Meet the Team
Troy Townley (Director/CIO)
Troy is one of the founding Partners of HTA, 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 (Director/CEO)
Tim is one of the founding partners of HTA, 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 (Director)
Since starting with HTA 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.
Michael Armstrong (Associate Director)
Michael started with HTA on September 2018. His leadership and time management skills as well as his client focused approach make him a great Associate Director for HTA. As HTA’s Associate Director, he works closely with Ben and personally assists clients with their business.
According to him, the most rewarding part of his job is seeing clients and their businesses grow. On the other hand, the most challenging is keeping up to date with the constantly changing legislation and the business environment.
During his free time, he loves going to the gym. He loves coffee just like the rest of the HTA team. His honesty, reliability, and dependability make him a good team member that completes the HTA family.
Jim Hyssoli (Associate Director - Technical)
Jim 'the Pentagon' Hyssoli started with HTA in August 2018 and nothing gets past this man!
He has 35 years of experience in business advisory and have seen the change in the profession which now than ever before requires an advisor to be very process driven in the way he provides the services clients of today so desperately need - that is meeting client expectation.
He is good in research and development as well as problem-solving, and has quality leadership skills. With his skills, he can oversee the development of accounting and technical skills of the HTA team.
For him, the most rewarding part of his job is to be able to help clients achieve their goals by offering a proactive delivery of service. On the other hand, the most challenging part of his role is being a mentor and achieving client expectation.
According to him, success is the feeling of satisfaction in your achievements. He is optimistic and very client-centered. He loves outdoor gardening and adores his wife very much.
He is a fellow with CPA Australia and Chartered Tax Advisor with the Tax Institute.
Melissa Kuhnd (Business Manager)
Melissa joined the HTA team in April 2014, with a background in sales and administration she transitioned into the role of Executive Assistant for the Partners of HTA.
She capitalises on her organisational and people skills by ensuring the partners work lives run smoother.
Melissa has a strong focus on ensuring the happiness of the whole team which is why she also heads up HTA’s marketing strategy and runs the office on a day to day basis.
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.
Mel has a bubbly personality and a giggle to match that is well known around the office!
Elisha Huke (Senior Accountant - Delivery & Resourcing)
Elisha joined the HTA 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, as a Senior Accountant of HTA over the past 2 years she has recently moved into the role of Delivery & Resourcing Manager
Elisha is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals, no matter how daunting they may seem. She works with clients by providing accounting and taxation advice, she also provides business advisory services.
After work you would often find her sitting on the beach reading a book or paddle-boarding! She is a mad North Melbourne supporter, her mood on a Monday morning is dependent on how they played on the weekend. Elisha will never pass up an opportunity to socialise with the team and looks forward to the staff get-together on a Friday at four o’clock.
Julie Ramke-Meyer (Senior Accountant)
Julie joined the HTA team in October 2011 as HTA's first graduate accountant, after completing a Bachelor of Accounting at La Trobe University in July 2011.
Now one of HTA'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.
Julie’s most loved past-time is playing Netball, which she has done for over 13 years.
Alex Smith (Senior Accountant)
Alex started with HTA in October 2018. As a senior accountant, he designs industry specific solutions for clients across a broad variety of industries. His technical and communication (people) skills make it possible for him to improve client outcomes.
He defines success by how happy he is in life and his personal philosophy is not worrying about the things he cannot control. One thing people do not know about him is that he grew up on a sheep farm and he knows how to shear a sheep.
Being easy going, focused and reliable are the traits that make him a perfect fit to the HTA family.
Michael Benson (Senior Accountant)
Michael joined HTA in January 2019. Part of his day-to-day job as a Senior Accountant is client management and junior staff support. His patience and adaptability to various situations and personalities as well as his leadership skills are some of the key skills that make him perfect as a Senior Accountant of HTA.
For him, the most rewarding part of his job is to be able to assist junior staff and help them develop and grow as professionals. He also defines success as delivering positive results to clients. His personal philosophy is, “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.”
He is known to be generous, ambitious, and loyal.
