Our team are dedicated to providing you and your business with personalised professional services. All our team members are committed to ongoing professional development so you enjoy the best technical tax and accounting advice available. Below are the profiles on our team members.
Greg Diamond - Partner
Greg has more than 20 years experience in the financial services industry, 10 in senior executive roles. Having worked for a large Corporate Superannuation fund during the global financial crisis he has seen first-hand the impact markets can have on clients portfolio’s especially when they have paid little attention to where their monies are invested. More importantly it showed him how quality personal financial advice has the ability to improve a clients retirement experience.
Greg is passionate about helping clients understand and achieve their retirement goals through an integrated approach which includes tax planning, structuring, investment management and insurance planning. Greg is a qualified CPA Accountant, Holds a Masters of Accounting, Bachelor of Business (Management & IT), Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning) and is a JP.
Melanie Robinson - Partner
Melanie is a highly experienced advisor with over 25 years’ experience advising clients, her passion is Business and Self-Managed Super Funds , assisting clients to gain the maximum outcome in their business coupled with the structure of self-managed super to build wealth in super for the long term goal of retirement.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in accounting), SMSF Specialist Advisor ™ with the SMSF Association, Diploma of Financial Planning, Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, Fellow of the National Tax and Accountants Association, Registered Tax Agent, Authorised representative of Australian Unity
Jacqui Meredith - Senior Accountant
Jacqui joined the firm in May 2015, bringing with her 24 years’ experience in public practice at other accounting firms in Parramatta and various other firms on the Central Coast including providing bookkeeping services.
She works with the whole range of clients including small, medium and large business clients as well as Individuals. She completes the financial statements, BAS’s, tax returns, business valuations and other business advisory work for various entities including sole traders, partnerships, trusts, companies and Self Managed Superannuation Funds. Jacqui also prepares BAS and FBT returns and has specialist skills working with MYOB, Xero, Class and a range of various other accounting software packages. She says “I strive to ensure that the accounting and tax requirements of the client are done in an easy and stress free manner to make their life easier”
Qualifications & Memberships
- Associate Diploma in Accounting
- Member - Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
Jacqui describes the best part about working at More Than Numbers as, "Working with a great team, working on a diversified client base and the staff training." Outside of work she is the proud mother of two teenage sons and has been actively involved in their basketball club, team managing for a number of years. She enjoys travelling, reading and luckily enough, since she’s so heavily involved with the team, watching basketball.
Jacqui can be contacted on (02) 4389 7500 or via email at Jacqui@mtnaccounting.com.au
Lauren Horne - Senior Accountant
Lauren started her career straight out of high school with a Sydney-based firm in 2002 before joining Melanie’s original firm, M Robinson & Co back in 2003.
Lauren is Melanie’s “right hand woman”, primarily assisting Melanie’s clients with the preparation of financial statements and tax returns for various entities including individuals, partnerships, trusts, companies and self-managed superannuation funds. Additionally, she is responsible for the management of all client ASIC lodgements. She also assists in the preparation of business valuations and the provision of strategic business advice to both new and existing clients. This involves understanding a variety of businesses and the different challenges they face.
She prides herself on her dedication to our clients and enjoys the rapport she has with both the clients and her co-workers. She feels that she has received great support from the firm principals, Greg and Melanie on achieving her career goals and lives by a Don Aiden Adams quote “to give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity”.
Qualifications and Memberships
- Bachelor of Management (Accounting)
- Associate Member – CPA Australia
- Xero Partner Certification
The majority of Lauren’s time outside the office, is spent caring for her young family and currently undertaking her CPA studies.
Lauren can be contacted on (02) 4389 7500 or via email at email@example.com
Bernadette Townley - Accountant
Bernadette joined More Than Numbers in Febuary 2016 after 7 years at a mid-sized wholesale food supplier in country NSW. For the last 5 years she was assistant to the CFO while studying for her Bachelor of Accounting at Charles Sturt University and Accounts Receivable Manager at the same company for the 2 years prior to that.
