Courtney Clowes

Courtney Clowes

BCom (Hons) Deakin, Cert IV TAE, MAICD, CPA

Courtney provides strategic and business management services to organisations in a range of industries, including design and manufacturing, fast-moving consumer goods, mining, and financial planning. Such services include detailed analysis of financial position and performance, reviews of budgeting and strategic planning processes, cost control strategies and use of financial information for decision making.

Courtney has had a number of years’ experience in the manufacturing industry and was previously a Lecturer in Accounting Deakin University. He is an experienced author and presenter at conferences and workshops on Cash Flows, Management Accounting and Financial Acumen. Courtney has also been a co-author and panel member for CPA subjects including Strategic Management Accounting and Ethics and Governance.

Russell Clowes

Russell Clowes

BCom Monash, GDipAppFin SIA, Cert IV TAE, MAICD, CPA, EMBA Sydney

Russell provides strategic and business management services to organisations in areas such as business setup, operational processes and management accounting. He designs and develops innovative training solutions for corporate entities and professional accounting bodies, as well as online learning materials for undergraduate and post-graduate students. Russell also writes, updates and examines educational and training materials in management accounting, corporate governance, financial risk management and quality control.

Russell has had a number of years’ experience in the banking and finance industry. He has had exposure to a number of key business functions, including operations management, project management, and business analysis and he has a sound understanding of risk management, the equities markets, and lending practices.

In 2009, Russell was awarded the CPA High Achiever Award. In 2013 he was awarded an Excellence in Leadership Scholarship to undertake the Global Executive MBA with the University of Sydney Business School.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas

BEng (Mech) RMIT, MBA Melbourne Business School, CertIV Professional Writing and Editing, RMIT
Business Operations Executive

Chris is an experienced product manager and business operations manager who is responsible for marketing and communications and product development. Chris also acts as a technical expert for the CPA Program subject, Global Strategy and Leadership.

Chris has over 15 years’ experience, starting out in engineering at Kraft Foods Limited before starting his first not-for-profit business in India. After further jobs in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industries, Chris moved into strategy roles with WorkSafe Victoria where he looked after strategic planning, performance and change management projects. Chris has been founder and co-founder of start-up enterprises across a variety of industries from education through to nutritional products. He also provides management consulting services to the community services sector.

Michael Kehio

B.Com Daystar, M.AppFin, CA
Business Operations Executive

Michael has more than 15 years’ experience in Risk, Audit and Compliance. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a double major in Accounting and Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Applied Finance. Michael is also a Chartered Accountant (CA-ANZ).

Michael’s career begun at Ernst & Young (EY), Kenya, followed by KPMG Australia as an Assistant Manager. He also has experience in industry, as a Risk and Audit Manager at Rio Tinto, and as a Group Internal Audit Manager at SEEK. Michael is also a Director, Business Development and Risk Management at M&G Migration and Visa Services, a family-owned Migration Agency Business based in Melbourne.

Antonia Kamid

Antonia Kamid

BCom Curtin, DipMgt Deakin, Cert IV TAE
Marketing & Communications Executive

Antonia is responsible for our marketing and communications. Antonia has over 10 years learning and development experience including managing projects across consulting, eLearning and organisational development in the financial services (accounting, financial planning, superannuation and banking), education, engineering and IT industries.

Patience Matipano

Patience Matipano

BCom South Africa, MPA Federation, CPA

Patience is our in-house accountant and office administrator, performing all our finance and student administration roles. Patience is our master of to-do lists and action items – if something has a due date, we turn to Patience to ensure it’s completed on time. Patience migrated with her family from Zimbabwe after a career in banking and holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Professional Accounting and is a qualified CPA.

Mike Hadjinestoros

BCSci (Computing) La Trobe,  CertHE (Civil Engineering) Plymouth
Systems Analyst

Mike is our in-house developer, coder, analyst and IT fixer, handling our IT infrastructure, software and systems performance. He has broad experience in implementing and managing devops practices and technologies in enterprise delivery teams.

Mike is passionate about automation and using technology to solve business problems, and he’s not afraid to jump in the deep end. If you need to get his attention and prioritise an IT project, look no further than his weakness for iced coffees and sugar-free Red Bull.

Matt Esse

BBus (Computing) RMIT,  Adv Dip Leadership & Management RMIT
ICT Administrator

Matt is always the go-to man for anything that plugs in! His love of computers started when his Dad purchased his first Amstrad computer at the age of 12. Ever since, he has dabbled with and built computers, making a career out of doing what he loves.

