Meet the Anova Team.

We pride ourselves on our passion for business and exceptional service. We leave no stone unturned in finding the right solution for your individual requirements.


Better Together.

James Carr CA


James is a lover of music and is always looking to add to his vinyl collection. Both James and Ryan are life long friends, having attended the same kindergarten together.

Ryan Threlfo CA


Ryan is married and has two daughters. Besides spending time with Nina, Genevieve and Annabelle, Ryan enjoys running around a squash court or trying to reduce his golf handicap.

In addition to providing accounting and business advisory services, Ryan also provides financial planning services to clients of the practice. Anova Wealth Advisors Pty Ltd ABN 79 612 492 145 is a Corporate Authorised Representative of Politis Investment Strategies Pty Ltd, ABN 71 106 823 241, AFSL No. 253125.

Abby McGuinness BCom

Business Services Manager 

Abby is the adventurous type. Outside of work she loves exploring and learning new things with her husband and fur babies. 

Fiona Haasnoot 

Mortgage Broker


Fiona joins the Anova team as our lead mortgage and finance broker. She joins us with a wealth of experience in the industry and looks forward to being able to offer these new services to our clients.

Karen Parker

Bookkeeping Manager

Karen has been with Anova for 4 years. She has over 15 years experience in bookkeeping and enjoys providing ongoing support to our clients and team members. Karen has three children and two grandchildren. When not in the office she enjoys a nice wine and spending time with family and friends.

Louise Cagney 

Client Services Manager
Louise has been with the firm for 12 years and has enjoyed being part of the team, not to mention meeting the clients. Louise has recently become a first time Grandmother (Mimi), loves spending time with her family and friends and still loves a good ‘Chardy’!

Jelena Maksimovic

SMSF Manager

A busy mum of two boys, Jelena enjoys time at the beach, coffee, dancing and baking for her family. She is an active member of the Serbian community having settled in Newcastle in 2004.

Janene Straker Dip. Acc 

Business Services Accountant

With over 25 years of local accountancy experience, Janene’s main interest is helping small business succeed. Away from work, Janene enjoys caravanning with her family, exploring both coastal and outback regions.

Sally Arnott CPA

Business Services Accountant

Sally has worked in the accounting industry for over 20 years, assisting many small to medium sized businesses throughout her career. Away from work, Sally loves to travel and spend quality time with her family.

Bree Brooker B.MRSc, MAppMgt 

Practice Manager

Bree has worked in health care for 14 years,completing her Master of Health Management during that time and is now enjoying the new challenge in the accounting world. Outside of work, Bree loves running around with her son and dogs, or on pretty much any sporting field.
Josie Murray

Client Administration

Josie is enjoying being part of the Anova team. In Josie’s spare time, she loves spending time with her dogs, baking sweets (favourite is cheesecake), dining out, adventures and shopping.

Amanda Gascoigne FCA


Amanda is a consultant and ambassador of Anova. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and was named one of the Top 50 Women in Accounting (Internationally) by Practice Ignition in 2019. Amanda founded Gascoigne Consulting back in 1999, handing the reins to Ryan (her youngest brother) in 2017 enabling the Anova partnership to be created and for her to establish herself as a well respected thought leader, coach and consultant in the accounting industry. Amanda is passionate about helping business owners have better businesses and better lives. She calls Fingal Bay home, is married to Jason and they have two sons Callum (20) and Dempsey (19).

Emma Jetson CA

Business Services Accountant

Emma has been a local of the area all her life. Away from work, she enjoys spending time with her German Shepherd Zelda, and hanging out with her husband and friends.

Fiona Haasnoot

Mortgage Broker

Fiona joins the Anova team as our lead mortgage and finance broker. She joins us with a wealth of experience in the industry and looks forward to being able to offer these new services to our clients.

A team of expert Accountants and business professionals, striving for excellence in all that we do.