Meet the Team

Troy Townley (Partner)

Troy is one of the founding Partners of HTA Advisory, having been a business advisor since 1999. During this time Troy has developed considerable skills and knowledge in working with clients to assist them in achieving both business and personal goals. The most rewarding part of his day is working with clients to support them in achieving and often exceeding their goals and objectives, even if this path is sometimes difficult.

Troy is focused on providing clients with proactive advice when it comes to their business and personal finances. He understands the important role of accountants, that is why he educates them so they can make a better decision about their finances, may it be about personal or about their business. He has a real passion for small business and working with clients to achieve their goals and objectives.
He defines success as being able to do what you want, where you want, with whom you want and not needing to be concerned about finances to do so.

Outside of the office he loves to remain fit and active whether it be running, riding or trying to reduce his golf handicap. He is also a proud husband and father of two daughters.

Tim Hale (Partner)

Tim is one of the founding partners of HTA Advisory, having previously worked in both Australia and the United Kingdom developing his skills and business acumen. This overseas experience has enabled Tim to better assist his clients with financial management and strategic growth.

Tim is addicted to working closely with his clients and sharing their challenges and successes. He focuses on building a trusted advisor relationship, based on values of integrity, responsiveness, and developing value added outcomes.

Tim has extensive experience in working with people from the Property industry; with builders, trades persons, developers, professional services personnel and property owners. Tim shares a passion for property with his clients, which helps to ensure that valuable outcomes are returned year on year for his clients.
Tim has also developed a niche experience in aged care and retirement living, whereby he is a board member and investor in a boutique aged care group.

Ben Seeger (Partner)

Since starting with HTA Advisory in 2008, Ben has always worked closely with his clients to ensure that they are working towards their financial goals. Having big aspirational goals himself, he understands the importance of clients having goals of their own and how a Wealth Advisor can have a positive impact on achieving these goals.

Having worked as business advisor for many years, Ben’s real passion lies within Wealth Advisory which prompted his move to head-up HTA Wealth. His approach is simple, as he puts it, “If you know and understand your client’s goals or help them develop their goals, then you can build a strategic plan to work towards attaining them.”
Ben’s high school career program suggested he should be a firefighter: this couldn’t have been further from what panned out. The similarity between both though is his love of helping others. I guess he figured finance was much safer than burning houses.

Cindy Meyerhoffer

Cindy joined the HTA Advisory team as a Senior Manager in April 2017. She has over 16 years of experience in Public Practice having worked for a mid-tier firm before moving to the Big 4. With this, she was able to have an extensive experience and knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and all its requirements in business, professional compliance, and taxation.
Cindy is passionate about creating long term client relationships, and providing independent and unbiased advice.
In her spare time Cindy enjoys spending time with her son. Her family enjoys going camping and experiencing the great outdoors. She believes that ‘life is a game we play.’ 

Catherine Radburnd (Manager)

At the inception of HTA Advisory so was born Catherine’s career as a Client Manager and her first taste of Public Accounting. Since being coaxed from the dark side, working as an accountant in wholesale and manufacturing businesses, Catherine prides herself being HTA’s very first employee.

In the many years since, Catherine has celebrated many achievements with the ever growing HTA family; becoming a CPA, managing a diverse client base, establishing herself as a specialist in Small Business Startups and a love for Women in Business, and on a personal note marrying the love of her life and the birth of her gorgeous daughter.
In her spare time, you may often find Catherine singing up a storm (not just in the shower) to her favourite Broadway tunes, watching a good chick flick, teaching her daughter the actions of another children’s song, or planning another adventure for her little family.  
Ever the budding party planner, Catherine enjoys a good celebration or even finding the next best way to give back to her community. Catherine wears her heart on her sleeve and on her coffees if you’re lucky enough to have her make you one.  Building strong relationships and sharing her love is what Catherine does best, and you will always find her surrounded by friends and family.  Catherine says eating and drinking the finer things in life is what always brings a smile to her dial and she’ll never pass up a slice of sponge cake or a glass of champagne.

Julie Cameron (Senior Accountant)

Julie joined the HTA Advisory team in October 2011 as HTA Advisory’s first graduate accountant, after completing a Bachelor of Accounting at La Trobe University in July 2011. 

Now one of HTA Advisory’s Senior Accountants with CPA qualifications, she loves getting involved in clients’ businesses to help them achieve not just their business, but also personal aspirations. She works with a large range of clients providing business advisory, accountancy, and taxation services.
Julie also likes to give something back and is the treasurer for the not-for-profit organization Lungevity Australia.
Outside of the office, you’ll often find her baking in the kitchen or relaxing on the couch with an action movie. Recently engaged, she’s now focusing her time on wedding planning. 
Julie’s most loved past-time is playing Netball, which she has done for over 13 years.

Elisha Huke (Senior Accountant)

Elisha joined the HTA Advisory team in November 2014 after completing her Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University in 2012.
She has been working in the accounting industry since 2009 and has recently achieved CPA qualifications.

Elisha is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals, no matter how daunting they may seem. She has worked with a wide range of small businesses, providing accounting and taxation advice, as well as business advisory services. 
You'll often discover that if she's not sitting on the beach reading a book or paddle-boarding, you'll more than likely find her watching the AFL while biting her nails! Her mood on a Monday morning is dependent on how the North Melbourne Football Club played on the weekend. She also looks forward to the staff get-together on a Friday at four o’clock. 
Elisha’s most surprising quirk is that she is an Olympic Weightlifter and competes in the sport. 

