MEET OUR TEAM

NEIL COPP  –  CA
Director

 

Neil has almost 30 years commercial and professional accountancy experience.  A qualified Chartered Accountant he specialises in Commercial Transactions, Structuring, Business Strategy and Business Taxation.

He commenced his professional career with KPMG Peat Marwick and Danby Bland Provan in Camberwell.  He left the profession to work in senior management roles in the Manufacturing, Contracting, Information Technology and Government sectors before returning to the profession as manager of Walker Williams CPA.  In 2005 he left to form Copp & Co before merging with Brett Hughes to create the Sphere Group in 2015.

He has a real passion for, and specialises in, assisting businesses in developing and executing strategies that create business viability.

Neil is married to Michele.  His interests include travel, sports and family – Neil is blessed to have a large extended family and spends most of his spare time between dinner’s with them, catching up with his 4 grown children, 2 grandchildren and planning his next holiday.

BRETT HUGHES  –  CPA
Director

Brett has over 20 years of accounting and public practice experience. A qualified Certified Practising Accountant, he is a Registered Tax Agent and holds a Public Practising Certificate with CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CAANZ).

After 10 years as principal of Brett Hughes Accounting he merged with Copp & Co in 2015 and is now one of two directors of Sphere Accountants and Advisors Pty Ltd.

Brett specialises in Property Transactions, Land Development, Medical Services, Real Estate, the Horse Racing Industry and Business Structures and he has a passion for helping all individuals and SME’s and believes Accountants should do more than prepare tax returns.

He is committed to providing support through business advice, mentoring, strategic planning and tax strategies to ambitious individuals who are thinking of setting up their own business, or existing businesses looking to go to the next level.

Having lived on the Peninsula all his life, Brett still resides locally with his wife Sharyn and two children.  He enjoys watching his kids in their sporting endeavours whilst still loving to play golf at every opportunity.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES …

 

MELINDA KALKBRENNER  –  Team Leader

Melinda has a Bachelor of Accounting and over 10 years of experience within the industry.  She joined us in early 2016 and brought with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Melinda quickly established herself as a leader for the younger members of the team and is currently studying for her CPA.  Melinda has lived on the Mornington Peninsula for over 16 years, and is married to Peter with 2 teenage children.  When she isnt in the office or studying, Melinda likes to travel, go out with friends and wander around the many local markets.

STEFFANIE EASTWOOD  –  CPA   –  Team Leader
Steffanie has a Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance & Financial Planning).  After working for several years in the financial planning industry, Steffanie moved into Accounting and enjoys working with local trades and Self Managed Super Funds.  She has recently attained her CPA qualifications and celebrated this achievement with a night out with friends.
Having grown up on the Mornington Peninsula, Steffanie can be found most weekends in summer at the beach spending time with friends and family.  In winter she really loves to hit the slopes and snowboard.