Adele Hammond

B.Com (ACC & MKTG)


email: [email protected]

Adele joined the Insight Accounting team in June 2020 as an Office Administrator at the Warragul office. She graduated from high school in 2019 and in 2022 completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Marketing) at the University of Melbourne.

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Marketing)
  • Xero Certified

Favourite Past Time: Tennis, Beach and Travelling

Favourite TV Shows: M*A*S*H and Sherlock

Favorite Movies: Avatar and Harry Potter

Favorite Music: Queen and Imagine Dragons

Best Vacation: Whistler and Japan

Dream Vacation: Greek Islands and Scandinavia

Breanna Schaarschmidt



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Graduated High School in 2011 – had a brief period where I worked full time as a General Manager in food retail before commencing my studies in 2013.

Graduated from La Trobe University in 2017 with a Bachelor Degree of Accounting. Since graduating, I have worked for two different firms which has helped broaden my knowledge and experiences with Accounting, taxation and software programs (such as, Xero, MYOB, QBO, Reckon, CCH (iFirm), & a few more).

I love spending my time with my little boy, Harrison and with my family & friends – creating memories and having fun.

• Bachelor of Accounting

Favourite Past Time: Camping with the family @ Easter time when we were kids

Favourite TV Shows: Suits, Friends & Jane the Virgin

Favourite Movies: Marvel Movies, Deadpool and Rom-Coms

Favourite Music: Almost anything

Best Vacation: Bali & Byron Bay

Dream Vacation: Europe

Cara Mercuri

B.Bus (ACC)


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Cara joined the Insight Accounting team in May 2019, working previously as an Accountant at a small accounting firm in Port Melbourne. Cara studied part time while working and completed her Bachelor of Business (Accounting) in 2020. Cara has recently become a new mum and is currently working part time so she can spend quality time with her daughter.

• Certificate IV in Accounting

• Diploma of Accounting

• Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Favourite Past Time: Playing games and spending time with family and friends

Favorite TV Shows: The Walking Dead

Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and anything horror

Favorite Music: 80’s and R&B

Best Vacation: Russia – World Cup 2018

Dream Vacation: Africa and Antarctica

Helen Qu


Senior Accountant

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After graduating from Deakin University with a Master of Commerce degree, majoring in Accounting, Helen joined Insight Accounting in 2018 and works four days a week. Helen is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) with 10 years’ accounting experience.

  • Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA)
  • Master of Commerce (Accounting)

Favourite Past Time: Gym, swimming and traveling

Favourite TV Shows: How I Met Your Mother, Breaking Bad

Favorite Movies: The Tourist, Titanic, and Ghost

Favorite Music: All types of music

Best Vacation: Tasmania

Dream Vacation: Japan and Europe

Michelle Herrera



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Michelle recently joined the Insight Accounting Team. After finishing high school in 2009, Michelle began a Bachelor Degree in Commerce majoring in Accounting. After having a daughter Michelle took sometime off before working for a previous accounting firm as an accountant.

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Favourite Past Time: Baking and spending time with family and friends

Favourite TV Shows: Friends

Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, Grease, Tarzan, and anything Horror

Favorite Music: Latin Music and RnB

Best Vacation: Europe

Dream Vacation: Egypt and an animal safari in Africa

Navdeep Singh



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Navdeep moved to New Zealand from India in 2010. Initially he studied Business in Auckland, then worked in sales and marketing for a few years. Navdeep started working in an accounting firm in 2017 and finished his degree in Applied Management (Accounting) in 2018 while working in the sector. Navdeep has recently moved from New Zealand to Australia in August 2022 and started working at Insight Accounting in September 2022.

