Meet Our Team
Meet Our Managing Director: Andrea Petersen
Andrea is the founder of Not for Profit Accounting Specialists and has been the driving force behind its success and longevity since commencement in 1999. She is a chartered accountant with many years of experience in advising and providing a range of services to not-for-profit organisations from around Australia. Her areas of specialty include leadership matters, consulting and project work, organisational management, accounting, auditing and organisational governance. She is passionate about the not-for-profit sector and its effective functioning, and is an active contributor to the broader conversation regarding the future of the sector and its place within the Australian community.
Meet Our Consulting & Technical Manager: Brenton Cox
Brenton is a CPA with many years of experience in senior finance and consulting roles across a diverse range of sectors and organisations. He worked with KPMG and then Bentleys MRI, managing a portfolio of small business and investor clients, and after a nine month sabbatical overseeing a humanitarian aid team in Romania, took up the role of Finance Manager with the Port Adelaide Football Club. Since then he has worked extensively across the not-for-profit sector for organisations such as Guide Dogs SA, Zoos SA and the Adelaide Festival Centre. His areas of specialty include project and consulting work, start-ups, accounting work, governance, legislative and technical requirements, and training.
Meet Our General Manager: David Woodcock
David holds an MBA qualification from Deakin University, a Bachelor of Business, Management Information Systems from the University of South Australia and he has also completed the Company Directors Course with the AICD. Prior to joining Not for Profit Accounting Specialists in September 2016 he held a number of senior leadership roles with Elders Financial Planning, National Australia Bank, and Westpac. He is passionate about the not-for-profit sector and the important role that it plays within the community and actively serves on the boards of Girl Guides South Australia Inc and Muscular Dystrophy South Australia.
Meet Our Business Services Team Leader: Niki Watson
Niki oversees the accounting and bookkeeping division of the practice and is a chartered accountant with many years of experience. She worked in public practice for BDO for more than nine years and progressed up to Manager level, overseeing staff and providing services and advice to a varied portfolio of clients. Her areas of specialty include all aspects of accounting and bookkeeping, reporting, not-for-profit sector technical knowledge, taxation, budgeting, accounting software packages and general organisational advice. She is a valuable and skilled contributor to the services on offer to our not-for-profit clients.
Meet Our Audit Manager: Ian Mostert
Ian gained his accounting qualifications in South Africa and also worked in professional practice whilst in Durban, specialising in audit. Starting as a clerk, he quickly rose to the position of junior partner and successfully operated at that level for three years. In April 2015 he immigrated to Australia with his partner and joined Not for Profit Accounting Specialists soon after. In his current role, Ian is responsible for managing the audit team and for coordinating ongoing services to a portfolio of not-for-profit clients. He has been a strong contributor to the growth of the audit division within the practice.
Meet Our Senior Accountant: Kim Harris
Kim is an experienced chartered accountant who has worked extensively in professional practice as an advisor to clients from a variety of different sectors. To broaden her skill base and to enjoy some travel, she relocated to London for a period of time and worked as a financial accountant in fashion retail, publishing and online marketing. After returning to Australia she moved into Company & Financial Accountant roles at Distinctive Homes and then Jarvis Cars. She has been a valuable part of the Not for Profit Accounting Specialists team for a number of years now and provides accounting services and financial advice to a portfolio of not-for-profit clients.
Meet Our Assistant Accountant: Kim Vuljanic
Kim completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Flinders University in 2007 and has a strong accounting and bookkeeping background. For approximately 12 years she was employed with Edwards Marshall, providing accounting and bookkeeping services to a range of small business clients. One of the largest, ongoing clients she assisted was an indigenous community services organisation. Prior to joining Not for Profit Accounting Specialists in 2015 she also worked as a Management Accountant for Australian Outdoor Living. Kim has developed in-depth not-for-profit sector knowledge through the clients she regularly works with and she also oversees our bookkeeping team.
