Our tax trainers.

Meet our team of highly qualified and experienced tax trainers.

TaxBanter’s strength is a direct result of the quality of our personnel. All of our staff have extensive experience delivering tax courses, as well as strong backgrounds in professional practice.

Our combined pool of tax trainers offers exceptional levels of variety, specialisation and experience in all areas of tax law.

Craig McCormick

BBus, M Com Law, CA, CTA, F Finsia, MAICD, Registered Tax Agent
General Manager

Craig is an experienced finance and management professional with a background in leading high performance teams and driving business performance. He is responsible for leading the TaxBanter business across its Australian national operations which covers every state and territory and major regional centres.

Craig’s prior experience includes a national leadership role with a large mind-tier accounting group and CFO roles with high growth companies and management roles with large global listed groups.

Craig’s outside interest include entertaining, relaxing at the beach with his family and participating in endurance sports.

Neil Jones - Director & Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Neil Jones

Managing Director & Senior Tax Trainer

Neil is the Managing Director of TaxBanter with primary responsibility for the delivery of tax training across the Australian market.

He has an extensive background in the tax profession including 17 years at the Australian Taxation Office before playing a key role as a Director and lead trainer in the emergence of the highly regarded Webb Martin training business. Neil is well-known as a presenter of enjoyable and practical tax seminars across all areas of taxation.

Deniel Biancardi - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Daniel Biancardi

Senior Tax Trainer

Daniel Biancardi is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in tax advisory and tax training roles for over 15 years. He started his career in Business Services at a small practice in Sydney and then moved into tax advisory roles at PwC, BDO and Prosperity Advisers. While at BDO, he was responsible for developing and delivering a national tax training program across all their state offices. Daniel has also held a senior training role at The Institute of Chartered Accountants and has presented hundreds of tax training sessions to undergraduates all the way up to Partners and Directors. Daniel is both well known and well regarded in the tax training field.

Daniel has always been passionate about tax training and in 2013 he foundered Talking Tax to provide practical and relevant tax training to accounting firms. Talking Tax grew rapidly and began servicing accounting firms in Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane. In 2017 Talking Tax transferred its tax training business to TaxBanter and Daniel continues to provide tax training sessions to a multitude of clients.

Michael Bode TaxBanter Tax Trainer

Michael Bode

Senior Tax Trainer

Michael has over 20 years’ experience in public practice with Chartered firms including 6 years at Deloitte in tax advisory, 3 years as lead tax advisor for a large financial planning firm and 3 years as head of the national tax consulting division at Prosperity Advisers. Prior to this Michael worked in business services in mid-sized Chartered practices. Having commenced with legal training and practice he gravitated naturally to his love of tax law, advice and team training.

Michael has a broad range of experience covering tax issues and practical compliance for individuals, small business, listed companies and multinationals across a wide spectrum of industries. His extensive work managing tax controversy matters and government submissions, coupled with his business service experience and passion for tax law allows him to provide significant colour and context to his training.

Jenny Daborn - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Jenny Daborn

BCom. MTax, CPA
Senior Tax Trainer

Jenny commenced her working career in 1985 for the then State Bank of Victoria. In 1990 she began working for a regional CPA firm where she gained experience in regional tax issues, particularly primary production.

In 1996, Jenny made the move to Webb Martin where she assisted with tax consulting, contributed to the writing of training material and ultimately became a tax trainer. From here, Jenny became part owner of Practising Tax until the acquisition of Practising Tax’s tax training business by TaxBanter.

Tim Edgecombe - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Tim Edgecombe

B.Com, MTax, CA, CTA
Senior Tax Trainer

Tim has over 15 years’ experience in public practice with Chartered Accounting firms, including with Big 4 firms and continues to act as a consultant for several accounting firms, ranging from large second tier to sole practitioners. Tim has significant experience in the tax issues encountered by small to medium enterprises and brings these practical insights to training presentations.

