HKS Russel Team

Charisse Russell – Director

CA, GradDipCA, BCom, NTAA

Charisse completed her Bachelor of Commerce degree at JCU Cairns and started her accounting career over 20 years ago. She is a Chartered Accountant experienced in Audit and Assurance, Business Services, Management Accounting and Taxation.

Her professional experience spans from auditing incorporated associations to SMSF to small and large companies. She has worked extensively with remote and regional communities in the Torres Strait, Cape, NT and WA.

Charisse also provides consulting work in management accounting, compliance, internal controls, system reviews and policies and procedures. She is a registered tax agent where tax returns for individuals, companies, trusts, and partnerships are prepared.

Her passion lies in Business + Corporate Advisory services for indigenous organisations, not-for-profit and mid-size to large corporations.

Angela Chaplin – Accountant

BBus, ProvGradDipCA

Angela completed her Bachelor of Business Majoring in Accounting at James Cook University, Cairns and is currently studying to become a Chartered Accountant.

Since starting with HKS Russell, Angela has gained experience in a wide range of accounting fields and is always seeking to grow and learn as an accountant and advisor. Angela is a valued member of the team.

She enjoys dancing, fitness, photography and spending time with friends and family.

Jennifer Appleyard - Accountant


Jennifer is currently completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree at James Cook University, Cairns.

Since starting with HKS Russell, Jennifer has assisted our clients with their accounting, taxation, bookkeeping and compliance requirements. Jennifer is a valued member of the team.

Said to have a farm of animals. Lover of the outdoors and usually catches more fish than the other half. Enjoys getting creative and has a passion for being behind the camera. Spends work hours as an accountant and advisor.

Alanna Pimenta – Client Relations Officer

Alanna grew up in Sydney and worked in animal welfare before moving to Cairns and joining our team, as our Client Relations Officer.

She is passionate about animals to the point where she admits that she probably owns too many. She also enjoys food, fishing and the outdoors.

Alanna plays an integral role at HKS Russell, by assisting the Accounting and Advisory team with all aspects relating to Administration, Client Relations and Compliance.

Aileen Calumpang – Senior Associate + NDIS Plan Manager

Aileen has a 10 year + background in Law and obtained a Diploma of Justice Administration which led her to the Law industry. She has Legal Administration, Conveyancing and Commercial, Family and Criminal Law, Wills and Estates matters. Aileen is our Senior Associate and oversees the firm’s Administration, Client Relations, Compliance and Growth.

As a NDIS Plan Manager, Aileen takes pride in ensuring our participants are up to date with their planned budget and liaises with all stakeholders involved, so that informed decisions are made in a timely manner.

Aileen enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, spending time outdoors and loves creating her “Kokeba Creations”. She also adores her family pets, Indiana + Miso.

Steven Russell – Advisor + NDIS Plan Manager

Steven’s background in the tourism, restaurant and hospitality industry allows us to provide tangible advice to our valued clients in this sector. With over 20 years’ experience in this industry he is a valuable team member.

Steven enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He would love to spend more time on the boat fishing but is passionate about providing valuable advice to our clients.

Steven is involved in creating our ABN~School program + our Ladder~Building program for small businesses.

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Our clients are located across Cairns, throughout the remote regions of the Cape, Northern Peninsula, Torres Strait, Northern Territory, Australia wide and International clients. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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