Meet the Team
Troy Townley (Partner)
Troy is one of the founding Partners of HTA, having been a business advisor since 1999. During this time Troy has developed considerable skills and knowledge in working with clients to assist them in achieving both business and personal goals. The most rewarding part of his day is working with clients to support them in achieving and often exceeding their goals and objectives, even if this path is sometimes difficult.
Troy is focused on providing clients with proactive advice when it comes to their business and personal finances. He understands the important role of accountants, that is why he educates them so they can make a better decision about their finances, may it be about personal or about their business. He has a real passion for small business and working with clients to achieve their goals and objectives.
He defines success as being able to do what you want, where you want, with whom you want and not needing to be concerned about finances to do so.
Outside of the office he loves to remain fit and active whether it be running, riding or trying to reduce his golf handicap. He is also a proud husband and father of two daughters.
Tim Hale (Partner)
Tim is one of the founding partners of HTA, having previously worked in both Australia and the United Kingdom developing his skills and business acumen. This overseas experience has enabled Tim to better assist his clients with financial management and strategic growth.
Tim is addicted to working closely with his clients and sharing their challenges and successes. He focuses on building a trusted advisor relationship, based on values of integrity, responsiveness, and developing value added outcomes.
Tim has extensive experience in working with people from the Property industry; with builders, trades persons, developers, professional services personnel and property owners. Tim shares a passion for property with his clients, which helps to ensure that valuable outcomes are returned year on year for his clients.
Tim has also developed a niche experience in aged care and retirement living, whereby he is a board member and investor in a boutique aged care group.
Ben Seeger (Partner)
Since starting with HTA in 2008, Ben has always worked closely with his clients to ensure that they are working towards their financial goals. Having big aspirational goals himself, he understands the importance of clients having goals of their own and how a Wealth Advisor can have a positive impact on achieving these goals.
Having worked as business advisor for many years, Ben’s real passion lies within Wealth Advisory which prompted his move to head-up HTA Wealth. His approach is simple, as he puts it, “If you know and understand your client’s goals or help them develop their goals, then you can build a strategic plan to work towards attaining them.”
Ben’s high school career program suggested he should be a firefighter: this couldn’t have been further from what panned out. The similarity between both though is his love of helping others. I guess he figured finance was much safer than burning houses.
Catherine Radburnd (Manager)
At the inception of HTA so was born Catherine’s career as a Client Manager and her first taste of Public Accounting. Since being coaxed from the dark side, working as an accountant in wholesale and manufacturing businesses, Catherine prides herself being HTA’s very first employee.
In the many years since, Catherine has celebrated many achievements with the ever growing HTA family; becoming a CPA, managing a diverse client base, establishing herself as a specialist in Small Business Startups and a love for Women in Business, and on a personal note marrying the love of her life and the birth of her gorgeous daughter.
In her spare time, you may often find Catherine singing up a storm (not just in the shower) to her favourite Broadway tunes, watching a good chick flick, teaching her daughter the actions of another children’s song, or planning another adventure for her little family.
Ever the budding party planner, Catherine enjoys a good celebration or even finding the next best way to give back to her community. Catherine wears her heart on her sleeve and on her coffees if you’re lucky enough to have her make you one. Building strong relationships and sharing her love is what Catherine does best, and you will always find her surrounded by friends and family. Catherine says eating and drinking the finer things in life is what always brings a smile to her dial and she’ll never pass up a slice of sponge cake or a glass of champagne.
Julie Ramke-Meyer (Senior Accountant)
Julie joined the HTA team in October 2011 as HTA's first graduate accountant, after completing a Bachelor of Accounting at La Trobe University in July 2011.
Now one of HTA's Senior Accountants with CPA qualifications, she loves getting involved in clients’ businesses to help them achieve not just their business, but also personal aspirations. She works with a large range of clients providing business advisory, accountancy, and taxation services.
Julie also likes to give something back and is the treasurer for the not-for-profit organization Lungevity Australia.
Outside of the office, you’ll often find her baking in the kitchen or relaxing on the couch with an action movie.
Julie’s most loved past-time is playing Netball, which she has done for over 13 years.
Elisha Huke (Senior Accountant)
Elisha joined the HTA team in November 2014 after completing her Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University in 2012.