He regularly presents tax related topics at a range of professional forums on behalf of other industry bodies. Tim is also involved with the presentation of Tax Masterclass material for CA candidates.

Debbie Ghulianie - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Deb Ghuliani

Senior Tax Trainer

Deb joined the tax training industry after 13 years in Corporate tax at a Big 4 CA practice. Her high level of tax consulting experience and lively personality combine to ensure that clients receive an informative yet entertaining training session.

Deb has practical experience in dealing with tax issues affecting many industries, particularly manufacturing, telecommunications and resources. Deb also has significant experience in relation to international tax matters resulting from her 4 year secondment to the M&A division of the London office of the Big 4 CA firm where she worked and a 1 year secondment to an Australian subsidiary of a global listed multinational group.

Lynne Gibson - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Lynne Gibson

BA (Accounting and Economics), FCA, CTA, FTIA
Senior Tax Trainer

Lynne had over 25 years’ experience in public practice in Chartered Accounting firms before joining the tax training industry. Advising a diverse range of clients in most industries means she has the ideal experience and expertise that allows her to provide relevant and practical examples in her interesting presentations.

She has managed clients’ affairs, delivered tax advice and been responsible for staff development and training as a partner in a Sydney CBD Chartered Accounting practice. Before becoming a partner Lynne worked to a senior level in a number of public accounting practices including a Big 4 CA practice, advising in taxation, audit and accounting matters to a diverse range of clients including many family groups and corporate clients covering many industries. Lynne also has professional affiliations at a senior level.

Lee-Ann Hayes - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Lee-Ann Hayes

BBus (Accounting), CPA
Senior Tax Trainer

Lee-Ann brings over 19 years of tax training experience and is well regarded as an enthusiastic, approachable and engaging presenter. Her strong tax technical knowledge was developed at the Australian Taxation Office, where she held various technical, audit and training roles. Lee-Ann’s passion for tax training began in 2001 after joining Webb Martin Training and continues on at TaxBanter. From this time, Lee-Ann has continued delivering tax technical training sessions for various providers, including boutique training organisations and professional associations.

Lee-Ann’s strong technical knowledge and enthusiastic training style ensures that all participants, from the graduate to the partner, receive maximum value from each training session.

George Housakos

George Housakos

B.Ecom, FIPA
Senior Tax Trainer

George has over 25 years in the tax profession, including 20 years at the Australian Taxation Office, specialising in Disputes and Interpretative Advice. He also has significant experience in training and assessment roles in the TAFE sector. George is highly regarded for providing practical and pragmatic taxation and superannuation advice.

Brian Kamenetzky - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Brian Kamenetzky

Senior Tax Trainer

Brian has more than 30 years’ experience as a professional tax trainer. He practised as a barrister in South Africa at the Johannesburg Bar before moving to Australia in 1986. He was formerly the National Tax Education director at Deloitte and at Ernst & Young before joining Webb Martin Training in 1998.

During his time at Webb Martin Training, Brian delivered more than 5,000 sessions Australia wide, in capital cities and regionally to public accountants in practice and commerce. Brian joined Cyntax in 2007, and made the move to TaxBanter in July 2011. To date, Brian has delivered more than 8,000 training sessions. His colourful presentation style, combined with his extensive knowledge of tax and enthusiastic delivery, ensures high-quality sessions. The accounting profession recognises Brian as a leading tax trainer.

Meng Lee - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Meng Lee

BAHons (Accounting & Economics), LL.B, GDip (Commercial & Taxation Law)
Senior Tax Trainer

Meng has over 18 years of experience in the tax profession. Prior to joining TaxBanter, he was a tax trainer with Chartered Accountants Australia and Webb Martin Training. Meng has provided comprehensive tax training to clients ranging from the Australian Taxation Office, the Big 4, large mid-tier accounting firms and small medium accounting practices.

He was also a regular presenter for Chartered Accountants Australia at their public forums and tax seminars. Meng has also previously worked for CCH Australia where he contributed to well-known tax publications such as the Australian Federal Tax Reporter and the Australian Master Tax Guide. Having worked as a tax manager with a mid-tier accounting firm, Meng not only has considerable technical expertise but a practical understanding and approach to teaching tax courses.

