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Alex Smith

Position: Assistant Manager - Technical
Email: [email protected]

Alex started with HTA in October 2018 and has been working in the industry since 2008. His favourite part of his job is teaching others, be they Junior Accountants or clients. He enjoys watching people develop new skills and confidence as they grow into their role. His biggest professional achievement was being appointed the CFO of a health organisation at 27 years old.

What are your hobbies, interests and favourite things to do?
Golf, reading, movies, gaming, 4WD and camping.

What is your ultimate travel destination?
Scotland.

One random fact about you.
I have 8 siblings.

Alex started with HTA in October 2018 and has been...

Alex Smith

Assistant Manager - Technical

Alister Ling

Position: Senior Accountant
Email: [email protected]

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.

Alister joined HTA in April 2019. His day-to-day role as...

Alister Ling

Senior Accountant

Arvin Ventura

Position: Accountant
Email: [email protected]

Arvin joined the team at HTA in 2018. His biggest professional achievement is getting his CPA license in 2007 which marked the beginning of his career and opened many doors, leading him to where he is today. Being able to help clients achieve their goals is the most rewarding part of Arvin’s job.

Do you have any special skills or talents?

I have a passion for music and singing.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Cheerful, optimistic and passionate.

One random fact about you.

I love sweets. When I go to a buffet, I eat more desserts than other dishes.

Arvin joined the team at HTA in 2018. His biggest...

Arvin Ventura

Accountant

Ben Seeger

Position: Director
Email: [email protected]

Ben began his career in the industry in 2005 and joined the team at HTA in 2008. He enjoys working with a variety of clients, from people that need assistance with basic financial management to high-net-worth clients that want to ensure their money is working hard for them. Ben’s biggest professional achievement is establishing HTA’s financial planning business from the ground up.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A fireman.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Cruisy, neat.

Do you have any special skills or talents?
Quite handy on the tools, (hammer especially).

Ben began his career in the industry in 2005 and...

Ben Seeger

Director

Cass Jefferis

Position: Client Services Manager
Email: [email protected]

Cass has been with HTA since 2019. She feels that the most rewarding part of her job is helping our clients achieve their goals.

Cass enjoys assisting with the training and development of her fellow team members, while also assisting the business improve systems and processes.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Organised, positive, hardworking.

What causes are you passionate about?

Sustainability, always trying to be the best version of me.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?

Gym, trying out new restaurants, making candles.

Cass has been with HTA since 2019. She feels that...

Cass Jefferis

Client Services Manager

Desi Kasimiotis

Position: Intermediate Accountant
Email: [email protected]

Desi has been with HTA since June 2021 as an Intermediate Accountant. The most rewarding part of her job is assisting clients achieve their goals and going that extra mile ensuring their needs are fulfilled.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?
I enjoy cooking, going on long walks and I love the beach.

What is your favourite or ultimate travel destination?
My favourite travel destination is Greece, not only because I am Greek but because the weather and beaches are incredible.

How would describe yourself in 3 words?
Organised, honest, caring and positive!

Desi has been with HTA since June 2021 as an...

Desi Kasimiotis

Intermediate Accountant

Eden Cicciarelli

Position: Graduate Accountant
Email: [email protected]

Eden joined the HTA team in 2021 and considers assisting in client reporting one of his biggest professional achievements. He finds the most enjoyable part of his role is compiling financial reports.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?
My hobbies include travelling, playing guitar, exercising, video games, T.V shows, and talking to friends.

What is your favourite or ultimate travel destination?
Barcelona.

One random fact about you
I really enjoy sweet foods. I am constantly told I have the taste buds of a child.

Eden joined the HTA team in 2021 and considers assisting...

Eden Cicciarelli

Graduate Accountant

Elisha Huke

Position: Manager
Email: [email protected]

Elisha has been with HTA since 2014 where she started as a junior accountant. Now an Assistant Manager, Elisha loves working with her clients to help them make the right decisions to grow their business, and loves developing her team at HTA. Her favourite part of her job is helping clients and our team smash their goals!

Do you have any special skills or talents?
When I’m on holidays, I can easily read a book a day – any thrillers are right up my alley!

What can you not live without?
Chocolate, wine & travelling!

