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Professionals

Professionals

David Friedlieb

David Friedlieb

Consultant

David has been a Director with WDF Professional since 1992. In 2015 he transitioned into his current role as a Consultant.

Previously David was a Partner with Big 6 firm Coopers & Lybrand in Albury, Newcastle, Singleton and Darwin before returning to Wagga in 1989.

David has been a chartered accountant since 1980 and in addition to his tax and compliance roles has had special interests in superannuation and business structures throughout his career. He enjoys building close relationships with clients in order to assist them through the various phases of their business and personal progression. He is now devoting more time to helping clients make the transition from full-time work to the next stage in life, in whatever form this may take. This includes winding down old structures and establishing new contemporary structures for the post-working phase, often a SMSF with a focus on simple administration.

The most rewarding aspects of David's time with WDF Professional have been close ongoing relationships with clients, building a successful business and seeing staff grow and develop into qualified and effective client advisers.

Away from the office, David enjoys living in central Wagga Wagga and planning his own next phase, including regular contact with his four daughters and lots of travel. David enjoys community activities and is passionate about the Richmond Tigers.

Brooke Guiton

Brooke Guiton

Associate

Brooke has been with WDF Professional since joining the Cadetship Program in February 2000 and completed her Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Economics) at Charles Sturt University while working on a full time basis. Brooke graduated with distinction in 2005 and furthered her studies by undertaking the CPA program, with advancement to CPA status in 2009.

Brooke is committed to assisting the development of local business through the application of business advisory, complex tax compliance, including experience with foreign investment groups and self managed super fund expertise. Brooke's leadership skills together with her excellent technical knowledge allow her to maintain the high standard of service she provides.

Brooke has enjoyed travelling to many destinations, Israel, Greece and Germany being her favourite. She also enjoys photography and playing music.

Gillian Hayward

Gillian Hayward

Associate

Gill was born and raised in Crookwell. She attended boarding school in Goulburn then Charles Sturt University where she gained her Accounting degree, with a joint study in Management in 2001. She furthered her studies by undertaking the CPA program, with advancement to CPA status in 2005.

Gill worked in the accounting profession and travelled extensively before joining WDF Professional in 2006. Gill brings a wealth of experience, gained both locally and overseas, to the firm. Gill's experience enables her to provide a broad range of services to all of her clients. Her clients benefit from her extensive technical skills in all facets of taxation and management accounting.

In 2010 Gill spent 8 months travelling around Australia. During this time Gill visited over 100 towns including Barossa Valley, Flinders Ranges, Exmouth, Monkey Mia, Adelaide, Broome and more.

Christina Cotter

Christina Cotter

Associate

Christina is a Certified Practising Accountant who has 14 years’ experience. She began her career at WDF Professional in 2003 as a cadet, studying at CSU where she obtained a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Information Technology.

Christina works in the areas of compliance and superannuation, preparing financial reports, activity statements and tax returns for both business clients and superannuation funds. Christina is actively involved in training, reviewing internal procedures as well as assisting clients with onsite software training.

When Christina is not at work, you will find her enjoying her time with her husband and 2 young children.

Charles Talbot

Charles Talbot

Associate

Charles completed 4 years of a cadetship from 2008 to 2012 with a firm in Tumut where he was born and raised. He moved to Wagga Wagga in 2012 to finish his Bachelor of Business (Accounting / Economics) at CSU before joining the team at WDF Professional in 2013. Whilst at WDF he continued his education graduating the CA Program in 2015.

Charles works across all business client structures and industries with a passion in saving clients time through revolutionising their systems, software and procedures. This has resulted in the development of a new service offering for WDF Professional being Streamlined Systems.

Outside of work Charles enjoys playing golf, monitoring the stock market and following the NBA.

Yana Robinson

Yana Robinson

Client Services Manager

Joining WDF in 2017, Yana has 10 years experience in public accounting practices. After graduating from Charles Sturt University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Banking) she then completed the CA program and was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2014.