Michael is a part-time ski instructor at Mt Buller on weekends in the winter, and a lifesaver at Portsea Surf Life Saving Club on weekends in the summer.
Michael Dance (Senior Accountant)
Michael joined HTA in May 2019. As a Senior Accountant, he is responsible for dealing with the day to day needs of clients and assisting his fellow accountants. Having been in the accounting profession since 2014, he has developed the necessary skills to excel, with his attention to detail and passion for assisting clients achieve their personal and professional aspirations making him an asset to the HTA family.
When not in the office, you will find Michael on the golf course, tennis court or at the footy supporting his beloved Carlton Football Club.
Alister Ling (Intermediate Accountant)
Alister joined HTA in April 2019. His day-to-day role as an intermediate accountant includes accounting & taxation services, research assignments and business advisory. The combination of his accounting and critical thinking skills make him perfect for the role.
The most rewarding part of Alister’s job is seeing our clients achieve their goals. Alister defines success as ‘the ability to continually make progress in an environment that is constantly changing.’
Honesty, loyalty, and respect are the three traits that he values the most.
Alister has represented Australia three times at the World Mounted Games Championships in horse riding.
Gary Barton (Intermediate Accountant)
Gary joined HTA in June 2018 as a Junior Accountant, he is someone that is always eager and open to new experiences and opportunities to build on his accounting knowledge.
He has an extensive range of transferable skills such as leadership, team work and efficiency, he is highly motivated to succeed and be the future CEO of HTA (watch out Tim).
Gary is a definite people person, he will never pass up the opportunity to socialise with the team and is our resident UNO champion.
Navin Singh (Intermediate Accountant)
Navin started with HTA in June 2018. He is an intermediate accountant who assists clients as well as HTA team members when it comes to various accounting jobs. For him, the most challenging part of his job is tax laws. But his skills and experience allow him to perform and assist the whole team efficiently in this matter.
Success for him is about how happy you are in life. He likes the book The Painter & Pastor and loves the movie The Kickboxer (Van Damme). His discipline, wisdom and positive attitude make him a good part of the HTA team.
Jane Enriquez (Intermediate Accountant)
Jane started with HTA 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. 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.
Arvin Ventura (Accountant)
Arvin started with HTA in February 2018. His knowledge in accounting and Australian tax as well as in using Xero accounting software helped him to provide assistance to HTA team when it comes to tax returns preparation, workpapers setting up, compliance works, financials and year end report drafting, bookkeeping, among others.
Being able to help clients sort out their accounting/tax deliverables accurately and in time is for him the most rewarding part of his job.
When he is not at work, he usually spends time watching movies. Action, adventure and fantasy movies are his favorites. In fact, if he could do another job just for a day, it would be a work in the movie house so he can watch all the latest movies for free.
He’s cheerful, optimistic and very passionate and he defines success as a combination of faith, perseverance and action.
Michelle Agatep (Accountant)
Michelle started with HTA in April 2018. Her knowledge in Australian taxation, AU GST, AU FBT, Class and CAS 360 helped her in her day-to-day role in HTA as an accountant in-charge of doing business activity statements drafting, tax analysis and return preparation, and superannuation fund audit preparation. She is a Xero advisor certified and a WorkflowMax advisor certified.
For her, the most rewarding part of her role is being able to finish her task on time and successfully helping everyone in the team. Success for her is accomplishing something on time with accuracy and diligence.
When not in work, she loves spending time with her family by watching movies and cooking delicious meals.
She is cheerful, hardworking and persistent and believes that time is of the essence. Do not sacrifice speed over accuracy and do not sacrifice accuracy over speed.
Kriezl Tulabut (Accountant)
Kriezl started with HTA in April 2019. As HTA’s accountant, her role is to help clients handle their accounting affairs so they could have enough time to focus on the technical side of their business. With her great attention to detail as well as being able to navigate her way around with different software, she’s able to deliver her job effectively.
For her, the most rewarding part of her job is to be able to do her job effectively and efficiently and to know that she was able to help clients and her team in achieving their goal.
Moreover, to be able to enter a new chapter in her accounting career is something that excites and challenges her.
