Key Personnel

Accounting Directors

Jon Traynor
Jon Traynor CPA
Director, Tax & Business Specialist, Xero Certified Advisor

Jon has been with The Field Group since 2005 and became a director in 2012. Jon specialises in servicing businesses in the small and medium enterprise (SME) space. This includes advising in the areas of income tax, GST, Fringe Benefits Tax, structuring, cash-flow and business acquisitions.

Jon considers himself to be a ‘Gen Y’ accountant with an interest in social media and cloud computing. He has a passion for small business and helping business owners put systems in place which reduce the compliance headache.

Jon is a CPA with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and also has an Advanced Diploma in Accounting. Jon is also Xero accredited.

Jon lives locally and is an unfortunate St Kilda supporter and basketball tragic.

Dannie Mckinnon
Dannie McKinnon CPA
Director, Tax & Business Specialist

Dannie has been with The Field Group since February 1997 and specialises in the areas of tax compliance and consulting. This includes advising regarding structures for new and existing businesses, GST and ABN compliance, tax and tax planning, capital gains tax advice, business asset sale and purchase advice, and business asset protection.

Dannie lives locally in Mt Evelyn with his partner Tanya and their children. As a keen Pies fan, Dannie loves watching the AFL, attending local games at Wandin where he is a life member, or pulling on the boots at Chirnside as part of the Veterans side. Dannie also has the Harness Racing bug and has led in 37 winners to date.

Debbie Martin
Debbie Martin FCPA SSA
Director, Accredited SMSF Specialist Advisor®, Registered SMSF Auditor

Debbie lives locally, has her pilot’s licence and has been involved in public accounting for approximately 30 years. She has been with The Field Group since 1990 and has been a director since 2001.

Debbie is a FCPA with CPA Australia, an accredited SMSF Specialist Advisor with the SMSF Association, Registered SMSF Auditor with ASIC and has her Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning). Debbie heads our superannuation division. She also has extensive experience in business advisory services, management accounting and taxation for small and medium business over a large range of client types and industries.

Debbie has a personal interest and expertise in residential real estate investing and negative gearing. She is married to Neil, lives locally, and is a supporter
of Melbourne Storm and Collingwood.

Gavin Fraser
Gavin Fraser CA
Director, Registered Company Auditor, Registered SMSF Auditor

Gavin has over 25 years experience in public accounting, primarily in audit across a diverse range of clients from public listed entities to private companies, superannuation funds and government funded organisations. In the last 10 years Gavin has also become involved in the area of business services.

Gavin is a Registered Company and SMSF Auditor with ASIC and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

Senior Accountants

Gary Schembri
Gerry Schembri FCPA
Consultant, Tax & Business Consultant

Gerry is committed to servicing the needs of small business and individual clients. He is a fellow of CPA Australia and a registered tax agent with over 25 years experience in the accounting profession.

Gerry joined The Field Group (then Dobrigh & Winterbottom) in 1988 and assumed the position of Director in 1995. Gerry retired as director in 2012 but continues with the firm in a consultant role. His special interests include advising in the area of family business succession planning and SME business valuations. He has expertise in working with Professionals, Farming Businesses and Investor clients.
Gerry is married to Sylvie and has two children. Away from work, Gerry enjoys travelling, supporting the Richmond tigers and during the summer months is a Premier Cricket umpire with Cricket Victoria.

Jane Pointon
Jane Pointon CA
Senior Accountant, Xero Certified Advisor & Payroll Specialist

Jane is a New Zealand trained Chartered Accountant and has been with the firm since 2005. Jane specialises in servicing SME businesses in areas of tax compliance and consulting including Income Tax, GST, Fringe Benefits tax, Capital Gains Tax, International Tax, Payroll, Budgets and reporting to the Board of Directors. One of Jane’s key interests is performing the CFO/Internal Accountant role for a number of clients.

Jane lives locally with her husband and two children and when she is not running after her children, has a keen interest in cricket, motorsport, music and reading.

