Who We Are

Success is always a team effort.

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We work with amazing clients and a great team.

We believe in making a real impact not only on the lives of our clients and our team members but also our community both within Australia and throughout the world.

Our Purpose

We help our clients vastly exceed what they thought they could achieve so they can play a bigger game which is then reflected in their families, our community, our country and our world.

Our Story

It began in 2008 when Tim Hale and Troy Townley came to the realisation that small to medium sized businesses (SME’s) wanted more specialised and proactive accounting than merely compliance and tax.

The market was looking for more value and help in all areas of business, financial, personal and strategic. We knew we needed to ‘reinvent the wheel’ to provide a service that made us as a key team player in our client’s success.

We also recognised we could bring this same proactive approach to personal accounting and helping clients self manage superannuation. In fact for many of our clients we look after all their financial needs, both personal and business and achieve holistic benefits.

We call the approach we take ‘Delivering Actionable Insight’, an innovative strategic service that enables us to play an integral part in your success. Built around relationships, knowledge and trust, the approach is entirely customisable around you, your business and growth stage. We will help you realize your financial and business aspirations, and we carry this out with pride, respect, energy and enthusiasm.

Troy Townley
Troy Townley

Partner

Meet the team

We've hand-picked the best people to play a part in yours.

Alex Smith

Position: Assistant Manager - Technical
Email: asmith@hta.com.au

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: Supervisor
Email: aling@hta.com.au

Alister joined HTA in April 2019. As a Senior Accountant at HTA, Alister brings a wealth of experience to the team and specialises in business consulting and taxation services. Alister plays a key role in managing the day-to-day financial operations for many of his clients’ businesses, allowing them to focus on running their business and doing what they do best.

What are your hobbies, interests, or favourite things to do?
Riding horses, traveling, and getting off the grid on 4×4 adventures

Do you have any special skills or talents?
I have represented Australia three times at the Mounted Games World Championships

What can you not live without?

I can’t live without my horses.

Alister joined HTA in April 2019. As a Senior Accountant...

Alister Ling

Supervisor

Anthony Beauchamp

Position: Finance Manager

Anthony started at HTA in October 2021 and has been working in the finance industry since 2011. His favourite part of his job is exploring client goals and contributing to the process of achieving them. One of Anthony’s strengths is nurturing client relationships and solving complex problems.

What are Anthony’s hobbies, interests and favourite things to do?
Family, The Hawks and all sport really, massive wine freak and a classic MAMMAL (push bike rider).

How would Anthony describe himself in 3 words?
Passionate, loyal & relaxed.

What causes are you passionate about?
Agriculture and The Hawks next flag!!!!

Anthony started at HTA in October 2021 and has been...

Anthony Beauchamp

Finance Manager

Arvin Ventura

Position: Accountant
Email: aventura@hta.com.au

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: bseeger@hta.com.au

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: cjefferis@hta.com.au

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: dkasimiotis@hta.com.au

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: ecicciarelli@hta.com.au

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: ehuke@hta.com.au

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: amacasero@hta.com.au

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: jgazelle@hta.com.au

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: jbutterfield@hta.com.au

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: jhyssoli@hta.com.au

Jim began with HTA in 2008. 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 2008. With 40+ years of...

Jim Hyssoli

Associate Director - Technical

Julie Ramke-Meyer

Position: Assistant Manager
Email: jramke-meyer@hta.com.au

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: Senior Accountant
Email: ksingh@hta.com.au

Keerat began with HTA in 2020. As an Intermediate Accountant, he is responsible for the finalising of accounts and compliance. The most rewarding part of Keerat’s job is getting to know the ins and outs of different businesses.

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

What can you not live without?
Peanut butter (after my family of course)

One random fact about you.
I’m a kite flyer!

Keerat began with HTA in 2020. As an Intermediate Accountant,...

Keerat Singh

Senior Accountant

Keila Camille Tapaoan

Position: Accountant
Email: ktapaoan@hta.com.au

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: lreams@hta.com.au

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

Lyra Lingat

Position: Client Services Assistant
Email: llingat@hta.com.au

Lyra has been with HTA since 2018 and considers her growth and learning in her role during this this time as her biggest professional achievement. No matter how small a task is, she is still learning every day. Lyra enjoys working on reports and the sense of fulfilment once they are complete.

What can you not live without?

Access to information – which is why I appreciate learning and discovering new things, strategies and techniques that help me get through each day.

What is your ultimate travel destination?

Switzerland – to feel like I’m living my childhood dream of going inside a beautiful painting.

Do you have any special skills or talents?

Being creative in general, I love applying my creative and artistic knowledge also my insight to the things that catches my attention. A broad area where I can feel that I can learn, grow and be challenged. I can see myself being excellent with my creativity skills and being logical. One of my biggest flex is that, I use my available resources to try new things and thinking outside the box, I also prides myself for being organised.

 

Lyra has been with HTA since 2018 and considers her...

Lyra Lingat

Client Services Assistant

Melanie Fanor

Position: Intermediate Accountant
Email: mfanor@hta.com.au

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
Email: mkuhnd@hta.com.au

Melissa joined the HTA team in April 2014, with a background in sales and administration, she’s transitioned into the role of Executive Assistant and People & Culture Manager.

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 socialise 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!

Melissa joined the HTA team in April 2014, with a...

Melissa Kuhnd

People and Culture Manager

Michael Dance

Position: Assistant Manager
Email: mdance@hta.com.au

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: ntru@hta.com.au

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: perskine@hta.com.au

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: rsingam@hta.com.au

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: smiller@hta.com.au

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: mabarico@hta.com.au

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

Tierra Exum

Position: Client Services Assistant
Email: texum@hta.com.au

Tierra joined the team at HTA in 2021. Her favourite part of her job is communicating with people constantly. She enjoys the different interactions she gets to have with clients and the team.

One random fact about you.

I did gymnastics for nearly 10 years and trained 32 hours per week.

What can you not live without?

Fun and laughter! Surrounding myself with friends and family who are not afraid to laugh at themselves makes like so much more enjoyable.

What causes are you passionate about?

I volunteered at Sacred Heart Mission fortnightly and nowadays I volunteer when I can. I assist in the kitchen and provide people experiencing homelessness with their next meal. This is something I am strongly passionate about.

Tierra joined the team at HTA in 2021. Her favourite...

Tierra Exum

Client Services Assistant

Tim Hale

Position: Director/CEO
Email: thale@hta.com.au

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: ttownley@hta.com.au

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