James Purcell

Working to flip the number-crunching accountant stereotype on its head, James loves nothing better than building exciting and positive client relationships. Armed with a Bachelor of Commerce, his CPA and 14 years’ experience in public practise accounting, it’s no surprise that James loves numbers, so was welcomed to the Hrkac Group team in April of 2010.

Bringing some cheeky wit to his teams’ day, James works to manage the accounting team; liaise with clients; and prepare tax returns, financial statements and SMSF administration documents for his diverse portfolio of clients. James’ areas of particular expertise are advising small businesses on their business structuring including tax minimisation strategies and asset protection where he meets wide range of business owners, enjoying all the new challenges they bring.

Although he regards completing his CPA and playing a part in growing the Hrkac Group as his biggest achievements, James must admit becoming a dad for the first time in 2021 is definitely the biggest highlight he can think of to date.

Whilst most dating profiles would list long walks on the beach with his dogs, outside of the office James is more of a cat person! With wife Sarah, son August and black cat Rosie, James loves spending time with his new family, eating cheese and drinking red wine. A sport lover at heart, he’s a big supporter of the almighty Gunners football club (Arsenal) and whilst he’s not great at golf, he certainly enjoys solving the world’s problems over a beer with his mates at the local pub after a game.


Areas of Expertise

  • Easy going nature
  • Small Business entities and business advisory
  • GST compliance
  • SMSF tax administration

A recent addition to the team, Bishan is starting his Accounting career at the Hrkac Group after completing his studies at RMIT. Although new to his role, Bishan wants to focus on creating strong relationships,  specialising in cost analysis to save clients money and streamlining processes to create more efficient workplaces.

Since joining the Hrkac and SIBS Bookkeeping teams, Bishan loves the workplace cultures and is appreciative of the overwhelming support he is receiving. As he enjoys helping clients figure out how to fund their businesses, it’s no surprise that seeing people succeed brings Bishan true joy.

With a dog named Ralph and a family full of legends with big hearts, Bishan enjoys an active and socially engaged life outside the office. With a side business of making Terrariums and being Treasurer of volunteer organisation Rotary, Bishan is most proud of his awareness of the earth and everything it nurtures.

Bishan’s pearl of wisdom is: “Life is short for those who are having fun and a dire long time for those who are not. It starts with a choice.”


Areas of Expertise

  • Individual tax returns
  • BAS statements
  • Client relationships
  • Dancing

Another recent recruit – Delila joined the team of highly qualified professional Accountants at the Hrkac Group in early 2021. With her 21 years in the industry, Delila specialises in tax and business advisory services for small business entities, trusts and individuals. She is passionate about building strong personal and professional relationships, and is well known around the office to show the cheeky side to her serious exterior.

The organised one in the team, Delila handles many tax accounting services throughout her day, working with Capital Gains tax, Fringe Benefits tax and GST compliances for our business clients. In both her personal and professional life, Delila values honesty, integrity and commitment, easily building rapport with clients and acquaintances alike.

She may come across as the serious one in the office, but in reality, she is very jovial and can be cheeky at times – look out for those pranks! Delila is always ready for a laugh or to lend a helping hand when and where needed.

Outside of the office, she is a daughter, friend, wife and a busy mum of three. Delila enjoys home cooked meals, catching up with friends and family, a strong cup of coffee and date nights with her fabulous husband (her words – not verified yet!) or she can be spotted sipping an espresso martini or two after hours at local restaurants – do say hello if you see her out and about!


Areas of Expertise

  • Tax and Business Advisory
  • Client Relationships
  • Fringe Benefits Tax

With Tiffany’s 23 years of experience in Accounting, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the team when it comes to preparing financial statements and completing BAS for businesses. Working her way up from Admin, to Assistant Accountant, to qualified Accountant, Tiffany has been with the Hrkac Group since 2001.

Known as a bit of a jokester around the office, Tiffany also likes to delight her co-working family with some (terrible) singing as daily entertainment. Outside of work, Tiffany has proudly been a CFA volunteer for over 12 years, receiving her 10-year medal of service in 2019.

At home, Tiffany enjoys the company of her 3 cats Monty, Diego, and Rosie and on the weekends, she likes spending time with her family, enjoying a park run, and discovering regional Victoria.


Areas of Expertise

  • Preparing BAS for businesses
  • The finer details on financial statements
  • Singing!

One of the originals, Kim was part of the first Hrkac Group team back in 1994. Now with 36 years of experience as an Accountant, Kim is one of the pillars of the Hrkac Group’s Accounting division and enjoys working in the great team environment John has fostered.

Kim works with business clients, taking care of their tax returns and financial statements, helping them to plan their tax minimisation strategies so they get the best out of their returns.

With three adult children, two grandkids, and a border collie, Kim’s weekends are full of action going to the beach and enjoying live theatre shows. One of her greatest achievements (apart from raising three wonderful kids) is completing a full marathon, so keeping her fitness levels up is certainly a passion.


Areas of Expertise

  • Tax minimisation strategies
  • Business Financials
  • Preparing Financial Statements

A true accountant at heart, Shane has been with the Hrkac Group for 12 years and loves nothing better than bringing out the best in each of his clients. As manager of the accounting division, as well as a Senior Chartered Accountant, Shane spends most days speaking to clients, preparing individual tax returns and completing tax planning for businesses.

