Our Team

  • Philippa Whitting

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    (Director) (Accountant) Bachelor of Commerce, CPA, CTA, JP.

    Philippa started with McKinnon & Co in 1983 as a trainee accountant. She is a qualified Certified Practising Accountant and manages a large portfolio of SME business clients & SMSF clients.

    Philippa had many years experience in accounting, taxation, audit & Self Managed Super Funds.

    Philippa has been a director of the company since 2002.


  • Chloe Bidner

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    (Accountant) Bachelor of Business

    Chloe completed her Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting at James Cook University in 2008.

    Chloe worked for an accounting firm in Cairns & joined the McKinnon & Co team in 2009.  She specialises in farming & business services.

    She has since obtained her CPA, & is a Xero Certified Advisor.


  • Elizabeth Rule

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    (Accountant) Bachelor of Business

    Elizabeth Rule joined McKinnon & Co in 2007 after moving to the area from Sydney.

    Elizabeth completed her Business degree in 1979 & has worked in a number of administrative & accounting jobs.

    Elizabeth specialises in audits and self managed super funds.


  • Shaylee Olman

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    (Accountant) Bachelor of Business

    Shaylee completed her Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting at James Cook University in 2018.

    Shaylee worked for an accounting firm in Cairns then joined the McKinnon & Co team.

    She is currently stuyding towards attaining her CPA, and works in the Tax/BAS & Audit areas.


  • Alison Richardson

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    Receptionist

    Alison is one of our longest serving employees having commenced work as an Office Junior in February 1982.

    As a front desk executive, she has been warmly welcoming clients into our office ever since.


  • Kirsty Walker

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    Client Services Assistant - Cert III (Bus Admin)

    Kirsty has worked at McKinnon & Co Accountants since 2005, previously having worked with a local government department where she completed a Certificate III in Business Administration.

    Kirsty is an intergral part of the office, specialising in client services but also processing wages and single touch payroll for business clients, maintaining the business trust account, processing BAS, monitor ASIC requirements for companies & is an assistant to the accountants.


  • Valerie Orreal

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    Valerie joined McKinnon & Co in 2017.

    She completed her Bachelor of Science at James Cook University in 2007. 

    Valerie manages the self-managed superannuation fund operations. 


  • Josie Quadrio

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    Accounting Assistant/ Receptionist

    Josie joined McKinnon and Co in 2020 as an Accounting Assistant/ Receptionist. 

    She is currently completing her Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting at James Cook University and looks to further her studies to become CPA qualified. 

    Josie has special interest in primary production and tax & BAS.  


  • Leanne Johnston

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    Accounting Assistant/ Receptionist

    Leanne joined McKinnon and Co in June 2020 as an Accounting Assistant/ Receptionist.

    She is currently studying towards a Diploma in Accounting, and will transition into a Bachelor of Commerce in 2021.

    Leanne has worked in a number of Hospitality and Administration roles. She has previously completed a Cert IV in Bookkeeping and an Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management.

    She is thrilled to be part of the McKinnon and Co team, and is looking forward to growing her knowledge in all areas of accounting.


  • Want to join our team?

    We look for well rounded individuals that will fit into our team environment. Various opportunities and positions become available from time to time.  We welcome resumes to keep on file for the following positions:

    • Client Services Assistant
    • Book Keeping Clerk
    • Trainee Accountant
    • Graduate Accountant
    • Senior Accountant


    We offer full time, part time and casual employment. All applications are treated with strict confidentiality.

    Please send your resume to: accountant@mckinnonandco.com.au



McKinnon & Co is a CPA practice
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