KMW Accountants and Advisors

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Our Team at KMW


 

Scott Amos
Director

Scott was born and grew up in Brisbane, and lives in Indooropilly with his wife Karen and two children, Lachie and Eliza.

Scott has been in the Accounting and related Financial Services Industries for over 20 years.

"Over the past few years, we have acquired a number of Accounting practices and successfully integrated them into our existing business. With over 1000 clients and two offices, we continue to look for strategic acquisition opportunities in the Accounting and Financial Service space."

Our aim at KMW is to provide an excellent Tax & Accounting service to our small to medium sized business clients, and individual clients. We currently have eight very experienced Client Managers (Jillian Taylor, Mandrew Smith, Kaye Worthington - Southport Office, Mark Woodward, Ralph Jacobson, Kristyn Collett, Sandra Mickenbecker & John Swayne) and a well- trained supporting team of Accountants. In addition, we offer a broad range of additional services:

  • Financial, Investment & Insurance advice – KMW Financial Services (Norm Sinclair)
  • SMSF advice – DIY Super (Sandra Mickenbecker & Kaye Worthington)
  • Export Market Development Advice – Australian Grant Solutions/Gov Grants (Shalin Vohra & Bill Beak)
  • Research & Development Incentives (Jillian Taylor)

“The key to any business success is high levels of competent SERVICE. My aim is for KMW to continue to deliver those high levels of service to our business community.”

 

 

Jillian Taylor
Partner

Jillian gained her Bachelor of Commerce at James Cook University in Townsville, and is a Chartered Accountant and Tax Agent. Jillian is also a qualified Justice of the Peace.

Beginning her career with a local tax agent in beautiful Townsville, Jillian has also worked in accounting firms on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane’s inner suburbs over a twenty year period.

Jillian began with KMW Accountants in 2005. She has a keen eye for detail, and is always determined to get the facts straight. She has daily dealings with the ATO, and is not afraid to stand up for her clients whenever the situation arises.

Apart from helping small businesses and individuals with their tax, Jillian has years of experience in the R&D Tax Incentive area of tax legislation, as well as experience assisting fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) clients with their tax returns.

The client-base at KMW Accountants has allowed Jillian to expand her experience in the small-to-medium business realm, which is invaluable in today’s market. “New businesses pop up all the time, and it is comforting to my clients to know they can contact me with any questions they have along the way. I enjoy the challenge of out-of-the-ordinary questions from my clients, and I believe there is no such thing as a silly question”.

 

 

Mandrew Smith
Partner

Mandrew has more than a decade of accounting experience in the areas of compliance and general consulting and specialises in all forms of taxation, including corporate, trust and personal tax. Mandrew’s background includes experience in Audit, Mid-tier accounting firms and also in a financial management role within an international primary production business.

With extensive experience in SME businesses and all aspects of their operations Mandrew works closely with clients to obtain results focussed outcomes and to ensure that a long-term plan for sustainable management and growth of wealth is implemented. Mandrew works with clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, property, construction, services & retail.

Mandrew joined the KMW team in 2013 and is a valuable member of the team.

 

 

Mark Woodward
Partner

Mark gained his Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce (Information Systems) at the University of Queensland, and is a CPA.

Mark began his career in management consulting with a global consulting firm and in public practice accounting, before spending 10 years in commercial finance and management positions up to CFO-level, with fast-growing public and private companies across a range of industries around Australia.

With his extensive experience in financial management and control, Mark assists business clients with financial performance and growth management.

Mark joined the KMW Team in 2015. He lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Leah and their three young children. Mark is also the National Treasurer for the not-for-profit organisation Coeliac Australia.

 

 

Kaye Worthington
Partner - Southport Office

Kaye manages our Gold Coast office situated in Southport and she joined the KMW Team in 2013. She is a Chartered Accountant and Registered Tax Agent who specialises in small business, self-managed superannuation, tax planning and business structures.  


Kaye has previous experience in a number of accounting firms bringing with her a breadth of knowledge and experience. Kaye has worked with clients across a diverse range of industries including the building industry, logistics, professional services and investment entities.

 

 

Ralph Jacobson
Client Manager

Ralph has a Bachelor of Accountancy and is a Chartered Accountant.  He has been working in the accounting and taxation compliance fields since 2001, specializing in small business Financial and Taxation Advice, Capital Gains Tax, Audits, Superannuation, Deceased Estates and Personal Taxation.

In his earlier years, Ralph worked on the “other side of the fence” in small business.  His focus was mainly on the financial cash flow, budgeting and management aspects of the business.

Ralph joined the KMW team in 2012 after Swayne & Hutley merged with KMW.

 

 

Sandra Mickenbecker
Client Manager

Sandra completed her Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) many years ago and has worked for Chartered Accountants in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.  Following her return to Brisbane in 1998 and as the SMSF industry emerged, concentrated more of her time on the superannuation growth area.

