Our Team

Accounting Team:

Barbara Biggs
Senior Accountant

Making a difference in the lives of clients provides great satisfaction to our Senior Accountant, Barbara.

A self-confessed workaholic, Barbara is motivated to find solutions to our client's problems and takes pride in knowing they are well taken care of. Having been with us since 2004, Barbara has grown into a role that involves client management, mentoring and dealing with complex taxation issues. 

Barbara rates loyalty as one of her defining characteristics – one she no doubt puts to good use as a "tragic" Freo supporter! 

On the weekends you can find Barbara watching her favourite TV shows with her loyal fur-baby Lucy, walking the Middleton Beach Boardwalk whilst enjoying the spectacular Albany views or out enjoying the company of friends with a wine (or two).

Email Barbara at 
barbarab@smiththornton.com.au


Diane Geddes
Senior Accountant

Got a question? Chances are Diane knows the answer. From systems and banking to GST, Xero and MYOB coding, Diane has a wealth of knowledge that extends across retail, farming and hospitality. A loyal team member of ten years, Diane also takes the time to mentor new staff coming into the business.

With her eldest son working in the Wheatbelt, Diane spends weekends working on the family farm with husband Paul and youngest son. 

Having forged strong friendships with her workmates over the past decade, we hear it on good authority that the way to Diane's heart is through a glass of local late harvest Riesling.

Email Diane at 
dianeg@smiththornton.com.au


Claire Hislop
Accountant

With four kids to get out the door, mornings are hectic in the Hislop house. But for this sporty family, being active and on the go is their way of life.

For mum Claire, organisation is key, which extends to her work as a part-time member of the Accounting team. Having settled in Albany in late 2019, Claire and husband Leigh, a bank manager and local footy coach, previously lived and worked in Perth, the Kimberley and Northern Territory.

Prior to having children, Claire obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Accounting from Curtin University in Perth. Since joining, Claire has dived into her role preparing financial accounts, tax returns and ATO reporting for a variety of businesses. She loves the relaxed, friendly environment and the focus on upskilling and professional development. 

When not gracing the various sporting fields around town, Claire, Leigh and the kids love exploring the local beaches and heading off on camping adventures.

Email Claire at 
claireh@smiththornton.com.au


Melinda Hudson
Senior Accountant

As the mum of school ages twins, Melinda relies on routine (and an impressive highlighter collection) to keep life running smoothly. 

With us since 2001, Melinda has grown many longstanding relationships with her clients and enjoys doing her part to support them. As a Senior Accountant, Melinda manages a variety of our business clients, providing help with tax and BAS compliance along with tax planning strategies whilst also mentoring our graduates.

Melinda gets great satisfaction from assisting clients with tricky questions and providing advice at critical moments.

Handy with a sewing machine, outside work Melinda can be found whipping up new clothes for the kids or supporting their weekend activities with husband Myles.

Email Melinda at melindah@smiththornton.com.au


Ryan McLaren
Senior Manager

Since moving to Albany with partner Nat, Senior Manager Ryan has brought 16-years of financial, consultation and management experience to the Smith Thornton table. A coffee aficionado and lycra-enthusiast, Ryan's ideal day starts with a bike ride and ends walking his dog Ana – an energetic husky cross kelpie.  

In the office, you'll find Ryan talking to clients and overseeing large client portfolios, including taxation for multiple entities or trusts. He enjoys learning what the needs and expectations of each client are to enable him to provide the best possible advice. Being proactive and staying in front of future issues is Ryan's modus operandi. 

While he might not win you over with his unique post/metal rock music tastes, Ryan is respected for his calm, level-headed nature – which we predict will come in handy during footy season debates.

Email Ryan at
 
ryanm@smiththornton.com.au


Jim Robertson
Senior Accountant

Having spent the first half of his career in the livestock industry, resident superannuation guru Jim was a late starter to accounting. Wanting to reinvent himself in a new profession, Jim qualified as an accountant in 2005 and joined us soon after.

With a dry sense of humour that gets him through the day, Jim is quick with witty repartee. But when he gets down to the serious business of super, Jim can be relied upon for practical advice on strategy and compliance. 