Ken Tirant
Ken Tirant CPA
Senior Accountant, Xero Certified Advisor & Payroll Specialist

Ken has been with the firm since 1995, and has over 25 years experience in the accounting industry, being involved in a wide range of accounting disciplines including financial and management accounting, indirect taxation and IT.

These days Ken specialises in Xero setup and training and general IT. He has been helping our clients with accounting software installation, training and advice since 1995.

Tony Milner
Tony Milner CA
Senior Accountant, Tax & Business Consultant

Tony is a Chartered Accountant who has been involved in Public Practice Accounting and the software industry supporting SME’s for over 20 Years.

Tony has been with the Field Group since July 2010 and has a broad expertise in all accounting and taxation issues relating to the operation of small-medium businesses in Australia.

Tony has an interest in the creation of productive management systems for business clients and is always striving to provide clients with an above-average service at a fair price.

Financial Planners

Chris Allan
Chris Allan CFP SSA FCPA
Director, Certified Financial Planner, Authorised Representative of Lonsdale

Chris has considerable financial services experience. He commenced employment with Dobrigh & Winterbottom (now The Field Group) in its Accounting division in 1981, and became a partner in 1987.
He spent a number of years concentrating on taxation, superannuation and business advisory services and started the financial planning division of The Field Group in 1999.

Expertise:
Chris is a Certified Financial Planner, which marks the highest professional certification that can be awarded to a financial planner. He has been accredited as a Self Managed Super Fund Specialist Advisor. He is also a Fellow of the Association of Certified Practising Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Economics at Monash University.

Areas where Chris can assist you

Chris has particular specialist knowledge and experience in the following fields:

  • Self managed Superannuation Funds
  • Superannuation and Retirement Planning
  • Building your Wealth
  • Maximising Retirement Income
  • Investment Selection
  • Redundancy and Retrenchment
  • Estate Planning
  • Social Security Assistance

We are a ‘Referral Only’ business.

We gain our referrals from our existing clients and from Accounting and Legal professionals with whom we have an established and trusted association with.

Tim Hutchison
Tim Hutchison ADFS (FP)
Managing Director, Financial Planner, Authorised Representative of Lonsdale

For the past 28 years Tim has worked in financial services incorporating senior positions in banking, funds management and financial planning groups.

Expertise:
Tim has attained the qualifications of a Diploma of Financial Services and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services specialising in Financial Planning.

Areas where Tim can assist you

Tim has particular specialist knowledge and experience in the following fields:

  • Self managed Superannuation Funds
  • Superannuation and Retirement Planning
  • Building your Wealth
  • Maximising Retirement Income
  • Investment Selection
  • Redundancy and Retrenchment
  • Estate Planning
  • Social Security Assistance

We are a ‘Referral Only’ business.

We gain our referrals from our existing clients and from Accounting and Legal professionals with whom we have an established and trusted association with.

Accountants & Support Staff

Anne Wright
Anne Wright
Assistant Accountant/Company Sec
Belinda Gray
Belinda Gray
Receptionist/Support Staff
Cassandra Jefferis
Cassy Jefferis
Receptionist/Support Staff
Darrin Button
Darrin Button
Accountant
Emily Emberson
Emily Emberson
Accountant
Frank Zinghini
Frank Zinghini
Accountant
Greg Tiley
Greg Tilley
Accountant
Jason Driscoll
Jason Driscoll
Accountant
Jemma Robinson
Jenna Robinson
Receptionist/Support Staff
Joanne Bosworth
Joanne Bosworth
Accountant
Karen Heath
Karen Heath
Receptionist/Support Staff
Liana Mazzeo
Liana Mazzeo
Accountant
Melissa Vassallo
Melissa Vassallo
Assistant Accountant/Bookkeeper
Michelle Palmer
Michelle Palmer
Working Capital Manager
Mollie Percy
Mollie Percy
Accountant