About Ipsum Advisors

Ipsum Advisors is a full-service accountancy and wealth advisory firm. We improve the financial health of businesses and people by providing smart tax strategy, business and compliance advice.

With Ipsum by your side, you’ll have access to a suite of exceptional minds ready to challenge you, improve your operations and share the latest industry trends, insights and technologies to grow your wealth whilst ensuring you remain compliant.

We work with both individuals and businesses across multiple sectors including property, professional services, retail and hospitality, to name a few.

Our Expertise

Think of Ipsum as your trusted business and compliance partner. We will be there to listen, counsel and challenge you, treat your affairs as if they were our own and never stop looking for ways to help you reach your full wealth potential.

How Ipsum Helps Clients

Value is at the heart of everything we do. From setting up your self-managed super fund to developing your business exit strategy, we commit to delivering value for money, good advice and exceptional results - every single time.

Business Analysis & Forecasting

Business Analysis & Forecasting

Better business starts with better advice and better advice starts here.
Income Tax Return

Income Tax Return

Company, business, SMSF or individual? If you’re looking to maximise your return, we’re the team for you.
Asset Protection & Risk Management

Asset Protection & Risk Management

We can help you assess and reduce your business risk and protect your commercial and personal assets.
Business Acquisition & Sales

Business Acquisition & Sales

Thinking about acquiring a business, starting a new one, restructuring, selling or transferring ownership? Our Advisors will lead you through the process.
Cloud Integrations

Cloud Integrations

We're a gold Xero partner, master of hundreds of add-ons and work with leading cloud software including QuickBooks Online and MYOB.
Self-Managed Super Funds

Self-Managed Super Funds

Thinking about your super? Want to take control of your retirement? We can help you set up and manage your own super fund.
Bookkeeping & Payroll

Bookkeeping & Payroll

Let us manage your bookkeeping, payroll, company secretarial services and more, so you can get back to doing what you do best.
Prosperity Planning

Prosperity Planning

Looking to diversify your investment portfolio but no sure about tax implications? No problem, we're here to help.
Corporate Registry Services

Corporate Registry Services

Outsource your corporate registry management to us to ensure accurate and timely reporting to shareholders.

Meet the Ipsums

We have built a multi-skilled team comprising accountants, researchers, business advisors and technology lovers, focused on the innovation of today and your financial position of tomorrow (and beyond!).

Laura Coatsworth
Director of Ipsum Advisors

Louise Hickman
Director of Ipsum Advisors

CPA / Affiliate CAANZ


It is a true feat of determination and skill to reach a major career milestone before the age of 30, and that is exactly what our Director, Louise did in achieving partnership – the highlight of her career. She applies the same level of passion and commitment to all her clients and has been a valuable part of our team for over 17 years.

Louise is a whiz at tax compliance, business services and advisory, and also has plenty of experience with the tax challenges associated with property and land development. Louise’s true happy place is in the structuring and setup of new business ventures.

What Louise likes most about Ipsum is the diversity of people, and versatility to pursue a point of difference in the industry, not just accepting the status quo. You could say that she likes to take leaps—not just steps—outside of the box.

Jason Pengilley
Director of Ipsum Advisors

Chartered Accountant / CPA


As one of our Directors with over 25 years of industry experience, you’re certainly in very good hands with Jason. He has a huge list of areas that he’s an expert in, so we’ll just name a few: hospitality, retail, medical, mining, agribusiness and real estate including land development, with an insight into building and heavy construction businesses—an area Jason’s passionate about professionally and personally.

Adding to that list is Jason’s love for successful start-up’s and being part of a client’s wealth empowerment journey. It’s safe to say that we all love being on that journey with our clients.

Outside of work, Jason is a passionate motoring enthusiast and all round car guy, and on his ultimate bucket list is to attend all rounds of the F1 championship in one year..

Tiffany Abel
Director of Ipsum Advisors & Ipsum Wealth

Bachelor of Business (Accounting) / Diploma Financial Planning / Chartered Accountant / SMSF Specialist Advisor


With over eight years of experience under her belt and a solid handful of qualifications to match, Tiffany is the go-to guru when it comes to Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF). Not only that, but she loves looking at ‘big picture’ opportunities and strategies to help clients achieve the best outcomes.