Sandra joined KMW following the merger with Swayne & Hutley in 2012.  She is a key member of the SMSF team.

 

 

Kristyn Collett
Client Manager

Kristyn completed a Bachelor of Business at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and is a Certified Practising Accountant.

With over 10 years of experience, Kristyn has worked in a number of small firms and has worked in the Albury, Darwin and Brisbane KPMG offices.

Kristyn has completed tax and compliance work for small to medium businesses in a variety of industries, ranging from individuals, to companies and superannuation funds.

In addition to tax and compliance work, Kristyn also provides tax planning advice and helps prepare fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) tax returns.

Kristyn joined KMW in late October 2012 and is a key member of the tax team.

 

 

John Swayne
Client Manager

John is a chartered accountant with several decades experience in providing services to businesses. Originally from North Queensland, John comes from a strong rural background.  He moved to Brisbane to complete his education with B.A. and B. Com. from the University of Queensland.

After stints with several large firms in Brisbane, John commenced in his own practice in 1989.  After successfully running his own business, he merged it with KMW in 2012.

John’s professional interests include:

  • Helping businesses develop reporting and management systems;
  • Taxation planning;
  • Estate planning; and
  • Investment strategies.
 

 

Marissa Burton
Client Manager

Marissa graduated with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting from QUT and is a qualified CPA and registered Tax Agent.

With over a decade of experience Marissa is a ‘hands-on’ accountant with a broad range of individual, partnership, company and trust taxation skills. Marissa has a particular focus on tax law as it relates to property and share investors, property development and deceased estates. She also has a good understanding of taxation and accounting issues relating to not-for-profit organisations and registered charities.

Marissa joined the KMW team in January 2017 following the merge of Borgeaud & Co.

 

 

Malcolm Borgeaud
Consultant

Malcolm gradiuated with a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) and did the 5 segments of his CPA program in one year whilst working full time, achieving High Distinctions in all segements.

He is now an FCPA and was Principal of a thirving accounting practice in Brisbane's West for 18 years before merging with KMW Accountants.

Malcolm has also servced as Chairman of the CPA Australia's National Insurance Advisory Comittee, Chairmain of CPA Australia's QLD Public Practice Committee and numerous not-for-profit boards and currently serves as a member of CPA Australia's Environmental, Social and Governance Centre of Excellence. He played Volleyball in Queensland and Australia in the late 70's and is currently Vice President of Volleyball Australia, a National Olympic Prganisation serving Indoor and Beach Volleyball in Australia.

 

 

Matthew Snelleksz
Consultant

Matthew is a business owner and founder the accounting firm Snelleksz & Co.  In 2012, his firm won the coveted Proactive Accountants Network Rising Star Business Award. He has over 25 years’ experience in taxation and business advising in Australia, the UK and in the US. 

Matthew specialises in high level tax minimisation, structuring advice and Asset Protection strategies. He also undertakes extensive Business Development work on behalf of the firm’s entrepreneurial client base. He also is a specialist on Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF).

He was Chair of the Queensland Public Practice Committee for CPA Australia from 2012 to 2014 and presents regularly on behalf of CPA Australia on subjects such as business growth and business strategic planning.    In December 2014, Matthew was elected to the Queensland Divisional Council of CPA Australia and in 2016/2017 is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Council.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, and has also undertaken Post-Graduate Study at Harvard Business School in Boston, in Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital and Business Start-ups. Matthew also holds an SMSF Specialist qualification from the University of Adelaide.

Matthew joined the KMW team following the merge of Snelleksz & Co in June 2017.

 

 

 

Maria Encarnacion
Accountant

Maria has completed her CPA qualification examinations both in Australia and the Philippines and has completed her degree in Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in Manila, Philippines. She was working in Papua New Guinea (PNG) before she came to settle in Australia in 2007 and has worked in other accounting firms before joining KMW in 2013.


Maria is a flexible, diligent and reliable person with great attention to detail and maintains a very high standard of work. She works closely with client managers to achieve the best possible outcome and strategy for the client and to ensure their tax compliance work is done on time.

 


Ellen Yeh
EMDG Consultant/Accountant

Ellen completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting at the University of Queensland and has completed her CPA qualification examinations.

Ellen is also a qualified Justice of the Peace.

Ellen joined the KMW Team in 2012 and is a valuable member of the team. Ellen speaks fluent Mandarin and Taiwanese.

 


Angela Palmer
Accountant - Southport Office

Angela was born in England and completed a BA honours degree in Accounting and Finance in 2006. After finishing her degree Angela joined Deloitte UK, where she specialised in the taxation of individuals and partnerships.

Angela was with Deloitte for six years and during this time she studied for her professional qualifications and became a member of The Chartered Institute of Taxation UK.

Angela moved to Australia in 2012 and has recently joined our Gold Coast office in Southport in 2014.

