Meet the Team

Prathana Harris – Owner, Principal CPA

Prathana (Mai) Harris is the principal accountant and founder of My Accounting Advantage.

She has a bachelor of commerce majoring in accounting and law. She is a qualified CPA with over 18 years experience in accounting and taxation. She is a Xero certified advisor and is an expert with this industry standard software.

Prathana started her career as a trainee accountant in Sydney and worked her way up to be in a senior manager’s position for a long-standing accountancy firm in Gosford. She specialises in business structures and business coaching and her aspiration is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and with ease.

She has two wonderful daughters who keep her on her toes when she is not working on the business. Her husband is a lead software architect for a major multi-national.

Her ambition is to give back to the community and make a difference. Her passion for success will take your business to the next level!

Prathana Harris – Owner, Principal CPA

Oksana Sidorkina – Senior Accountant CA

Oksana graduated from Belarusian State University (with Honours) in 2003 and was teaching languages and literature for 3 years before coming to Australia and pursuing her accounting career.

Upon completion of Advanced Diploma in Accounting (with Distinction) at Hornsby TAFE she then graduated from Macquarie University as Bachelor of Commerce-Accounting.

Oksana is a member of Charted Accountants of Australia and New Zealand with about 14 years of combined local experience in bookkeeping, accountancy, taxation and auditing.

She is a mum of three. After work you will often find her riding bike with the kids or at the local beach. Her other interests include table tennis, bushwalking and guitar playing. Her favourite energisers at work are green and herbal tea with dark chocolate mixed with sound of quiet piano or guitar at the background.

Oksana Shelepen – Senior Accountant CA

Jordan Julius – Senior Accountant CA

Jordan is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) with over 6 years accounting and taxation experience. He graduated from University of Newcastle in 2016 with business and commerce bachelors, majoring in accounting and marketing.

His recent tenure at a top-ten chartered firm in Sydney’s CBD has given him great exposure to various clients and industries, all requiring a range of tailored solutions for their specific needs. Jordan has direct experience in business advisory services, taxation, structuring and commercial management.

Jordan believes relationships are an integral aspect of every engagement and will commit himself to you and your needs, while providing you with the best possible solution and service. Having spent several years in Sydney, Jordan has returned home to the Central Coast where he was raised to support local business and the community at large.

Personal interests include exploring nature, nutrition, specialty coffee and drumming. He has also commenced study in holistic health as he is passionate about optimal wellbeing. Jordan’s life motivators are to be happy and to help others in any way that he can.

Jordan Julius – Senior Accountant CA

Gillian Hobbs – Admin / Trainee Accountant

Gillian began her career by graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor Degree in teaching and a Bachelor Degree in Arts. She worked as a primary teacher for a short while before having children.

She then went on to complete a Certificate IV in Early Childhood to open her own Family Daycare to be able to work from home and look after her own family of three children.

Gillian was then offered a traineeship at My Accounting Advantage and is now studying a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

She enjoys drinking coffee and making them for others. When not working, she is often taking her children to their various sports or continuing to work on her studies.

Gillian grew up here on the Central Coast playing soccer and was able to represent NSW as part of the Academy and also for indoor soccer. She loves the surf, snowboarding and spending time with family.

Gillian Hobbs – Admin / Trainee Accountant

Meet the Team @ My Financial Advantage

Nicholle Shepherd – Financial Planner, Director

Nicholle has been in the financial services industry for the past 23 years, 18 of these years have been in Financial Advice. Her experience expands across both the banking and private sectors and she specialises in investment, cash flow management, personal insurance, superannuation, retirement planning and Self Managed Super Funds.

Nicholle chose a career in financial advice to help make a difference in people’s financial lives, providing strategies to guide and empower them to manage both their short and long term goals.

She is a mum of 2 teenagers who loves watching them both play their much-loved sport. She is involved in the local soccer club and is studying her Master of Applied Finance in her spare time. Every year for her birthday she celebrates by having a Charity High Tea raising money for local communities in need. In the past she raised over $900 for Rose Cottage, a women’s health centre providing holistic health services to women in need.

Please read more about Nicholle in her Advisor Profile.

Nicholle Shepherd – Financial Planner, Director

Lisa Hoddinott – Planner Assistant

Lisa began her career in 2009 as a trainee accountant, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor Degree in Commerce (Accounting) from the University of New England. She has worked as an accountant and bookkeeper both in Australia and the UK, and also has marketing and publicity experience through her role as a campaign manager in the book publishing industry.

Lisa joined My Financial Advantage after relocating home to the Central Coast and is excited to be working with My Advantage Group to help our clients achieve their financial goals.

She enjoys drinking coffee, finding delicious new places to eat, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. She’s also an avid reader – when she’s not working, you’ll often find her with a good book.

Lisa Hoddinott – Planner Assistant

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