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We are committed to forming close partnerships with our clients, enabling us to understand your unique situation and customise the assistance we provide to suit your requirements. Our commitment to excellence is evident in our hardworking team and our enthusiasm for our work means you get a friendly team of professionals eager to use their expertise to help you succeed.

Paul Hamilton

Paul joined the firm of Northwood and Barton in 1990 after 11 years as a finance accountant and IT specialist with Kimberley-Clark Australia Pty Ltd and prior to that as a company auditor. Paul has a keen interest in agriculture and the fishing industry and, in particular, ensuring that the valuable assets contained within these businesses are protected and passed to the next generation with minimum fuss and taxation consequences.

Estate planning is a widely under-utilised tool. Given the only two certainties in life are death and taxes it is far more rewarding to be sure the assets successfully bypass the tax collector on their way to your chosen beneficiaries.

Paul has spent a lot of time working closely with retirees to ensure the taxman is the least favoured beneficiary. His qualifications and experience are:

  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA), Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
  • Member, NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants (1978 – 2010)
  • Certificate of Professional Practice (CPA), (1993 – 2009)
  • Fellow, Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA) (2010 – cont)
  • Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia (CTA) (1996 – cont)
  • Succession Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Self Managed Super Funds
  • Income Tax Planning
  • Capital Gains Tax Issues
  • Business Structures
  • Family Trusts

Ron Hateley

Ron has been involved in public accounting and taxation for 37 years. He initially joined this firm (then Northwood & Barton) as a 16 year old for two years. After a stint in Adelaide pursuing his love of football with the South Adelaide Panthers and continuing his career working for public accountants (7 years) and as an accountant in the real estate and retail sectors, he rejoined the firm in 1985 as a Taxation Advisor. Ron became a Principal & Director of this firm in July 2003.

Ron has a depth of experience in all aspects of our taxation laws and specializes in capital gains tax, GST and fringe benefits tax. He also applies benchmarking tools for our business clients in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Over the years Ron has been heavily involved in the playing, coaching and administration of the sporting clubs in our district.
Qualifications and experience:

  • Registered Tax Agent
  • Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia (CTA)
  • Management Consultant
  • Taxation Consultant

John Northwood

John joined the firm of Neale & Bell, public accountants in Millicent SA in 1964 following six years of extensive training and experience with a major oil company in Adelaide. He completed his accountancy qualifications in this period with the SA Institute of Technology and Australian Society of Accountants.

His qualifications and experience include:

  • Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) (1965)
  • Certificate of Public Practice (1985-2009)
  • Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia (CTA) (1971)
  • 46 years experience in accounting and taxation advice and assistance to family businesses in farming, manufacturing, fishing, construction, tourism, hotels and professionals

John now lives in the Adelaide Hills, consulting to small businesses, professional and private clients in that region and Adelaide and visits regularly throughout the year to the Millicent practice and to clients in the Limestone Coast. With his broad, extensive experience in the industry, John is the firm's elder statesman and provides the perfect sounding board for our professional staff.

John McLoughlin

Born and raised in Millicent John has had experience in the car industry and has operated a small business in the sport/entertainment sector. John was also an employee at the Kimberley-Clark Aust Pty Ltd's Millicent Mill. He began public accounting with Northwood & Barton in 1990. As a third generation accountant, John is particularly interested in wealth accumulation for families through investment in share portfolios and real estate and provides advice to a number of small business clients from start-up to succession planning.


  • Bachelor of Business (Acctg), Deakin University (1994)
  • Fellow, Institute of Public Accountants (FIPA)
  • Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia (CTA)
  • Senior Associate, Financial Services Institute of Australia

Vicki Sapiatzer

Specialist in Succession planning, Tax minimization and Wealth creation for primary producers.

Vicki joined Hamilton Hateley & Associates in April 2010 after 23 years of service with 2nd tier Chartered Accounting firm RSM Bird Cameron including 8 years as Practice Manager of the Mount Gambier office. She has extensive experience in farming, fishing and small to medium size business, and works closely with business owners to help them reach their goals. Vicki has guided numerous clients into appropriate business structures (companies, family trusts, partnerships) and has a passion to assist business owners to keep the family in the business and the business in the family.
Vicki consults closely with businesses to provide advice on:

  • Tax minimization for businesses including Capital Gains Tax, Income Tax and GST
  • Wealth creation
  • Budget preparation and cashflow forecasting
  • Succession, estate and retirement planning
  • Wealth statements
  • Establishment and maintenance of self managed superannuation funds
  • Strategic business planning and advice on business structures such as companies, trusts and partnerships
  • Business planning
  • Computer and software advice

Vicki has made numerous presentations dealing with taxation, in particular tax minimization and superannuation issues. Vicki has contributed numerous articles to publications including The South Eastern Times, The Border Watch and The Kondinin Group.

