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Our Team

Our dedicated and expert team prides itself on being more (much more) than your typical team of advisors. The advice we give isn’t just about managing accounts and tax; it goes well beyond the numbers to provide indepth assistance by partnering with you and your business. We look forward to working with you.

Michael Purcell CA, B.Bus

Managing Partner

Michael joined MSI Taylor as a partner in 1995. He is passionate about helping start ups and is also our Franchising expert. One of his key strengths is the ability to explain the ‘how and why’ to his clients. With in excess of 30 years experience, and a particular focus on small and medium business, he has developed a deep understanding of their needs.

In addition to normal taxation competencies,

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Michael's areas of speciality include:
  • Business start-ups
  • Structuring Entities
  • Tax Advice
  • CGT Rollovers
  • Franchising
  • Business Planning
  • Employment Obligations
  • Superannuation Advice
  • Medical Profession
  • Property Development

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology in 1982. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Chartered Tax Advisor with the Taxation Institute of Australia, and a registered Tax Agent.

Outside of work he enjoys a bit of dirt bike riding with his son and sees it as a great way to free up the cobwebs. Apart from that he is very much a home body and enjoys looking after the house and spending time with his family.

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Matthew Harris CA, B.Bus, M.Comm, ACIS, FACPGM

Partner

Matthew Harris has been in public practice since 1987. He prides himself in being so much more than just a number cruncher. He really gets involved in understanding a business by visiting their premises, talking to their staff and seeing their processes and procedures in action.

He doesn’t see himself as a consultant or external adviser, but more as a partner of that particular business. He strongly believes that it is only once you’ve become a part of the team and experience what they are feeling, that you really get an understanding of your client and their business.

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Matthew is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Certified Practicing Accountants. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Secretaries and Administrators. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma of Professional Accounting (Management Major), a Master in Commerce and numerous qualifications in Business Management.

Matthew’s areas of speciality include:
  • Business Improvement
  • Acquisitions/Valuations
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Benchmarking
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Matrimonial Reports
  • Court Reports

Pharmacy Expertise

Matthew also heads our Pharmacy division and has in excess of 20 years experience in the Pharmacy industry. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy Practice and Management and was involved in the development of the original business management course offered by the AIPM. He also works with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia as a qualified Quality Care Assessor and provides advice on business management issues.

Matthew understands that businesses in Australia currently face an economic climate that requires increasing efficiency, productivity and innovation. He believes he is able to integrate his existing pharmacy knowledge with his specialised consulting ability to provide the skills and tools required to successfully compete in this environment.

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Robert Moore B.Bus FIPA CTA

Partner

Robert has been in public practice since 1991 and joined MSI Taylor as a partner in July, 2012.

Prior to joining MSI Taylor, he operated his own accounting firm for 14 years. He established this practice from the ground up, which has provided him with the “hands on” skills to relate well and provide advice to SMEs, having worn all the hats himself. Not necessarily in what to do, but more in what to avoid, as avoiding mistakes can be just as beneficial.

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Robert enjoys the creativity that comes with the industry as no two clients' situations are the same. He strongly believes through listening and understanding to what clients are saying, you can identify the red flags in their business. It is the solutions to these issues that he sees as the part where he can really add some value.

His other passion is for cloud accounting, which saw him become Queensland's first Gold Partner for Xero accounting software.

In addition to normal taxation competencies, Robert's areas of speciality include:
  • Business Start-ups
  • Business Improvement
  • Cloud technology innovation
  • Business structuring
  • Benchmarking
  • Due diligence
  • Business intelligence and reporting
  • Tax minimisation

He also regularly participates in the Annual Griffith University Innovation Challenge where he mentors university students who are attempting to commercialise business ideas to the open market. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Business from the University of Southern Queensland in 1992.

He is a member of the National Tax and Accountants Institute, a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, a Chartered Tax Adviser, and a registered Tax Agent.

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Sean Hegarty CPA B.Comm

Partner

Sean joined MSI Taylor in December 1995 as a graduate accountant following completion of a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Southern Queensland. He became a Partner of the firm in December, 2013

Sean specialises in accounting, taxation and business performance and monitoring for a wide variety of small to medium enterprises.

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Experienced across a wide and diverse range of industries, Sean is passionate about helping clients manage their business. He enjoys working closely with his clients on improving and monitoring business performance, whilst ensuring the appropriate business structures are set in place.

His areas of speciality include:
  • Business structuring
  • Due diligence
  • Business performance and KPI management
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • MYOB and Xero software
  • Budgeting and valuations

He is a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.

Outside of work Sean is an avid Ballroom and Latin dancer.

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Peter O’Callaghan CFP Dip FP, M Fin Serv Law JP (Qual)

Director – Financial Planning

Peter is a Sub Authorised Representative 244915 of MSI Taylor Wealth Management Ltd.
Corporate Authorised Representative No. 423966
Australian Financial Services Licence Number 231138

Peter’s experience includes more than 18 years as a Financial Planner.

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In 2011, he won the ASTUTE Group Financial Planner of the Year award, and in June 2012, merged his growing practice with MSI Taylor Financial Services to form MSI Taylor Wealth Management Pty Ltd, a ‘fee for service’ business with a wide range of specialist financial planning services.

He is a strong believer in letting clients take ownership and accountability for the outcomes of their financial plan. His role is to help educate clients to assist them in making good decisions, getting them excited about the process and what the process will do for them.

Peter's interests include economics, and investing, and in his spare time, he is a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force Reserves. He is passionate about fighter jets and sees any opportunity to go out there and play as a great stress reliever. He also enjoys spending time with his two boys who are keen AFL footballers.

Peter has completed financial planning studies through the Securities Institute, holds a Diploma of Financial Planning (Dip FP) from Deakin University, a certificate in SMSF studies from the University of Adelaide, and is a Certified Financial Planner.

He also has a Master of Financial Services Law from Macquarie University Law School in Sydney and is currently enrolled in the Master of Business (Professional Accounting) through the QLD University of Technology. Peter is also a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

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Mark Connolly B.Bus

Associate Partner – Finance

Mark is a Credit Representative of Centrepoint Alliance Ltd

Mark joined MSI Taylor in 2010 and has over 30 years experience in the Finance Industry.

It is this experience that provides him with an insight into numerous industries, varying economic conditions and demographics. As a Bank Manager & Business Owner, Mark fully understands the issues facing business owners trying to operate their businesses successfully and profitably.

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Mark’s philosophy is to be part of the management team of his client's business working with the accountant and lender to assist them in continuing to grow and be successful. He can assist with various finance decisions whether it be:

  • The purchase or construction of new premises
  • Acquisition of additional plant and equipment or vehicles
  • Importing or exporting your materials
  • Funding of large insurance premiums
  • Utilising your debtors to assist with your cash flow requirements; or
  • just helping with the finance for your home renovations.

It isn't just businesses he helps. He can assist individuals with a variety of financing requirements from buying their first home, investment properties, upgrading their car or consolidating debt.

Next time you need some finance assistance, join Mark for a coffee and an informal chat about your financial needs. It will cost you nothing other than a bit of time.

Mark’s qualifications include:

Bachelor of Business
Certificate IV – Financial Services
Certificate IV – Finance/Mortgage Broking
Omega – Commercial Loans to Small Business
Omega – Commercial Loans to Large Commercial Business and MFAA – Accredited Mortgage Consultant

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