Our Team

Sharing over 150 years of combined experience.

Dominic Alafaci

Managing Director

Dominic

Dominic Alafaci

B.Ec, B.Bus. (Acc) CA ANZ, CPA FPS, SSA, CFP®, FPA Life Member

Managing Director,
Collins House Advisory Pty Ltd,
t/a Collins House Private Wealth

Managing Director & Responsible Manager,
Collins House Private Wealth Pty Ltd

Dominic commenced his career in Financial Services in 1981 as a Registered Tax Agent and Insurance Advisor prior to providing Investment and Superannuation advice from 1984 onwards

He was a State Councillor of the Financial Planning Association of Australia Ltd (FPA) from 1994 to 1997, and honorary treasurer of the Monash Alumni Association Inc from 1994 to 2002.

Dominic was a member of the FPA’s National Practitioners’ Committee, the Towards Professionalism Task Force, won the Money Management Financial Planner of the Year in December 2000, was a Director of the FPA until November 2005, was awarded Life Membership of the FPA in November 2008, and served as a Director of the Financial Industry Complaints Service Ltd until March 2009, before the creation of the Financial Ombudsman Service Ltd.

He was a Senior Advisor at Deutsche Bank Financial Planning (formerly Bain & Co) between February 1988 to October 1996, and Victorian Manager of Financial Planning for HSBC James Capel from November 1996 until February 1999, when he established Collins House Financial Services Pty Ltd which held its own AFSL until 2008. He is the Responsible Manager and Managing Director of Collins House Private Wealth Pty Ltd AFSL 449 146.

He has appeared regularly on Melbourne’s most popular Radio Station 3AW for more than 20 years as the resident Financial Planning Expert, and currently presents the 6.35 am Australian Business Report weekday mornings on the award-winning Ross Stephenson & Russel Howcroft’s Breakfast Programme, as well as being a regular talkback guest on Weekend Breakfast with Darren James.

Author of: “Grow Manage & Protect your Wealth – 17 Tips You Can’t Afford To Ignore.

Sam Campisi

 Director

Sam-Campisi

Sam Campisi

B.Bus. (Acc)., CPA

Director,
Collins House Advisory Pty Ltd,
t/a Collins House Private Wealth

Divisional Head - Accounting & SMSFs

Sam commenced his Professional career in 1985 with a Public Accounting firm in Melbourne’s north where he became a SeniorTaxation and Business Advisor after completing his CPA Programme in 1991.

After 14 years in Public Practice, Sam accepted a role as CFO and General Manager role of a CBD based Advertising and Design Firm where he became a major shareholder.

In addition to growing the business, he successfully negotiated the merger of the firm and was involved in all aspects of the transaction thus ensuring a smooth transition for both the vendors and purchasers.

In 2003 he accepted the position of CFO and General Manager of a privately owned Australian Engineering and Manufacturing Firm that specialised in Laser Cutting and Metal Fabrication.

As well as being responsible for all Financial and Taxation matters, Sam was actively involved in the day to day operations of the firm including driving productivity gains and improved profitability, developing and implementing a Strategic Business Plan, and finally establishing a Tax Effective Succession Plan for the owners who wanted to exit the business after 30 years.

Prior to joining Collins House as a Director, Sam was engaged as a Senior Tax Manager in the Business Services Division of Chartered Accounting firm Smith Peacock Henshaw, to oversee the Succession Plan for one of the Senior Partners.

Sam provides hands-on Taxation Advice to Executives of medium to large-sized firms, Administration of Self Managed Superannuation Funds and Succession Planning for small to medium-size enterprises.

Nick Corbo

Director

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Nick Corbo

BBus (Accounting), CA ANZ

Director,
Collins House Advisory Pty Ltd,
t/a Collins House Private Wealth

Divisional Head - Accounting & Business Services

Nick commenced his career in Public Practice in 1988 prior to establishing Carrington Myers Chartered Accountants in 1994.

With over 30 years of experience across a diverse range of industries, Nick’s clients benefit from his expertise, with a focus on private and family businesses.

Nick has knowledge in all facets of Accounting and Taxation, in particular business advice and planning.

He has been a member (and previously Chair) of Chartered Accountants and New Zealand Public Practice Panel for 8 years.

Raj Tembe

Practice Manager

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Mahendra (Raj) Tembe

Practice Manager,
Collins House Advisory Pty Ltd,
t/a Collins House Private Wealth

Raj has been in public practice since 1984.