Even with his CAANZ qualifications and tax agent registration, Shane is well known around the office as the go-to tech guy, always coming up with new ways to improve and streamline processes. It’s seeing his client grow, both personally and in business that brings Shane joy, as well as working with SMSF clients – setting them up for a future of success.

Shane is an avid AFL Bulldogs supporter and loves living by the beach so he can enjoy the fresh salty air with his wife, young daughter, and black lab x retriever. If he’s not out in the garden soaking up some sun, he’s watching the Supercar series and enjoying some quality family time.


Areas of Expertise

  • Expanding technical processes
  • Helping clients grow
  • The technology go-to guy

Matt is well known around the office for turning over high-quality work on tight timelines, keeping Small Businesses up to date with their GST and Payroll Compliances.

After pursuing a career in Engineering, and realising he wouldn’t quite make it as a pro AFL player, Matt settled on a degree in Commerce and hasn’t looked back since. In his 6 years at the Hrkac Group, Matt has loved helping small businesses achieve their goals.

Although Matt loves seeing the friendly faces of his colleagues, outside of work you’ll find him hanging around the Torquay Cricket Club playing a game and trying not to land himself another volunteer job!


Areas of Expertise

  • Building client Relationships
  • Small Business Entities
  • GST Compliance
  • Payroll Compliance

Marko is our Self-Managed Super Funds superstar, working with clients throughout the life of their SMSF journey. Clients also have the benefit of Marko’s groundwork skills over the past 3 years, in preparing financial statements for EOFY lodgement.

Straight out of high school, Marko jumped into a Bachelor of Commerce and landed at the Hrkac Group not long after graduating. Loving nothing better than his 5-minute drive to work, Marko loves the relaxed and friendly atmosphere here.

On the weekends, you’ll find Marko watching all the sporting events he can find, firing up the BBQ, or spending time at the beach with his dogs George & Marli.


Areas of Expertise

  • SMSFs
  • Financial Statement preparation
  • Consistently delivering outcomes

One of the originals, Lisa has been part of the Hrkac Group family for the past 20 years and is currently assigned the mission of being John’s Personal Assistant. Comfortable completing Tax Returns, BAS, Company and Trust setups, and transferring refunds – Lisa is happiest connecting with clients through compassion, support, playful humour, and helping spread the good vibes around the office.

After raising 3 beautiful children, Lisa now relishes her new role of being Grandma and loves to spend time entertaining family and friends, especially feeding them her home-cooked delectable delights.

Travelling is also on the agenda after having caught the travel bug on a 6-week jaunt through Europe during which she explored her Dutch heritage. Lisa is always the first one up on the dance floor and usually the last to leave. Music is one of her passions and you will more than often find her either at a live gig or dabbling in the craft of songwriting.


Areas of Expertise

  • Multitasking pro
  • Customer relationships
  • Brightening your day with a smile

Well known for being able to multitask like a pro, Kylie is really great at keeping everything under control for the Senior Accounting team. Clients have the benefit of Kylie’s extensive background preparation work so their tax returns and BAS processing goes as smoothly as possible.

With her love for numbers from a young age, it’s no surprise that Kylie pursued a career in Accounting, joining the Hrkac Group team in early 2017, where she particularly loves working because of its small-knit family feel in a larger team environment.

In her spare time, Kylie is kept busy with her two young kids, enjoying time exploring new places and spending time outdoors – she’s also re-discovering her love for scrapbooking and puzzles, combining the two pastimes and creating her own puzzles to enjoy!


Areas of Expertise

  • Good with Numbers
  • Can multitask like a pro
  • Working with clients

As the Hrkac Group’s fearless leader, John takes great pride in the second family he is surrounded by, and gets to engage with, every single day. After seven short years in the industry, John saw the opportunity to create a unique, transparent and innovative powerhouse that is the Hrkac Group today. Turing the Accounting industry on its head – throwing out the ‘charge by the hour’ routines – the Hrkac Group has been breaking boundaries since 1994.

Starting small, John has added several different arms and divisions to the business over the years, bringing Legal, Financial Planning and Mortgage Broking to round out the holistic firm he envisioned.

Happy helping clients and friends with the best business advice around, processing individual tax returns and managing his wonderful team, John loves nothing more than seeing new generations grow from visiting his office as kids to taking over the family business and continuing to grow success.

It’s no surprise that John’s 35 years of experience and many business achievements have lead him to be a Fellow Member of the Institute of Public Accountants, and with his brain for on the spot problem solving and multitasking – he fancies himself at being ‘good at pretty much everything’!

Aside from being a hands-on Director, John’s biggest achievement is his beautiful wife Jacqui and their family together. On the weekends you’ll find John playing with his two grandkids and two Cavoodles in the garden. John also loves to socialise and exercise, he’s a soccer fanatic and is the son of the founding father of North Geelong’s Soccer club – still heavily involved 50 years later.

It wouldn’t be the Hrkac Group without him!


Areas of Expertise

  • Business advice
  • On the spot problem solving
  • “Good at everything”