About

Our Company


Connect Accountants and Advisors established in 2016 when a small group of local accounting professionals decided to leave the “impersonal” world of the large corporate accounting firms and get back to connecting with their clients at a more personal level.

Opening offices initially in Kyogle, closely followed by Lismore and then Casino.

We specialise in Accounting & Taxation, Business Advisory, Self Managed Superannuation, Estate and Succession planning and the set up and training of accounting program solutions for small business.

At Connect we don’t just prepare your tax return. We aim to provide value to our clients by assisting with business improvement plans, finance applications, navigating the complexities of Centrelink entitlements and ensuring you are structured to get the best taxation outcomes.

Bringing together over 90 years of experience the team at Connect have the experience of the large firms whilst retaining the personal touch of dealing with the owners of the business.

We aren’t dictated by making profits and we put our clients’ needs first.

In April 2018, we launched Connect Financial Planning Services, a Corporate Authorised Representative (No. 1263442) of Capstone Financial Planning Pty Ltd. ABN 24 093 733 969. Australian Financial Services Licence No. 223135. Please click here to find out more about these services.

Why Choose Us?

Experience & Knowledge
Locals supporting locals
Friendly, quality service
At Connect we have a small team of dedicated and skilled professionals with a diverse range of skills. We work with you and your business no matter how big or small you may be.

We see our clients as part of our extended family. We get to know our clients on a deeper level to allow us to provide you with the best advice tailored to your individual needs. We are there to assist you to navigate your way through the challenging world of small business and help you to prosper.

We have the experience of many years of working with the large international affiliated accounting firms whilst being a local firm who offer affordable services.

Connecting with us is easy! How to changeover to Connect.

Many people think that changing accountants is hard.

At Connect we make this a smooth and simple process.

Book an appointment with one of our advisors for an initial FREE, no obligation consultation.

If you are happy to join our Connect family, simply sign an authority and we look after the rest on your behalf.

We write to your previous accountant and request your information and transfer of your accounting files.

Our Team

Melanie Serone and Andrew Stevens are the owners and directors of Connect Accountants & Advisors Pty Ltd and Connect Financial Planning Services
Pty Ltd.

Melanie and Andrew both have the experience of working in a large international accounting firm and understand the importance of putting clients and staff first. They are passionate about providing a professional and friendly service with the focus on adding value to our clients. To deliver the best outcomes to clients they understand the importance of empowering their staff and providing quality training and career development opportunities. Melanie and Andrew are passionate about creating a work environment that is fun, supportive and offers family friendly flexibility to staff.

The Connect Team & their profiles can be found below.


MELANIE SERONE
Director

Office Locations

Kyogle
Casino
Lismore
Woodenbong

QUALIFICATIONS:
Chartered Accountant – ICAA
Diploma Financial Planning – Authorised Representative 1262510
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Registered Tax Agent
Xero Certified Advisor
AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS:
2018 Australia Day Awards – Kyogle Citizen of the Year Nominee
2017 Young Business Executive of the Year – Lismore
2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Kyogle
2017 Business Woman of the Year – Richmond Valley
SPECIALIST AREAS:
Mel has over 17 years’ experience in the accounting industry and
specializes in taxation, business advisory, financial planning and estate and succession planning.
OTHER INTERESTS:
Outside of Connect Mel enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with her husband Michael and children Tom and Kasey.
MEL’S MOTTO:
“Smooth seas do not make a skilled sailor”

ANDREW STEVENS
Director

Office Locations

Lismore
Kyogle
Casino
Woodenbong

QUALIFICATIONS:
Chartered Accountant – ICAA
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Registered Tax Agent
Justice of the Peace (NSW)
Law Society External Examiner
SPECIALIST AREAS:
Andrew has 30 years’ experience in the accounting industry and
specialises in taxation, business advisory, business valuations and estate and succession planning.
OTHER INTERESTS:
Andrew and his wife Lyn own and operate the local Pizza Hut franchise in Kyogle. When Andrew is not working at Connect or Delivering Pizzas he enjoys giving his time to the Kyogle Football Club in his role as treasurer and spending time with family, including his grandson Caleb.
ANDREW’S MOTTO:
“Stress is just a state of mind”

CASS JOLLEY
Client Manager

Office Locations

Lismore
Kyogle
Casino By Appointment

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Advanced Accounting)
Xero Certified Advisor
Intuit Quickbooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor
Reckon One Certified Advisor
CURRENTLY STUDYING:
Graduate Diploma Accounting – Chartered Accountants Program
AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS:
Merit Awards (Top 5%) in Taxation Module and Financial Reporting Module for the Chartered Accountants Program 2017.