Success, for her, is not defined by social status or the amount of money on your bank account. It is a state where you are fully content, happy and worry-free. No matter what situation you are in at the moment.
Kriezl is a Dextrocardia with Situs Inversus. Dextrocardia is a condition where your heart points towards the right side of your chest instead of the left side. And situs Inversus is a condition in which your major internal organs are reversed or mirrored from their normal positions.
Compassionate, cheerful and goal-driven, Kriezl is a great addition to the HTA family.
Penny Erskine (Finance Manager)
Penny started with HTA in November 2017. Her qualifications, Xero skills, eye for detail and methodical approach makes her a great bookkeeper and finance manager for the HTA team. She is mainly responsible for managing and reconciling HTA’s internal accounts.
After moving from the UK to Australia in 2013, Penny has developed a love of the Aussie lifestyle. You will find her enjoying the beach most weekends during the summer with her husband and children. As a family they love surfing, stand up paddle boarding and camping with friends.
She’s a very happy go lucky and positive person which makes her an amazing part of the HTA team.
Rachel Singam (Client Services Coordinator)
Rachel started with HTA in August 2018. She is organised, has a sense of initiative, hardworking, a people person, and a natural learner. All these traits make her a great client services coordinator. According to her, learning and improving processes are two things that are most rewarding about her job. These are also the most challenging part of her role.
Her personal philosophy is, “constantly strive to be the best version of yourself”. During her free time, she loves to stay in bed and watch TV. She also loves listening to heavy metal music.
With her loyalty and determination, she makes a good fit in in the HTA family.
Phoebe Phillips (Client Services Coordinator)
Phoebe started with HTA on September 2018. As a Client Services Coordinator, she interacts with clients on a daily basis and assist them as well as the accountants with administration tasks. Being a ‘people person’ and a background in accounting, she’s a good fit for the position.
For her, the most rewarding part of her job is being able to provide help and assistance to clients and to our accountants to make their lives easier. She also defines success as being contented and making an impact on people’s lives.
She is fair, kind and trustworthy - traits that make here a great part of the HTA team.
Kiera Colegate (Junior Para Planner & Office Administrator)
Kiera joined the HTA team in May 2017 in the position of Administrator.
Kiera commenced her career in Business and Finance in 2015. She obtained qualifications in Business and Business Administration, gaining experience in the Share Registry scene before moving over to HTA.
Born and bred in a small, red dirt country town, some might say Kiera is a real country bumkin. Whilst she loved life on the farm, Kiera was excited by the idea of learning more and exploring new opportunities, which landed her here in Melbourne. She is very passionate about supporting her team, doing everything she can to make their lives as easy as possible, but also adding similar value to our clients lives whether that be answering any queries they may have, connecting them with our amazing team or simply ensuring that every experience at HTA is a great one. Kiera also takes a lot of pride in her work with our financial adviser, taking care of client’s wealth creation and financial planning needs.
During her free time, Kiera can often be found out on the football field, camping, finding new cafés to try out or enjoying a social drink with friends.
Kiera is bubbly, genuine, passionate and a reliable worker that is determined to make the most out of life!
Crisel Blenda Fernandez (Digital Marketer)
Crisel joined the HTA 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. 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.
Lyra Lingat (Client Services Assistant)
Lyra started with HTA in May 2018. Her attention to details and her background about business management helped her to perform her tasks as HTA’s administration assistant. For her, the most rewarding part of her job is to be able to work in a culturally diverse workplace. Meeting amazing Aussie teammates and learning about their culture is enough to keep her motivated to go to work everyday.
During her free time, she watches art-related shows. She loves being creative and is very passionate about makeups. And if she could do another job just for a day, that would be designing dresses.
Sweet Melody Abarico (Client Services Assistant)
Melody started with HTA in May 2018. Her organisation skills as well as attention to details helped her to be an ideal administration assistant for HTA. Working with great colleagues and bosses is for her the most rewarding part of her job.
Just like most of HTA team members, she is optimistic, cheerful and energetic. She loves reading books, especially the Bible. And she also loves expressing her thoughts by writing. For her, success is achieving an inner peace regardless of life’s circumstances.
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