Meet Our Team
Michael Hibbert, founder of the practice, has a wealth of knowledge to draw upon. He started his career working at the Australian Taxation Office where he was promoted to fill Senior positions in the Income Tax and Compliance divisions, Superannuation, Company Tax and International Tax associated with Australia’s Double Tax Treaties with other countries.
Michael is passionate about utilising tax efficient strategies for clients to minimise their tax position. He regularly hosts & attends technical taxation and accounting groups.
His business expertise and advice is evidenced by his ownership equity in a number of fledgling business, in a variety of industries, that he has jointly developed and sold to Multi-National Companies listed on the ASX. Through this practice that he started, he has developed a wide and diverse clientele, many of which are based in countries all around the world.
He has an excellent understanding of tax law and an innate ability to find solutions to difficult tax predicaments.
Marcus Katalinic - CPA
Started with the firm in 2005 for year 10 work experience, worked part time throughout the balance of my education to graduate into a full time position, I then completed my CPA in 2013.
Having many years’ experience with the firm I have a vast knowledge of the loyal client base and their accounts.
In my leisure time I enjoy getting outdoors fishing, camping, boating and just catching up with family and friends.
Kim Chapman – CPA
Formerly from the UK migrated to Melbourne in 2005 and began working at M R Hibbert & Associates soon after.
Have worked in the accountancy industry for 30 years, qualified as an accountant in 1997.
Works on a range of business and taxation clients and specialises in SMSF
Richard Amer – CPA
Started working for M R Hibbert & Associates in 2009 bringing with me 5 years of prior experience in the Accounting and Taxation industry.
Specialising in tax structures, business advice and taxation affairs I can help your business grow.
In my spare time I like to go running and spending time with my family.
Janine Eedy – Senior Accountant
After completing my Bachelor of Applied Science in Mathematics in 1990 I started working for M R Hibbert & Associates Pty Ltd. In my many years of experience I have seen the firm grow in size whilst keeping loyal to our older and newer client base as well as adapting to all of the new tax changes to assist with our client’s businesses as they grow with us.
Outside of the office I enjoy playing squash and competing in Masters Tournaments, which includes competing for Victoria in the Australian Masters Championships each year.
Helen Vermeulen – Senior Accountant
Commenced working for MR Hibbert & Associates in 1991. Have helped the business develop and grow over numerous years, as has our client base. I work on a range of business and taxation clients.
Am an avid squash player and runner and all importantly the MR Hibbert & Associates reigning bare – foot bowls and golf champion!
Jodie Forster – CPA
Started working in public practice in 1999 and joined M.R. Hibbert & Associates in 2004 after completing my CPA studies. Having worked on a range of individual and business clients for over 15 years, I have an in depth knowledge of taxation and accounting matters.
Since the birth of my two daughters, I’m currently working part time. Outside of work I enjoy equine activities and spending time with family and friends.
Kellie Edwards - CPA (SMSF specialist)
I have worked in practice for over 10 years; I completed my CPA in 2004. I have had a strong interest in SMSF’s, having spent the past 6 years specialising in that area, I recently completed the CPA’s SMSF specialist accreditation course. I am a registered SMSF auditor.
In addition to SMSF, my other professional interests are business marketing.
I have two children attending a local Primary School. In my down time, I enjoy activities with my children and sailing.
Ping Wang - CPA
Coming from the teaching profession in China, I migrated to Australia and spent several years in business management before studying accounting and ultimately gaining full CPA status. Have since spent more than five years in a couple of mid-sized firms handling diverse matters from tax accounting and planning to Self-managed super funds.
I commenced work at MR Hibbert and Associates in 2008. I now specialise in Self-managed super funds but always keep myself well updated with tax law especially relating to business. I am attentive to detail and strive for total client satisfaction.
Kate Nutting - CPA
I came down to the Peninsula for a lifestyle change after working in industry and second tier accounting firms in the city. I joined Michael’s office in 2011 with an aim to work more closely with SME clients and love assisting my clients with successful business ventures and sorting out their tax queries or cash flow issues.
I have very quickly grown to love the Peninsula, the people it represents and the environment it aims to preserve and can often be found tramping over Red Hill with my family who have lived and worked in the area for 35 years.
Navin Dharmatilake - CPA
I joined M.R Hibbert & Associates in September 2015 with over 8 years of experience. I first came to Australia as an international student and completed by Bachelor of Commerce in 2006. I started my career as an accountant at Crowe Howath Australia (Formerly WHK) Stawell before I moved to Melbourne. I have worked involving various structures ranging sole traders, companies, trust and self – managed superannuation funds.
I am a keen cricket and AFL fan and play cricket during the summer. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and catch up with friends.
Jamee White - Accountant
With my family being loyal clients of Michael’s firm for many years, I am grateful to have the opportunity to be part of M R Hibbert & Associates.
My VCE high school years lead me to a passion for accounting, where I became sure of the career path I wanted to follow. Two years after graduating from secondary school, I have successfully completed a Certificate IV In Accounting, and am currently studying a Bachelor Of Business (Accounting). I highly value the opportunity of having practical experience within a professional firm alongside studying, with my goal to become a CPA in the future after University.
In my spare time away from work and studying I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love dogs, and enjoy showing my own as my hobby on weekends
Briony Boyce - Accountant
I started working with MR Hibbert in March 2017 after working as an assistant accountant in Wagga Wagga NSW for two years. I have a Bachelor of Business majoring in Banking and Finance and Financial Planning, and I am currently completing my Master in Professional Accounting. I intend to commence the CPA Program in 2018, with a focus on Taxation and Financial Services.
Outside of work, study and volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my family and reading a good book, or rereading a great book (Harry Potter).
Sean Clarkson - FCPA
A qualified CPA with highly developed financial skills, having worked across many industries and organisations as an accountant, manager, financial planner, educator and consultant during the past 25 years.
As a financial planner I work with clients on family wealth management including investment, superannuation and personal insurance to build and protect wealth.
On the weekend’s you will find me cheering on the mighty Port Melbourne borough.
Wendy Kollias - Administration
I have worked for M R Hibbert & Associates for three years, you will usually find me at the reception desk – it is my face you see as you enter the office and quite often my voice on the other end of the phone. Come in and visit!
Rhonda Kennedy – Corporate Secretary
I have been in the accounting industry since 1993 but started with the firm in 2009 preparing financial accounts and income tax returns but I now look after the corporate secretarial compliance side of the business. I also act as the software support person to our clients.
In my spare time you will probably find my riding up a hill somewhere on my bike or enjoying the company of good friends or family.
Paige Gillies - Administration
I began working at M R Hibbert and Associates in August 2017, working part time as a member of the administration team.
Outside of work, when I am not running after my little one, I enjoy catching up with friends or finding a peaceful place where I can curl up with a good book.