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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

Sally Edmonds always preferred numbers over words in school. It became apparent from an early age that she would choose a career in this field. She went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Newcastle and joined the Hamilton Taggart team in August of 2020.

Sally loves the diverse range of clients she gets to work with, as it means she can gain a greater understanding of a wider variety of industries.

Sally has almost two decades of experience in the industry and brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership skills to the team at Hamilton Taggart. She is an expert in the field of business services including, compliance, tax, management reporting and staff management and mentoring.

Sally leads the Hamilton Taggart accounting team and loves working with such a diverse landscape of clients as she can gain a greater understanding of a variety of industries.

Working with the team at Taggart means that Sally has been provided with the opportunity to nurture and grow with clients and become a part of their business to pass on her knowledge to ensure they are able to make important decisions.

Kylie Diehm

Practice Manager

Kylie has been an integral part of the Hamilton Taggart team for more than 15 years. She provides critical support to our accounting professionals and oversees the efficient running of our busy headquarters.

Having worked in a range of different industries before starting at Hamilton Taggart and has enjoyed developing her skills and knowledge from admin to managing client relationships to practice management.

Kylie enjoys developing systems to ensure that our business is constantly improving and runs smoothly and draws great satisfaction from helping small business owners fulfil their goals and achieve long-term success.

She is constantly encouraging staff to grow within Hamilton Taggart and ensures this same growth is shared with client’s as they work collaboratively to meet the client’s goals and objectives.

With many years of experience under her belt, Kylie understands the workings of the Hamilton Taggart office and client’s businesses and shares this knowledge with her colleagues.

Kylie has impeccable organisational skills and does well under pressure.

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.

Her natural flare for all thing numbers, trends and financial analysis drew her to working in the accounting industry. Natasha loves the diversity of clients she gets to work with at Hamilton Taggart as well as the range of work that is covered, from the small everyday queries to the large and involved technical questions often only answered by bigger firms.

She grew up in Newcastle, enjoys dining out with friends and family in the city’s many excellent cafes.

Summer Baker

Bookkeeper

Summer naturally is a perfectionist and loves helping people which is what drew her to this industry. She loves anything maths and numbers so undertaking an Associate Degree of Accounting at TAFE was a given. Summer is currently completing a Bachelor of Accounting at the University of Newcastle which will add to her already extensive skill base.

Summer joined the team at Hamilton Taggart in August of 2020, with three years experience in the industry. She loves being a part of the team and being able to challenge herself and constantly learn new things.

Summer loves working with our individual and small business clients to support them to achieve the best tax and business outcomes. She loves working within the team at Hamilton Taggart as she can learn from her colleagues about a wide range of industries and the roles accountants play within them.

Working with a diverse range of clients means that Summer is able to meet a variety of different people and clients to further her knowledge in finance and accounting to enhance client outcomes and increase her experience in varying fields.

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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