Highest-Grade Point Average in the Accounting Major units, Southern Cross University in 2016
Highest overall Course Grade Point Average, Southern Cross University in 2016

SPECIALIST AREAS:
Cass is an expert in Accounting Programs and provides our clients with training & support in Xero, Intuit Quickbooks Online, Reckon & MYOB. She also specialises in Payroll setup and support.
OTHER INTERESTS:
Outside of Connect, Cass enjoys spending time with her husband Mark. Cass enjoys gardening, cooking and camping.
CASS’S MOTTO:
“If you’re going to rise, you might as well shine”

FAITH DENNY
Client Manager

Office Locations

Casino
Kyogle & Lismore by Appointment

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
SPECIALIST AREAS:
Faith has 18 years’ experience in the accounting industry, advising clients on their tax & accounting affairs and providing business advice. Faith manages our SMSF administration service.
OTHER INTERESTS:
Outside of Connect, Faith enjoys spending time with her daughter Audrey, listening to music and cooking. Faith also volunteers her time as Treasurer of Casino Chamber of Commerce.
FAITH’S MOTTO:
“Dreams don’t work unless you do”

ASHLEIGH LITTLE
Accountant

Office Locations

Kyogle
Casino

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Finance)
ASIC RG 146 Accredited
CURRENTLY STUDYING:
Graduate Diploma Accounting – Chartered Accountants Program
AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS:
Maintained a Distinction average throughout her studies.
Casino Beef Week Queen 2017
SPECIALIST AREAS:
Ash has a great knowledge of the primary production industry and is able to assist our clients with their taxation & accounting needs. Ash is skilled in Banklink, Quickbooks, and Xero.
OTHER INTERESTS:
Outside of Connect, Ash is either studying hard or helping out on the family dairy farm with her fiancée Mitch. Ash is involved in Kyogle Rural Youth and the local show circuit, where she enjoys entering her prize-winning sewing, cooking, floral arrangements, photography & craft items.
ASH’S MOTTO:
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough”

Intuit Quickbooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor

ASH MCLEAN
Accountant

Office Locations

Lismore & Casino

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Intuit Quickbooks Online Advanced Certified ProAdvisor
SPECIALIST AREAS:
Ash has over 5 years’ experience in the Accounting industry and is able to assist our clients with their accounting & taxation compliance requirements.
OTHER INTERESTS:
Outside of Connect, Ash enjoys spending time with her family. Her husband Kelvin and her daughters Olivia and Hayley enjoy spending their weekends at the beach.
ASH’S MOTTO:
“When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars.”

JADE LAMOND
Trainee Accountant

CURRENTLY STUDYING:
Diploma of Accounting
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE:
Jade previously worked in property management for 6 years before joining Connect to pursue a career in Accounting.
OTHER INTERESTS:
Jade enjoys spending time on the family farm and playing sport.
JADE’S MOTTO:
“Good things come to those who wait, but better things come to those who work for it.”

MICHELLE HARTWELL
Bookkeeper and Administration

QUALIFICATIONS:
Cert IV in Accounting & Bookkeeping
SPECIALIST AREAS:
Michelle is our Banklink expert and assists our clients in the preparation of their business activity statements. Michelle looks after our Corporate Compliance matters by providing company secretarial services to our clients.

OTHER INTERESTS:
Michelle is an avid gardener with a special interest in Bromeliads.
MICHELLE’’S MOTTO:
“Do good things & good things will happen for you”

EMMA FOSTER
Administration Manager

QUALIFICATIONS:
Business Administration – Certificates II, III & IV
Justice of the Peace (NSW)
CURENTLY STUDYING:
Cert IV Frontline Management
SPECIALIST AREAS:
Emma is skilled in all areas of administration but has a special focus in customer service and developing processes and policies to improve office efficiencies.
OTHER INTERESTS:
Singing, camping, 4WDing, working on the farm, being a mum.
EMMA’S MOTTO:
“Do what’s right, not what’s easy.”

CLAIRE BRYANT
Receptionist & Trainee Accountant

QUALIFICATIONS:
Certificate III Business Administration
CURRENTLY STUDYING:
Certificate IV in Accounting
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS:
Far North Coast TAFE Trainee of the year nominee.
Finalist in the 2018 NSW State Training Awards.
SPECIALIST AREAS:
Claire is our “go to” person for all things relating to MYOB AE.
OTHER INTERESTS:
Claire LOVES chocolate, going to the beach and travelling.
CLAIRE’S MOTTO:
“There’s no such thing as having too much chocolate”

SHANAYA SCARBOROUGH
Administration Trainee

CURENTLY STUDYING:
Certificate III Business Administration
OTHER INTERESTS:
Playing Netball, listening to Music and going to the Beach.
SHANAYA’S MOTTO:
“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine”