Peter Bishop Profile Picture
Managing Director - Corporate Finance

Peter, the founder of HLB Chessboard, has been in the accounting and finance industry for 18 years. As a chartered accountant Peter has worked for Deloitte and was Principal in charge of Corporate Finance in Queensland at Crowe Horwath. Peter spent many years in the investment banking industry in Sydney and Brisbane. He has completed many transactions up to $135m in his career from dual track exits, mergers and acquisitions and takeover defences to capital raisings and proposed IPOs. Peter has a depth of experience in private equity, agribusiness, health and services. He regularly acts as lead adviser to boards through corporate transactions. Peter sits on the board of trustees for the Clem Jones Centre and has previously sat on the UQDI Advisory Board, chairman of the UQDI Foundation Board and the JDRF state committee.


Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Member of FINSIA, Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and adjunct fellow of the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute.


James Henderson Profile Picture

James is Managing Partner of HLB Mann Judd in Brisbane. He is an experienced business advisory specialist with in-depth knowledge of all operational and strategic aspects of a business. James has an extensive range of expert skills and knowledge across a broad range of industries, including property and construction, hospitality, professional services, transport, financial services institutions, wholesale, and retail. He is involved with several peak bodies that represent these industries, and is often invited to attend specific educational programs. James is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.


Cheyne Buckley Profile Picture

Cheyne is a chartered accountant with experience advising businesses across a diverse range of industries and sizes. Whether agriculture, health or hospitality; small-business, corporates or listed; Cheyne supports his clients with a range of corporate advice.


Cheyne embodies, ‘if you can’t measure it, you can’t change it’ in his work by delivering quality outcomes for businesses and their shareholders, by starting with identifying and recognising their value first and foremost. His aim is to understand shareholders’ goals and deliver tailored practical advice to clearly articulate the key drivers of value.



Salaj is an undergraduate student at the University of Queensland, pursuing a Bachelor of Advanced Finance and Economics degree. As a member of the HLB Chessboard Corporate Advisory team, Salaj provides his clients with corporate advisory services including mergers and acquisitions, transaction services, valuations, business restructuring, and capital raisings. 

Salaj has strong financial modelling experience which he leverages to ensure all client needs are fulfilled to an utmost standard. Prior to working at HLB Chessboard, Salaj has held internship positions at the Queensland Treasury and Edelweiss Financial Services. Salaj ensures to maintain strong relationships with clients by placing their needs and goals first and delivering a positive outcome. 

Managing Director - Debt Advisory

Gavin is an expert finance professional with a key focus on helping businesses of all sizes, industry sectors, source the right funding so they can achieve their strategic plans. Gavin strives to find funding solutions for enterprise to enable them to focus on what's really important to them - to run and grow their businesses and have a better chance of success!

Well versed in a wide range of funding products, Gavin is well placed to assist enterprises with delivering customised funding options. From complex corporate structures, cash flow finance, asset finance, to international trade transactions.