Vanguard Consulting Group (VCG) is a group of experts who provide specialist and quality services as well as training in accounting and financial reporting for local government councils. We give specialist advice relevant to all aspects of financial accounting in local government.  

Our services are innovative, high quality and always on time. 

Our products can help local government finance professionals to deal with such a scarce resource as time. 

Quality of our services are supported by extensive financial accounting and audit experience of our team members. 



We always get positive feedback on what we do.

Some of the latest feedback from our clients are presented below. 





Igor Ivannikov MPhil (UNE), CA, FCCA 


E: igor@vanguardconsulting.com.au

M: 0412 932 174

Igor is an accounting expert with more than 15 years’ experience. Igor’s background is external audit of private and public sector entities in Australia (including NSW Local Government councils) and overseas. Igor is a chartered accountant and a fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).


Igor is member of two AASB Project Advisory Panels: Conceptual Framework Project Advisory Panel and Fair Value Project Advisory Panel.  He is also an active member of Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA). 

Igor is also a researcher at the Centre for Local Government (CLG) at the University of New England (UNE) working on problems in financial accounting and reporting in local government. The recent paper “Accounting Problems in Infrastructure Asset Valuation and Depreciation in New South Wales Local Government” has been published in the Australian Accounting Review journal in December 2018 (https://lnkd.in/gucnn7i).

Igor is an endorsed consultant by LG Solutions.




“Igor is the ultimate professional and is an expert in financial statement preparation and asset accounting. The assistance Igor provided to Tenterfield Shire Council was invaluable and resulted in improved outcomes in both the timeliness and accuracy of Council’s Financial Statements. 

Igor’s audit background has also assisted Council in liaising with Council’s contract Auditor and the NSW Audit Office.  

I highly recommend Igor to any Council interested in improving the timeliness and accuracy of their Financial Statements and particularly in improving asset data and reporting.”


Paul Della

Manager Finance & Technology

Tenterfield Shire Council



“Thank you so much for all your hard work. The ISAP, updates and liaising with the auditors are great services and you should be proud of what you are doing!


I think you are offering great value for money... The team loved meeting you and we all said that we would like to work again with you in the future!”


Vanessa Browning 

Deputy Chief Financial Officer 

Hawkesbury City Council

John Duggan

Associate Expert

E: forexpac@bigpond.com

John has over 30 years’ experience in Local Government including General manager and Finance Manager roles. He completed financial statements for various Councils across NSW, often finalising over 5 per year. Experience with most financial software packages used in Local government from MYOB to Tech 1.

John is an invaluable member of Vanguard Consulting Group who shares and contributes his knowledge and expertise in such areas as annual financial reporting, annual budgets, operating plans and Long-Term Financial Plans, management accounting, asset accounting and reporting, general ledger restructure and internal controls. 

“. . . John has proved to be a highly effective appointment. He demonstrated his wide knowledge of finance and in particular his skills in putting together the financial statements for us.

More than this though John fitted in extremely well with all the members of our finance team and was very forthcoming passing on his  finance knowledge to all members of our team. He also assisted with training of our staff during this appointment and he proved highly effective in responding to senior management queries.

He has also helped us through a difficult audit review with our new auditors Deloitte.

Trevor Drowley

Manager Corporate Assurance

Hilltops Council


Liz Alley


E: liz@vanguardconsulting.com.au

Liz is a Finance and Administration professional with over 10 years Financial Management experience in Corporate and Not-For-Profit Organisations; 4 years of that in Local Government. 


Liz is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and has expertise in such areas as financial reporting, annual budgets, Long-Term Financial Plans, management accounting, reporting, mentoring staff in financial matters and general ledger restructure.

Liz has completed financial statements for various Not-For-Profit organisations.

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Igor Ivannikov MPhil (UNE), CA, FCCA 


e | igor@vanguardconsulting.com.au

p | 0412 932174

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