Our people

are what make
us great.

Our people

are what make
us great.

Our people

are what make
us great.

Our people

are what make
us great.
People + Partners Team

Barry W. McGee

CEO

An engaging business leader and Chartered Accountant, with over 30 years leadership experience in Accounting and Financial services businesses.

Works with clients in developing and implementing strategic initiatives, achieving transformational change in businesses, including managing internal and external stakeholder engagement over multiple locations.
 
Outside of work, enjoys time with the family, swimming at Coogee and cheering on the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.

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George Comninos

General Manager

An experienced business manager, George brings more than 25 years experience working within and running integrated financial service business. Working across a variety of industries including medical, property and financial services he brings a wealth of knowledge including, business transformation, business growth and strategy development, compliance, product development and strategic planning.

As a member of the executive team, George’s focus is all about developing a positive and inclusive business culture and delivering an exceptional client experience.

Outside of work, he enjoys time with the family, coaches his daughter’s development soccer squad and races off to ski fields as often as possible.

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Elizabeth Christie

Client Relationship Officer

Elizabeth joined People + Partners as a receptionist in November 2020 and excels in forming positive relationships with clients and staff through her friendly and approachable manner. She is organised, diligent and strives to make every client experience exceptional.

Elizabeth is currently completing a postgraduate law degree and enjoys baking and being with family and friends in her free time.

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David Shipsey

Partner

David’s passion is driving growth and helping the average become the exceptional. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

He has extensive experience in providing advice and assistance to high net wealth clients on numerous tax and accounting matters and an understanding of the relevant tax and accounting areas within passive investment vehicles. His experience includes asset protection, succession planning, wealth preservation and providing tax planning for optimal tax outcomes.

One of his proudest moments was taking a small retail business with turnover of $3 million and growing it into a $20 million business. Behind that advisor facade is a man who admires the extraordinary.

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Edward Youds

Senior Accountant

Knowledgeable qualified Accountant with over 23 years in Australian Business Services, Superannuation and Financial Services industry. He is a qualified Certified Practising Accountant CPA, a CIMA (UK) and a registered Justice of the Peace (JP)

Edward is a Fund and Super Accounting specialist with experience around providing Financial Advice to clients. With a focus on Family Office accounting tax matters and Superannuation, Edward is passionate about providing solutions that add value and tangible outcomes for his clients.

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Geoffrey Henderson

Partner

Geoffrey commenced in practice for himself as a Chartered Accountant in 1993 after a career in one of the larger accounting firms. In 2008 he merged his practice with B.H. Edelstein & Co to form Henderson Edelstein. In October 2020, he integrated his practice into People + Partners and continues to deliver exceptional service to his clients.

He has extensive experience in taxation and business matters, particularly in the areas of Management Accounting, Asset Protection, Estate Planning, Management Consulting, Tax Planning, Virtual CFO Dispute Resolution, Property, Acquisitions & Sales, Business Acquisitions & Sales, and Self Managed Superannuation Funds.

Geoffrey’s clients are generally professionals, high net worth individuals and small to medium closely held enterprises. His clients appreciate his ability and willingness to assist them to improve their business and help them grow their wealth. His experience extends widely from large Rural Property owners to Food Manufacturers and Distributors and Professionals. He attends Board meetings with his business clients to give strategic advice in all areas of business.

Geoffrey is married and has in the past competed in Triathlons, completing five Australian Ironman Triathlons, one Long Course Triathlon World Championship in France and numerous Marathons.

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Hadrian Pereira

Principal

Hadrian is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of experience in the private market, working with private enterprises, family businesses and for purpose entities across a number of industries including real estate, construction, retail, medical, fitness and education.

At People + Partners, Hadrian is head of the Accounting, Advisory and Tax division and is apart of the executive team that is delivering value as an integrated financial accounting solution to clients.

He has a broad range of skills across growth and strategy, tax compliance, finance transformation, process improvement, automation and the delivery of finance functions at scale. Through his work with a number of business stakeholders and CFOs, he has assisted in improving the financial transparency of their business through the use of analytics and reporting.

Hadrian’s passion is around delivering strategy, growth and transformation projects to a range of clients including Laser Clinics Australia franchise network, Guzman Y Gomez franchisees, Jetts Fitness, a telecommunication business. He also works with committee members at a sporting association and a number for purpose entities in the disability/housing sector.

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Jason Baumli

Graduate

Jason joined the People + Partners team in 2021 as a graduate accountant and supports the team in various tax related projects.