Whether it’s a quick question or a detailed special project, you can always rely on Tiffany to have you covered.

Fun fact: Tiffany is a big fan of art and loves to draw and paint – she’d love to visit the Louvre one day.

Darren Eldridge
Director of Ipsum Wealth/Financial Planner

Diploma of Financial Planning / Graduate Certificate in Management / Diploma of Business


Darren’s motivation is to help people achieve all they can (financially) to allow them to enjoy their life as much as possible both now, and into the future. With over 30 years’ experience (yes, you read that right), Darren is the man to help you find your financial freedom.

Darren’s passions lie in anything that helps people achieve their financial and life goals. Whether it’s guiding them to better use their money, or just giving clients the confidence that they’re on the right track, he always has their best interests in mind. He has helped clients with investment strategies, retirement strategies, cash flow and budgets, debt management, and on and on it goes.

One of Darren’s career highlights before Ipsum was being promoted to Regional Manager for NAB, and at the time he was the youngest person to secure this position in Australia. We’re not surprised by that in the least.

Outside of Ipsum, Darren is an avid fisher and traveler, and hopes to add the last seven remaining untraveled states in the USA to his list of achievements.

Scott Bennett

Bachelor of Accounting / Chartered Accountant


In a previous role, Scott honed his skills within one of the largest accounting firms in Australia. This included managing a number of graduate employees, providing training and mentoring to staff and assisting a broad variety of clients. So, when he came through our doors, we grabbed him with both hands and held on tight!

Scott’s a real people-person. When it comes to his work, Scott’s joy comes from the client—watching them grow, develop, and helping them on their journey.

With over 10 years’ experience and skills in all things payroll, FBT (Fringe Benefits Tax) and the property development industry, you know you’re in the right hands. Plus, he plays the guitar, so he’s kinda cool too.

Brylee Allen-Gard
Business Operations Manager

Having been with Ipsum for more than half a decade, Brylee has more recently stepped into a new role as Client Services Team Leader, mentoring and overseeing our Client Service Coordinators.

Prior to her step up into the Team Leader role, Brylee worked closely with all our clients as a Receptionist, SMSF Assistant and Client Services Coordinator making sure everyone had what they need, when they needed it and checking in regularly, so our clients always knew we are just a phone call away.

A mum of two little kids and an organisational pro, you best believe that if there’s a more efficient way to get things done, Brylee will find it.

When we asked Brylee what’s at the top of her life bucket list, she just said “winning the lottery,” a 1 in 3,575,800 chance, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed for her.

Mandy Dunlop
Client Services Coordinator

Mandy is absolutely the reason we run as smoothly as we do. Having worked with us for over 17 years, there’s not a lot that happens that Mandy doesn’t know about. From client management and administration to taxation coordination and secretarial duties, she does it all. You could say she’s the oil in our engine.

For Mandy, the friendly team and variety of work is what she loves about Ipsum – and we couldn’t agree more.

The top of her bucket list? Kayaking in the Adriatic and Mediterranean Sea. Now that sounds like an adventure!

Catherine Chalmers

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)


Catherine loves nothing more than directing her razor-sharp focus on annual compliance for her clients, especially those in agriculture. Not only that, when she’s not working on their tax returns, Catherine’s also one to stay on top of current technologies and keeping her skillset in peak condition– because only the best for our clients will do.

No wonder Catherine was inducted into the Golden Key International Honor Society when she was studying, which recognises top performing students and graduates based solely on their academic achievements.

She also says that mentoring fellow students while completing her degree is one of her proudest achievements—which makes Catherine perfect for team Ipsum. We’re all about supporting each other.

Catherine isn’t afraid to step outside her comfort zone either and did her first solo trip from the west to east coast of America in 2019. What’s next on her bucket list? Watching the Ashes at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

Natalia Short
Undergraduate Accountant

One of our future accountants (yep she’s studying while working with us!), Natalia works with our team to support clients and is on track for a very successful career in the industry. An asset in her own right, Natalia’s growing skill set and eagerness to learn the tricks of the trade, combined with years of customer service means she’s always ready to help out.