Matthew Bruce (Senior Accountant)

Matthew started with HTA Advisory in July 2017. He has been an advisor for over three years and he is close to completing his CA qualification. As a senior accountant, he focuses predominately on helping small and medium businesses succeed in their professional and personal goals. His experience in operations and sales before becoming an accountant has given him a better understanding on what the key success drivers are for a business to perform well in their given industry. 
He is passionate about what he does. And for Matthew, seeing the achievements of his clients is what makes his job worthwhile.
When he is not at work, you will find him in the great outdoors. He loves to bike, snowboard, wakeboard, surf and just get out and about in general. 
He is a lover of coffee, food, craft beer and exploring Melbourne and what it has to offer.

Marnelli Baluyut (Accountant)

Marnelli started with HTA Advisory in October 2015 as an Accountant. While at HTA she has been exposed to Small Business Enterprises and has gained greater knowledge in the different accounting systems like Xero, MYOB, Class, among others. She is also knowledgeable in Australian tax law. 

She has previously worked in the accounting, banking, cooperatives, and manufacturing industries.
Outside of work Marnelli is interested in travel, cooking, especially in making native delicacies, reading books, watching movies and singing! Her all time favourite movie is Serendipity.
Marnelli describes herself as 'optimistic, independent and reliable'. Marnelli believes that 'life is a matter of perspective'.

Sherry Jane Enriquez (Accountant)

Jane started with HTA Advisory in July 2017. She is responsible in assisting clients in their various accounting needs. Her knowledge and experience in applying accounting standards and meticulousness in details, make her a good team player for HTA Advisory. For Jane, the most rewarding part of her job is being able to contribute in the achievement of her clients’ goals. She is always up to the challenge in thinking of better and effective solutions for the clients. 

She loves arts and is unafraid of new things. If she could do another job for one day it would be a voice actor. One of her bad habits is sleeping late.

Myrna Fuentes (Client Services Co-Ordinator)

Myrna has been with HTA Advisory since January 2013. After graduating from university with an accounting degree and working as an accountant for ten years, she has now moved into the role of Client Services Co-ordinator with HTA Advisory.  Her background in accounting has helped Myrna perform a variety of tasks in relation to this role, and she focuses particularly on supporting our Accounting Team in completing compliance and advisory tasks for clients. Myrna works with all HTA Advisory’s clients, acting as an integral cog in the company’s service delivery model. 

Myrna is known around the HTA Advisory office for her warm hugs and laughs. And while she has a kind and gentle soul, she is also known as our adrenaline junky as she LOVES to skydive!
Her favourite things to do are play with her nephew, niece, dogs, and cat. She especially loves spending time with her family and being at church activities. 
Myrna would like to believe that we all 'look forward in hope and not backwards with regret'.

Melissa Kuhnd (Executive Assistant)

Melissa joined the HTA Advisory team in April 2014 as the Client & Business Relationship Coordinator. 
With her background in Sales and Administration she now supports the firm’s two partners in her role as Executive Assistant and has evolved into our Client Experience Manager where she oversees the day to day operations of the office and coordinates the firms marketing. 
Melissa has a strong focus on ensuring the happiness of the whole team while working throughout the day.
In her spare time, you will often find Mel out and about exploring Victoria and the amazing food and wine we have to offer. She is someone who will never pass up a chance to socialize or share a cheeky glass of wine or two, which is why she is in charge of HTA Advisory’s social events.   
Mel has a bubbly personality and a giggle to match that is well known around the office!

Crisel Blenda Fernandez (Digital Marketer)

Crisel joined the HTA Advisory team in May 2017. She manages the website, social media, and all the digital marketing efforts of the company. She is a Google Adwords and Google Analytics Certified. She is also both a Hubspot Inbound Marketing and Content Marketing certified. She is a passionate writer and loves learning new things, especially when it comes to digital marketing and content writing. The most rewarding part of her role is finding her digital marketing strategies working and producing good results or new insights for HTA Advisory. Success for her is being able to contribute to the success of others. 

She is a fan of the writers Haruki Murakami, Kevin Kwan, and Jessica Hagedorn, among others and enjoys reading a wide variety of materials, may it be print or digital. Her bad habits include working overnight, drinking too much coffee, and eating fatty foods.

Kiera Colegate (Administrator)

Kiera joined the HTA Advisory team in May 2017 in the position of Administrator.
She was born and bred in a small, red dirt country town in Western Australia – some might say she is a real country bumpkin. Whilst she absolutely loved the farm life, she decided to venture out and take on new opportunities, which has landed her here in Melbourne. Kiera  has attained her CERT III Business and Business Administration qualifications in TAFE – this in conjunction with her Share Registry and Client Services background, has given her the ability to multitask and have an amazing attention to detail – this allows Kiera to support her team greatly and are primary requirements in her role as an administrator.
One of the things that she loves about her job is meeting and engaging with HTA’s friendly clients. She finds being able to welcome both clients and colleagues, and ensuring that their day is always kicked off with a Colegate smile and a freshly brewed coffee is a really rewarding experience.
When she isn’t attending to HTA’s front desk, Kiera can often be found out on the football field, stuffing her face with food or enjoying a social drink with friends.  
Kiera is bubbly, genuine and a reliable worker that is determined to make the most out of life!