In the warmer months, you'll find Jim on the bowling green, gardening, or taking photos in the bush during the cooler months. (Just don't ask him to take pictures of weddings or babies)

Email Jim at jamesr@smiththornton.com.au


Nancy Simon
Senior Accountant

Nancy was born and bred in Albany and is the backbone of the office. As Simon and Dean's founding employee, Nancy's official title is Senior Accountant. Unofficially, it's Go-To for Everything. 

Over the years, Nancy has helped the business evolve from a small team into the thriving company it is today. Importantly, she has seen the founding principles stand the test of time - treating people well and investing in their success; be they an employee, client, or member of the broader community. 

Nancy's role has also naturally changed over time, from part-time while she raised her family to a Senior Accountant today, responsible for managing large accounts for the firm. Her clients benefit from the expansive, shared history Nancy has with their businesses. 

A self-described doer, Nancy loves learning Sicilian recipes from her mother and passing them down to her daughter. (Drop into the office at the right time you might score a mouth-watering lemon biscotti!)

Email Nancy at nancys@smiththornton.com.au


Renee Tan
Accountant

Far from being your average accountant, Renee works as a visual artist and sculptor in her spare time, crafting unique pieces for public installations and exhibitions.

In the office, Renee takes pride in helping clients to grow and sustain their livelihoods. Having previously worked for a large multinational as an indirect tax specialist, Renee brings a wealth of expertise in areas such as GST, FBT, joint ventures and indirect taxes. 

A mum to three, with two older children at university in Perth and her youngest at home, Renee enjoys activities that help produce a range of community-based projects, locally and internationally.

Email Renee at 
reneet@smiththornton.com.au


Nadia Tyuts
Accountant

New to the Smith Thornton team in 2020 is accounting member Nadia. Recently settling on Australian shores, Nadia resides in Albany with partner Joe and their two fur children.

Nadia in action involves crunching annual financial statements, tax returns and Activity Statements for sole traders, partnerships, trusts and companies. Tackling number problems and finding a solution for clients is a satisfying days' work.

In her free time Nadia enjoys cooking shows – but don't expect any baked goods at the office, when it comes to cooking Nadia prefers observation over creation.

Email Nadia at nadiat@smiththornton.com.au


Tiffany Whitby - currently on maternity leave
Accountant

Easy going Tiffany has been a member of the accounting team since 2013. Nicknamed 'The Jet', Tiffany is well known for her 'can do' attitude with both colleagues and clients, nothing is too much trouble. Tiffany looks after all things compliance for a wide range of clients and industries. She also contributes to the Self-Managed Superannuation division and assists with preparation of forecasts and budgets.

After being born in Albany, Tiffany grew up in Karratha before heading back down with NSW-born Brad to be closer to her family. The pair enjoy camping and going on 4WD adventures, hitting the beach and the odd scary movie. Tiffany and Brad welcomed baby Cooper to their family in the first half of 2021 and Tiffany has taken to parenting like the jet she is.

Email Tiffany at tiffanyw@smiththornton.com.au


Sam Wilson
Accountant

Coming from a background of wheat and sheep farmers gives Accountant Sam a unique advantage when working with clients. Having previously worked in Narrogin, Sam applies his knowledge of farming to his work in the compliance and SMSF space and enjoys building relationships with all our clients. 

Having joined the team in 2021, Sam enjoys the social cohesion and friendly banter around the office. A die-hard Eagles fan, Sam keeps fit with daily cycles, loves to fish and has recently taught himself how to juggle.

Email Sam at samw@smiththornton.com.au


 

Business Advisory Team:

Jenna van Nierop
Business Services Advisor

Perth's loss was our gain when Jenna returned to her Albany roots in 2018. Lifestyle, flexibility and family were at the heart of her and hubby Steve's decision to return south, bringing their three kids along for the ride.

In her role as Business Services Advisor, Jenna leads all things advisory, from business forecasts and valuations to strategic planning and tender applications. Jenna also acts as a member of the senior group, helping guide the firm's annual business and marketing strategy. 

Jenna loves being part of a company in which people foster genuine friendships while being offered the flexibility to meet the demands of family life. 

With three young boys underfoot, life is busy – but Jenna still finds time to hit the netball court. On weekends you'll find them out and about cycling or exploring together.

