COME AND MEET OUR PROFESSIONAL & Friendly TEAM
Accountants • Financial Management •
Insurance • Business Advisors
TJL Business Advisors & Accountants is a highly regarded accounting firm with offices in Forster Tuncurry and Taree on the Mid North Coast of NSW. We are a team of professional, experienced finance specialists who offer personalised service and expert advice to ensure our clients reach their unique financial and lifestyle goals.
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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 a Xero Certified Advisor. A deep understanding of the time constraints of business owners has given her a particular interest in helping them to streamline things to achieve a better work-life balance.
As a tax manager, Jackie 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 small hobby farm, and dreaming of future holiday destinations.
FUN FACT: Jackie has zero sense of direction, continuously getting lost in all but the most familiar places!
Partner / Senior Insurance Broker
Shaun 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.
Partner / Senior Insurance Broker
Matt has been in the industry for more than 10 years and joined the TJL team as a Partner in 2016 to offer our clients advice in all facets of business, personal and general insurance. 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 Forster with his family.
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 joined the team at TJL in early 2018 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 in 2019 successfully qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He enjoys all the different facets of accounting. He has recently moved back to the area and loves 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 a full time trainee accountant with TJL. She has four years’ experience working in accountancy practices and is currently studying a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) by correspondence. She has also 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 BBC’s Sherlock.
Lucas joined the TJL team following the completion of his HSC in 2016 as Taree High’s School Captain. He is loving the opportunity to get first hand experience whilst completing the final year of his Bachelor of Accounting degree, is now Xero and MYOB certified. While he enjoys all the different areas of accounting, he is particularly looking forward to working with business owners, trying to improve their cash flow and helping them grow.
In his spare time Lucas loves enjoying down time with his friends. He is also a keen sports fan who loves watching a lot of sports.
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!
Callum joined the TJL team in April 2019. After completing his HSC in 2017 he commenced a Bachelor of Accounting/Financial Planning through distance education, and with previous accounting experience already under his belt, Callum is eager to learn on the job while completing his studies.
Outside of the TJL office, Callum likes to make the most of his weekends spending as much time as he can outdoors. He also enjoys playing Rugby League, travelling and catching up with mates.
Fun fact: Callum lived in Liverpool, UK for 3 months before returning to Australia in April 2019. He was planning to live there long term – until homesickness kicked in.
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.
Client Services Officer
Melinda has worked in the banking & finance industry for over 19 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!
Client Services Officer
Brandon joined the TJL team late 2016 after branching away from 8 years in the banking industry. She holds a Science degree from the University of Alberta, but has always stuck close to numbers rather than chemicals. Since joining the team she has become a valued addition to the Financial Planning team.
Brandon escaped the long snowy winters of Canada 12 years ago and since then hasn’t left the beautiful Forster Tuncurry area where she lives with her husband and 2 young children. She loves being active and outside, but only when it’s 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.
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!
Marketing and Communications
Steph is local girl who completed a Business degree at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2005. She then went on to become Marketing and Production Manager at a marketing agency in Newcastle where she handled all aspects of marketing for a diverse range of clients, from finance and land development to luxury goods and childcare. After 5 years Steph and her husband moved back to the local area and purchased a coffee franchise, which they ran for 4 years before selling to spend more time with their growing family.
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! You can usually find them at the beach or skating/scooting/cycling their way around Forster Tuncurry. They also love heading away camping with family and friends.
Fun Fact: When Steph was 17 she won $5000 on a $1 scratchie!
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!
Customer Service Coordinator
Michelle joined the TJL family in May 2019. She’s an enthusiastic service professional with many years’ experience in customer service. Michelle prides herself on being highly motivated and an outgoing individual, which makes her perfect in her role looking after Forster’s reception desk.
Michelle spends most of her spare time running around after her three active children, and one of her favourite activities is Sunday afternoon golf with her husband and children.
FUN FACT: Michelle won a crab eating contest at “Joe’s Crab Shack” on her family holiday to America!
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.