government processes, structures and industry practices.

Shane re-established himself in public practice when he founded Ryan Financial Corporation in 2010 bringing with it a unique approach to the traditional accounting industry role. Shane's "why?" is to provide an enjoyable & rewarding lifestyle for his family, one that blurs the lines between work and play and allows him to interact with (and learn from) fun and inspiring people, every day. His philosophy is that a family business is the key driver to wealth creation and achieving one's life goals. Helping his clients articulate those goals and develop (and implement) strategies to achieve them (using the family business) is what sets Ryan Financial apart from the average accounting practice.

Shane’s interests outside of business include spending time with his wife Rene and three young children, enjoying good food & wine with friends and a love of all things sport, which has seen him involved in the Port Macquarie Rugby Union club for many years.

Shane looks forward to personally welcoming you to Ryan Financial.