One random fact about you
I competed in weightlifting 5+ years ago.

Elisha has been with HTA since 2014 where she started...

Elisha Huke

Manager

Georgie Macasero

Position: Accountant
Email: [email protected]

Georgie started working as an Auditor at Ernst & Young Philippines after passing the CPA licensed exam and stayed in Audit for over 1 year. Georgie then pursued her 2-year Master of Professional Accounting degree at ACU Melbourne. She started working in Bookkeeping and eventually Business & Tax Services during her 2nd semester and would say she has almost 3 years of formal experience in her current industry. Georgie’s biggest professional achievement would be passing the CPA licensed exam in the Philippines. The biggest yet is an ongoing process for Georgie, she is still slowly working her way towards becoming a Chartered Accountant in Australia. Georgie’s favourite parts about her role is Business & Tax service branch as the Type of work don’t is slightly different because of the different clients handled by the business. Georgie likes that tax is every changing and improving and that it keeps accountants on their toes and encourages continuous learning. Whilst learning and growing as an accountant Georgie gets to support the team in helping clients manage their business and finances. She loves hearing good news form clients. The team itself is Georgie’s favourite above all. HTA is a collection of individuals with great skill and knowledge in their given field and it’s amazing working with and learning from such a kind, lively and supportive team.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?

I like binge watching random movies and shows on Netflix or Disney+ while eating to my heart’s content. I particularly like Comedy and Musicals for some reason. I am fond of reading books with of no particular genre as long at the content is interesting. I love to eat! So much eating to do and yet so little time.

How would describe yourself in 3 words?

Quirky, Sprightly, Food-lover.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I honestly wanted to be an inventor when I grew up courtesy of watching too many cartoons and being gifted Legos and toys that have to be assembled such as go carts and Gundam.

Georgie started working as an Auditor at Ernst & Young...

Georgie Macasero

Accountant

Jamie Gazelle

Position: Accountant
Email: [email protected]

Jamie began his HTA career in 2020. The most rewarding part of his job is assisting clients achieve their financial and personal goals.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?
Soccer, Golf and Wakeboarding.

What can you not live without?
Lasagne.

What causes are you passionate about?
Saving wildlife and preserving our planet.

Jamie began his HTA career in 2020. The most rewarding...

Jamie Gazelle

Accountant

Jes Butterfield

Position: Client Services Manager
Email: [email protected]

Jes started with HTA in 2019 after finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design and Business. She considers her overall knowledge and day-to-day understanding of HTA’s operations her biggest professional achievement. Jes’s favourite part of her job is refining internal process to ensure maximum efficiency, and also leading HTA’s marketing strategy.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?
Camping, snowboarding, trying new restaurants and going to the pub.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An architect.

What is your favourite or ultimate travel destination?
I would love to visit India and Nepal.

Jes started with HTA in 2019 after finishing her Bachelor’s...

Jes Butterfield

Client Services Manager

Jim Hyssoli

Position: Associate Director - Technical
Email: [email protected]

Jim began with HTA in 2018. With 40+ years of experience, Jim prides himself on helping accountants of all levels in developing in their roles. His favourite part of his job is working with a team that have common goals and who are achieving great outcomes for clients. He enjoys providing insight for clients that they can use as opportunities for growth and readiness for future retirement. Over the last few years Jim at HTA has been involved in the development of the accounting team by coordinating training that facilitates in the technical upskilling, coaching and mentoring of team members. Providing Tax advice to Senior Managers on all relevant tax matters in working closely with clients in seeking to unlock value for stakeholders. Main role objective is to provide a focused tax agenda in seeking to achieve business growth by developing and maintaining strong working relationships with key business decision-makers within the HTA Team. Jim’s Prided skills include, ability to think outside the box and innovate, coach and teach a team, and contributing to flexible, stable, team oriented working culture.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Motivated, honest and visionary.

What causes are you passionate about?

Family stability, providing support for those in need during tough times and being respected for who I am.

One random fact about you.

I just love whistling. Always presents oneself with a smile.

Jim began with HTA in 2018. With 40+ years of...

Jim Hyssoli

Associate Director - Technical

Julie Ramke-Meyer

Position: Assistant Manager
Email: [email protected]

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.

Julie joined the HTA team in October 2011 as HTA’s...

