Business idea prompts career change

AFTER practising as an accountant for a few years, Roxanne Sydenham went into business with her husband Adam and experienced a career change all at once.

The couple bought real estate firm Ray White Grafton five years ago and they have not looked back.

Roxanne, a qualified chartered accountant, incorporates her public practice and management accounting experience to ensure the smooth running of the business.

“I do a lot of different things within the business, but mainly focus on trust and general accounting,” she said.

“I also dip into general management if I am needed there.”

Being born and bred in Grafton, Roxanne derives great pleasure from owning and operating a business that helps local people find new homes and new residents to settle in the area.

“It is always good to see someone buy their first home. The reaction is always priceless and the excitement is slightly infectious, you can’t help but smile,” she said.

In what is typically a male dominated industry, Roxanne said Ray White Grafton bucked the trend.

“Seven of the 10 staff here are female,” she said.

“It has not been deliberate or anything, that is just how it has worked out.”



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