Meet our team

We believe in building strong relationships

Gail Kinsella – Director

As one of two Directors, I have a strategic role in setting the direction of our firm and providing leadership to the team. I spent 13 years at Ernst & Young on taxation consulting and business advisory before I decided to open Kinsella. My drive for excellence cultivates from the strong working relationships I have built with my clients. 

I am a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ) and sat on two professional panels, at national level. I also currently serve on the board for both Communities@Work and the Legal Aid Commission.

Hugo Ellwood – Director

As one of two Directors at the firm I see my role is all about people – our clients, our team and our business contacts.  My passion for people grows from my desire to provide the highest quality experience for every client and every team member.

With over 20 years experience at accounting firms, I have built expertise in financial reporting and business and tax advisory.

Alex Breen – Senior Manager

A Chartered Accountant with over 8 years’ experience gained in global professional service firms, I have worked with a wide range of clients to navigate them through their complex tax and business issues.

With extensive experience in tax advisory, tax compliance, in-house financial management and financial reporting, I have a strong passion in delivering the highest value to my clients while acting as their trusted business advisor.

Kate Buchanan – Manager

I am a Chartered Accountant with over ten years’ experience, providing business advisory and tax compliance to a wide range of clients across many industries.  My personal goal is to ensure that all of my clients feel valued, knowing they are receiving the best possible attention.

At Kinsella, we strive to take the stress out of your book work, and leave you to do what you do best, growing your business. My leadership, technical skills and attention to detail allow me to maintain this high standard of service delivery.

I am actively involved in team mentoring and training as I have a passion to help others achieve their professional and personal goals.

Annabelle Kim – Accountant

With five years of experience in taxation accounting, I endeavour to deliver quality work and to exceed client expectations.

I believe that a dedicated accountant should work with care and passion while they strive to continually develop as a professional.

At Kinsella, I am constantly working towards the achievement of this by participating in team technical and leadership training.

Ming Wei Cheah – Accountant

As a Senior Accountant, I am exposed to our diverse clientele and receive close guidance and mentorship from senior staff which has enhanced my technical expertise and interpersonal skills. I also get the opportunity to hone my leadership skills through mentoring our graduate accountants.

I am currently a member of the CPA Australia Young Professionals Committee (ACT) and the Finance Committee of Nusa Tenggara Association – East Indonesia Aid.

Aliza Nusrat – Accountant

I am a motivated and enthusiastic accountant, providing advisory and taxation services. Not only does my role include preparing tax compliance for clients across several industries, I also provide bookkeeping services within our ‘Outsource Finance Function’ team.

My technical skills and strong focus on continuous growth allow me to provide a quality service for our clients. I am an associate member of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) currently undertaking the CPA program.

May Liu – Accountant

I am committed to delivering a high quality service to our clients and adopt a work practice of inclusiveness and collaboration to cater to the needs of each client.

I provide taxation and financial reporting services to valued clients from various industries and work closely with the Senior Management team to prepare management accounts and practice accounting at a strategic level.

My client oriented accounting experience, coupled with technical skills and dedicated work practice, enable me to support businesses in achieving their goals.

Kevin Escobia – Accountant

I completed my Masters of Professional Accounting and Business Administration at the University of Canberra.  Originally from the Philippines I have also completed a Science degree in Statistics.

I have a love and fascination for Canberra that has led to me becoming one of the student ambassadors for Study Canberra, helping promote Canberra to potential students both locally and internationally.

Aside from numbers, I also like to socialise with people and learn of their diverse cultures.

Cecilia Chen – Accountant

I attained my Master of Accounting from the Australian National University. Currently I am undertaking further studies to become a Chartered Accountant (CA).

Under the leadership of our passionate Directors and Managers, and with the guidance of our professional accountants, I am developing my technical skills and learning about my clients’ businesses as well as their unique challenges. I work closely with my clients on a day-to-day basis to develop a trusted advisory relationship with them and deliver solutions tailored to their needs.

Narges Sanaee – Accountant

Originally from Sydney, I recently relocated to Canberra in order to spend more time with my family. I am currently in my third year at the University of Canberra completing my Bachelor of Accounting to pursue a full-time career as a Chartered Accountant.

In my role as an Undergraduate Accountant, I enjoy being challenged and exploring the different aspects of this profession. I strive to excel in all aspects of my job and embrace the learning process with a positive mindset.

When I am not busy crunching numbers I like to explore the outdoors and be spontaneous.

Matthew Percy – Business Manager

I am passionate about inspiring my committed team and working in a friendly, cohesive environment to solve our client’s requirements. I have always been motivated to see people reach their full potential. I am personally driven to continually learn from my peers every day and enjoy the collaborative relationship we have.

As the Business Manager, I have the responsibility of managing the many aspects of our business. I enjoy developing the business and growing its capacity.

I enjoy the fact that my role with Kinsella allows me to work closely with staff to assist and guide them toward their own career objectives. I enjoy the mentoring aspect of my role and the opportunities to bring new ideas into the business.

Emma Morris – Senior Office Administrator and PA to Directors

I am driven by my thirst for knowledge and a genuine desire to exceed expectations. My passion is ‘personable professionalism’ as I believe you can be professional without sacrificing being friendly.

As Personal Assistant to both of our Directors, I strive to represent each as the individual they are.

In my role as Senior Office Administrator, my goal is to provide seamless executive and administrative support to our team, working together to achieve the best outcome for our valued clients.

Rachel Burnett – Accounting Support

With an administration background of 9 years and a completed Certificate II and III in Business Administration, I aim to provide a high level of administration support to the Kinsella accounting team.

I embrace continual learning and developing additional skills to add to my experience. This allows me to provide the best support that I can to the team.

This is a challenging but ultimately rewarding benefit of working at Kinsella.


We are always on the lookout for highly motivated and qualified staff to join our team, people who share our belief that the client comes first. These people strive for excellence and are passionate about creating a premium client experience. If you are interested in a career at Kinsella please contact recruitment.

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