We’re much more than just fantastic bookkeeping.
Our mission is to simplify financial management and provide quality information that empowers business owners to make informed decisions that realise their goals. Our goal is to be the first business a client contacts when looking for internal financial management in Australia.
We are passionate about building powerful, genuine relationships to understand our clients’ needs from the most authentic level possible, and we work hard to find the best solution.
Taking on her role as our CEO, Trish Catlin brings with her 17 years of experience in professional services. Trish is a Chartered Accountant, registered BAS Agent and qualified Coach. Starting her career in Audit at KPMG, using her skills working in Australia and the UK across multiple industries including retail, education, construction and pharmaceuticals. Trish enjoys helping people and businesses to achieve their highest potential, and this is evident in her dealings with clients and staff, and in her role as facilitator for the CA Program Masterclass workshops. This self-motivated mother, loves nothing more than cheering on her children in their sporting competitions and seeing the smiles on their faces as they sit down to her famous lasagna.
Our Management Team.
As our founder and former CEO of Square Penny, Damian Scodella, decided that 2021 is time for a new direction. Since then, he has handed over both the CEO and Head of Business Development reigns. Damian has spent the last 25 years gaining invaluable experience in the areas of Manufacturing, Accounting, Travel, Construction, Business Strategy and Operations. Damian’s honesty and passion is what drives him to solve problems and help businesses. When he isn’t co-facilitator at Match Alliance events or Chairperson for Accounting Discussion Group, you may see him at the many networking events he attends. Keep an eye out for him in his Square Penny jacket and come and say hello.
Michelle Menelaws is a highly respected CA and Finance Manager, and part of the management team at Square Penny. With 20+ years of being in the industry, and over 10 of those in the legal industry, this has given Michelle the strength and ability to deal with complex tasks on a daily basis. Using her extensive experience, Michelle thrives in providing the small to medium-sized businesses with bookkeeping solutions, improved operational processes and strategic planning/direction. The weekends give Michelle the time to coach her daughters netball team and get the family out for a bike ride.
Our Operations Director.
Being with Square Penny since 2010 and rounding out the management team, Angela Nicolai has watched the company grow into the thriving business that it is today. Having a career change from the IT industry to the bookkeeping industry has allowed Angela to combine her experiences for her dynamic approach when it comes to implementing process improvements. Angela gets excited when there is a new piece of software to investigate. Her multitasking skills comes into play whether she is working, helping at her children’s school, playing netball or going to pilates.
BBus, ACA, A FIN
Anne-Maree is an experienced, successful and forward thinking accountant. She brings to the team an extensive amount of experience in the creative, construction, education, sport, finance and investment industries. Having worked in both small to medium-sized enterprises over the last 30 years, Anne-Maree’s attention to detail and high organisational skills has helped her implement and streamline processes to strengthen businesses. Anne-Maree is treasurer for her local Swim Club and a committee member of her daughters rowing club.
Business Development Manager
As the Head of Business Development, Alex Georgiou brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Square Penny. Over the last decade, he has held various lending roles, served as a State Sales Manager for an ASX listed company, and worked as a Business Partner for a lender specialising in funding SMEs. Having been a business owner himself, Alex understands the challenges faced by SME’s. His firsthand experience allows him to approach his role with empathy and a keen understanding of the unique needs of business owners.
Alex’s problem-solving skills and curiosity drive his passion for helping businesses succeed. He thrives on finding innovative solutions and is dedicated to delivering results that make a meaningful impact. Outside of his business endeavours, Alex finds joy in hobbies like golf, non-fiction books, camping adventures, and UBX training. He volunteers as the Treasurer at Kingsley Park Primary School, contributing his experience to support educational initiatives.
PJ is an energetic self-starter that takes pride in her work and working environment. A qualified Chartered Accountant, PJ has worked in the Financial Services and Automotive Industries over the last 10 years, giving her a strong background in financial analysis. PJ’s outgoing personality serves her well when enjoying a pilates class, getting involved with her daughters school activites or spending time with her family.
Being a qualified CPA for over 20 years, Meisha has worked in the health, IT, communication and finance industries. As a highly organised person, Meisha prides herself on her accuracy and attention to detail which shows in her extensive experience of reporting, budgeting and forcasting. Using these attributes also allows her to help businesses and the wider community to achieve their goals. Meisha enjoys putting these skills to use in her role as team manager for the local cricket and soccer club.
Helen is a highly driven Chartered Accountant that brings more than 15 years of experience to Square Penny. Helen’s experience has seen her develop an enormous amount of efficiency when it comes to project and finance management abilities. With Helen’s detailed work ethic and collaborative approach, she makes a great addition to the team. When Helen’s not spending time with her family, she is taking her daughter out to instill the love of new experiences.
BBus(Acct), CA, MAPP
Kelly has had over 15 years financial accounting experience in a combination of public practice and industry. With extensive experience in financial services, Kelly has worked with clients in industries including investments, superannuation, funds management, not-for-profits. Her common sense and diligent approach helps to drive and deliver our client projects. Kelly is a Chartered Accountant and has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology and is known to run a marathon or two, in between hikes.
Sarah has decades of accounting experience across a variety of industries such as mining, engineering, and medicine.
