Jarmille Poggioli

Jarmille Poggioli 0439 761 460

Jarmille is a Tableland’s local, wife of a farmer, a busy mum of four children and, without doubt, not your stereotypical accountant.

Helping business owners with all things accounting and tax for more than 15 years and, as a business owner herself, Jarmille understands the various issues challenging business owners in today’s ever-changing world.

Jarmille believes in working in her client’s businesses, not external to them, and is dedicated to partnering with her clients to help them achieve long term success. Recognising that no two clients are the same and tailoring accounting services and fees to suit each client’s individual circumstances sets Jarmille apart from other Accountants.

Graduating from Central Queensland University with a Bachelor of Accounting, Jarmille is a Chartered Accountant, an Associate of the Institute of Public Accountants, a registered tax agent, public practice certificate holder and a qualified Justice of the Peace.

When not at work, Jarmille enjoys the constant chaos of having an active family life and you will often find her helping down in the avocado orchard or out on the football field.

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Joseph Van Vuuren

Joseph Van Vuuren 0447 520 683

Joe was born in the Netherlands, where he lived until his early thirties. This is when he met Lisa, who is a born and bred Tablelands local and he decided to leave the Netherlands behind and settle Down Under. He married Lisa and they have one son together. He is also the proud stepdad of one stepson and two stepdaughters.

Joe graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Accounting, and he is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Joe joined our team not long after we opened our doors in 2017 and embraces Astute’s distinctive and modern accounting and business philosophies.

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Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson 0438 758 689

Having completed her Diploma in Mortgage Broking and on the journey to completing her Bachelor in Financial Planning, Lisa is based in our Atherton Office and is our designating lending specialist taking care of all things finance.

Lisa joined the world of lending, when she kicked off with Astute in 2015 and it is safe to say she has found her calling. With a diverse background having worked in both an underground mine and an accounting office (not at the same time) one thing Lisa is not afraid of is hard work. She seamlessly made the transition from hi vis to high heels and shamelessly admits to her role with Astute being the best job in the world.

She is a natural with clients and her bubbly personality makes even the most nervous first home buyer feel at ease. She’s versatile, endlessly accommodating but prides herself on never taking no for an answer when she needs something done for her clients.

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Donna Wilkinson

Donna Wilkinson 07 4091 5555

Donna is a born and bred Far North Queenslander! Growing up in Tully and meeting her husband of more than 33 years there, is mum to two adult kids and one very adored grandchild. Donna has 17 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, as well as over 13 years in an administration and bookkeeping role within the motor vehicle industry.

Joining the Astute Atherton accounting team in October 2018, Donna has completed a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping, to compliment her Diploma of Management, Xero Advisor Certification and Xero Payroll Certification. When not helping her clients with everything bookkeeping and accounting, Donna enjoys going to the gym or walking some of the lovely bushwalks in the area.

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John Watts

John Watts 0418 716 033

We started Astute North Queensland because I was disappointed with the way banks had done away with ‘Old School’ bank managers that expressed compassion, knowledge and authority.  So we developed a company to fill the gap. I believe the best thing we do is explain the process to the customer in a simple and easy manner; it is this philosophy that has made Astute North Queensland the success it is today. 20 years on and with a number of subsidiary companies, including Equipment Finance, General Insurance, Financial Planning, Accounting and Bookkeeping we have group of individuals that genuinely build relationships with our customers.

Originally born and raised in South-West Queensland, I went to school at Churchie as a boarder in Brisbane. After school I worked in Gove NT, the Kimberly’s WA and Barcaldine Central Queensland, working in the mining and rural industries. I then moved to Toowoomba to work in Real Estate as an Auctioneer and Salesperson, moving back to Cairns in 1996 to continue my real estate career with First National.

If you want to deal with someone the way bank managers were in the old days, contact us.

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Elise Taylor

Elise Taylor 07 4091 5555

Elise is a Tablelands local, having grown up west of Mount Garnet on cattle properties and completing the majority of her schooling here in Atherton. Elise and her husband Kieran, love living the laid-back country lifestyle.

Leaving her background in the makeup industry behind, Elise found a passion for bookkeeping whilst working within her family’s business.

Joining the Astute team in 2020 she has a drive to deliver genuine and exceptional customer service, whilst understanding the challenges business owners face with managing their bookwork. Elise is enthusiastic about helping ease the burden of the books with her experience using MYOB and Xero.

