Russell Laird


Russell brings a wealth of Chartered Accounting experience to the Laird O'Regan Townsville office which opened in 2015, having previously been a Partner of CE Smith & Co and a Principal of Crowe Horwath.

A James Cook University graduate, Russell has practiced in Townsville and Regional North Queensland throughout his professional life. He has significant expertise in advising clients across a broad range of businesses including, but not limited to Agribusiness, Medical Specialists and General Practitioners, Tourism, Hotel and other Hospitality, Engineering, Legal Practices, Retail, Professional Sporting Franchises, Real Estate and Property Developers. He is a regular visitor to Western Queensland townships, particularly Julia Creek.

Russell has held positions as Director and Company Secretary for many corporations over the years, including Chairman of NORQEB (Ergon Energy), Director of Ergon Energy Retail and Director/Company Secretary of North Queensland Crematorium Ltd. He was Company Secretary and Professional Advisor to the highly successful Aboriginal Corporation Morr Morr Pastoral Company Pty Ltd in the Gulf of Carpentaria region, James Cook University Corporations including JCU Uninet Pty Ltd which developed and owned the Stinger nets used on Queensland beaches, and Barrier Reef Basketball Pty Ltd which established the Townsville Crocodiles NBL Franchise.

He coordinated the approval of and funding for the Construction of the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre working closely with Councils, Community, Media and Politicians to bring this important Community Project to fruition. Subsequently to this, he developed the Townsville Crocodiles Corporate Business Model, in liaison with senior local business interests, to the point where the Company operated one of the most financially successful Sporting Franchises in Australia.

He is Past President of the North Queensland Club, Past Treasurer of John Flynn College and JCU Rugby Club. Russell is a keen golfer and Rugby Union fanatic.

Professional Qualifications

Bachelor of Economics

Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Chartered Tax Adviser

Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors

Registered Tax Agent

Areas of Expertise

Taxation and Business Advisory

Business Planning

Business and Property Acquisition and Disposal

Succession and Estate Planning

Budgeting and Planning for Growth

Corporate Secretary and Director Appointments

Litigation Support Services, including Family Law

Management Accounting and Analysis


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