Her experience in preparing and presenting internal management accounts gave her what she need to effectively communicate with different clients.
Angela has a wealth of experience in key financial positions which makes her a great addition to our team. She has worked in several industries (such as marketing and medicine) which would make her a great partner for any of our clients.
Jenny’s ability to work under pressure and to always strive for excellence whilst maintaining a positive outlook is what makes her the perfect fit for Square Penny and her clients. With Jenny’s impressive history and experience in bookkeeping, she is able to deliver her clients a service which is backed by a proven track record. Jenny is passionate about watching her AFL footy team play, playing basketball and keeping active. She loves spending time and travelling with her family and can’t wait to travel overseas with them again.
In 2015, Kate was welcomed into the business with open arms. Kate’s experience and qualifications in the real estate world as well as her Bachelor of Business, made her a fantastic candidate for the job. Kate also demonstrates an inspiring work-life balance; she effectively manages her professional time whilst allocating enough energy and enthusiasm to thoroughly enjoy time with her beautiful family.
It is through Tracey’s astuteness and experience as a professional bookkeper which has seen her secure a place as Senior Bookkeper at Square Penny. Tracey’s exceptional career as a Bookkeeper has been supported by her wide-wealth of knowledge in areas such as warehousing, marketing, event management and office administration. Hailing from abroad before moving to Australia permanently to develop her career.
In the last 25 years, Maria has made her impact in the Bookkeeping and Finance Management world across a number of industries. Maria is a self-taught and dedicated professional that has a large appetite for learning new programs and processes. Her passion for systems and order is what helps to provide Maria with the necessary skills required for bookkeeping. Maria’s family thinks that she is ‘a bit extra’ by her habit of going over and beyond in all things she does, this includes her love of sewing and cooking foods from all over the world.
Kirstie first demonstrated her passion for bookkeeping whilst working as an Accountant for many years. When Kirstie joined Square Penny, she was very well-received due to her friendly, charismatic nature and hunger for assisting clients with their financial needs. Kirstie also has two children that she loves to devote herself to.
Hayley is extremely passionate and proactive in her role at Square Penny. Her love to try new things sees her constantly going the extra mile to find new ways to assist in her clients businesses, making sure they are done well and done right. Hayley is our Square Penny Hubdoc champion, assisting the team in all things Hubdoc. When she isn’t volunteering at the local basketball club or attending a kinder committee meeting, Hayley will be found, baking up a storm, making home made jam or tending to her chickens and veggie patch with the kids.
Kelly has a passionate thirst for maintaining a high level of efficiency and accuracy in all tasks assigned to her. From her experience in finance across a range of industries, Kelly’s skillset and expertise present a large benefit to the business and our clients. Being family-orientated, outgoing and open to learning new skills are all assets of Kelly that are welcomed by the team at Square Penny.
Audrey is a highly motivated member of our team with proven skills in bookkeeping, reporting, reconciliations and process development. She’s quick to learn and easily adapts new processes which makes her a delight to work with for all our clients. On her days off, she enjoys hiking and playing the piano.
Darren is an experienced bookkeeper / accounts manager offering years of accounting and management experience across a wide range of organisations.
With a wealth of experience in various industries, Darren brings his expertise to any of our clients that he works with.
Michelle has a variety of experience in bookkeeping, sales, and administration. Her extensive experience made her proficient in Xero & myob while her abilities in sales makes her a great asset in communicating with our clients.
Stephanie is a team builder who is acutely attentive to employees’ and customer needs. She’s a punctual problem solver and and avid multitasker who comes up with effective solutions that produce immediate impact. On her holidays, she enjoys walking, bike riding, travelling, and cooking.
After relocating back to Melbourne, Lucy has joined the Square Penny team and hit the ground running. Her 15+ years of experience and hard working attitude has seen Lucy integrate into her client’s business with ease. Her ability to just get things done and done right has helped her client get a better picture of their business and to implement process improvements. When she is not working, Lucy is entertaining friends and dedicating herself to her 3 growing boys.
Clare is well-recognised around the office from the way she promotes a positive company culture. Clare is very passionate when it comes to working with others, and this passion is reflected in the results she is able to achieve for her clients. Throughout years of experience in bookkeeping and administration roles, Clare can confidently work in a fast-paced environment whilst also keeping the best interests of her clients in mind.
Accounts Payable Officer
Alyssa Mae Macaya.
Alyssa has been in the industry for around 5 years now including more than 4 years of experience with Accounts Payable, focused on Telco Invoice processing and Global Vendor relations. She values collaborating with the team and participating in activities. As cliché as it sounds, she believes that “Teamwork makes the dream work”.
How our business got to where it is today.
Since its conception in 2006, Square Penny has been helping a multitude of businesses in finding solace with their bookkeeping and financial management needs. With a well-experienced mixture of Chartered Accountants, CPA’s and Bookkeepers, Square Penny has firmly equipped themselves to handle the particular financial needs of companies spanning across a wide range of industries.
When Founder of Square Penny, Damian Scodella, began this journey of accounting and bookkeeping, he started with a firm goal of wanting to help to empower businesses. His ethos has, and always will be to demonstrate how any action of a business can have an impact on the overall bottom line.
Be a part of our story.
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