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Accountants • Financial Management •
Insurance • Business Advisors
TJL Business Advisors & Accountants are a professional accounting firm with a high level of qualified staff and quality of service located in the Manning – Great Lakes area! We are passionate about doing what we can to make sure our clients reach their financial and lifestyle goals and objectives, effectively and efficiently. We offer a personalised service and a fresh approach to all of your individual and business financial needs.
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Partner/ Chartered Accountant/ Financial Planner/JP
Tony is a Qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in the accounting field, uniquely advising in all facets of small to medium enterprise, ensuring that clients goals and objectives are looked at holistically. Tony is also a qualified Financial Advisor having completed a Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning) with Finsia Education in 2006 and works closely with the Financial Management team.
Through his background in Business Advisory he is able to identify and provide structuring advice, taxation compliance and planning, management reporting services, wealth creation strategies and works closely with clients to assist in the growth of their business and personal lives. Throughout his career he has gained experience in small and medium family-based businesses as well as large listed and non-listed entities.
When he’s not in the office telling dad jokes, he can be found spending time with his family, out on the boat, or having a quiet (loud) beer watching the Dragons!
FUN FACT: Tony is afraid of heights and had to get his son to put the Christmas lights up!
Jackie is a Partner of the firm and as a Fellow member of the Institute of Professional Accountants, maintains a high level of professional development.
She has worked in the industry for 23 years, specialises in computer accounting and is now a Xero Certified Advisor. As a tax manager, she oversees Income Tax and GST related matters and is a Registered Tax Agent.
Jackie’s spare time is divided between assisting her husband in their local manufacturing company and raising two fantastic teenagers.
FUN FACT: Jackie has zero sense of direction, continuously getting lost in all but the most familiar places!
Senior Insurance Broker
Shaun Davison joined as a Partner of TJL Insurance Group in 2016. With over 20 years insurance industry experience in various roles and holding a Diploma in Financial Services (Broking) he enjoys the challenge of managing client’s insurance needs. Shaun relocated to Forster in early 2013 and is married with a young family.His wife was born and raised in Forster and has helped Shaun to feel like he’s almost a true local himself!
Shaun’s commitment to the area also demonstrates this with his strong involvement in local community activities.
He is an avid sportsman. He loves kicking around a ball with the Great Lakes United Football Club, swimming with the Forster Tuncurry Mudcrabs and can often be seen teeing off at Forster Tuncurry Golf Club.
FUN FACT: Shaun wore three pairs of underpants whilst running alongside the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain in 2005.
Senior Insurance Broker
Matt joined the TJL Team in 2016 to offer our clients advice in all facets of business, personal and general insurance. He has been in the industry for over 8 years! Matt has demonstrated his drive and passion by quickly working his way up the ranks in a large firm before joining TJL to spend more time at home.
In his spare time Matt enjoys cooking up a storm, spear fishing and having a yarn with his friends and family.
FUN FACT: Matt is a fully qualified chef and has worked in many big name restaurants in Sydney!
Audit & Assurance Manager
Damian recently joined the team at TJL to manage the newly established Audit and Assurance division of the firm. Damian has extensive background in both public practice and in the corporate world. Damian spent 10 years in Senior Management roles in the not for profit and aged care sectors. Damian likes to take a holistic approach to assisting his clients and getting to know them personally and understanding how their businesses operate to provide relevant advice and support. In conjunction with his management and corporate governance experience, Damian is also a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), holds a Public Practice Certificate, is Registered Tax Agent and Registered Company Auditor/Registered SMSF Auditor and has a Diploma of Financial Planning.
When Damian is not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children on the water, fishing and enjoying water sports with family and friends. Damian and his family also enjoy travelling in their caravan exploring new towns and places to stay.
FUN FACT: Although tone deaf, Damian likes listening and singing along to 80’s music in the office
Sharon has worked in the practice since July 2001 and specalised in assisting clients with all of their accounting needs including computer accounting, preparation of Business Activity Statements and Payroll Obligations. Sharon is also responsible for the preparation of Financial Statements and Tax Returns for Individuals, Partnerships, Companies, Trusts and Self Managed Super Funds.
You might spot Sharon roaming around in her van. She loves traveling and spending time with her gorgeous grandsons.
FUN FACT: Sharon intends to live forever – so far so good!
Todd completed his Bachelor of Commerce in 2013 from the University of Newcastle and is currently undertaking the Chartered Accountants program. He enjoys all the different facets of accounting. He has recently moved back to the area and loves the idea of working with businesses to help them grow and improve. Todd has a variety of skills including cloud-based software, financial statements and cash-flows.
