Our Team

Bill Sexton(CA, BFin Admin)


Bill commenced his career with a Big 4 firm in Sydney, and after qualifying as a member of the Institue of Chartered Accountants in 1982, he has had the pleasure of working in the Solomon Islands gaining valuable hands on business consulting experience. Bill moved to Cairns in 1987 and commenced his practice in 1996. He has serviced the region providing sound strategic planning, taxation planning, restructuring, finacial and succession planning advice.

Bill obtained extensive experience in insolvency practice prior to commencing his own business, gaining a valuable insight into the causes of business failure. Being required to "trade-on" many insolvency assignments, Bill learned the importance of future focus rather than the rear view mirror approach to decision making.

Bill has extensive experience in income tax, GST and capital gains tax, particularly as they relate to property development activies and small (turnover less than $2m) to medium sized (turnover between $2m and $10m) businesses.

Merryl Patane(CA, BCom)

Senior Manager

Merryl is a Chartered Accountant with 31 years experience in providing taxation and accounting services to small and medium sized businesses in the North Queensland area. She is passionate about her work and loves helping and empowering her clients.

Merryl is a third generation born and bred local and commenced her career in Cairns working for 10 years with a Big 4 accounting firm. She has vast experience servicing clients in a range of industries, including the building and construction industy, retail, primary production, self-managed superannuation funds, health and other professionals.

Luke Silinger(CA, BCom)


Luke is a Chartered Accountant with 10 years experience providing accounting, taxation and business services to small, medium and large sized businesses, individuals and self-managed superannuation funds.

Luke moved to Cairns with his family in 1999 and started his working life in the hospitality industry in the accounts department while continuing his study. He became a valued member of our team in Septermber 2003.

Luke has vast experience looking after clients in a range of industries including trust account audits, self-managed superannuation funds and real estate agents.