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Our Team

Melanie Hamilton

Managing Director

Melanie specialises in taxation and accounting for small business, and is passionate about helping her diverse range of clients boost their productivity with expert advice on key management areas including workflow, quality control and team management.

She also assists businesses implement cloud accounting solutions, and specialises in business set up, succession planning and process management.

Melanie is a member of CPA Australia, and joined the Taggart team more than 15 years ago while studying for a bachelor of Commerce at Newcastle University.

She is active in the local business community as the founder and vice president of the genXwomen business network.

Melanie enjoys the opportunity to meet new people across a range of industries, and values honesty and loyalty in all of her professional relationships.

When she’s not at work, you’ll find Melanie enjoying Newcastle’s stunning beaches, parks and cafes with her family.

Ross Taggart

Director

With more than 30 years’ of accounting and tax experience, Ross is passionate about sharing his extensive business knowledge with his wide range of clients across many different industries.

Ross is the son of Alan Taggart, who founded the company in 1952, and has worked in the business for more than three decades.

Today, he leads the professional accounting team with a strong focus on building a supportive work environment and encourages the on-going professional development of all his staff.

Ross was born and bred in Merewether and believes passionately in giving back to the community. He is president of the Hunter Business Chamber, a life member of the Merewether Surf Life Saving Club, and a board member of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Away from the office, Ross loves spending time at Merewether Beach and catching up with friends at Merewether Surf Club.

Sally Edmonds

Business Services Manager

Natasha Josevski

Accountant

Natasha is another long-term Taggart team member and worked her way up from an administration role with the company to become a vital member of our accounting team.

With more than 10 years experience as an accountant, Natasha is a tax expert and dedicated to achieving the best tax outcomes for her clients. She also assists businesses with the setup of bookkeeping software such as Xero, MYOB and Banklink, and provides ongoing support.

Natasha is Xero certified and holds a Diploma in Accounting. She loves working closely with clients to help them achieve their financial goals, and values the opportunity to work with business people from a wide range of industries.

She grew up in Newcastle, loves taking long walks on the beach and enjoys the city’s many excellent cafes.

Wendy Baldacchino

Accountant

Wendy is our in-house MYOB expert, and specialises in preparing financial statements and tax returns for small to medium sized businesses.

Wendy has been with Taggart for well over a decade, and previously operated her own mobile accounting and bookkeeping service while raising her young family.

Wendy loves the dynamic nature of accounting – driven by the evolution of cloud software and Federal budget changes that are constantly changing the playing field for small business – and values the flexible work environment and team culture at Taggart.

She grew up in Newcastle and spends her downtime taking in the walking tracks around Lake Macquarie. Her ideal Sunday morning is a leisurely breakfast at home, with a book in one hand, a coffee in the other, and her cat on her lap.

Kylie Diehm

Practice Manager

Kylie has been an integral part of the Taggart team for more than 10 years. She provides critical support to our accounting professionals and oversees the efficient running of our busy headquarters.

Kylie is also trained in bookkeeping and human resources, and draws great satisfaction from helping small business owners fulfil their potential and achieve long-term success.

Previously, Kylie developed her impeccable organisational skills and ease under pressure working as an office manager for a Queensland security company, and as a receptionist in the chaotic accident and emergency department in a private hospital.

Kylie grew up in Rockhampton, and now lives in Newcastle with her partner, daughter and two dogs. She’s a keen DIY home renovator, and fancies long breakfast catch-ups with friends.

Join Our Team

At Taggart Business Advisors, we’re always on the search for new accounting talent. If you have a can-do attitude and are a team player seeking career growth in a friendly, family-run business environment, we want to hear from you.

Please contact us for information about current employment opportunities.

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