Julie Ramke-Meyer

Assistant Manager

Keerat Singh

Position: Intermediate Accountant
Email: [email protected]

Keerat joined HTA in January 2020. As an intermediate accountant, he is responsible for the finalisation of accounts and compliance. The most rewarding part of his job is getting to know the ins and outs of different businesses. Keerat defines success as not giving up, just keep at it!

In his spare time Keerat loves biking (it’s his kind of meditation), and rock climbing.

Three traits that define Keerat are very persistent – If I start something I see it through, untalkative – I prefer deep and meaningful conversations, and diligence – I work hard and take care of my duties.

Keerat joined HTA in January 2020. As an intermediate accountant,...

Keerat Singh

Intermediate Accountant

Keila Camille Tapaoan

Position: Accountant
Email: [email protected]

Keila began her journey with HTA in 2019 and has been working in the accounting industry for almost 10 years. For her, the most rewarding part of her job is knowing that she is able to help her colleagues and clients through her role and experience.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Dedicated, hardworking and meticulous.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?

Travelling and trying food from other places and countries.

One random fact about you.

I am afraid of creatures in the shape of worms, from centipedes to snakes.

Keila began her journey with HTA in 2019 and has...

Liz Reams

Position: Client Services Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Liz started her career with HTA in 2021. Her favourite part of her job is having wins for clients and seeing that we make a real difference with our work. Liz’s biggest professional achievement is gaining confidence in the processes and how to effectively communicate information to clients and colleagues.

What can you not live without?

I couldn’t live without coffee. I loves a good cup of coffee and dearly misses a cup of American drip coffee.

What causes are you passionate about?

I am very passionate about sustainability and creating small changes in my personal life to live more sustainably. I also loves to spend time outdoors hiking, camping and just exploring.

Do you have any special skills or talents?

I prides herself on her skills in coming up with “fridge clean out meals,” to not to waste food and by doing some creative meal planning.

Liz started her career with HTA in 2021. Her favourite...

Liz Reams

Client Services Coordinator

Melanie Fanor

Position: Intermediate Accountant
Email: [email protected]

Melanie started with HTA in 2022 and has been working in the industry since 2014. Finishing her CPA has been her biggest professional achievement. Melanie’s favourite part of her job is interacting with clients and building great professional relationships.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?
Reading, pilates and going to brunch with friends.

What is your favourite or ultimate travel destination?
I have not been yet, but Iceland.

One random fact about you
I speak French.

Melanie started with HTA in 2022 and has been working...

Melanie Fanor

Intermediate Accountant

Melissa Kuhnd

Position: People and Culture Manager & Executive Assistant
Email: [email protected]

Melissa began her journey with HTA in 2014. Her favourite thing about her job is knowing people enjoy coming to work and seeing the passion they have for the work they do. Knowing they are making a difference to a client or a team member and assisting with their successes. She loves seeing the team evolve and achieving goals they never thought possible.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?

Spending time with my family, dancing, going to wineries, seeing the joy in her daughters face when she experiences something for the first time.

What is your favourite or ultimate travel destination?

I’d love to visit the Northern Territory.

One random fact about you.

I eat the top part of the snickers first, then the nougat.

Melissa began her journey with HTA in 2014. Her favourite...

Melissa Kuhnd

People and Culture Manager & Executive Assistant

Michael Dance

Position: Assistant Manager
Email: [email protected]

Michael has been with HTA since 2019 and has been working in the industry since 2014. As an Assistant Manager, Michael is responsible for dealing with the day to day needs of clients and assisting his fellow accountants. His favourite part of his job is assisting clients achieve their personal and professional goals.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Carpenter or tennis player.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?
Playing golf and tennis, and going to the footy.

What is your favourite or ultimate travel destination?
Majorca & Iceland.

Michael has been with HTA since 2019 and has been...

Michael Dance

Assistant Manager

Nicole Tru

Position: Supervisor
Email: [email protected]

Nicole began her HTA journey in 2019 and has been working in the industry for 10+ years. She considers her ability to personalise client relationships to be her biggest professional achievement. Her favourite part of her job getting to work with great people!

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A spy or actress.

What causes are you passionate about?
Youth engagements and leadership – I used to be involved with the AIESEC.