She has been working in the accounting industry since 2009 and last year achieved CPA qualifications.
Elisha is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals, no matter how daunting they may seem. As a senior accountant, she work with clients by providing accounting and taxation advice, she also provides business advisory services.
After work you would often find her sitting on the beach reading a book or paddle-boarding! She is a mad North Melbourne supporter, her mood on a Monday morning is dependent on how they played on the weekend. Elisha will never pass up an opportunity to socialise with the team and looks forward to the staff get-together on a Friday at four o’clock.
Sherry Jane Enriquez (Accountant)
Jane started with HTA in July 2017. She is responsible in assisting clients in their various accounting needs. Her knowledge and experience in applying accounting standards and meticulousness in details, make her a good team player for HTA. For Jane, the most rewarding part of her job is being able to contribute in the achievement of her clients’ goals. She is always up to the challenge in thinking of better and effective solutions for the clients.
She loves arts and is unafraid of new things. If she could do another job for one day it would be a voice actor. One of her bad habits is sleeping late.
Arvin Ventura (Accountant)
Arvin started with HTA in February 2018. His knowledge in accounting and Australian tax as well as in using Xero accounting software helped him to provide assistance to HTA team when it comes to tax returns preparation, workpapers setting up, compliance works, financials and year end report drafting, bookkeeping, among others.
Being able to help clients sort out their accounting/tax deliverables accurately and in time is for him the most rewarding part of his job.
When he is not at work, he usually spends time watching movies. Action, adventure and fantasy movies are his favorites. In fact, if he could do another job just for a day, it would be a work in the movie house so he can watch all the latest movies for free.
He’s cheerful, optimistic and very passionate and he defines success as a combination of faith, perseverance and action.
Michelle Agatep (Accountant)
Michelle started with HTA in April 2018. Her knowledge in Australian taxation, AU GST, AU FBT, Class and CAS 360 helped her in her day-to-day role in HTA as an accountant in-charge of doing business activity statements drafting, tax analysis and return preparation, and superannuation fund audit preparation. She is a Xero advisor certified and a WorkflowMax advisor certified.
For her, the most rewarding part of her role is being able to finish her task on time and successfully helping everyone in the team. Success for her is accomplishing something on time with accuracy and diligence.
When not in work, she loves spending time with her family by watching movies and cooking delicious meals.
She is cheerful, hardworking and persistent and believes that time is of the essence. Do not sacrifice speed over accuracy and do not sacrifice accuracy over speed.
Myrna Fuentes (Client Services Co-Ordinator)
Myrna has been with HTA since January 2013. After graduating from university with an accounting degree and working as an accountant for ten years, she has now moved into the role of Client Services Co-ordinator with HTA. Her background in accounting has helped Myrna perform a variety of tasks in relation to this role, and she focuses particularly on supporting our Accounting Team in completing compliance and advisory tasks for clients. Myrna works with all HTA's clients, acting as an integral cog in the company’s service delivery model.
Myrna is known around the HTA office for her warm hugs and laughs. And while she has a kind and gentle soul, she is also known as our adrenaline junky as she LOVES to skydive!
Her favourite things to do are play with her nephew, niece, dogs, and cat. She especially loves spending time with her family and being at church activities.
Myrna would like to believe that we all 'look forward in hope and not backwards with regret'.
Melissa Kuhnd (Executive Assistant)
Melissa joined the HTA team in April 2014 as the Client & Business Relationship Coordinator.
With her background in Sales and Administration she now supports the firm’s two partners in her role as Executive Assistant, she capitalises on her organisational and people skills by ensuring the partners work lives run smoother.
Melissa has a strong focus on ensuring the happiness of the whole team which is why she also heads up HTA’s marketing strategy and runs the office on a day to day basis.
In her spare time, you will often find Mel out and about exploring Victoria and the amazing food and wine we have to offer. She is someone who will never pass up a chance to socialize or share a cheeky glass of wine or two.
Mel has a bubbly personality and a giggle to match that is well known around the office!
Penny Erskine (Finance Manager)
Penny started with HTA in November 2017. Her qualifications, Xero skills, eye for detail and methodical approach makes her a great bookkeeper and finance manager for the HTA team. She is mainly responsible for managing and reconciling HTA’s internal accounts.