  • Bachelor of Business (Acctg), Deakin University
  • Certified Practising Accountant (CPA)
  • Registered Tax Agent
  • Tax Institute of Australia (CTA)

Bronwyn Turner

Bronwyn's family are directly involved in agriculture & horticulture and she has a sound understanding of the challenges facing farming families and of those of small business in the community and region and applies this in her role as a professional tax consultant. Bronwyn is involved in the Self Managed Superannuation side of our business where we assist clients in administering of their own retirement funds. Self managed superannuation funds (SMSF) are an essential tool in assisting our clients to further develop their wealth & provide their families with a wide range  of business integration, succession, retirement and estate planning strategies.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor of Accountancy (university of SA) (1997)
  • Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) (2001)
  • Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia (CTA) (2006)
  • Public Practice Certificate (2003)
  • Tax minimization for businesses including Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Goods and Services Tax
  • Preparation of budgets and cashflow forecasting
  • Establishment and maintenance of self managed superannuation funds
  • Strategic business planning and advice on business structures such as companies, trust and partnerships

Steve Duldig

Steve joined the firm in 2001 as a trainee accountant and during this time completed a Bachelor of Commerce, graduating from Deakin University in 2007.  Since then he has undertaken further studies to gain CPA qualifications, and has recently branched out into the area of financial planning.  His qualifications and areas of experience are:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm), majoring in Accounting and Financial Planning, Deakin University (2007)
  • Member of Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) (2010)
  • Authorised Representative of Count Financial Limited (2009)
  • Income tax planning advice
  • BAS preparation & GST advice
  • Small business advice and support
  • Software consultancy
  • Retirement planning
  • Superannuation and investment
  • Wealth protection
  • Share trading

Sara Bennier

Sara joined the firm in 2008 and graduated in October that year. While studying for her degree Sara undertook a wide range of employment in the retail, farming, viticulture and hospitality industries. This has given her a depth of understanding of the importance of customer service and the fluctuating cycles of economic activity. Sara's qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Commerce, (Acctg) Deakin University (2007)
  • ASA Member of CPA Australia (since 2008)

Sara is currently studying to become a full member of CPA Australia and is looking forward to a long career in her chosen profession. With an interest in fishing and agriculture Sara enjoys tax planning for clients in these industries to create the most effective income streams. Sara has experience with a variety of accounting software programs including Banklink, MYOB, Quicken, Cashflow and Quickbooks.  Data entry, bank reconciliations, correction journals and backup procedures are provided to enhance client's understanding of their software.

Dave Chia

Dave joined the Firm in 2011 after completing the bridging course of Commerce Laws and Income Tax Laws at Deakin University. Dave is a member of the Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, United Kingdom) and had previously worked with 2nd tier accounting firms in Malaysia and Singapore.

Dave has been involved in the statutory audit of the companies listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX), as well as in non-public listed companies and charity organisations. Apart from the statutory audit, he has also been involved in the Initial Public Offering (IPO) assignments. Although coming from audit and assurance services background, Dave is now taking a series of on-job training to develop his skills in business services and taxation for clients.

Ange Sinel

Ange was born and raised in Millicent, she currently lives in the township with her 2 children Maya and Mitchell. Ange joined the Hamilton Hateley & Associates in Nov 2011, after 11 years of service for Gary Lafferty & Murray Nankivell in the local area. Prior to commencing her Bachelor's Degree Ange worked for Westpac Banking Corporation which allowed her to travel across the state working in different branches and roles. In 2000 Ange left the banking world and commenced bookkeeping for a variety of local businesses. She began working for Gary Lafferty Accounting in 2001 and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of Taxation, GST, Business advice, Capital Gains Tax etc. Ange can also assist clients with their computer software needs, business structure, creating wealth and retirement planning. Since graduating from Deakin University, Ange has been interested in Financial Planning and hopes to help Steve build and grow this sector of the business. Her qualifications and areas of experience are:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm), majoring in Accounting and Financial Planning, Deakin University (2010)
  • Member, Taxation Institute of Australia (2009)
  • Authorised Representative of Count Financial Limited (2012)
  • Income tax planning advice
  • Tax minimization for business
  • BAS preparation and GST Advice
  • Small business advice and support
  • Software consultancy
  • Retirement planning
  • Superannuation and investment
  • Wealth protection
  • Share trading

The Support Staff

Supporting our professional accountants are 9 highly trained and skilled staff who perform the background tasks such as lodgement of tax returns, client bookkeeping and wage processing and massaging client records into financial reports. The frontline staff are Maryanne Clifford, Mandy MacFarlane and Marilyn Hamilton. They provide the friendly face and voice of our business as they welcome clients, direct your enquiries to an appropriate professional and make the appointments.

The backroom support consists of Sue Szabo (data entry, bookkeeping, financial reporting, BAS preparation), Amy Chambers (IT, wages/bookkeeping, BAS preparation and tax lodgement), Heather Douglas (bookkeeping, BAS preparation and tax lodgement), Kiesha Wearne (tax returns, bookkeeping, BAS preparation, data entry) and Cameron Slape (Cameron is assisting in all areas of the office during his uni holidays).



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