She primarily works on small business clients with a focus on bookkeeping and wages. She's responsible for the preparation of business activity statements, financial statements and tax returns for various entities including sole traders, partnerships, trusts and companies. Bernadette actively seeks out ways for clients to improve their bookkeeping skills so they can focus their attention on successfully managing and growing their business. She says, “I am passionate about assisting people navigate their way through Xero. By helping clients with their everyday accounts, they can get on with the things they love to do to and build their own business.”
Professional Qualifications & Memberships
• Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
According to Bernadette, the best part about working at MGR is "being new to the industry, I find the firm very supportive, friendly and approachable. I believe that I will learn so much from the partners and my co-workers." Outside the office she is married with two teenage children and enjoys spending time with her family, coffee dates and dinners with family and friends. She also enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles and crafty things like sewing and knitting when she can find the time. Bernadette can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Rudenko - Accountant
Kate joined More Than Numbers in 2016 after working for 3 years in public accounting at a Sydney firm as an assistant accountant and tax accountant, specialising in individual tax returns.
She primarily works on individual tax returns and small business clients where she is responsible for the preparation of financial statements and tax returns for various entities including sole traders, partnerships, trusts, companies and Self Managed Super Funds (SMSFs). Kate says, "Although I’m still relatively new to the role, I am giving it my best effort as I enjoy the team approach and having variety in the work I perform and a broad exposure to a range of industries."
Kate describes the best part about working at More Than Numbers as, “We have a friendly but professional environment with a good work/life balance, an open door policy, plenty of variety of work and tasks and good staff training.”
Qualifications and Memberships
- Diploma of Accounting
- Bachelor of Economics (Russia)
- Currently studying towards CPA Australia
Outside of work she loves knitting and crocheting and in her spare time she usually crochets toys for her friends or their children. She also like travelling and exploring new places, reading, watching a good movie or having a walk along the beach. Kate can be contacted direct at email@example.com
Siobhan Robinson - Financial Administrator
Siobhan previously worked in the banking sector, completing three years with ING Direct within their Mortgages, Superannuation and Advisory services departments before joining the firm in January 2016. She is Greg’s Financial Planning Assistant, focusing on the preparation and maintenance of client files, the preparation of reports and processing transactions.
Siobhan describes the best part about working at More Than Numbers, “its broad exposure to a range of industries, the team I work with and the location”. She is passionate about providing great service and is currently in the process of obtaining her Diploma of Financial Planning. Siobhan says “if clients don’t trust you, they will eventually stop doing business with you. It doesn’t matter how smart you are”.
- RG146 in Superannuation
Siobhan has a passion for creating art and unique pieces of work for people to enjoy. She can be contacted on (02) 4389 7500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amber De Araugo - Receptionist/Admin
Amber joined More Than Numbers in August 2017 after working as Office Manager for a Building Certifier in Sydney’s Northern Beaches area. Her plan was to work closer to home and to pursue a career in her desired field.
Amber's major responsibilities are to be the first point of contact for clients, handle incoming calls, log new jobs in the system and complete office administrative tasks. She also assists our clients with their requirements and no job is too big or too small. She also processes weekly payroll with assistance from our bookkeeper, Bernadette.
As the first point of contact for our clients, her happy, friendly demeanour is a real asset. Amber is passionate about helping people, whether they be a client, a co-worker or new contact. She strives to do her best and learn as much as possible from every experience. Her qualifications include:
- Certificate IV in Accounting (currently undertaking at TAFE NSW)
- Certificate III in Business Administration
She describes the best part of working at More Than Numbers as, "The great leadership from Greg and Mel, along with the support of our friendly and welcoming team. Also the opportunities given to me to begin my career in Accounting."
When I’m not at work or TAFE, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and dog, getting outdoors as much as possible. Amber can be contacted via email email@example.com