Initially starting his career at the Australian Taxation Office, Raj became a partner at Carrington Myers in 1994. He has since acquired a wealth of experience in income tax, fringe benefits tax, GST and superannuation.

Throughout his career, Raj has assisted numerous small businesses to become successful and profitable enterprises.

In his spare time, Raj is a Treasurer of two Not-For-Profit enterprises and a Board Member of a charitable institution.

Kate Nicol

Director

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Kate Nicol

BBus (Fin Plan) , ADip (FP) AFP®

Director,
Collins House Private Wealth Pty Ltd

Senior Financial Advisor,
Collins House Advisory Pty Ltd,
t/a Collins House Private Wealth

Kate has over 17 years’ experience in Financial Services. She holds a Bachelor of Business in Financial Planning, an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning as is currently undertaking the Certified Financial Planner certification through the FPA.

Before joining Collins House in 2011, she commenced her career in Financial Services in 2001 in the United Kingdom. Between 2004 and 2010 she was employed as an Independent Financial Advisor with UK Chartered Firm, Firth & Scott Financial Services Ltd. Returning to Australia in 2010, Kate worked in the Private Wealth division of the Commonwealth Bank in Melbourne.

Kate provides high quality strategic advice, as well as ongoing advisory services to clients of Collins House. Kate assists clients to achieve their lifestyle and financial objectives in a professional, personalised and ethical manner.

Stuart Matherson

Financial Advisor

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Stuart Matherson

B.Com (Fin, FinP, CmlLaw) CFP®

Financial Advisor,
Collins House Advisory Pty Ltd,
t/a Collins House Private Wealth

Stuart is a client-centric financial advisor who recently joined Collins House in 2018. Stuart provides an ethical and high-quality standard of ongoing advisory services to our clients at Collins House.

Stuart endeavors to ensure that our clients can reach their personalised financial goals and that strong relationships are developed while working with the client to achieve these objectives collectively.

Stuart holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University, with a triple major in Finance, Financial Planning, and Commercial Law.

Stuart’s interests include camping, water skiing, and travel.

Michael Mazey

Accounting Manager

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Michael Mazey

BBus (Accounting)

Accounting Manager

Prior to joining Collins House Private Wealth in March 2020, Michael was employed at Carrington Myers Chartered Accountants as an Accounting Manager. He has over 20 years of experience in providing quality accounting, taxation, and business advice to clients.

Michael’s approach of building close business relationships with his clients has proven to be a successful one as he has achieved great success in assisting them to grow their business, through effective strategies including budget development and management.

Outside the office he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, running and playing basketball.

Nick Tsonis

Accounting Manager

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Nick Tsonis

BBus (Accounting), CPA

Accounting Manager

Nick commenced his professional career in 1999, gaining experience with JM Morris & Co, Collins House, Lachlan Partners and Shadforth Financial Group before joining the Collins House Advisory team in 2019.

Nick provides hands-on Taxation Advice to small business owners, high net worth individuals and their families. He has significant experience in providing high-level business and administration services to SMSFs, Trusts and Companies.

Emile Coop

Tax Accountant

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Emile Coop

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Tax)

Tax Accountant

Prior to joining Collins House Private Wealth in March 2020 as a tax accountant, Emile had been employed by Carrington Myers Chartered Accountants in a similar role since March 2018.

Having already completed his Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, Emile is currently in the final stages of completing his study towards being a Chartered Accountant.

Emile is passionate about helping businesses grow and succeed. He enjoys assisting them to plan tax-efficient strategies and meet their ongoing compliance obligations.

Out of the office, his personal interests include food, travel, cricket, and football.

Sarah Manassa

Client Services Manager

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Sarah Manassa

Client Services Manager,
Collins House Private Wealth Pty Ltd

Sarah joined Collins House in 2018, having worked the last 5 years focusing on client relationships in financial planning.

Sarah has worked in finance and financial planning for over 22 years, 16 of which with the National Australia Bank (NAB), across various corporate and client roles.

Currently studying her Diploma of Financial Planning, Sarah prides herself on providing the highest levels of service when helping our clients with their investment strategies and portfolios. She is always here to assist our clients and is happy to answer any queries that our clients might have.

Claire Jin

Group Accountant

Claire Jin

Claire Jin

B.Bus (Acc)., MAcc

Group Accountant,
Collins House Pty Ltd

Claire joined Collins House in 2010 following her successful completion of a Masters Degree in Accounting from Swinburne University.