Close to completing his graduate degree at Macquarie University, Jason wants to further his studies by completing his CA program and is passionate about expanding his knowledge in tax to become a specialist in the field of International Tax.

Outside of work, Jason enjoys tennis and rugby, being a Roger Federer fan and Canberra Raiders supporter.

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John Friedland

Principal

After almost 30 years as a partner of his own accounting practice, there isn’t much in the financial services field that John hasn’t seen or done before. In the past John has integrated practices to bring together two passionate firms who consider clients their number 1 priority.

John’s founding principle is to provide the best service to clients and is committed to being always available to his client and providing exceptionally short turnaround times, with an open door policy to be generally available to meet clients at short notice.

John’s heroes are those who share his strong views on having high standards and values.

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Justyna Ziniewicz

Accountant

Justyna is an experienced accountant with a demonstrated history of working in the Financial Services industry. As a member of the Accounting, Advisory and Tax team with People + Partners, Justyna makes year end and ongoing tax processes personalised and a seamless experience for clients.

She has an array of skills across a number of accounting solutions including Xero, MYOB, HandiLedger, Class, NowInfinity and across a variety of industries including investments, construction, customer service, software development and hospitality. Justyna has graduated with a Bachelors degree of Business – Accounting and is progressing through the Chartered Accountants program.

She is an avid food, wine, music and dance lover.

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Kathy Naoumidis

Administrative Assistant

Kathy has 30 years of experience in delivering exceptional client service relations in Australia and overseas.

She has high attention to detail and a professional approach to maintaining your company records, ASIC and ATO obligations and administrative support to the broader People + Partners team.

She speaks fluent Greek and can always be relied upon to ensure your questions go directly to the appropriate advisor.

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Kimberley Dale

Senior Manager

Kimberley has over 10 years of experience working in Business Advisory and Tax across a variety of mid-tier accounting practices.

She has a wide range of experience working across a variety of industries including hospitality, medical practices, pharmacies, property development and manufacturing. She specialises in providing accounting and compliance services to SME’s, high net wealth individuals and international subsidiaries including providing outsourced CFO services.

Kimberley is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Tax Advisor who has a genuine interest in her clients and enjoys building relationships and guiding them towards their personal and business goals.

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Tatum West

Senior Manager

Tatum has worked in in public practice for over 20 years, providing her with invaluable knowledge and experience in providing accounting, taxation, superannuation, structuring and business acquisitions and disposals.  Her clients include a diverse mix of size and industries including building and construction, property development, manufacturing, retail and professional services.

With a focus of building long term trusted relationships, Tatum strongly believes that the key to this is getting to know her clients and understanding their goals and concerns whether that be compliance, growing a business, strengthening internal procedures and controls or navigating through complex laws and regulations.  As well as working closely with her clients to provide them with both compliance and operational-based advice on a day to day basis, she also has a keen interest in the implementation of technology to improve controls and efficiencies and assist clients with realising the benefits of adoption.  

Outside of work, Tatum enjoys travelling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her husband and 2 dogs.

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Thomas Jochinger

Graduate

Thomas joined the Accounting, Advisory and Tax team at People + Partners as a graduate earlier this year and is being trained to be proficient in a broad range of accounting and tax compliance matters for a range of private clients across family business and high net worth individuals.

Thomas is passionate about delivering efficiency and optimisation to the clients he works with. He prides himself on his problem-solving skills and his ongoing commitment to continuous learning and improvement.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the University of Western Sydney and is currently undertaking the necessary study to become a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

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Collin Teo

CFO + Financial Management

Hailing from Singapore Collin holds a Master’s in Accounting and is a qualified CPA. Collin is passionate in helping clients build long term strategies around their business. Away from his desk Collin loves to share his travel stories and discover new places to visit around our beautiful country.
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Dominic Chiera

CFO + Financial Management

Dominic heads the CFO Financial Management and AZNGA Finance areas. As a manager and mentor to his team, Dominic, is dedicated to ensuring effective financial reporting and provides strategic advice to some of our most complex clients and matters. Dominic is married with two daughters, enjoys his sport and spending time with family barracking for the Sydney FC football club.
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Isabella Unal

Senior Accountant

Isabella is a passionate accountant who specialises in mergers and acquisitions and assists in onboarding these entities. She is a key member of the People and Partner’s head office function and has been working within the company for four years. Isabella’s qualifications are a Bachelors of Accounting, CPA. Isabella is a keen equestrian and loves horse riding.
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James Brown

