Directors

Michael Banks

Michael is responsible for the overall management of the business and setting its strategic direction. Michael assists several DRB Group clients in the strategic elements of their business, financial and accounting activities. He has a strong knowledge of business planning, business structuring, acquisitions and succession events. He holds an honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and a Masters in Strategic Management from the University of Wollongong. He is also a licensed Financial Adviser.

Kellie Stannard

Kellie is a Director of the DRB Group, and a qualified accountant who has completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Wollongong. Kellie has been with the DRB Group since the establishment of the firm at its current location in 1999. Kellie has over 20 years of management and accounting experience and assists a wide range of small to medium business clients. Kellie’s blend of accounting, managerial and business experience has proven invaluable for many of her business clients.

Naomi Rao

Naomi is a Director of the DRB Group and her responsibilities include managing the superannuation accounting and corporate services functions of the business. Naomi has been with the DRB Group for over 15 years and has extensive knowledge and experience in superannuation accounting. Naomi has completed a Bachelor of Commerce and holds CPA status.

Richard Stanizzo

Richard is a Director at the DRB Group and has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and taxation. Richard specialises in the setup of structures for small and medium sized business clients and can advise on the best structure for clients; taking into consideration asset protection and taxation advantages. Richard assists a range of small and medium business clients and has a strong knowledge of all areas of taxation. Richard has completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Wollongong and holds CPA status. Richard is also a Justice of the Peace in NSW and has Italian as a second language.

Luigi Villella

Luigi is a Director of the DRB Group and has completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Wollongong and holds CPA status. He has over 15 years experience in the accounting industry and is skilled in dealing with clients that have more complex business structures and accounting needs. He has a strong knowledge of business structuring, business planning, acquisitions and valuations. Luigi has Italian as a second language.

Narelle Adams

Narelle is a Director at the DRB Group and draws on over 20 years experience in the accounting industry. Narelle caters to small to medium business with an emphasis on clients in professional services, medical and allied industries. Narelle’s strong technical knowledge in all areas of taxation together with her practical experience enable her to provide tailored business solutions for her clients. She holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology Sydney and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Peter Blackett

Peter is a Director of the DRB Group and leads our Financial Advising team. He has more than 20 years experience in providing financial advisory services to clients in the Illawarra. Prior to joining the DRB Group, Peter held senior financial advising positions with a major Building Society. Peter is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP™) and is dedicated to building a strong rapport with both his clients and their professional service providers. Further to this, Peter has substantial accounting experience and focuses on developing client strategies that are both financially and tax effective.

Founder

Dennis Banks

Dennis founded the DRB Group in 1999 and until his retirement was involved in public practice locally for over 50 years. He brought substantial accounting, business and financial knowledge that provided enormous benefits to our diverse client base. Dennis passed on his valuable skills and knowledge to the current Directors who continue to provide the same level of service and dedication to clients that Dennis demonstrated throughout his long career. 

Accounting Team

 

Sandra Kuhn

Accounting Manager

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Wollongong University and completed her CPA in 2010. Sandra’s solid technical skills, her attention to detail and her focus on client service enable her to support and assist clients in the day to day and strategic aspects of their business. Sandra speaks fluent Portuguese and has been with the DRB Group for over 10 years.

 

Vesna Dias

Accounting Manager

Vesna has been a valuable employee of the DRB Group for 20 years. During this time Vesna has developed a skill set that allows her to understand both individual and business client needs. Vesna can advise on the best structures for clients; with regards to taxation, family and asset protection needs as well as in capital gains tax matters. Vesna has completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Wollongong majoring in Accounting and Finance and holds CPA status. Vesna has Macedonian as a second language.

 

Daniel Byatt

Accounting Manager

Daniel holds an Associate Diploma of Business (Accounting) TAFE as well as a Bachelor of Business, (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University. Daniel has over 25 years of public practice experience and holds CPA status. His technical skills and attention to detail is well regarded by colleagues and clients of the DRB Group.

 

Patricia Da Silva

Senior Accountant

Patricia Da Silva has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws Degree attained at the University of Wollongong. Patricia has worked in public practice for over 20 years and has completed the CPA program.

 

Ben Meta

Senior Accountant

Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Ben began his career as a turnaround specialist assisting struggling businesses to improve financial and operational performance. For the last 3 years he has worked on the accounting and taxation affairs of a wide range of small to medium-sized business clients.

 

Ryan Ostwald

Senior Accountant

Ryan has completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Wollongong and has been with the DRB Group for over 6 years. Ryan works in the area of superannuation accounting and has a strong knowledge of all aspects of SMSFs.

 

Sara Rodwell

Senior Accountant

Sara has completed an Advanced Diploma of Accounting from the ACBC along with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, majoring in Accounting from the University of Wollongong. Sara is currently completing her CPA and has been with the DRB Group for over 3 years. Sara assists a range of accounting & taxation clients with a focus on small business clients.

Accountants

Emily Rodrigues

George Johnson

Lillee Pollock

 

Gemma Gleeson

 

 

Jane Mai

Harry Matthew

 

Rakesh Jha

 

 

James Camplin

Taj Banks

 

Mohammad Solaiman

 

 

Ethan Carruthers

Aleisha Muscat

 

Hayley Lam

Bookkeeping Team

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Belinda Spinks

Cathy Sloan

Lynette Peace

Kerrie Peters

Cindy Nelson

Financial Advising Team

Celia Barila

Senior Financial Adviser

During her 18 years with the DRB Group Celia has amassed financial and commercial skills that enable her to take a comprehensive approach with clients. A background in Accounting allows her to take a holistic approach to financial planning, paying special attention to individual client needs. Celia completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Wollongong majoring in Accounting and Finance, her CPA Program and more recently a Diploma of Financial Planning and Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning. Celia has Portuguese as a second language.

 

Michelle Monkman

Melissa Boland

Glynis Simpson

 

Finance Team

Gabriele Heydler

Finance Broker

Gabriele comes to the DRB Group with over 12 years of experience in mortgage lending. Gabriele is accredited with over 25 lenders including the major banks, many regional banks & key non-bank lenders. She is also accredited with the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA). Gabriele has a strong focus on client service and especially enjoys getting to know clients and striving to provide solutions that play a positive role in assisting them achieve their financial goals.

 

 

Samantha Sini

Administration Team

Play a key role in providing administrative support to the DRB Group. With excellent communication and interpersonal skills they ensure effective liaison between clients and their particular consultant whether it be from Accounting, Bookkeeping, Finance or the Financial Advisers division of the DRB Group. They also provide Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) and Corporate Services administration services.

Karen Stannard

Amber Rooke

Felicity Hedges

Amarah Banks

Susan Cooper

Cait Scattergood

Indee Banks