Meet The Suntax Team

JOHN LAWRY FCPA

Founder
John established the firm in 1989 after completing 23 years in the ATO including 5 years as the Director of the Compliance Branch. John left to become a public accountant in 1987.

John is a specialist tax advisor to airline pilots and regularly consults on the deductibility of type rating expenditure. John also has a high level of understanding of the Australian and international tax transfer pricing rules and primarily works with small and medium size businesses.
 
Professional Qualifications and Memberships
  • Fellow Member of CPA Australia
  • Public Practice Certificate
  • Diploma of Accounting
  • Registered Tax Agent
  • Xero Certified
Outside the office John is an avid follower of V8 Supercar racing. John loves to travel, particularly in Europe. John barracks for Geelong in the AFL and his favourite TV show is the annual V8 Supercar Bathurst race.
 

MARK LAWRY FCPA

Partner
Mark is a small to medium size business specialist who understands the pros and cons of running a family business, being involved in one himself. Mark specialises in small business start ups and always advocates setting up businesses in the right structure to reduce tax and protect assets. Over the years Mark has personally mentored hundreds of start up businesses and together with his team have developed the ‘Business Accelerator Process’ to help business owners fast track their success by growing revenue, profits, business value and wealth.
Mark has advanced knowledge of the tax effectiveness of ‘Transition To Retirement’ (TTR) strategies for those clients over 55 and has helped over 150 clients use Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF’s) to gain control over their super in the most tax effective way.
 
Professional Qualifications and Memberships
  • Fellow Member of CPA Australia
  • Public Practice Certificate
  • Registered Tax Agent
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Diploma of Financial Planning
  • Xero Certified
Outside the office, Mark loves his family time with the five women in his life. In 2015 he completed the gruelling Great Wall of China marathon and in 2016 completed the New York marathon. He is a fitness fanatic who is highly competitive and driven. Mark barracks for Essendon in the AFL and his favourite TV series is Entourage.

DANIEL RILEY CPA

Partner
Daniel specialises in management accounting for multiple international Australian subsidiaries and is involved in many of their financial decisions and directions. In this role, Daniel has obtained an advanced knowledge of international transfer pricing. Daniel’s other clients include pilots, property investors, business start ups and franchises.

Daniel is also a Small and Medium Business tax specialist with expert knowledge of Quickbooks and Cashflow Manager bookkeeping programs.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Member of CPA Australia
  • Public Practice Certificate
  • Registered Tax Agent
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics)
  • Diploma of Financial Planning
  • Xero Certified
Outside the office Daniel plays weekly tennis at a high level. He is also a weekly bike rider (can also be found at 7am in Keilor Road most Saturdays). He has been the team captain for three Suntax BRW triathlon teams and has completed the Otway Classic bike ride.Daniel barracks for the Western Bulldogs in the AFL and his favourite movie is “The Usual Suspects”
 

BRENT WEST CPA

Partner
Brent West has worked in Public Practice since 1997 and throughout his career has grown an extensive knowledge of business structures and their tax effectiveness. He also works closely with his clients in their day to day operations, providing a management style approach to the role of accountant.

Through his clientele Brent has developed a thorough knowledge of the motor car dealership industry and is widely known as a specialist in the sporting industry, with clients who are footballers, cricketers, rugby players and athletes.  Brent has an intrinsic knowledge of the tax strategies and structures to use for sportspeople.
 
Professional Qualifications and Memberships
  • Member of CPA Australia
  • Public Practice Certificate
  • Registered Tax Agent
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting) 
  • Xero Certified
Outside the office Brent is an annual team member in the 19.7km Rottnest channel swim in WA. Brent also plays weekly over 35’s basketball on a Thursday night, he loves the social and competitive aspect of playing in a team. Brent was a team captain for the 2013 Suntax BRW triathlon team and he barracks for the Western Bulldogs in the AFL.

His favourite movies are The Man From Snowy River and Pulp Fiction.
 

KELLY TAYLOR CPA

Senior Accountant
Kelly joined the firm in 2010 with 11 years experience in public practice. Kelly specialises in advising small and medium business clients on how to improve their profits, grow their wealth and how to protect their assets.

She specialises in Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF’s), taxation for trades people including carpenters, plumbers, electricians and builders. Kelly also has many retail and franchise clients.

Kelly is also our Cashflow Manager bookkeeping champion.
 
Professional Qualifications and Memberships
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Member of CPA Australia
  • Xero Certified
Outside the office Kelly enjoys experiencing new adventures with her two boys.  She follows Essendon in the AFL. Kelly's favourite TV series is Modern Family and her favourite movie is My Best Friends Wedding.
 

AARON WEAKLEY CPA

Senior Accountant
Aaron Weakley has worked in Public Practice for approximately 15 years and has developed an extensive knowledge of business structures and their tax effectiveness. He is client focused, working closely with his clients on a day to day basis in a proactive fashion.

Professional Qualifications & Memberships

  • Member of CPA Australia
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Outside the office Aaron enjoys watching a variety of sports, including AFL and cricket. Aaron barracks for the Western Bulldogs in the AFL. His favourite band is Metallica.

JOHN GOSETTI

Senior Accountant
John joined the firm in 2013 with over 16 years experience in public practice.His areas of expertise include individual, partnerships, sole traders, companies and trust. He has experience in accounting for retail franchises, rental investors, restaurant/café and construction businesses.

John is experienced in the setup of business structures, tax strategies, negative gearing and property investment. John also is fluent in Italian and can assist in preparing tax returns for people with an Italian pension.