In his spare time he is an avid sports fan and loves to watch most sports, whilst also enjoying time out and about with his wife, family and friends.
FUN FACT: Todd underwent 3 full knee reconstructions by the age 25 and looks forward to not being able to walk when he is 50!
Jessica has a Certificate III in Financial Accounting and is currently completing a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). Jessica is responsible for the preparation of Activity Statements, Tax Returns, Bookkeeping, Computer Accounting and Management Accounts Preparation She is also a XERO Certified Advisor.
Outside of the TJL walls, Jess can be found spending time with her family, going to the beach and cooking up a storm!
FUN FACT: Jess has been swimming with sharks when she was younger and had no fear!! You won’t find her doing that now.
Currina is new to the team at TJL and is working as a full time trainee accountant at the Taree office. She has two years experience working in accountancy practices and is currently studying by correspondance for her Bachelor of Business (Accounting). She has undertaken accredited Xero Training and is now a Certified Xero Advisor.
Currina likes to take time away from her work and studies and gets outdoors as much as possible!
FUN FACT: Currina has met Oscar winning British actor Benedict Cumberbatch! Best known for BBCs Sherlock.
Lucas joined the TJL Team, following the completion of his HSC last year as Taree High School Captain. Lucas currently works two jobs, Crew Training at Maccas and crunching numbers as a trainee accountant at TJL, all whilst, completing his Bachelor of Accounting degree. Lucas is loving the opportunity to get first hand experience whilst studying!
In his free time (which is limited) Lucas enjoys playing for the Taree Wildcats Premier-League side and hanging with the friends and family!
Fun Fact: Lucas got the opportunity to play against the A-League Newcastle Jets team in front of nearly five thousand people, and competed at the Australian National Soccer Titles, twice!
Over the past 5 years, whilst raising their 2 daughters, Haley has been focusing on bookkeeping and payroll for small to large businesses on a part time basis and has completed her Bookkeeping Certificate IV in 2014. She brings a combination of customer service, business management, bookkeeping and payroll experience to our team.
Haley enjoys time with her husband and running around after their 2 young daughters. She enjoys getting out and about with family and friends exploring this beautiful town of Forster!
FUN FACT: Haley is starting tap dancing next year!
Joshua McNamara has an Advanced Diploma of Accounting is currently completing his Tax Law and Commercial Law units of study to gain his Tax Agent Registration.
Joshua especially enjoys Individual Income Tax Returns maximising the clients Tax Refunds.
Joshua relocated the Great Lakes area in May 2018, having family in Forster and holidaying in the area. He enjoys Kayaking around the many spots the Great Lakes area has to offer.
FUN FACT: Joshua recently signed up as a Volunteer for the Bushfire Brigade at Krambach and is working towards his truck license to drive the Firetruck.
Client Services Officer
Melinda has worked in the Banking & Finance Industry for over 17 years with strong expertise in Mortgage Writing and Customer Service. Melinda loves working with people and has a great rapport with customers and colleagues. She gets great satisfaction in helping customers achieve their goals.
Melinda has been in the area since 1988 and loves exploring new places with her adorable family.
FUN FACT: Mel is the office crazy cat lady, having 3 currently. Her husband has threatened to leave if any more turn up!
Financial Planning & Marketing Assistant
Brandon joined the TJL team late 2016 after branching away from 8 years in the financial industry and a random Science degree from the University of Alberta. Since joining the team she assists both our Marketing and Financial Planning Team.
She escaped the long snowy winters of Canada 9 years ago and moved to Forster/Tuncurry with her now husband and 2 beautiful children. She loves being active and outside, but only when its warm. Somehow she gets cold in a hot shower (no wonder she left Canada!)
FUN FACT: Brandon once went to the Canadian Music Awards and Keith Urban commented on how much he liked her name.
Senior Financial Planner
Jason has 14 years experience in the financial planning industry with 9 of those as a financial planner providing advice across a broad range of strategies. Jason has recently moved to the area from Sydney, having holidayed here in Tuncurry since he was a child. He has completed a Business Degree at University of Technology Sydney and SMSF qualifications with the University of Adelaide. He enjoys building long term relationships with clients and helping them progress towards their financial goals as well as developing their own knowledge. Jason loves spending time in the ocean, is passionate about animal rescue and watching now, more than participating in various sports. The world game being the pinnacle.