After moving from the UK to Australia in 2013, Penny has developed a love of the Aussie lifestyle. You will find her enjoying the beach most weekends during the summer with her husband and children. As a family they love surfing, stand up paddle boarding and camping with friends.
She’s a very happy go lucky and positive person which makes her an amazing part of the HTA team.
Crisel Blenda Fernandez (Digital Marketer)
Crisel joined the HTA team in May 2017. She manages the website, social media, and all the digital marketing efforts of the company. She is a Google Adwords and Google Analytics Certified. She is also both a Hubspot Inbound Marketing and Content Marketing certified. She is a passionate writer and loves learning new things, especially when it comes to digital marketing and content writing. The most rewarding part of her role is finding her digital marketing strategies working and producing good results or new insights for HTA. Success for her is being able to contribute to the success of others.
She is a fan of the writers Haruki Murakami, Kevin Kwan, and Jessica Hagedorn, among others and enjoys reading a wide variety of materials, may it be print or digital. Her bad habits include working overnight, drinking too much coffee, and eating fatty foods.
Kiera Colegate (Administrator)
Kiera joined the HTA team in May 2017 in the position of Administrator.
She was born and bred in a small, red dirt country town in Western Australia – some might say she is a real country bumpkin. Whilst she absolutely loved the farm life, she decided to venture out and take on new opportunities, which has landed her here in Melbourne. Kiera has attained her CERT III Business and Business Administration qualifications in TAFE – this in conjunction with her Share Registry and Client Services background, has given her the ability to multitask and have an amazing attention to detail – this allows Kiera to support her team greatly and are primary requirements in her role as an administrator.
One of the things that she loves about her job is meeting and engaging with HTA’s friendly clients. She finds being able to welcome both clients and colleagues, and ensuring that their day is always kicked off with a Colegate smile and a freshly brewed coffee is a really rewarding experience.
When she isn’t attending to HTA’s front desk, Kiera can often be found out on the football field, stuffing her face with food or enjoying a social drink with friends.
Kiera is bubbly, genuine and a reliable worker that is determined to make the most out of life!
Chantelle Rose (ASIC Administration Assistant)
Chantelle joined HTA Team mid-July as an ASIC Administrator Assistant. She’s responsible for setting up entities, updating ASIC with the correct information, maintaining entity records and ensuring all ASIC outstanding debts are paid when due so no further penalties apply.
She’s highly organised, knowledgeable in corporate compliance, and most importantly, she communicates clearly with clients and team members. Her attention to details help her to ensure that all forms she sent to ASIC are accurate.
When she’s not managing entities, she’s annoying her family and entertaining her friends with her boisterous persona, dancing and singing to music with a funky beat (hopefully the next Beyoncè), boxing like Mohammed Ali and eating lots of food that she sometimes shouldn’t be eating.
Currently, she’s trying to venture out, and face her fears. She has donated blood to the Australian Red Cross, even though she cries from needles and blood. She conquered the Eureka tower, by managing to do the Edge without breaking down from her fear of heights. She likes eating more exotic cuisines and sharing her food more with others.
Her quote to live by is “If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be more than you are” – Master Shifu (Kung Fu Panda 3).
Lyra Lingat (Administration Assistant)
Lyra started with HTA in May 2018. Her attention to details and her background about business management helped her to perform her tasks as HTA’s administration assistant. For her, the most rewarding part of her job is to be able to work in a culturally diverse workplace. Meeting amazing Aussie teammates and learning about their culture is enough to keep her motivated to go to work everyday.
During her free time, she watches art-related shows. She loves being creative and is very passionate about makeups. And if she could do another job just for a day, that would be designing dresses.
Melody Abarico (Administration Assistant)
Melody started with HTA in May 2018. Her organisation skills as well as attention to details helped her to be an ideal administration assistant for HTA. Working with great colleagues and bosses is for her the most rewarding part of her job.
Just like most of HTA team members, she is optimistic, cheerful and energetic. She loves reading books, especially the Bible. And she also loves expressing her thoughts by writing. For her, success is achieving an inner peace regardless of life’s circumstances.
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