About Us

We are a longstanding, proactive and evolving practice providing accounting & taxation services to Small and Medium Enterprise and Individuals. In addition, we offer a range of financial planning advice specialising in Self-Managed Superannuation. The practice is composed of seven professionals, including Certified Practising Accountants & Financial Planners.

Based in the Geelong area, we have been servicing our clients since 1985 & are dedicated to helping you reach your long-term financial goals.

Darren Cole

Darren commenced his employment at what was then Harold Cole Accountants in August 2000. Since then, he has completed his Bachelor of Commerce, CPA studies, is an Associate member of the Financial Planning Association and is a licensed financial adviser. After many years sharing his time between tax and financial advice, Darren now focuses solely on providing financial advice to our clients with a particular interest in helping clients transition into retirement.

Brendan Cole

Brendan began his career at HJC in 2007. Having excelled during his early years at HJC, Brendan became one of the firm’s partners in 2013. Brendan’s expert skills and knowledge within the accounting industry allows him to provide his clients with the detailed information and advice needed to succeed. His down to earth nature is displayed in his ability to build strong long lasting relationships with his clients.

Vicki Allitt

Vicki has been with HJC Accountants since 1999 where she completed her university degree and CPA. Vicki uses her extensive experience and knowledge across a large variety of business and individual tax and accounting issues to ensure clients get the best advice and service every time. Vicki’s clients will attest to her great depth of knowledge and her warm personality.

Henry Green

Since joining HJC, Henry completed his CPA designation to advance his studies and technical skills. With substantial experience working alongside directors, he is dedicated to guiding a diverse clientele with sound tax advice, aiming to build long-standing relationships for a promising future.

Michael Capomolla

Michael joined HJC seeking new challenges after working for over a decade in customer service and retail management. During his time with HJC, Michael completed his further studies and CPA designation, equipping him with the expertise needed for demanding tasks in public practice. Michael prioritises client relationships, leveraging his strong customer service and attention to detail. As a CPA, he delivers top-notch service and advice across tax and accounting.

Clint Vanderpol

Clint commenced with HJC with extensive technical expertise from his time with a prominent Geelong-based business services provider. His cloud accounting and ATO systems proficiency from this experience has become instrumental in his client engagements upon joining our team. With his pursuit of further studies beyond university by undertaking his CPA designation, Clint is equipped with the skills to guide clients through diverse tax scenarios with confidence and precision.

James Thomson

James Thomson is one of our licenced financial advisers and started out here in November 2020. James completed his Bachelor’s degree in Financial Planning in 2019 and has been working in the profession for four years as an accredited SMSF association specialist.

Ben Ralston

Originally from Wangaratta, Ben moved to Geelong in 2016 to study a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Financial Planning. Ben graduated in 2019 and has worked for 5 years with one of the major banks and 1 year with another Financial Planning practice before joining our team in June 2022. He is a professional financial adviser and is currently completing further studies to become a licenced financial adviser.

Jesse Levesque

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in financial planning, Jesse commenced a career as an SMSF auditor. After gaining a strong understanding of SMSF’s, Jesse decided to move into financial advice and joined the team at HJC. He is currently studying to become a licenced financial adviser, whilst assisting our clients in achieving their goals.

Karyn Richards

For over a decade, Karyn has steered our Business Services team, which is dedicated to continual improvement and enhancing interactions for us and our clients. Well-known amongst our small to medium-business client base, Karyn expertly navigates them through each BAS season and any other compliance issue they may have with ease, thanks to her extensive technical expertise. While continuing to lead her team, Karyn now also supervises Brendan’s adherence to deadlines, ensures swift and thorough client communication, and manages our new client onboarding process.

Allison Messenger

A valued member of our Business Services team, Allison gained many new friends during the challenging times of Covid, securing grants and subsidies like jobkeeper and state government assistance. Her support to those in business continues as she remains a key point of contact for clients, guiding them through BAS compliance, payroll tax, superannuation, and client identification. Allison’s commitment to meeting deadlines ensures our exceptional track record in lodgement performance continues.

Kimberley Johnston

As your first point of contact, Kimberley plays a pivotal role in our team. Whether answering your calls, welcoming you at the door, or diligently preparing documents, her efficiency and warmth create a welcoming atmosphere for all clients. Drawing from a diverse array of past experiences, Kimberley ensures every client feels valued and at ease.

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