  • Bachelor of Applied Management (Accounting)
  • CA ANZ Registered

Favorite Past Time: Giving a go to any sport, watching sports on TV, and spending time with my family

Favorite TV Shows: Breaking Bad, Homeland, Tehran

Favorite Movies: Die Hard series, Jason Bourne series

Favorite Music: Bollywood Punjabi and Ghazals

Best Vacation: Queenstown & Milford Sound (NZ)

Dream Vacation: Travel around Europe (to try new cuisines and see other cultures)

Nicola MacRae

B.Comm (ACC) CPA

Senior Accountant

email: [email protected]

Nicola joined the Insight team in March 2022, working previously as an Accountant for 15 years at a small accounting firm. Prior to working in taxation Nicola had accounting roles within major retail and corporate entities.

During her time in these roles, Nicola has gained a broad knowledge of accounting, taxation matters and experience with major accounting software programs, including Xero, MYOB, Reckon, Quickbooks and Cashflow Manager.

Nicola holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and has been a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) since 2007.

Outside office hours Nicola and her husband Simon enjoy following and supporting their three children’s activities.  Lachlan a keen cricketer playing for both the Victorian and Australian I.D teams, Brooke a professional performing artist currently working in the theatre industry and Emily a keen footballer for the local Beaconsfield Football Club in the women’s senior team.

  • CPA (Certified Practicing Accountant)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
  • Xero Certified
  • Registered Tax Agent

Favourite Past Time: Spending time with the family going on daytrips (especially anywhere by the beach), theatre shows and group fitness classes

Favourite TV Shows: Friends, How l Met Your Mother, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Big Bang Theory

Favourite Movies: The Notebook, Marvel Movies, Pirates of the Caribbean

Favourite Music: Pop, 80’s and Musical Theatre

Best Vacation: Fiji – First family overseas holiday

Dream Vacation: Greece – Santorini and Italy

Queenie Kwan


Senior Accountant

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After graduating from the University College of Central Queensland with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Queenie started working for a German owned company based in Hong Kong as an assistant accountant. Not long after the company was sold to a Taiwanese firm, Queenie transferred to Thailand to work as Financial Manager.

After over a year in Thailand she then moved back to Australia. Queenie worked for a couple of kitchen companies as an  accountant for a number of years before changing fields to computing. Queenie worked in a software company for a few years as an analyst/programmer and completed a Graduate Diploma of Information System (System Development) during that period. She then moved back to the accounting industry and work as an accountant while finishing her Masters Degree of Information Technology (Internet Computing).

After working for four years as an accountant/system administrator Queenie decided to take a break to travel overseas. In the meantime, she started her own part-time business to provide bookkeeping & computing services. Eventually returning to work full time for her bookkeeping business.

Queenie has been a BAS Agent since 2011 and a fellow member of Association of Accounting Technicians (now in part of Institute of Public Accountants Group). Queenie has recently joined Insight Accounting at the Beaconsfield office.

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Graduate Diploma of Information System (System Development)
  • Masters Degree of Information Technology (Internet Computing)
  • Xero Advisor Certified
  • Xero Payroll Certified
  • Certified Accounting Technician

Favourite Past Time: Spending time with my 2 dogs

Favourite TV Shows: Friends, How I Met Your Mother & Big Bang Theory

Favourite Movies: Marvel movies

Favourite Music: Pop, Rock & Classical

Best Vacation: Canada – Niagra Falls

Dream Vacation: Hokkaido, Japan

Ryan Skilling


Senior Accountant

email: [email protected]

After graduating from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Accounting, Ryan joined Insight Accounting in 2017. Ryan is currently studying to become a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) has completed the Xero Certified program. When not in the office, Ryan enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Cherie, their kelpie puppy Buddy, hanging out with family and friends and watching or playing basketball.

  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Xero Certified

Favourite Past Time: Walking our dog (buddy!), watching/playing sport

Favourite TV Shows: Below Deck & Vikings

Favourite Movies: Sherlock Holmes & Marvel Movies

Favourite Music: Green Day & Fall Out Boy…Rock

Best Vacation: Queensland

Dream Vacation: USA