MEET OUR PEOPLE
Rhonda Futterleib - Director
Rhonda holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and is a Chartered Accountant. Rhonda worked for KPMG Sydney for 13 years, ran a small business with her husband in Harrington before joining a local accounting practice in 2000 where she was a partner from 2006 to 2011. Rhonda established Essential Tax & Accounting Services in June 2011. She provides taxation, accounting and business advice to a wide range of clients assisting them to manage and monitor business performance and taxation affairs. She is a Registered Company Auditor and Registered Superannuation Auditor. In June 2016 Rhonda completed a Diploma in Financial Planning and is now an authorised representative of Politis Investment Strategies Pty Ltd. Over the last 20 years Rhonda has also held a number of board positions with a variety of community groups. This has enhanced her understanding of practical business management.
Kerry started her working life as a bookkeeper for a local established accounting practice before moving to work with large local employers for 12 years where she assisted with accounting and office management and quality assurance programmes before returning to public practice in 1999. Kerry assists small to medium business in taxation, computer accounting programs, GST and superannuation. Kerry manages the taxation team.
Kelly graduated from Southern Cross University with a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Accountancy). In 2010, Kelly became a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Kelly started working as a trainee accountant for Rhonda in 2004, and then moved to the United Kingdom and worked for Deutsche Bank for 7 years, On return to Australia, Kelly worked for a large commercial business in the area, before returning to work with Rhonda again. Kelly joined the practice in 2016 and manages the audit team.
Sherrianne graduated from the University of New England in 2018 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Professional Accounting. Sherrianne works closely with the audit team and in 2019 she commenced training in taxation. A dance teacher as well who assists her husband with running his business, Sherrianne has a good working knowledge of small business requirements.
Sharon is our administrative assistant. She has a number of years experience in face to face customer service roles and is happy to assist with any queries you may have.
Lora has gained vast experience in taxation through respected firms in the Newcastle region. She has recently moved back to her local home town of Taree in 2019 and started with Essential Tax. Lora completed her Diploma in Accounting and is currently studying a Bachelor of Accounting with the University of New England. She is a motivated and passionate worker, who will always place the best interests of the client first
Nicholas is a trainee accountant currently studying a Bachelor of Accounting through Open University. Nicholas assists Rhonda, Kelly and Sherrianne with our audit clients.