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Kaila McMillan

Kaila McMillan 0468 579 736

Born in Cairns, I completed the early years of my schooling here before moving to Geraldton WA when I was 14 years old.  Completing my schooling there, I then returned to Cairns to attend James Cook University in 2017.  Here I studied a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Business Law) graduating in 2020.  Previously working for a large, local accounting firm, I have gained experience in insolvency and bookkeeping, however, I decided to take on some new challenges and get my ‘hands dirty’ in taxation accounting as well as enrolling to study for my Chartered Accountants qualification.

 

My partner and I built our first home in Cairns in 2020 with the assistance of Astute Financial, (who would have thought I would be working here years later).  We live with our two fur babies – Macey the cat and Betty the Staffy.

 

Loving the Cairns lifestyle, I enjoy getting out and about and exploring everything the North has to offer – taking Betty with us every chance we get.

 

I look forward to being of assistance to you with all things tax and accounting.

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Luke Hare

Luke Hare 0408 570 088

My family made the move to Cairns from the cold winters of Wodonga, Victoria in 2004 with my three siblings and I. Attending Trinity Anglican School initially and then proceeding to commence a Bachelor of Commerce and Accounting at JCU in 2013. Fast forward from a gap year and running my own personal training business I then worked for several years within external audit at a local mid-tier firm providing me with great exposure and experience across a lot of industries ranging from small not-for-profits to large government organizations in locations such as Gove, Weipa, Normanton as well as Cairns and the surrounding regions.

 

Outside of study and career endeavors, I spend most of my time training and competing in Powerlifting and looking after my two naughty golden retrievers.  I also enjoy spending time at a local watering hole drinking some cold pale ales with family and friends.

 

Joining the Accounting team at Astute in February 2022 I look forward to helping you work towards and achieve your business goals as well as minimizing the stress and weathering the storms around all things tax and accounting.

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Jamie Townsend

Jamie Townsend 0408 709 666

Hailing from the City of Champions, a place known for its bitterly cold winters, Jamie and his wife moved to Cairns in 2004 seeing it as the perfect place to start a family where kids could run around the backyard freely all year round.

 

A love of sport saw him gravitate to roles such as Cairns Rugby Manager, Barlow Park Facility Manager, hosting his own weekly sports radio show and various ground announcing and emceeing events across several different sports.

 

After an enjoyable stint in radio advertising, Jamie took on his first major leadership position running the very busy Cairns Central Telstra Store.  His eight and a half year Telstra career saw him overseeing the Cairns Central and Smithfield stores whilst working directly in Sales and Leadership Management across the wider business that included the Telstra Business Centre Cairns.  This proved a wonderful learning environment for the levers that influence human behaviour.  After leaving Telstra Jamie then took on the challenge of running the retail operations for Medibank in Cairns and Townsville.

 

Fascinated by the triggers that influence human behaviours and performance, Jamie has completed a Certificate in Business Psychology and is curious about everything.

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Sara Jorgensen

Sara Jorgensen 07 4091 5555

I am a true local girl having been born and raised in Mareeba.  I completed all my schooling in Mareeba and, after graduating, followed my passion and love for animals working as a Veterinary Nurse for three years.

 

A lot of my time growing up was spent on cattle stations where I loved to hunt, fish and camp.  Thinking that full time station life was for me, I spent a year working remotely, and very quickly decided an office environment was more my style.  Successfully securing a traineeship with the Tablelands Regional Council I found I enjoyed working with numbers and finance as well as face to face interactions with the community.

 

After completing my traineeship, I moved to Astute Accounting.  Furthering my interest in working with numbers I have started a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

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Kirby Harrop

Kirby Harrop 0407 748 733

Born and raised on the Atherton Tablelands, I live on our family farm in Tolga with my partner and three daughters.  We grow zucchinis, pumpkins, watermelons, passionfruit and avocados.

My career in the finance industry began in 2008 at the National Australia Bank where I worked as a teller, and then moved on to be a Business Banking Associate.  I left NAB in 2015 to start my insurance career with Elders Insurance Tablelands where I fell in love with the insurance industry.  Over the last 7 years I have learnt a great deal regarding the ever-changing insurance market.

I am so excited to have joined the Astute team, and look forward to making new connections and helping our clients with their insurance needs.

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