Managing Director - Mandy Sigaloff MAICD

Mandy comes from a marketing, advertising and media background, working in magazines, radio and TV in both the UK and Australia before moving into digital media in 2000. She launched OSOYOU for Bright Station Ventures in London, which became part of the biggest online fashion network in Europe before moving to Sydney in 2009. In 2010 Mandy launched an affiliate fashion aggregation website and was listed as ‘business woman of the year’ in 2012 by online publication Dynamic Business.

Mandy served as an Independent Director of NZX and AZX listed company Trilogy International ltd from 2013 to April 2018 when it was acquired by CITIC Capital for NZ$240 million. She has run an advertising and marketing agency representing UK and Australia clients including Marks and Spencer, Charles Tywhitt, Cotton Traders, BIBO Water and Industrial Hearing Services. She is an e-commerce consultant, as well as training in marketing and digital media. Mandy is also a board member of Heads Over Heals that supports Australian female entrepreneurs through game changing connections. Mandy’s role is to drive the expansion of the TaxAssist Accountants brand across Australia.

Mandy's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.

Director and Group Managing Director - Daren Moore FCCA

Daren Moore joined The TaxAssist Direct Group Board of Directors in February 2018 as Group Commercial Director. Daren has spent his whole career in the accountancy sector, having worked his way up from accounts trainee to a member of the Management Board of a Top UK practice, where he had an outstanding track record of achievement. Daren’s roles whilst in practice have been varied and include portfolio development, having twice built-up fee banks with different practices as a client portfolio partner, practice management as senior partner in a sizeable office with 5 fellow partners and 50 staff and business development through his role as head of sales and marketing. His Management Board role also involved a number of strategic planning functions, looking at business growth, acquisition opportunities, investment analysis, team building and incentive initiatives, innovation in technology and cloud services and broader operational planning.

As Group Commercial Director Daren took responsibility for supporting all group technical and practice development functions. He also took the lead on a number of group wide initiatives, including the development of a tax consulting business and an inhouse payroll bureau to support franchisees and the launch of a new financial services business. Daren has also focused on broadening service delivery, creating new fee and profit opportunities for franchisees and new income streams for the TaxAssist Group. 

In 2022, Daren became Group Managing Director of The TaxAssist Direct Group, and a Director on The TaxAssist Direct Australia Pty Ltd Board. Daren oversees the entire Group operation, expansion and development of the franchise and various client services. With a solid knowledge of the accounting and taxation industry, in which he is a well-known and respected figure, Daren brings his 30 years of expertise to his role, to ensure the continued success and growth of the network in the UK and internationally.

Daren's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.

Director and Group Development Director - Mike Melling

Mike Melling was appointed as Group Development Director of The TaxAssist Direct Group, and a Director on The TaxAssist Direct Australia Pty Ltd Board in 2022, becoming the first TaxAssist Accountants franchisee to serve as an Executive Director. He retains ownership of his franchise in conjunction with his director responsibilities.

He joined TaxAssist Accountants in 2012, after purchasing a franchise resale covering Harpenden and St Albans – the first £1m+ resale for the network. Pleased with the results he was generating, he bought a second franchise resale covering the High Wycombe and Beaconsfield area in 2015. Keen to continue growing the practices, Mike invested in staff, technology and client acquisition marketing, to build his practice to a growing 25 person team. He now serves nearly 2,000 small businesses, Directors and individual clients from six shops and offices, with the combined businesses being one of the largest TaxAssist Accountants practices in the UK.

Prior to joining TaxAssist, Mike had developed extensive international business expertise through a 35-year career as a senior financial services executive in the UK, USA and Asia for American Express, GE Capital and Marsh & McLennan including board-level roles for subsidiary companies. He also served as UK President for operational consultancy Alexander Proudfoot Company serving large and mid-capitalisation businesses.

Mike’s role is to support the growth of The TaxAssist Group in the UK and globally, help with the development of the UK based subsidiaries and develop further support for franchisees using the experiences he has built up since joining the network.

Mike is also a director and investor in TaxAssist Financial Services Ltd and TaxAssist Direct USA Inc.

Mike's LinkedIn profile can be viewed here.

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