Yana is able to assist clients with business advice as well as complex accounting and taxation services. She enjoys helping her clients to minimise the administrative burden of running a business through implementing time saving solutions to everyday problems.

In her free time, Yana enjoys training for Ballroom and Latin dance competitions, spending time with family and travelling. She is also a passionate member of Women in Business Wagga and is a board member of the Wagga Wagga Business Chamber.

Katy Isherwood

Katy Isherwood

Client Services Manager

Katy joined the firm in 2012 as a part of the Cadetship Program. She graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Accounting/Legal Studies.

Katy is responsible for preparing financial statements, business activity statements and tax returns for a diverse range of business clients.

Katy enjoys spending her spare time riding her horse and water skiing.

D'Lene Browning

D'Lene Browning

Client Services Supervisor

D'Lene started with WDF Professional in 1999 after graduating from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) with a joint study in Business Management in 1998. D'Lene furthered her studies and advanced to CPA status in 2004.

D'Lene has extensive experience in the area of compliance preparing financial reports, activity statements and tax returns across a wide range of business clients.

D'Lene enjoys spending time with her family doing various activities such as travelling, going on fishing trips and attending live AFL matches.

Belinda Kotzur

Belinda Kotzur

Client Services Supervisor

Born and raised in Wagga Wagga Belinda attended Charles Sturt University where she completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). Belinda furthered her studies by completing the CPA Program in 2003.

Belinda joined WDF Professional in 2000 bringing a broad knowledge of accounting skills to the firm. Belinda provides taxation services to a range of clients.

Belinda spends her spare time with her family, enjoying everything from family trips away to just staying at home spending the weekends together.

Malcolm Plane

Malcolm Plane

Superannuation Specialist

Born in Ganmain, Mal moved to Wagga Wagga in 1990. Mal joined WDF Professional in 2011 after spending 20 years working in a commercial business. Mal has an Advanced Certificate in Business Management and a Diploma of Accounting.

Mal works in the area of superannuation and is responsible for processing self managed superannuation funds, preparing financial statements and reports and preparing correspondence for clients.

Mal is a dedicated AFL fan who enjoys cheering on the 'Pies' as well as spending time with his family kayaking.

George Hnanicek

George Hnanicek

Superannuation Specialist

George joined WDF Professional in July 2017. George is a Certified Practicing Accountant with 12 years of diverse and extensive experience in providing business services.

Prior to joining WDF Professional George worked in several large boutique chartered accounting firms in Sydney specializing in providing advice to small and medium size businesses and private wealth clients. George’s qualifications include Bachelor of Business and Master of Accounting from Macquarie University and Graduate Diploma of Advanced Taxation from UNSW.

His experience covers a range of services from income tax advisory and compliance to assistance with management and compliance requirements such as GST matters, audit, FBT and payroll issues, financial account preparation, BAS preparation and company secretarial matters.

Outside of work George enjoys playing soccer, cycling, travelling and spending time outdoors.

Christel Cartledge

Christel Cartledge

Superannuation Specialist

Christel joined the WDF Professional team in 2014. She completed a Bachelor of Business Management/HRM at Charles Sturt University in 2001 and obtained her Masters of Accountancy in 2004. In addition to these achievements, Christel completed the CPA Program in 2010.

Christel is responsible for the preparation of financial statements and reports, correspondence for clients as well as processing superannuation funds. She enjoys the challenges that come with her role and being able to help clients with their superannuation matters.

Christel enjoys reading books as well as catching up on the latest movies.

Lauren Cooper

Lauren Cooper

Accountant

Originally from Deniliquin Lauren attended high school in Wagga Wagga. Lauren joined WDF Professional in 2003 before completing a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) with a joint study in Human Resources at Charles Sturt University.

Lauren works on a part time basis and is responsible for preparing financial reports, activity statements and tax returns.

Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and playing netball.

Emma Kingston

Emma Kingston

Accountant

Emma attended Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga where she completed a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) with a joint study in Finance. Emma furthered her studies by completing a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) in 2008 and the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) program in 2014.