Meet Our Accountant: Salina Choi
Salina is a highly valued member of the audit team and has worked for Not for Profit Accounting Specialists since July 2014. She is fluent in both the English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) languages and holds a Master of Accounting qualification from Flinders University. Prior to joining the practice she worked in a professional accounting environment in Hong Kong and she also worked for Moore Stephens, after permanently relocating to Australia. She is experienced in the areas of bookkeeping and payroll and has developed strong skills in not-for-profit organisation audit work.
Meet Our Senior Accountant: Allison Whittaker
Allison is an experienced chartered accountant who was based in the UK and worked for KPMG in London whilst she was gaining her qualifications. Since settling in Australia she has been employed in a number of senior finance and accounting roles, including working for not-for-profit organisations in the disability and affordable housing sectors. She joined the Not for Profit Accounting Specialists team in 2016 and now provides services and advice to a portfolio of not-for-profit clients. Her areas of specialty include bookkeeping and payroll, all aspects of accounting, financial and other reporting, and tax and compliance work.
Meet Our Bookkeeper: Celeste Cornford
Celeste has a Diploma of Accounting qualification and has worked in bookkeeping roles for many years. Whilst in the Northern Territory she had opportunity to work with a number of smaller not-for-profit organisations and she has built up a strong level of sector knowledge. She is experienced in all aspects of the bookkeeping and payroll functions including transaction processing, payroll processing, accounting package expertise (Xero and MYOB), reconciliation work, the preparation of reports, and the completion of compliance tasks. She is extremely efficient and thorough in her approach and provides ongoing bookkeeping services to a group of our not-for-profit clients.
Meet Our Bookkeeper: Julie Anthony
Julie has a strong background in bookkeeping and administration work and is very thorough in approach. Prior to joining Not for Profit Accounting Specialists in 2016, she held the role of Financial Controller for a carpet and upholstery cleaning business. She has also worked as an Office Manager and PA for a local church, where as part of the role she took on the full range of accounting responsibilities. She is very experienced in the use of accounting software packages and provides reliable and efficient service to not-for-profit clients, in the areas of bookkeeping, payroll and compliance-related work.
Meet Our Client Services Manager: Sue Salisbury
Sue is a longstanding and integral part of the Not for Profit Accounting Specialist team and works on the frontline of the practice, in an administration role and also as an assistant to the Managing Director. She is very experienced in all aspects of office management and her work history includes 14 years spent with Edwards Marshall in a variety of roles, progressing through to Manager, Secretarial Services. She has also been hands-on and instrumental in growing and developing the Virtual Office and Secretariat services that the practice offers to not-for-profit organisations from around Australia.
Meet Our Corporate Services Manager: Matt Wegener
Matt brings an interesting and varied mix of skills to the Not for Profit Accounting Specialists team and has been with the practice since December 2014. He is an Information Technology specialist, a topic he has lectured in at University level. He is also an experienced school educator, a qualified flight instructor and he was employed in a banking role with ANZ Bank for three years. In addition to overseeing the IT, property management and administration functions of the practice, he works with not-for-profit organisations in the areas of website development, banking matters, board support and secretariat services.
Meet Our Finance Officer: Imee Mansibang
Imee plays an important role in the internal administration of the practice and she works very closely with the General Manager and the Managing Director. She obtained her CPA qualification in the Philippines in 2009 and prior to working for Not for Profit Accounting Specialists was employed in various commercial banking and accounting roles. She has developed a high level of skill in the specialised areas of bookkeeping, payroll work, accounting reconciliations, audit and budgeting. She has been a major contributor to the efficient operations of the practice and is a valued member of the team.
Meet Our Senior Bookkeeper: Lisa Osborn
Lisa holds an Advanced Diploma of Accounting qualification and is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of South Australia. She has been employed within a professional accounting practice environment for many years and is very familiar with the key functions of payroll processing, transaction entry, accounts payable, accounts receivable, BAS/GST and end-of-month reconciliations and reporting. She is an experienced user of accounting packages such as Xero, MYOB and Reckon and is an important member of the Not for Profit Accounting Specialists bookkeeping and accounting team.
