Get to know Ready1.
Adam Lancaster CPA CTA CA B.Bus
Director and Co-Founder
Adam wears many hats. First and foremost he’s a business owner; his experiences running and growing Ready1 alongside Tim informs much of the advice and mentoring he gives to clients. Being an owner can be lonely; sometimes you need to bounce ideas off other owners. He can relate to your struggles, and provide real-world solutions that actually work.
Helping directors and owners get the fundamentals of business right is what he does best: he ensures clients have the key pillars in place to make their business profitable, flexible, robust and tax-effective. He loves being the right-hand advisor that clients call when they need advice; he makes a meaningful difference in their life.
Adam’s focus is building long-term relationships based on trust and respect. This comes from providing valuable advice that works for clients, always being available and ready to listen, and taking the time to explain what we do and why.
Ready1 is not your ordinary accounting firm. For a start, we think it’s important to communicate with time-poor owners simply, clearly and in a way that suits you. We’re contactable, and we respond quickly when you need us.
We don’t do timesheets. To us, the clock is irrelevant; we think quality, accuracy,
timeliness and forward-thinking are much more important. Our team’s most important
KPI is whether the client is happy with the outcome. We give them the freedom to do
great work, and take the time to get the job right – no matter the cost.
Adam and Tim have worked hard to build a great team and create a positive, welcoming and supporting culture. The team comes first, even before clients – if they have the tools and environment to be their best, they’ll continue to deliver outstanding results for clients.
Adam’s focus is helping clients evolve to the rapidly changing landscape while staying aligned with Ready1’s mission and core values. The drive to find even better ways to do things starts with investing in the team and giving them the right tools to deliver great work. A lifelong learner, Adam will continue to build his own skills and experience – he believes if you stop learning, you stop living.
Tim Sherlock CA B.Bus
Director and Co-Founder
Tim frees up clients to do what they do best. A key part of this is taking away the burden of tax and compliance (chances are it’s not your strength, but it is ours) and providing service and solutions to help them build better businesses. It also means making sure clients don’t pay any more tax than is required, and that their financial affairs stay on track. The team works collaboratively to ensure what we promise gets done on time and to the high quality our clients expect.
Tim loves building strong relationships with clients and being a trusted adviser they can call at any time to discuss any aspect of their business – no matter how big or small.
Tim provides forward-thinking advice that factors in future possibilities, and educates clients so they do things the right way at the right time. He genuinely cares about his clients’ success, and gets energised by seeing improvements in their results each year.
Another critical role of Tim’s is mentoring the team so they continually build their skills and experience. He and Adam view everything as a training opportunity, and give ongoing feedback to help the team (and our business) be better. They work hard to develop ‘living’ processes and workflows that streamline activity so the team can get more (higher quality) work done with less time and effort.
Tim is proud of the team they’ve assembled at Ready1. He and Adam have created the culture they always dreamed of as employees: open, honest and with no unnecessary anxiety. They don’t sweat the small stuff; their most important metric is getting the job done right, on time, and to the best of your ability.
He is proud to have built an environment of continual improvement that great people want to be part of, where the team, the clients, the firm and the directors themselves are all striving to be better every day.
Allison Arthur MIPA AFA B.BusManager
Allison is committed to helping directors and owners run better businesses. She manages the compliance requirements for a range of business sizes and structures, which involves preparing tax returns and financial accounts. She also provides management reporting support so clients can track performance monthly rather than annually.
Educating clients is a key focus, so they understand their tax, payroll, superannuation and insurance obligations. Allison explains what we’re doing and why, and keeps clients updated at every step, so they move from overwhelmed to informed. We prioritise listening so we can marry our clients’ deep understanding of their business and industry with our expertise and proven approach.
Ready1’s great people, positive environment and continual improvement focus appeal to Allison. We’re always looking to find better ways to do things, and we embrace the efficiencies that technology can bring. Each team member feels like a valued contributor, so everyone is committed to going the extra mile to ensure clients stay happy.
Allison enjoys training and mentoring the team to help them develop their skills and ensure our high standards are always achieved. She’s excited to be a part of the Ready1 team’s continued growth and success.
Stuart Smith CA B.ComAccountant
Stuart is part of a team advising and supporting businesses to operate more efficiently and stay updated with compliance requirements.
Through his tax and accounting knowledge Stuart provides a platform for Ready1 to provide appropriate solutions and results for clients, covering a breadth of topics including tax management, budgeting, Xero software and payroll.
Stuart’s logic-minded thinking helps directors and owners make effective operational decisions and develop longer-term strategies and goals.
Always having an interest in business and numbers, accountancy was a natural pathway for Stuart’s career. Being in an environment where numbers sit alongside strategy and relationships bring out his best attributes.
Stuart aligns with Ready1's belief that there’s more to a successful accountant than just numbers; we believe a focus on people and relationships is just as important in achieving great outcomes. He looks forward to furthering his knowledge and experience and continuing to advise a broad range of clients.
Jasmine Harabalja B.ComAccountant
Jasmine frees up our clients to focus on what they do best. She makes compliance and bookkeeping run seamlessly in the background, helps with the daily business operations, and provides advice and support to help them build great businesses. Clients don’t need to think about the financial nuts and bolts; we take care of everything.
The most rewarding part of Jasmine’s job is making a meaningful difference in the lives of our clients. We reduce their stress so they can sleep more soundly. They feel supported, knowing they can turn to us at any time and get the help and guidance they need.
Jasmine enjoys the fantastic team and energising environment at Ready1. There is support for everyone’s learning journey, so we can all continue to be better. The variety and challenge of the role make it an exciting place to be; it's something that you want to be a part of every day.
Meagan Cooksey B.Bus ASAAccountant
Meagan helps clients grow successful and sustainable businesses, with Ready1 being the backbone that supports their business activities. Meagan helps establish and manage the business foundations for clients so they are set up for success: she gets them organised and prepared, and then helps strategise tax planning opportunities.
Ready1’s immediate focus is to help clients get the most out of their business given their structure, stage, situation and cashflow. We find the approach that best suits their needs. Most owners are great at running their business but are unsure of tax implications – that’s our job. We take a long term view of their success, and use tools such as tax planning, cash flow forecasting and goal-setting.
Meagan’s varied role covers everything from bookkeeping to helping clients secure finance. Being exposed to different clients, challenges and genres of work ensures she’s constantly learning. She gets a real buzz out of seeing clients grow and succeed; but she’s just as energised by creating deep relationships that often become friendships.
Adam and Tim’s mentoring has fast-tracked Meagan’s learning. They have created a friendly and supportive environment with a focus on getting things right rather than rushing to meet a deadline. Meagan couldn’t think of a better place to further her career than at Ready1.
Mitchell Hill CPA B.BusSenior Accountant
Mitch provides service and advice that helps clients manage their cash flow, meet their compliance obligations and achieve outstanding results. He loves being part of the journey of business owners across an array of fields making great things happen. He wants to be the first person they call to ask questions, seek advice, or just to run an idea past someone.
While Ready1 are tax and structure experts, our business advisor focus means Mitch helps with everything owners and directors need, including acting as an external CFO for larger clients. We get the financial side running smoothly so clients can focus on their business. We continually problem-solve to get the right solution, and we plan ahead to avoid potential problems.
The family vibe at Ready1 really appeals to Mitch; the care that Adam and Tim have for the team is reflected in the team’s care for our clients. He also enjoys the focus on outcomes rather than watching the clock – there are no timesheets, meaning we focus all our energies on getting great solutions for clients.
Mitch gets energised by seeing clients grow and succeed, and he’s committed to helping them every step of the way.