ABA Director Appointments – Sophie Andrews
Australian Bookkeepers Association (ABA) is proud to introduce its newest directors: Sophie Andrews, Ben Kelly and Kerrie Jarius. Sophie, Ben and Kerrie join Wayne Schmidt, Kellie Powell, Peter Thorp, Kelvin Deer and Darren Hagarty to complete the ABA Board of Directors.
Sophie Andrews, Director
Sophie is the founder of The Accounts Studio in Sydney, a well-established bookkeeping agency which specialises in working with designers and creative entrepreneurs to help them find cost-effective ways to turn their creativity into profit. An award winning entrepreneur, Sophie manages a team of 5 and has over 20 years experience working in finance in the fashion and jewellery industries, and for clients such as Max Mara, Rachael Ruddick, and Fast Ed. Having run 3 of her own businesses, Sophie is passionate about educating the SME market on the importance of building a solid financial foundation for their business. She lectures in finance at one of Sydney’s top fashion schools, and also regularly lectures on small business at various other colleges. Sophie has grown The Accounts Studio at a rate of 50-80% for the past 4 years and has also written books and courses for business start-ups.
Ben Kelly, Director
Former RAAF Squadron Leader Ben Kelly is no stranger to big projects. After an illustrious flying career, including 6 years flying frontline F-111 aircraft, Ben went on to spend 10 years with Defence Housing Australia (DHA) as a member of the Executive Service of the Australian Public Service. During his time with DHA, Ben served on the senior management team and assisted managing a $4.5bn property portfolio. He also helped develop the 6th largest relocations business in the world, relocating some 55,000 people annually.
Ben moved into the bookkeeping industry in 2006, winning the Jim’s Group award for franchise of the year (QLD & NQLD). Ben has now settled into small business consultancy and his own bookkeeping business, Cairns Bookkeeping Services.
Kerrie Jarius, Director
Kerrie Jarius is the director of Fax n Figures Bookkeeping, an innovative bookkeeping practice that has been operating since 1994 in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region.
Kerrie is passionate about helping small businesses. Her approach is to provide exceptional personal service and to enable business owners to work on their businesses rather than in them. Kerrie now has a team of 10 staff and Fax n Figures currently services more than 80 clients from a wide variety of industries.
Kerrie received the 2007 Canberra Business Woman of the Year award and has also been a state finalist in both the Telstra Business Awards and the Telstra Business Women’s awards.