Meet our team
We believe in building strong relationships
Gail Kinsella – Director
As one of three 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 currently serve on the board for the Legal Aid Commission and as chair of CAANZ Advisory Committee.
I enjoy spending time with my three grandchildren, and in my spare time I frequent Canberra’s many markets, galleries and unique cafes.
Hugo Ellwood – Director
My role as a Director at Kinsella 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 twenty years’ experience with accounting firms, I have built expertise in financial reporting and business and tax advisory.
Away from work you will find me quite often on the Lake involved in rowing officiating at local regattas or helping out with the Marist Rowing Club.
Alex Breen – Director
As a Chartered Accountant with over twelve years’ experience working in local and international professional services firms, I have partnered with clients to navigate them through their complex business, tax and accounting issues.
With extensive experience in tax advisory, financial reporting, in-house financial management and business advisory, I have a strong passion in working with business owners to help them achieve their goals and identifying their needs across the various stages of the business journey.
I aim to provide the highest value to both our clients and team, developing strong relationships based on open communication, a deep level of care and trust.
Originally from Canberra, I have a strong interest in travel and sport (in particular football (soccer) and golf). I enjoy good coffee, watching my favourite team (Arsenal FC) and love spending my weekends surrounded by friends and my young family.
Kate Buchanan – Chief Operations Officer | Client Services Manager
I am a Chartered Accountant with over fifteen 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 clients feel valued, knowing they are receiving the best possible attention. My leadership, experience and attention to detail allow me to maintain this high standard of service delivery.
Behind the scenes as COO, I am the go to person for all systems matters, and bring together the administration and internal finance functions.
My keen interest in understanding how people operate helps me to adapt to the team’s individual needs. This passion assists in getting the best from each person and in achieving their professional and personal goals.
When I am not finding solutions for my clients, I am a mixed media artist who likes to create pieces using both found items and traditional art supplies. I also enjoy travelling with friends, curling up with a good book, and taking photos, including maintaining my kitten, Pixie’s insta-page @pixie_kitty.
Sarah Martens – Client Services Manager
I joined the Kinsella team in 2020 bringing over fifteen years of experience in finance in a variety of fields.
I was born in South Africa, and emigrated to the UK in 2001 to complete my qualification with the Chartered Institute Management Accountants (CIMA) and to launch my career in Finance. Having worked in commercial business for nine years in the UK, my husband and I returned to South Africa so that he could realise his life-long dream of extending his knowledge and putting into practice his love for farming. Prior to establishing my own business, I studied South African taxation in order to offer a full-rounded Accounting firm servicing a wide range of clients from a number of different industries.
After eight years, and a dire political situation in South Africa, we were excited to secure an Australian skills visa. My husband and I, together with our three children have settled into our new lives easily and with the confidence that we made the right decision. We remain eager and ready to enjoy every aspect of our lives in Australia as well as bringing our own experience and drive. I continue to look to the future, using my experience and ability to help clients obtain their personal and business goals.
Zoe Connor – Client Services Manager
I am a Certified Chartered Accountant with over seven years’ experience working in public practice here in Australia and the UK.
As a Client Services Manager my role involves providing taxation, accounting, and business advisory services to a wide variety of clients across different industries. My key focus is the delivery of quality business advisory services, I find it very rewarding partnering with clients to reach their strategic goals.
Working with the wider team, providing training and mentoring is really fulfilling as I enjoy watching the development in their careers with Kinsella.
Outside of work my passions are horse riding and yoga. As someone who is originally from the UK, I also enjoy spending my holidays exploring Australia – preferably with good food and wine!
Ming Wei Cheah – Client Services Manager
I am a Certified Practising Accountant with close to eight years’ experience in tax, advisory and financial reporting. I hold the belief that change is the only constant and am highly committed to helping our clients navigate the ever-changing tax legislations and accounting standards.
Although now in Brisbane, my passion and strong client focus together with support from the Canberra team have enabled me to continue high client delivery standards to Kinsella’s client base. I am committed to mentoring our accountants, developing their technical skills so that they are well-equipped to take on more complex tax advisory for our wide range of clients.
During the weekends, I enjoy exploring regional cities/towns and new eateries with my wife. Currently, I also serve as a board and finance committee member for Nusa Tenggara Association – East Indonesia Aid.
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.