Meet Our Marketing & Communications Officer: Georgina Akkermans
Georgina has had an interesting and extremely varied work experience background which includes previous employment roles in the medical, educational, child care, retail and hospitality sectors. She joined the NFPAS team in early 2017 in the important Marketing & Communications Officer role and to further develop her skills in these areas is currently studying a university degree in journalism and marketing. She is particularly interested in social media marketing and brings a unique blend of administrative, creative marketing and communication skills to the practice.
Meet Our Finance Manager: Clare Munn
Clare completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree at the University of Adelaide in 2008 and in 2012 she completed a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting, thereby attaining chartered accountant status. Between 2009 and 2011 she worked for a business advisory practice in the roles of Accountant and Senior Accountant and since then she has held the positions of Senior Accountant and Assistant Manager within a large accounting practice. Her areas of expertise include all aspects of accounting, reporting, detailed modelling, budgeting and cash flow work, insolvency, and employment obligations and entitlements.
Meet Our Senior Accountant: Felicia Goodes
Felicia is an experienced professional who completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Flinders University before attaining her full chartered accountant qualification in 1997. She worked in the roles of Finance Manager and Project Accountant for Calvary Healthcare Adelaide during an extended period of employment, and most recently has been engaged with The Jodi Lee Foundation in a Management Accountant position. She has extensive experience in the areas of accounting, reporting, forecasting and budgeting, payroll, internal controls, policy and process development, and organisation performance management.
Meet Our Consulting Executive Officer: Dee Sidhu
Dee joined the NFPAS team as an employee in early 2017 for the specific purpose of then being assigned to a full-time Executive Officer role with one of our not-for-profit clients. She is based in Western Australia and was previously employed as Director of Strategic Development and Quality Management with Cam Can, an organisation that assists people with disabilities. Prior to that she held the position of Executive Director at Huntington's Western Australia and between 2004 and 2008 she founded and managed a social enterprise in Malaysia that provides education, training and products to women with breast cancer.
Meet Our Bookkeeper: Heidi Ottewell
Heidi gained her Bachelor of Accounting degree through the University of South Australia in 2016 and she also holds an Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification. She is an experienced bookkeeper and prior to joining the NFPAS team in 2017 she was employed for eight years with Re-Engage Youth Services Inc / Career Partners Plus Inc as a finance officer, where she was responsible for accounts payable & receivable, payroll, bookkeeping and reconciliations, BAS/GST and monthly reporting. She has used MYOB extensively and has a wealth of general accounting, bookkeeping and administrative experience to draw upon in her work with clients.
Meet Our Consulting CFO: Ellie Paterson
Prior to joining the NFPAS team in June 2017, Ellie originally came from a public practice accounting background and was then employed, for more than nine years, with Variety the Children's Charity in the role of Finance & Administration Manager. She was responsible for the key areas of payroll, accounting & reconciliations, the preparation of financial reports, budgeting, IT management, developing policies, the grant & acquittal management process, FBT & GST/BAS compliance and also asset & office management. She holds a Bachelor of Economics degree through Adelaide University and will shortly complete and obtain her formal CPA qualification.
Meet Our Bookkeeper: Ama Abeywickrama
Ama gained her Bachelor of Commerce degree through the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka and holds bookkeeping and MYOB qualifications from TAFE SA. Prior to joining nfpas in 2017, Ama worked with a portfolio of bookkeeping clients, where she was responsible for accounts payable and receivable, payroll, bookkeeping and reconciliations, BAS/GST and monthly reporting. Ama has also worked as a tax consultant with H&R Block and has held several finance positions in a variety of industries since moving to Australia in 2010.
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