Fun fact: You won’t find his surname anywhere else in the country unless it’s a family member. It’s pronounced Luke-an-enko.
Lara worked in Advertising as an Account Manager/Director in Sydney from 1997, before leaving to have a family in 2004. Since moving to Forster in 2012, Lara has returned to a career she enjoys as the Manager of Marketing and Advertising for TJL. She’s also on hand to help clients with their marketing plans.
Lara is busy running around with kids activities and loves spending time together as a family!
FUN FACT: Lara’s Dad was a Socceroo in the 1974 World Cup. Sadly, his soccer skills weren’t passed on to her!
Steph is one of the newest recruits to TJL and joined our Marketing team in the middle of 2018. Steph is local girl who completed a Business degree at UTS and then became Marketing and Production Manager at an advertising agency in Newcastle. In that role Steph handled all aspects of marketing for a diverse range of clients, from finance and land development to luxury goods and childcare. In 2009 Steph headed back to the local area with her husband and they purchased a coffee franchise in Taree, before selling up in 2013 to have more time with their young family.
Having recently run her own small business and worked as a freelance marketing consultant, Steph is very excited to be back in a career she loves with an office that’s actually outside her home!
As a mum of three young boys, pretty much all Steph’s spare time is spent outside in the sunshine doing any activity that’s guaranteed to burn energy. She also loves heading away camping with friends, and spends far too much time on Pinterest and attempting to keep her indoor plants alive.
Fun Fact: When Steph was 17 she won $5000 on a $1 scratchie! The timing was somewhat inconvenient, as much of it was then spent ensuring all Steph’s friends had a great time at Schoolies.
Megan has been in the insurance industry for 5 years in which she started off in an administration and a brokers assistant role and has progressed over the last few years to become an insurance broker. Megan has completed her Tier 2 in insurance broking and has enrolled to complete her Tier 1 in the coming months.
Megan loves all things outdoors especially camping, kayaking and horse riding. Megan can be seen most weekends on the lake enjoying the sunshine and water with her kids. She is the President of Forster Tuncurry Touch Association and loves representing Forster Tuncurry in Touch Footy both as a player and coach.
FUN FACT: Megan represented the Northern Territory in Touch Football even though she’s from NSW and ended up being selected into the NSW squad!
Originally from Sydney, Brittany has been holidaying in Forster since she was 5 years old. She has a real affinity with the ocean. Relaxing by the crystal clear waters and listen to the waves is her peaceful happy place. It’s no surprise that she has always wanted to move here. She took the plunge 3 months ago and it was the best decision she has ever made.
Brittany has completed a Certificate II & III in Business and Medical Terminology and has over 5 years experience as an assistant/admin officer in the medical and manufacturing industries. Customer service is a passion and she strives to make the best out of every situation. Making sure that the TJL clients are happy gives her a real sense of accomplishment.
In her spare time she likes to spend it with my family and at the beach with her little baby fur princess, Nala.
FUN FACT: One of her biggest fears is heights and she conquered it by climbing the harbour bridge last year!
Office Manager / JP
Jessica is the Office Manager and has several years experience in customer service. She has completed her Diploma of Business Management and enjoys learning new skills and teaching others!
Jessica enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and dogs Rocko and Titan, as well as playing golf, soccer and splashing around on the jet ski in the glorious Wallis Lake!
FUN FACT: Jess is an adrenaline junkie! She loves rollercoasters and went to America for three weeks visiting all of the amusement parks!
Rachael has many years experience in Customer Service and joined the TJL family in 2013. She loves interacting with clients and her work colleagues and enjoys everything her job entails.
Rachael spends most of her spare time running around after her young family and socialising with family and friends.
FUN FACT: Rachael is deathly afraid of creepy crawlies!
Customer Service Coordinator
Sharyn has been with the firm since 2008. Sharyn is responsible for office administration and is a support person for all accountants in the firm. She is our client services officer, being your first point of contact with the firm.
Sharyn enjoys spending time with her friends and family and having a good laugh. Opposed to what her photo suggests, she is not very good at tubing!
FUN FACT: Sharyn has an extreme phobia of snakes!
Emma is one of the original staff members of TJL! Emma has worked with Tony for many years, being his assistant at his previous practice and moving with him when he opened up on his own. Emma is responsible for accounts and compliance in the firm.
Emma works Tuesdays and Thursdays and spends the rest of her time chasing after her young family.
FUN FACT: Emma was selected in 1997 for a scholarship to represent Australia in Ballroom Dancing at Blackpool, United Kingdom.