A true sign of an accountant-to-be, Natalia’s favourite thing to work on is Instalment Activity Statements (it’s okay if you don’t know what they are, because she’s all over it).

We’re excited to see Natalia continue to grow and thrive at Ipsum as she prepares for her accounting career.

Sarah Chalmers
Finance Assistant

Sarah has been with Ipsum before we were even Ipsum, joining us back in 2016 as our Receptionist. Since then, she’s been a crucial part of the team as she’s transitioned from Receptionist to Client Services Coordinator and now Finance Assistant.

Sarah will take on anything we throw her way – adaptable and quick to learn she’s always up for a new challenges and responsibilities. She is a focused problem solver and can find a quick and effective resolution to anything she supports on.

An invaluable team member, Sarah works closely with our admin team to keep Ipsum running smoothly and keep clients and colleagues happy.

Her bucket list item? To explore the world and travel overseas with her beautiful daughter (she might even let her husband tag along…maybe…).

Kelly Storey
Administration Assistant

One of the friendly faces that greet you when you visit the Ipsum office, Kelly’s honed her client relationship guruness over 25 years’ in customer service and client relations roles. She’ll make you feel welcome and ensure everything is in order with your account, so it all runs smoothly.

Kelly’s favourite part of the job is forming relationships and trust with clients, supporting them throughout their journey with Ipsum. She also loves “the great bunch of people I get to work with every day” – and you can quote her on that!

Brody Haddow

Bachelor of Business (Accounting)


Brody has been with us since the beginning of his career (and we’re never letting him go) and is currently completing his Chartered Accountant’s accredited degree.

Brody has a keen interest in the preparation of financial statements and tax compliance for all types of entities, with particular focus on small to medium businesses. But what he loves the most is getting into the nitty gritty of Business Activity Statements for our primary production clients.

Brody’s favourite part of Ipsum is the open-minded approach we have with our accounting software, our willingness to be expansive (shucks), and the friendly and easy-going staff.

Something you didn’t know about Brody: He can complete a Rubik’s cube in 45 seconds! Does that make him a genius…? We think it does.

Shaeden Riding

Bachelor of Accounting / Chartered Accountant


Shaeden’s specialty is tax compliance, but she loves to get involved in out of the box advice for clients and watch them bounce back from challenging situations. She says one of her biggest achievements to date would be helping clients through COVID-19 and seeing their businesses successfully come out the other side.

Outside of Ipsum, you’ll find Shaeden whipping together a macramé project, sewing, and dreaming about travelling to Italy. Us too Shaeden, us too…

Kevin Jayawardena
Graduate Accountant

Masters in Professional Accounting 


After a career shift Kevin joined Ipsum Advisors as an accountant, making the transition to the world of numbers, dollars and taxes. He is enjoying the role so much that he is working to complete his CPA which will provide him with international recognition of his skills and credentials.

A proud continuous learner, Kevin is always looking to know more. He is also more than happy to sit down and get stuck into some Individual Tax Returns and Business Activity Statements (these are his favourites – go figure!).

Grace Batson
Senior Accountant

Graduate Diploma Accounting / CPA / Diploma Financial Planning / SAPEPPA / Bachelor of Agricultural Science / PhD


Grace is a wealth of knowledge—just look at her list of qualifications!

As a senior accountant, Grace focuses on building strong relationships with clients and loves a good challenge when it comes to solving problems and addressing business issues. Her 10-year work history encompasses financial accounting, tax compliance, cashflow budgeting, and business performance analysis. She believes it is critical as a business advisor to share industry trends, provide insights and be across technologies that grow wealth, while ensuring compliance. And we couldn’t agree more.

What Grace loves about Ipsum is that the partners and staff are approachable, friendly, and ready to embrace new ideas and technologies to keep on improving and expanding the service suite for both businesses and individuals.

