ABA Board of Directors

Australian Bookkeepers Association (ABA) is governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of:

Peter Thorp, Chairperson/Director
Sonya Farrawell, Director
Sophie Andrews, Director
Kelvin Deer, Director
Darren Hagarty, Director
Kerrie Jarius, Director
Ben Kelly, Director
Kellie Powell, Director


Sophie Andrews, Director

Sophie is the founder of The Accounts Studio in Sydney, a well-established bookkeeping agency which specialises in working with designers and creative entrepreneurs to help them find cost-effective ways to turn their creativity into profit.

An award winning entrepreneur, Sophie manages a team of 5 and has over 20 years experience working in finance in the fashion and jewellery industries, and for clients such as Max Mara, Rachael Ruddick, and Fast Ed. Having run 3 of her own businesses, Sophie is passionate about educating the SME market on the importance of building a solid financial foundation for their business. She lectures in finance at one of Sydney’s top fashion schools, and also regularly lectures on small business at various other colleges. 

Sophie has grown The Accounts Studio at a rate of 50-80% for the past 4 years and has also written books and courses for business start-ups.


Kelvin Deer, Director

 

Kelvin is one of the founding principals of ABN as well as a Director of ABN BAS. He is also a Director of a respected Brisbane based accounting firm. Kelvin is a Certified Practising Accountant with industry experience and expertise spanning in excess of 20 years.

Kelvin is passionate about business development and providing innovative learning and training to the bookkeeping industry. He plays an active role in ABN research, events and the provision of technical resources. Kelvin is also the architect behind ABN’s acclaimed Pillars of Public Practice and the Bookkeepers Business Benchmarking Survey. He enjoys seeing bookkeepers develop their businesses into profitable enterprises.


Darren Hagarty, Director

 

Darren is one of the founding principals of ABN as well as a Director of ABN BAS.  As a practising Chartered Accountant of over 20 years, he has extensive experience in the fields of income tax, capital gains tax, and GST. Darren’s tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Business and Master of e-Business. 

With his unique skill set, Darren takes a leading role in ABN’s various technology platforms. He brings a rare combination of both technical expertise and innovative, strategic thinking to the ABN Team. Delivering the very best in technical and I.T. resources to ABN members is Darren’s passion. 


Sonya Farrawell, Director

Since 2001, Sonya has contributed to the overall excellence, expertise and integrity of a sustainable bookkeeping industry by encouraging new entrants to the industry, educating new and existing bookkeepers, increasing professionalism, encouraging compliance and managing change. Education is the key. With innovative learning and training techniques and resources we can achieve this together.

Sonya has 17 years’ experience in the financial services industry and 8 in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and has a strong interest in new and emerging trends in finance, education and compliance.

As the Lead Facilitator at Group 314, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), Sonya has developed and delivered courses for the bookkeeping and accounting industry which comply with the national training packages (Certificate IV in Bookkeeping, Certificate IV in Accounting and Diploma of Accounting). Her passion for education has also led her to further develop a range of other CPE offerings. 

 


 Kerrie Jarius, Director

Kerrie Jarius is the director of Fax n Figures Bookkeeping, an innovative bookkeeping practice that has been operating since 1994 in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region. 

Kerrie is passionate about helping small businesses. Her approach is to provide exceptional personal service and to enable business owners to work on their businesses rather than in them. Kerrie now has a team of 10 staff and Fax n Figures currently services more than 80 clients from a wide variety of industries.

Kerrie received the 2007 Canberra Business Woman of the Year award and has also been a state finalist in both the Telstra Business Awards and the Telstra Business Women’s awards.


Ben Kelly, Director

Former RAAF Squadron Leader Ben Kelly is no stranger to big projects. After an illustrious flying career, including 6 years flying frontline F-111 aircraft, Ben went on to spend 10 years with Defence Housing Australia (DHA) as a member of the Executive Service of the Australian Public Service. During his time with DHA, Ben served on the senior management team and assisted managing a $4.5bn property portfolio. He also helped develop the 6th largest relocations business in the world, relocating some 55,000 people annually.

Ben moved into the bookkeeping industry in 2006, winning the Jim's Group award for franchise of the year (QLD & NQLD). Ben has now settled into small business consultancy and his own bookkeeping business, Cairns Bookkeeping Services.


Kellie Powell, Director

 

Kellie is a Director of ABN and ABN BAS. As a Certified Practising Accountant with over 25 years experience, Kellie has been a part of the many changes that have shaped bookkeeping into the professional industry it is today. Kellie is also a director of PT Partners, an accounting firm in Brisbane and an authorised representative with Securitor.

Kellie is passionate about all things ABN, being involved in ABN operations, ABN events and working with software companies and suppliers to bring exclusive offerings to ABN members. Kellie is instrumental in organising the biennial ABN national conference.


Peter Thorp, Chairperson/Director

Peter is one of the founding principals of ABN as well as a Director of ABN BAS and has been a Chartered Accountant for well over 25 years. In addition, Peter is the founding director of PT Partners, a respected Brisbane-based accounting firm. 

Peter is ABN's representative in various industry arenas, including those convened by the Australian Tax Office and Treasury where he is an active advocate for bookkeepers across Australia. Peter is the driving force behind ABN’s comprehensive PI Policy and ABN's strategic partner relationships. He is also the architect behind ABN Payroll, another offering which makes your membership with ABN unique.