After working at RMIT for 23 years as Senior Field Technician and Director of his own IT Consulting Company, he joined our team. With his significant experience and drive to make things work (and work better), Matt is our in-house ‘IT-Guy’, providing webinar and technical support to staff and students. When not at work, Matt spends time with his family, flying his drone, building a 3D printer or simply being distracted with something new that plugs in!

Nicole Clowes

Nicole Clowes

BOccT LaTrobe
Candidate Support

Nicole is responsible for providing candidate support through phone, email and online forum channels. Nicole also provides finance, administration and learning management system support. Nicole has an Occupational Therapy background and has worked in various administrative roles including with NEC Australia and Tolhurst Noall.

Gina Clowes

BCom Natal
Learning Curator

Gina is responsible for reviewing and updating learning content and providing learning support to candidates. Gina has a long history in accounting, finance and taxation roles, including lecturing, and she is very task driven and highly motivated to achieve. Gina migrated with her family from South Africa in 2016 and is embarking on her journey to complete the CPA Program.

Theashen Vandiar

Theashen Vandiar

Accounting (Hons) KwaZulu Natal, BCom KwaZulu Natal, Cert IV TAE, CA (SA), CA (Aust), CPA
Technical Consultant – Financial Reporting

Theashen is a technical expert responsible for the development and review of training and educational materials. Theashen also provides technical forum responses to candidates studying the CPA Program in a range of segments.

Theashen has an auditing background with extensive experience working in professional accounting bodies (including CPA Australia and South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) and one of the big 4 accounting firms (KPMG). Theashen has also worked closely with universities in the provision of training and education related to the Bachelor of Commerce Accounting and Honours degrees.

Shellie Painter

Shellie Painter

BSc Melbourne, Grad Cert Fisheries Management, MPA RMIT, CPA
Technical Consultant – Management Accounting

Shellie is responsible for the development and review of training and educational materials, as well as the provision of strategic and operational consulting services to clients.

Shellie has practical experience in financial management and budgeting in manufacturing, service, retail and wholesale industry businesses. She also has experience in the Victorian Public Service undertaking financial analysis, project management and governance for the Victorian water industry and accounting policy, compliance and budget roles in government departments. Shellie’s expertise is in business management accounting and financial analysis. In 2010, Shellie received the CPA Australia Victoria Divisional Award in recognition for achieving the highest mark in Financial Risk Management.

Robert Gregory

Dr Robert Gregory

BSc Leeds, MSc UMIST, PhD Manchester, GradCertMgt Monash, MPA Swinburne. MTax Curtin
Technical Consultant – Taxation

Robert is a Technical Consultant – Taxation with KnowledgEquity and Lecturer in taxation at Swinburne University of Technology. Robert has previously been engaged as an Author and Subject Matter Expert to CPA Australia for the Advanced Taxation segment and Author for BPP Learning Media. Robert’s experience includes leading product design and manufacture for a mulit-national company where he was responsible for budgeting, marketing and project planning for a flexible manufacturing facility.

Robert’s areas of interest include online teaching of business and commerce and taxation of business and investment.

Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes

Media Production Executive

Tim directs and edits the audio-visual resources for KnowledgEquity’s training courses. As part of graphic design, he is in charge of exercising the restraint required to not change the video background to a picture of outer space or the Windows 95TM logo. From a wardrobe perspective, he is in charge of minimising the reputational damage of staff wearing flannelette or Hawaiian shirts in videos. Tim is currently studying a screen and media course at RMIT and hopes to make his own films in the future.

Angus Pinkstone

Angus Pinkstone

Media Production Executive

Angus films and edits the audio-visual resources for our training courses. He is responsible for converting our learning material into visually engaging clips and transforming our green screen into an array of carefully chosen graphics, stock images and animations. Angus also studies at RMIT University and is aiming to pursue a career in post-production.

Zivai Matipano

Administration Officer

Zivai is responsible for providing administration and learning management support. Zivai is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Law double degree at Deakin University.

Ben Leov

BSci (Computer Science, Economics) Canterbury
IT Consultant

Ben is our go-to IT specialist for software development and coding to improve user experience, reduce IT risks and enable data collection and reporting.

Ben has been developing software commercially since 2006. He has extensive product development and design experience across different domains using a variety of languages and technologies. Software engineering is what he loves to do.