Since completing her degree, Emma has gained invaluable experience in the area of business sales, financial reports, complex activity statements and tax returns for clients from a diverse range of industries.

Emma enjoys playing sports as well as shopping and spending time with her family.

Jenna King

Jenna King

Accountant

Jenna joined WDF Professional as a part of the Cadetship Program in 2011. In 2014, Jenna graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). In 2016 Jenna completed the Chartered Accountants (CA) program.

Jenna is responsible for processing individual tax returns, financial statements and activity statements for small businesses, partners

Jenna enjoys being sociable and meeting new people, trying new foods and keeping fit.

Lucy Suthern

Lucy Suthern

Accountant

Lucy joined WDF Professional in early 2015. She achieved a Bachelor of Accounting/Legal Studies at Charles Sturt University in July 2015. In 2016 Lucy commenced the Chartered Accountants (CA) program.

Lucy is responsible for processing tax returns, activity statements and financial Statements for a range of clients. She enjoys the challenge that comes with her role as well as the diversity of her work.

Lucy enjoys spending time with family, travelling and playing sports.

Mitchell Dunn

Mitchell Dunn

Accountant

Mitchell joined WDF Professional in February 2016 after graduating from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Accounting and Joint Study in Finance.

Mitchell is predominantly responsible for processing individual tax returns and business activity statements. Mitchell thoroughly enjoys the problem solving nature of accounting and working in a friendly and outgoing team environment.

Outside of WDF you will find Mitchell doing various outdoor activities such as swimming, skiing, trail bike riding and deep sea fishing.

Bridgett Hughes

Bridgett Hughes

Accountant

Originally from Young Bridgett joined our firm in June 2016. Bridgett has over 7 years accounting experience working with small business clients and individuals. In 2015 Bridgett was able to complete her Bachelor of Accounting via distance education.

Bridgett enjoys working in a positive and friendly team environment where the client’s goals and needs are our number one priority.

In her downtime you can find Bridgett going to the gym or taking her dog for a walk with her husband. Bridgett also enjoys a good book/movie with a nice glass of wine.

Steven Castelletto

Steven Castelletto

Accountant

Steven has had over 4 years prior accounting experience in Griffith before making the move to Wagga Wagga to join WDF Professional in October 2016. Steven has a broad knowledge of areas including tax, SMSF auditing, and business services. Steven also has an interest and experience with information technology systems.

Steven enjoys working with a great team of friendly colleagues that he can depend on.

Over the weekend Steven keeps himself busy with hockey, tennis and running. He enjoys experimenting with new tech and is an RC hobbyist.

Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Accountant

Lauren originally joined WDF in 2007 and completed the cadetship program, graduating from Charles Sturt University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).

Lauren assists a diverse range of business clients by preparing financial statements, tax returns and business activity statements.

Outside of work Lauren enjoys food and wine, AFL, gardening, keeping fit and healthy and spending time with her young family.

Leanne Close

Leanne Close

Accountant

Leanne joined the WDF team in September 2017, previously Leanne worked at Big Springs Riverina for over 7 years as Office Manager.

Leanne enjoys the friendly and professional staff at WDF.

In Leanne's spare time she enjoys experiencing the Great Outdoors, Boating, Camping and Fishing. Leanne also likes to take her dogs for walks and reading a good book.

Luke Murray

Luke Murray

Cadet Accountant

Luke joined our firm in November 2017, Luke has completed his second year of study in Bachelor of Accounting at Charles Sturt University.

Luke has previously completed work experience through WDF for his studies and was employed casually at the end of 2016. Prior to this Luke worked as bookkeeper for his family's business from 2015. Luke wants to be able to help our clients the best way he can, coming from a small family business he would eventually like to assist small businesses. He would also like to gain further understanding of how businesses are managed.

Luke likes the positive working environment at WDF, being able to help our clients and the opportunity to continually learn and develop his abilities.

Away from work Luke enjoys playing sports, especially AFL, Touch football, Rugby League and Cricket. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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