Formed in 1995, we are the leading franchised accounting organisation with many years experience of operating a substantial international network of branded offices that is well recognised and respected.
We have a highly visible presence with over 300 shop fronts and offices, and we are growing around the world. The shop front brand in Australia is supplemented by the many branded cars driving around the country, national advertising, online presence and marketing collateral. We constantly look to be at the forefront in terms of brand awareness, technical training and support for business growth. Our training courses, practice management software, as well as a raft of bolt-on relevant business services our franchisees can offer their clients at significantly discounted prices means in our opinion, that we are market leaders whose offering far outweighs the competition.
Along with our Master Franchisee for QLD, NSW, ACT and VIC, and our Master Franchisee for WA, SA and NT the five UK Executive Directors have a breadth of business experience which they bring to the franchise. Karl Sandall had 26 years working for a major clearing bank and is an ex bank manager; Sarah Robertson is a Chartered Marketer who previously operated her own Marketing and PR company; Phil Sullivan spent 26 years with HSBC achieving Executive Management status before leaving to establish his own business in 2006 providing corporate and commercial advisory services; James Mattam has spent his entire full time career with TaxAssist Accountants and has vast exerience in IT, marketing, business development and training and Daren Moore has over 26 years' experience in the accountancy practice sector, having worked his way up from accounts trainee to a member of the Management Board of Price Bailey LLP where he had an outstanding track record of achievement.
In May 2015 Terry Murphy acquired the Master Franchise Rights in Australia for Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, and most recently, Victoria. An experienced accountant with practices already in QLD and NSW, Terry has established his franchise support team and has recruited four franchisees in Sydney CBD, Chatswood, Liverpool and Nerang.
Steve Herlihy, along with his business partner Tricia Kingston also saw the opportunity TaxAssist Accountants would offer to leverage developments in integrated technology, cloud-based security and emerging trends in accounting services. In January 2018, they acquired the Regional Master Franchise Rights for TaxAssist Accountants in Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. This acquisition also brought with it over 23 years of international experience, and award-winning technical and marketing support for a global network of circa 220 franchised areas supporting over 76,000 clients.
Alison McGinley is our Republic of Ireland Master Franchisee. With a Support Centre in Dublin, TaxAssist in Ireland has grown to a network of 18 franchisees servicing over 5,500 small business clients with a combined fee bank of over €5.3 million.