Something you didn’t know about Grace? She rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Are you even surprised? Though if she could, she’d swap the bike for a recreational vehicle and explore our sunburnt country Australia indefinitely.

Carlie Keatch

Cert III Business Administration


Carlie, also known as the bookkeeping bandit (she doesn’t know this though), is our resident numbers whiz.

Carlie came to us with an impressive 13-year work history in business administration, where she dazzled us with tales of payroll, BAS’s, bank reconciliations, and office management. To the regular Joe, this might not sound as exciting as it is; but for us, she had us on the edge of our seats. Carlie is a dynamo when it comes to business management and in her career has directly contributed to clients increasing their profit margins by up to 30%.

But if we’re being honest, it’s BAS that gets Carlie’s brain working in overdrive. Each one is challenging, and no two are the same. Throw in some client funding applications, and she is happy as Larry. Nothing is more exciting to Carlie than letting the client know their application was successful.

Something you may not know about Carlie: During a casual stroll with some lions on a walking safari in South Africa, she came face-to-face with a family of White Rhino’s in the wild. Oh, and she’s petrified of flying.

Emily Williams

Bachelor of Accounting / CPA


When we asked Emily what she considered to be her specialties at Ipsum, her list was too long to write. So, let’s cut to the chase and say she has you covered, from bookkeeping, to managing different accounting software, to payroll, BAS, FBT, company and trust financial statements and tax returns. You name it! But her favourite thing to work on is those detailed business financial statements and tax returns.

Emily has developed a wealth of knowledge over her nine-year accounting career, and notes completing her CPA as a career highlight (who wouldn’t?). The icing on the cake? She gets to learn from and work with a great group of people, every day.

Fun Fact: As a child, Emily collected rocks and gemstones and wanted to be a geologist. We’re glad she chose accounting as a hard second.

Liz White
Client Services Team Leader

Liz brings loads of experience and mentorship to Ipsum Advisors, having over two decades of experience in administration and office management, and more than three of them in the accounting industry specifically.

Previously a team leader, Liz enjoys helping those around her successfully achieve personal and business goals. Her favourite thing about Ipsum is working with a great team of positive experts.

A fun fact about Liz, she was a professional classical ballet dancer many years ago (while we don’t see any of these moves in the office it does explain her complete dedication to our team and clients). One day Liz hopes to revisit her favourite parts of Europe with her husband.

Charlotte Mathews
Undergraduate Accountant

Charlotte is doing it all, studying Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Accounting and Economics, while also working part time with Ipsum. Charlotte loves all things accounting, however, has become our whiz at income tax returns, completing these with minimal supervision.

When we asked Charlotte her favourite thing about Ipsum Advisors, she said the range of work she gets to complete and the great flexibility and support to work and complete her university. Charlotte has a particular interest in the intersection of sustainability and accounting, and how reporting requirements for firms are evolving to include non-financial indicators. It’s fair to say we have hit the jackpot having Charlotte on board with us!

Charlotte aims to complete her CA/CPA – we love a life-long learner at Ipsum.

Demi-Leigh Ross
Client Services Coordinator

Demi completed her Bachelor of Business in 2020 and has worked in the industry ever since. She has extensive experience in customer service and management. Demi was department manager at an all-girls summer camp in America – a challenge and achievement we don’t envy.

When we asked Demi her favourite thing about Ipsum Advisors, she said the friendly and welcoming atmosphere, which makes sense because she fits right in.

A fun fact about Demi is she hails from the U.K. and her accent is music to our ears! Demi’s personal goal is to visit all 50 states of America – she has 17 down and 33 to go!

Sharnelle Tempany
Client Services Coordinator

Sharnelle had a bit of a career change before joining Ipsum. Originally working in supply chain and logistics management, she has now transitioned to the “fun side” and is studying accounting.

Sharnelle keeps busy balancing part time work, studying and being a mum of two kids. Her favourite part about working with Ipsum is the ability to learn and grow – and the friendly team environment!

Sharnelle takes the term “busy bee” to a whole new level as she is also involved in her family business where they make and sell honey. She hopes one day she can travel the world and skydiving would be top of her bucket list!

Diana Baluyut

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