Prior to that, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Dalian Foreign Language University in China.

Claire is responsible for the administration of the practice and assists with general accounting matters.

Claire is a valuable member of our team and assists with the establishment of trusts, corporations and Self Managed Superannuation Funds as well as ASIC matters.

Eve Buckner

Office Manager

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Eve Buckner

BA, DipEd, Advanced Diploma TESOL

Office Manager

Eve joined Collins House in 2019, having worked in both London and Melbourne, with broad-based experience in senior administrative roles for Credit Suisse, BlueScope Steel, The Windsor Hotel and Australian International Business Services, which she continues to manage today and provides online courses in Business English.

In addition to assisting the General Manager, Eve uses her ability to build strong and positive relationships with clients & colleagues alike, providing high-level client services support to the Financial Planning team and manages the Client Relationship Management system.

Sarah Chang

Junior Accountant

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Sarah Chang

B.Comm (Acc & Fin)

Junior Accountant,
Collins House Accountants

Sarah joined Collins House in June 2017 after completing her Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) from The University of Melbourne.

Prior to her university studies, she attained a Diploma in Accountancy during her studies in Singapore.

As a Junior Accountant she works alongside the Accounting team assisting with Administration of SMSF, Companies and Trusts, as well as Tax Compliance.

Celia Lungum

Tax Accountant

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Celia Lungum

B.Com (Acc)

Tax Accountant,
Collins House Accountants

Celia commenced work with Collins House in 2019 as a Tax Accountant. Prior to that, Celia spent 3 years working in public practice, gaining experiences in business services and taxation for both small business and high net worth individuals and business.

Although Celia has already completed her degree, a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, her passion for learning has not ceased.

Celia keeps her knowledge well-honed as a rule but currently, is studying towards her CPA qualifications.

Yi Li

Assistant Accountant

Yi Li

Yi Li

B.Bus (Acc)., MB(Fin)

Assistant Accountant,
Collins House Accountants

Yi joined Collins House in 2013 after returning from China where she worked as an Assistant Accountant specializing in compliance for 4 years.

She has a Bachelors degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in Finance and in addition to providing valuable administrative assistance to accounting clients she is responsible in part, for the administration of Self Managed Superannuation Funds and preparing investment summaries for Trustees.

Biljana Elez

Senior Accountant

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Biljana Elez

BBus (Accounting & Finance)

Senior Accountant

Prior to joining Collins House Private Wealth in March 2020, Biljana enjoyed a successful career with Carrington Myers Charted accountants where she commended her employment there in November 2011 as a Senior Accountant.

She holds a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Accounting and Finance from Victoria University and has over 11 years of experience in small business tax and compliance.

She enjoys working with a range of individuals and small business clients in a variety of roles including preparation of financial accountants for companies, trust, partnership and self-managed super funds, as well as the completion of tax returns and business activity statements.

Outside of work her interest include spending time with family and friends, travelling and swimming.

Helena Yu

Senior Accountant

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Helena Yu

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

Senior Accountant

Prior to joining Collins House Private Wealth, Helena was employed as a Senior Accountant at Carrington Myers Chartered Accountants.

She has over 13 years of experience in public practice, holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Accounting & Finance) from Melbourne University and is a qualified CPA. She has expertise in business planning, accounting, and taxation, and works closely with clients across various industries, as well as SMSFs. Helena also enjoys the challenge of researching complex taxation and other financial matters and identifies optimum solutions for clients in a timely manner.

Outside work, Helena enjoys spending time with her family and loves travelling, yoga and reading.

Melissa Nguyen

Junior Accountant

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Melissa Nguyen

BBus (Accounting & Finance)

Junior Accountant

Melissa joined Collins House Advisory in March 2020.

Previously, she joined Carrington Myers Chartered Accountants in 2018 and continues to work alongside the Accounting team, assisting with a wide range of taxation matters, Trusts, Partnerships, SMSFs and general accounting administration.

Ellen Liersch

Receptionist

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Ellen Liersch

 

Receptionist

Prior to joining Collins House Private Wealth in March 2020, Ellen was the receptionist at Carrington Myers Chartered Accountants in East Melbourne and prior to that she worked in retail for over 6 years.

Outside of the office, Ellen enjoys acting and designing costumes and is secretary for her local theatre group.