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The Team...

We take a slightly different view to most other firms when it comes to the 'TEAM'. You see, our view is simply: the TEAM comprises of US AND YOU, not just us.

That's why we work so hard to build a solid relationship with you and all our other clients. It's what helps set us apart from all other accounting firms.

In fact, the TEAM ETHOS we work to is the key ingredient in forging a successful relationship with you.

Having said that, let us introduce ourselves to you. Here's a brief introduction to the team...


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Steven J. Ascough
Managing Director

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Steve is the founding partner of Steven James Accountants who has a built a reputation over the past 15 years of delivering increased profitability and wealth for his clients. Steve’s passion and motivation is demonstrated by his hands on approach to understanding both the operational and strategic workings of all types of business. Steve is an exceptional business advisory specialist who develops strategies and systems to cope with the ever changing economic landscape.

Ken Davies
Practice Manager

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Ken is an invaluable asset to the SJA team and ensures we maintain the highest standards in our regulatory and compliance obligations. Ken’s vast experience gives all our clients the confidence that we are executing our tax planning strategies efficiently and always focusing of our client’s goals. Ken has had a long and distinguished career and welcomes the opportunity to add value at SJA.

Carolina Benzo
Payroll Manager

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Carolina heads our payroll division and is proud to boast an exceptional record of delivering high quality and accurate payroll services each and every week. Carolina’s experience doesn’t stop with payroll and her skills and ability with a marketing background sees SJA’s newsletters and media productions produced in a professional and high quality way.

Michelle Morrice
Office Manager & Bookkeeper

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Michelle is regarded as one of the best bookkeepers is Brisbane and certainly the best that has worked with SJA. Michelle maintains very high levels of customer service and actively works on over 30 different accounting files for our clients. One of the biggest advantages of Michelle’s effectiveness is all our clients are making big savings on accounting fees due to their accounting files being reconciled to an accountant’s standard.

Ashleigh Murdoch
Lead Accountant

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SJA was lucky to secure the services of Ashleigh who has made the move from a very reputable large firm. Ashleigh has experience working with high net worth clients and heads up our Self-Managed Superannuation Fund division. Ashleigh is part of our business services team that concentrates on working with our clients to achieve their objectives and goals.

Monica Moretta
Payroll Officer

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Monica is part of our payroll division working close to Carolina and Bry. With a background as an engineer her attention to detail and experience in customer service is of a very high level. Monica brings an enthusiastic attitude to the team and strengthens our level of accuracy in processing payroll.

Bryony Payne
Director of 1st Impressions and All-Rounder

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Bryony is SJA’s most integral team member who has the most diverse job role that requires her to assist in all areas of operation. If you ever require any urgent help or assistance Bryony is the one to ask for. Bryony’s role includes but is not limited to payroll, bookkeeping, administration, reception, client and social events organiser.

Anthony O'Reilly
Lead Accountant

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Our latest team member to join our business services team is Anthony who possess a strong academic record, high levels of extra-curricular and community involvement, leadership abilities and teamwork skills. Anthony has been recruited from a leading firm in Brisbane and will add value to our growing team. Anthony adds a new dimension to SJA and can’t wait to learn about many new businesses and ways to help them grow and prosper with meaningful analytics and tools that business owners need and can use.

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