 



Shalin Vohr
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EMDG Consultant/Accountant

Shalin was born in India. Shalin completed a Masters in Accounting at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and is a qualifed CPA. Shalin has worked in a number of small firms and has over 7 years’ experience in compliance & tax.

Shalin has completed work for numerous private businesses in a variety of industries, ranging from individuals, to companies and superannuation funds and has also assisted with IPO’s in his previous role.

In addition to providing financial, accounting & taxation services to small businesses Shalin also advises clients in the application of Export Marketing Development Grants (EMDG).

Shalin joined the KMW Team as an Accountant in 2014.

 


Katherina Michels
R&D Consultant/Accountant

Katherina has completed her Bachelor of Business in Accountancy & her Bachelor of Mathematics at QUT in Queensland. Katherina has had plenty of work experience in small accountancy firms during her years at University.

After Graduation, Katherina began her first accountancy experience in a firm that specialised in R&D Tax work. Katherina specialises in Individual Tax Returns & the R&D (Research & Development) Tax Incentive Scheme, and also has experience in fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) tax returns.

Katherina has recently joined our KMW team as an Accountant in November 2014.

 

 

Meagan Burt
Accountant

Meagan has recently completed her Bachelor of Business Management and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Queensland.

Originally from the Darling Downs in South East Queensland, Meagan moved to Brisbane to complete her studies. As she was finalising her studies, she obtained roles in accounting firms to further her university knowledge and gain practical work experience. After joining Snelleksz & Co, Meagan gained skills pertaining to individual and entity taxation, accounting for small businesses and ASIC Compliance.

Meagan joined the KMW team following the merge of Snelleksz & Co in June 2017.

 

 

Zoe Zhang
Accountant

Zoe was born in China. She completed her Master of Business majoring in Accounting at Queensland University of Technology in 2015. Shortly following on from this, she completed the H & R Block course in advanced taxation, before holding various accounting positions within other taxation accounting firms, both large and small. July 2017 marked the date she joined our team of KMW professionals, complementing our client services we offer. Notably, she speaks fluent Mandarin and English. 

Also having a passion for self-improvement and learning she is furthering her qualifications within CPA, only having 2 subjects left to master. Despite having her head in the books and work, when she does get some downtime you might spot her out and about exploring all Brisbane has to offer!

 

 

Sue Bhattacharjee
Accountant

Coming Soon..

 

 

Leanne Cheel
Front Office Manager

Leanne has over 30 years experience in administration & she joined the KMW team in 2012 when she moved to Brisbane.

During her time at KMW, Leanne has moved up the ladder into a Front Office Manager's role. Leanne's role includes Front Office Management, ASIC and XERO.

Leanne loves a new challenge & always is in close contact with our clients.

 


Allan Buchanan
Senior Office Administrator

Allan joined the KMW team in 2012 following the merge of Swayne & Hutley. Allan has over 15 years expierence in the office environment.

As Senior Administrator Allan helps to regulate office workflow, sending and receiving documentation while maintaining close contact with the wider client base.

He studied English & History at University before completing a Journalism course.

 

 

 

Candice Wright
Senior Office Adminstrator

Candice graduated Year 12 at Corinda State High School. During her educarion she acheieved many qualifications & she completed her Certificate IV in Business in the last 6 months of year 12.

Candice joined the KMW team at the start of 2014 as our Junior Receptionist & during her time at KMW, she has moved up the ladder into a Senior Officr Administrator role.

As a Senior Office Administrator, Candice assists Managers & Accountants with day-to-day tasks and various other administration tasks.

Candice is always in close contact with our clients & is always willing to assist our clients with anything they require.

 

 

Emily Hill
Junior Office Adminstrator

Emily recently joined the KMW Team in June 2017 as our Junior Office Administrator.

Emily has many years experience in retail/customer service, real estate & office environments. She uses the skills she has developed in her role as Junior Office Administrator.

Emily assists our very busy administration team with various tasks & is always in close contact with our client base.

 

 

Amy Preston
Junior Receptionist

Amy has recently graduated Year 12 at St Peter Claver College. She has extensive knowledge & many years' experience in customer service.

Amy joined the KMW team in June 2017 as our Junior Receptionist.

Amy is often the first friendly contact that our clients have with us.

 


Norm Sinclair
Financial Advisor

Norm completed his Diploma of Financial Planning and Masters of Financial Planning from Sunshine Coast University. He is an Associate Member of the Financial Planning Association and an Associate Member of the Superannuation Professionals Association of Australia (SPAA).

His focus is on providing financial advice to small business owners, professionals and individuals who are open to advice.

Norm has spent the last 17 years working as a financial planner in various roles and business that have provided the perfect foundation to launch his new business, KMW Financial Services. KMW Financial Services was established in October 2014.

Norm has recently joined our KMW Team as our Financial Planner in October 2014.

 


Gayle Stapleton
Financial Broker


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