Email Jenna at jennav@smiththornton.com.au

 


 

Bookkeeping:

Lauren Batten
Specialist Bookkeeper

The first thing tea-drinker Lauren does of a morning is put the coffee pot on for her colleagues, which should tell you a bit about her straight off the bat. 

As deft with a classical guitar and woodworking tools as she is accounting software Xero, QuickBooks and MYOB, Lauren spends her days helping clients with all aspects of bookkeeping, software, single touch payroll obligations, BAS lodgements and end of year activities. Lauren is also responsible for training clients new and old who choose to complete their own bookkeeping.

Having been a part of the team since 2013, Lauren sees client interaction and office camaraderie as the two biggest factors in her workplace enjoyment.

Email Lauren at laurenb@smiththornton.com.au


Wendy Fitzgerald 
Bookkeeper

Adding to our ranks of talented weekend artisans is bookkeeping sage Wendy, who tucks her jewellery-making skills away during office hours to support a myriad of client needs. From accounts payable and receivable to payroll, Wendy has a busy role that sees her working across a range of industries and clientele.  

Always quick with a smile, Wendy puts her spare time to good use creating jewellery to sell at markets, making glass beads and learning silver smithing. 

Since relocating from Perth to Albany with her husband and son, Wendy is enjoying the adventure that comes with settling into a new community and surrounds. 

Email Wendy at wendyf@smiththornton.com.au


Skita Goodall
Bookkeeper

Ever practical and a true team player, Skita has been with Smith Thornton Accountants for over 12 years and was our Office Manager for 9 of it, before joining our bookkeeping team in December 2020.

Skita enjoys the office's friendly atmosphere, flexible working arrangements and positive culture.  With her children now grown up and living independently, Skita and her husband Bevan enjoy the lifestyle that Albany has to offer, including gardening, cycling and walking their cavalier Bella.

In her role as bookkeeper, Skita performs a broad range of duties for clients, including general ledger maintenance, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and superannuation obligations.

Email Skita at skitag@smiththornton.com.au

 


 

Administration Team:

Kendal Camp - currently on maternity leave
Kendal joined our team in August 2017 as receptionist and is now a partners assistant to Dean and Rebecca. She assists them in many of their daily administrative tasks including acting as an ATO liaison for client correspondence. Kendal is also involved in maintaining workflow throughout the office and handles our ASIC Corporate Secretarial work.

Email Kendal at kendalc@smiththornton.com.au 


Tracey Galantino
Office Manager

Having been a valued team member from 2011 to 2017, Tracey was able to leave us for three years to travel north, before slipping back in without missing a beat. Describing the experience like returning to family, Tracey is happily back as part of the fold as Office Manager.

Responsible for keeping the office humming, Tracey takes care of a range of administration duties that support the broader team. On any given day this can involve tasks like processing files, making appointments, reception relief and liaising with the ATO. 

Valued for her calm nature, Tracey spends weekends building upon her impressive crafting repertoire, from card making to knitting and candle making.

Email Tracey at traceyg@smiththornton.com.au


Sharon Kiddle
PA/Administrator

The devil is in the detail according to admin whiz Sharon. Responsible for compiling client reports, Sharon takes her role as key information conduit very seriously. In addition, Sharon takes on administration for partners Dean and Rebecca. It's a busy role with time pressures, one which keeps an avid list-maker like Sharon in her organisational element. 

Having joined Smith Thornton from a banking customer service role, Sharon loves coming to work for the people and friendships. As mum to three girls and partner to Rod, weekends are full – but Sharon loves finding time to work in the garden or having a hit of golf.

Email Sharon at sharonk@smiththornton.com.au


Shirley Orzel
Receptionist

Shirley is generally the first face you see when visiting the office. As Receptionist, Shirley acts as telephone traffic controller, who skilfully directs calls all day while juggling a range of administrative tasks – including mail, inventory, accounts and banking.

Email Shirley at shirleyo@smiththornton.com.au

Contact Us

Office Location

234 Stirling Tce
Albany, WA 6330
Australia

Postal Address

PO Box 5445
Albany, WA 6332
Australia

Contact Numbers

Phone 08 9842 5155
Fax 08 9842 5510
Email mail@smiththornton.com.au

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