Do you have any special skills or talents?
I’m a polyglot.

Nicole began her HTA journey in 2019 and has been...

Nicole Tru

Supervisor

Penny Erskine

Position: Finance Manager
Email: [email protected]

Penny has been working in the finance industry for 22+ years and considers going back to school in her 30’s to retrain her biggest professional achievement. Her favourite part of her job is that she’s still learning new things all the time.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?
I love to take my family to visit a horse farm that we recently joined a co-operative for, with 370 acres and no signal or wifi, bliss.

One random fact about you.
My previous profession was Financial Crime Prevention for a large bank.

How would describe yourself in 3 words?
Approachable, Kind and Playful.

Penny has been working in the finance industry for 22+...

Penny Erskine

Finance Manager

Rachel Singam

Position: Operations Manager
Email: [email protected]

Rachel joined the team at HTA in 2018 and considers moving into a management role to be her biggest professional achievement. Her favourite part of her job is working with such an amazing team each day. As Operations Manager, problem-solving and overseeing projects to improve the overall business and client experience are key elements of her role.

What is your favourite or ultimate travel destination?

Anywhere tropical!

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A marine biologist.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?

Going for walks, swimming, crossfit, playing board games and reading.

Rachel joined the team at HTA in 2018 and considers...

Rachel Singam

Operations Manager

Scarlett Miller

Position: Client Services Assistant
Email: [email protected]

Scarlett joined the HTA team in 2022 as a Client Services Assistant. Within her front of house roll, she assists with clients’ needs and requests, document management, and overall office upkeep. She loves that her tasks assist her co-workers in achieving bigger goals with clients.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?
As a pass time I love cooking and baking different and exciting recipes. I also love trying new restaurants and finding new foods to eat. I also enjoy the beach and trying out escape rooms!

How would describe yourself in 3 words?
Three traits that define me are resilient, determine and compassionate.

What is your favourite or ultimate travel destination?

I have always wanted to go to Mexico since I was little and would also love to go to Antarctica and study the ice and wildlife, looking at new chemical evidence of climate change.

Scarlett joined the HTA team in 2022 as a Client...

Scarlett Miller

Client Services Assistant

Sweet Melody Abarico

Position: Corporate Administrator
Email: [email protected]

Sweet began working with HTA in 2018 and has since been promoted to Corporate Administrator. Her favourite thing about her job is the opportunity to work with people who inspire her to be her best and provide her with recognition and support.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?

Going for long walks, exploring nature, climbing mountains, cycling, and surfing.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was a child, I was fascinated with the moon and the stars and dreamed of becoming an astronaut.

What can you not live without?

I cannot live without going to the beach and I cannot imagine life without pizza!

Sweet began working with HTA in 2018 and has since...

Sweet Melody Abarico

Corporate Administrator

Tim Hale

Position: Director/CEO
Email: [email protected]

After beginning his career in 2020, Tim went on to become one of HTA’s founding partners in 2008. He considers this his biggest professional achievement as it allows him to positively impact on so many lives, especially our wonderful clients and dynamic team. Tim’s favourite part of his job is talking! He’s thrives off helping people, listening and tactically working through problems, big and small.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?
My family time which seems to always involve eating, the great outdoors and many nights ended with a great glass of red. Let’s not forget the mighty magpies at the G and I love running 3 times a week.

What causes are you passionate about?
Hearing impaired because of my family history, and the big group hug. Both are amazing, very impactful causes for very different reasons.

One random fact about you
I am extremely colour blind!

After beginning his career in 2020, Tim went on to...

Tim Hale

Director/CEO

Troy Townley

Position: Director/CIO
Email: [email protected]

After beginning his first Graduate role in 1999, Troy went on to become one of HTA’s founding fathers in 2008. He considers HTA’s growth into the business it is today as his biggest professional achievement. His favourite part of his job is being able to work with clients and our team to have a positive and lasting impact for them and their families.

What can you not live without?

As corny as it sounds, my family.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?

Cycling (being a Beach Road MAMIL), golf, any live sport and horse racing.

What causes are you passionate about?

Mental health, physical health and a fairer go for small businesses and families.

After beginning his first Graduate role in 1999, Troy went...

Troy Townley

Director/CIO