542 Partners was formed in mid 2013 by senior partners Craig Pisani, Stuart Brandman and Adam Brown. All in senior positions at mid-tier firms prior to forming 542, Craig, Stu and Adam knew there was more to accounting than crunching the numbers and providing client service with one eye on the clock.

Avid soccer players as well as clever accountants, the trio took the things they love about one of their favourite games and incorporated it into what they love to do: strategic accounting.

Speaking soccer, 4-4-2, is a widely used formation. It’s general knowledge there’s no optimal formation that your team can use for every match. Unless it’s the 5-4-2.

With 542 we add you. And that’s when we’ve got the winning combination to kick your business goals and then some.

So lets get started. Check out our team below.

542 Partners HR 5 min

Adam Brown


About Adam

Adam gets a real kick out of helping people. He makes it his mission (and yes he has chosen to accept), to partner with his clients. He steers his clients towards financial success while ensuring all financial and compliance obligations are met.

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Craig Pisani


About Craig

Craig’s business card proudly states that he is an accountaholic. But it wasn’t always that way. Craig comes from a long line of accountants and growing up he thought he would break the mold by trying stints as an aspiring sportsman, marketing manager and IT guy. As much as he tried, Craig couldn’t resist the lure of the calculator and 15 years later, Craig has forged a healthy addiction to all things accounting.

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542 Partners HR 12 min

Stuart Brandman


About Stuart

Stu believes that thinking outside the box, being personable, proactive and reliable are a must in his line of work. Fortunately for Stu’s clients these attributes come naturally to him.

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Kieran Bowden

Senior Account Manager

About Kieran

Kieran brings almost 10 years of experience to the 542 Partners team. After high school Kieran jumped straight into the workforce at a mid-tier firm whilst studying a Bachelor of Commerce. After graduating, he completed his Diploma of Chartered Accounting achieving top 10% of the state in Taxation.

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Ralph Neill


About Ralph

Ralph brings 39 years of experience to the 542 Partners team. Joining as Associate, Ralph relishes working in a dynamic, technology driven firm.

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Kurtis Thompson

Senior Accountant

About Kurtis

With over half a decade of industry experience, Kurtis loves seeing his clients businesses flourish. His ‘think outside the box’ philosophy and genuine passion for accounting make him a valued asset to the 542 team.

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542 Partners HR 23 min

Vicky Kefalas

Senior Accountant

About Vicky

With over 10 years of industry experience Vicky joins the 524 team as Senior Accountant.
She holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting from the Australian Catholic University and like the rest of the 542 team is a Xero ninja.

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Diana Fernandes

Senior Accountant

About Diana

Bubbly and driven Senior Accountant Diana, has over 8 years’ experience in Audit and Accounting in Chartered firms. Holding a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in Accounting and also a certified Public Accountant, Diana is committed to getting great results for her clients. Her thorough and personable approach ensures Diana moves beyond compliance for her clients. Mining client data (one of her specialities!) Diana translates the numbers to give her clients real business insights and valuable advice.

On the weekends, you can catch her sipping on coffee while walking her dog along Wanda Beach.

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542 Partners HR 8 min

Kurt Turansky


About Kurt

Kurt, currently completing a Bachelor of Business (Majoring in Accounting and Finance) at the University of Technology Sydney, joins the 542 team as a Cadet accountant.

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Jessica Heapy


About Jessica

Jess is currently studying a Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology.

As an accounting Cadet, Jessica is eager to learn as much as she can from the 542 team on her journey to becoming a qualified accountant. Her thirst for knowledge sees Jessica continually seeking to build her expertise on how businesses operate and what makes them successful.

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542 Partners HR 28 min

Michael Ochieng


About Michael

Michael’s desire to help business owners turn dreams into reality is of great value to 542 and our clients.

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Matthew Earl


About Matthew

Matthew joins the 542 team as a Cadet accountant while completing his Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology Sydney.

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Alex Bostock

Client Relationship Manager

About Alex

Alex loves thinking outside the box to come up with creative ways to solve problems. After working in admin support roles in the financial sector, Alex worked in a professional support role in a Chartered Accounting firm.

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Sarah Oakley


About Sarah

With 9 years’ experience in the field and a Certificate 3 in Business Administration, Sarah is our super friendly receptionist. Her background of nursing is evident by the genuine care Sarah takes with 542 clients and team. Sarah loves combining this experience with her love of tackling new projects.
When she’s not greeting you on the phone or in the office, you can catch Sarah hiking a local bush trail with her beloved dog.

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Melonie Little

Client Relationship Manager

About Melonie

Mel is the happy face of 542 Partners. A first point of contact for clients – yup that’s her desk at the front door! – Mel steers the 542 ship while responsible for day-to-day running operations.

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Sarah Weir


About Sarah

Sarah's welcoming nature combined with her administration experience is invaluable to our front desk here at 542 Partners.

With roles such as Team Secretary, Personal Assistant and Executive Assistant spanning over 20 years in NZ and UK across a number of different industries, Sarah genuinely enjoys getting to know our clients and their business journeys.

You'll find Sarah keeping in shape when she doesn't let a relaxing time at the beach with friends and family get in the way.

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542 Partners HR 16 min

Katie Michael

Account Manager

About Katie

Katie joins the 542 team as our driven Account Manager. With a host of qualifications and 10 years’ industry experience, Katie is passionate about trust law and specialises in tax, particularly the passive wealth space.

Her experience spans across a variety of industries from construction to retail to name a few and has gained international exposure from working in a big four firm in New Zealand.

Katie is committed to meeting her client’s needs and enjoys forming genuine relationships, helping them achieve their desired lifestyles in and away from their businesses.

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Finally. What you’ve always wanted from your accountant.
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