CFO + Financial Management

James has is a CPA qualified accountant and holds an MBA from Deakin University. James works as a Client Manager focused in assisting his clients with all their accounting and reporting needs. James also has a keen interest in statutory accounting and corporate taxation. Away from work you can typically find James barracking for his beloved St George Illawarra.
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Joty Khan

CFO + Financial Management

Jotyshna Khan is a Client Manager in OCFO. She started her career in the big four which has provided her with a lot of experience in understanding each client’s unique circumstances, needs and goals across various industries.  She has a passion for working closely with her clients and meeting their needs is her primary focus.  She is originally from Fiji and is also an avid baker.
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Philomina Gonsalvez

CFO + Financial Management

A passion for detail, Philomina is a qualified Assistant Accountant with extensive accounting and bookkeeping knowledge. Philomina loves to create and spends her free time creating master dishes for her hungry friends.
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Steven Dong

CFO + Financial Management

As a member of the CFO team and a qualified CA Steven has a keen eye for detail and keen to ensure his clients receive work for the accounting function for P&P. When Steven isn’t analysing financial reports he likes to shoot 3 pointers on the on the basketball court and watch Sci-Fi Horror.
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Jonathon Tainsh

Wealth Management

Jonathan brings over 12 years experience in providing strategic financial advice to individuals and family groups. Previously Jonathan has worked at The Myer Family Company assisting ultra-high-net-worth family groups with their financial strategy, reporting and compliance obligation. Areas of expertise include asset protection and structures, tax effective wealth strategies, superannuation, retirement and estate planning. Jonathan’s qualifications & memberships include a Masters in Professional Accounting and an advanced Diploma of Financial Services along with a BA in Sports Management. Outside of work Jonathon enjoys relaxing with family and friends, travel and is an avid bushwalker and rock climber.
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Lauren Clifton

Wealth Management

Working as a Client Relationship Manager Lauren brings over 12 years’ experience to the group supporting advisers in the provision of strategic advice to clients. Lauren has extensive knowledge in the area of life insurance for individuals, families and business owners . Laurens Qualifications include a Bachelor of Business in Financial Planning and Certificate III in Business Administration. When Lauren is not supporting the advice team and clients she adores spending time with her fur-babies and is the proud mother of two Labradors. She spends her spare time socialising with friends and family, enjoys travelling and loves planning home improvement projects.
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Minh Ta

Wealth Management

Working as a Parallel Planner, Minh brings 5 years’ experience working in financial services and accounting supporting advisers in the provision of strategic advice to clients. Previously Minh worked in a pure accounting practice which advised individuals and small to medium sized businesses on superannuation, tax and compliance. Minh works closely with Peter and Jonathan in the areas of wealth creation strategies, superannuation, retirement and estate planning. Minh’s qualifications include Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) & Bachelor of Economics. As a technology enthusiast, Minh spends hours researching digital devices to add to his wish list. He also enjoys playing tennis with his friends and is a big fan of Asian cuisines.
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Peter Richards

Wealth Management

Has over 30 years experience in providing strategic financial advice. Peter was a partner at Financial BDO Accountants from 1995 to 2007 and then started and ran his own financial services group Parallel Financial. Peter acts as leading expert witness in relation to financial planning advice preparing for over 300 cases including those involving major banks. Peter has also acted as a lecturer in financial planning and investment advice since 1995.

Peter’s qualifications include first class honours in structural engineering, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment, Diploma of Financial Planning, Senior Fellow – Financial Services Institute, Fellow – Australian Institute of Company Directors, SMSF Specialist Superannuation Adviser, Aged Care Specialist Adviser.

“We have worked with People and Partners for the past 5 years. From the very beginning, we have been impressed by the level of care and attention that we have received. They took the time to understand our business and tailor our reporting and their advice to our specific needs. They have provided us the confidence in our “numbers” and enabled us to use them to focus on the business. We see them as an extension of our team. I have no hesitation in recommending them and am happy to discuss with anyone considering engaging People and Partners as their partner in business.”

Larry Fingleson
Managing Director
Priority Advisory Group

“We’ve been working with the team at People and Partners for a number of years now and have found their accounting and financial services support to be invaluable. Its true partnership between the two firms as we work collaboratively to achieve our mutual business goals.”

Jenny Psathas
Head of Operations
Fortnum Private Wealth Ltd

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