Gary Martin - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Gary Martin

BCom, MTax, Dip Ed, FTIA
Senior Tax Trainer

Gary has over 20 years of experience in the tax industry, including 10 years in the ATO, 5 years in Big 4, and 5 years as a partner and national tax technical director in a second tier practice. Gary has also worked as a tax trainer for Chartered Accountants Australia, and has presented on numerous occasions for the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Gary has a background in corporate tax, having worked in policy and legislation in Canberra on a number of corporate tax projects, including tax consolidation, company loss recoupment provisions, and loss multiplication measures. He now also specialises in SME issues, including Division 7A, small business CGT concessions, and trust issues.

Michael Messner - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Michael Messner

BSc (Banking & Finance) Hons, MSc (Economics), MBus (Professional Accounting), CPA, CPA Canada, Registered Tax Agent
Senior Tax Trainer

Michael has a passion for tax law and sharing his knowledge about it. Prior to becoming a tax trainer at TaxBanter, he worked in Tier 1 investment banks in Europe, Asia and Australia. After six years of working in derivative structuring at assistant vice president level, he worked in public practice for several years with a focus on tax advisory, structuring and training staff members, ultimately becoming principal in a CPA firm. Over the years, he has developed significant experience in the taxation of trusts, non-residents and small business.

As Michael is very advisory-focused on his career, he finds it easy to engage with training groups. He endeavours to convey not only the subject matter on hand, but also the reason and application to provide a full picture. His passionate approach allows him to engage all audiences and maximise the value derived by his audience.

Nicole Rowan - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Nicole Rowan

LLB(Hons), Solicitor of Supreme Court of Victoria, GradDipEd, Diploma of Management
Senior Tax Trainer

Nicole is a lawyer who has previously been employed by Maurice Blackburn and the Australian Taxation Office, where she worked in litigation and dispute resolution, and the Aggressive Tax Planning area of the Private Groups and High Wealth Individuals program, including SMSFs.

Nicole has held various senior positions both in commerce and accounting practices and in the community, not-for-profit and charity sector and she has worked on charity regulation reform at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Leanne Saunders - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Leanne Saunders

Senior Tax Trainer

Leanne has over 25 years of experience in the tax profession. Prior to becoming a tax trainer, Leanne was a specialist tax consultant, providing advice to a diverse range of clients on a wide variety of tax issues. She commenced her career in the Big 4 environment in Sydney before moving to the Gold Coast, where she managed the tax consulting division of a large second-tier firm.

Since joining TaxBanter, Leanne has provided tax training to the Big 4, mid-tier and small accounting practices, commercial accountants, and the Australian Taxation Office. Her entertaining style and her ability to communicate complex technical information in an easy to understand manner ensure that she is a highly sought after trainer.

Fred Schenck - Senior Tax Trainer at TaxBanter

Fred Schenck

MTax, BBus, CPA, CTA, Registered Tax Agent
Senior Tax Trainer

Fred brings a practical approach to delivering training sessions using worked examples to explain tax principles in an easy-to-understand manner.

Fred has over 30 years of experience in tax and commerce, including roles as a principal in public accounting practices providing extensive tax consulting and compliance services to corporate and high-net-worth individual clients. Fred has also had senior management roles in commerce and industry, including responsibility for financial control and training and development. Fred was an adjunct university lecturer in taxation law, and is a member of TaxBanter’s editorial committee.

Could this be you?

Could this be you?

Are you an experienced Tax Trainer or Tax Professional who is interested in making the switch to Tax Training? Based in Melbourne, but with offices around Australia, TaxBanter is an innovative training organisation who values employee satisfaction and progression. It is the quality of staff that has led to TaxBanter’s significant growth since inception in 2008, and we are now looking to expand our team.

Please contact us if you are interested in joining the team at TaxBanter.