He has expert knowledge of Quickbooks, MYOB & Xero.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Associate member of CPA
  • Fellow of the National Tax & Accountants Association
  • Xero Certified

Outside the office John enjoys weekend drives, walking/hiking and spending time with family and friends. He is a Carlton supporter and his favorite movies are The Godfather and The Shawshank Redemption.

SHAREE GIORLANDO CPA

Superannuation Manager
Sharee joined the firm in 2008, after working for two years in the pharmaceutical industry.
 
Areas of expertise include individual and small to medium business taxation and BAS preparation including sole traders, companies, trusts and Self Managed Superannuation Funds.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships
  • Member of CPA Australia
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Xero Certified

Outside the office Sharee likes spending time with friends and family, cooking and going to the movies. She barracks for Essendon in the AFL, her favourite movie is Back to the Future and her favourite TV show is Seinfeld.

CARLA FLETCHER

Accountant
Carla joined the firm in 2015 with 13 years experience in public practice. Previously she worked in the finance industry specialising in motor vehicle and equipment finance.

Areas of expertise include individual, partnerships, sole traders and company & trusts.  Many of Carla's clients are from the hospitality industry including chefs and small business operators.  She is client focused, building rapport and relationships while working closely with her clients to improve their profits and grow their wealth.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Outside of the office Carla enjoys trying new restaurants, and cuisines from around the world, going to the movies and spending time with her family and friends.  She volunteers at her local football club and follows the Western Bulldogs in the AFL.  Her favourite TV show is Game of Thrones.

SCOTT DAVIS CPA

Accountant
Scott specialises in preparation of individual tax returns, BAS preparation and small business tax and accounting.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Member of CPA Australia
  • Xero Certified
Outside the office Scott loves a sporting challenge and has competed in the 'Colour Fun Run' and in the BRW corporate triathlon. Scott enjoys football, cricket, golf, swimming and athletics though he will give almost anything a go given the chance. Scott supports Essendon in the AFL and his favourite movie is The Departed.
 

MICHAEL TABONE

Accountant
Michael specialises in preparation of individual tax returns, BAS preparation and small business tax and accounting.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Associate Member of CPA Australia

Outside the office Michael aims to keep fit & healthy by playing & competing in various sporting events. Michael currently plays football for his local Football Club, regularly competes in the Herald Sun ‘Run for the Kids’ 15km event & plays cricket & golf with his mates on the weekends in his spare time.

TROY MOERENHOUT

Graduate Accountant
Troy is a Graduate Accountant currently studying for his CPA.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

•    Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance)
•    Associate Member of CPA

Troy plays football for North Ringwood as well as enjoying snowboarding, cycling, rugby and water skiing.  He supports Essendon and his favourite movies are Top Gun and Happy Gilmore.

TOM RUSSELL

Undergraduate Accountant
Tom is currently studying his Batchelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Outside of work Tom loves his sport.  A tennis coach who also plays weekly at a high level he can also be seen on the footy field, golf course or having a swim.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, barracks for the Brisbane Lions and his favourite film is Point Break.

JULIE GRANT

Bookkeeper
Julie has over 15 years experience in accounting and bookkeeping roles include reporting, transaction processing, month end processing, preparation of BAS and payroll.

Specialising in bookkeeping for pharmacies throughout the country Julie also provides bookkeeping services, training and ongoing support utilising Xero and MYOB for all clients.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

•    Certificate in Accounting
•    Xero Certified

Julie enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family and friends and is kept busy with her two sons. She supports the Sydney Swans in the AFL.

LYNDA SMITH

Bookkeeper
Lynda’s role within the firm utilises over 30 years of bookkeeping experience, including 15 of those years as a client of Suntax, managing the family’s business.

Lynda specialises in bookkeeping for pharmacies located throughout Australia, utilising Xero for processing of transactions, payroll and reporting. She also provides training and ongoing support in Xero and with Xero add-on business applications such as Receipt Bank and Tanda, allowing for complete integration.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

•    Xero Certified

Outside the office Lynda’s interests include anything botanical, from landscape design, floristry, to greening up the office.  Lynda’s favourite TV show is Grand Designs and also enjoys watching home grown mini-series.  Lynda barracks for Carlton, followed closely by Essendon, and hopes for a draw when the two teams meet (to keep her family happy).

LILLIAN ELLIS

Bookkeeper
With over 15 years bookkeeping experience, Lillian utilises Xero for Transaction Processing, Reporting and Payroll.

Working predominately with Pharmacies and Telstra Stores located all around Australia, she provides ongoing support with Xero as well as add-on applications Tanda and Receipt Bank.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

•    Certificate IV in Accounting
•    Xero Certified

When away from Suntax Lillan enjoys travelling the world, reading, going to the movies (Dirty Dancing is her favourite) and spending time with her family.  She supports the Western Bulldogs in the AFL.
 

REBEKAH PRATT

ASIC Officer & Accounting Support
Rebekah specialises in the Registration of New Companies, GST, TFN’s and PAYGW as well as all New Business name registrations.  She is responsible for the ASIC compliance for all companies including Annual Reviews, Share transfers and Maintaining Organisation Details.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

•    Diploma (Accounting)

Outside of work Rebekah enjoys reading, camping and spending time with her husband and three sons.  She barracks for Collingwood in the AFL and the Green Bay Packers in the NFL. Her favourite movie is The Blind Side.
 

SUPPORT STAFF

Louise Davies
Business Manager
Shannon Buchan
Executive Assistant
Carolyn Evans
Client Services Officer
Lovonne Priest
Administration
Nicole Maule
Administration
Janet Rogers
Administration
Antonietta Cigagna
Administration
Madison Davies
Administration
Natascha Riley
Accounting Support