Our Team

Co-directors Mark Keene and Shane Thompson established Optimus to offer sophisticated investors a different style of financial services and advice. Over 20 years, Mark and Shane have developed an intimate understanding of the needs of those with wealth and those keen to build wealth. Mark and Shane are ably supported by a team of professional and experienced staff.

Mark Keene

Mark is a Chartered Accountant and accredited SMSF Specialist Adviser (SSATM), a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a CA accredited financial planning specialist. He is committed to enhancing relationships with professional advisers and their clients, through implementing high level SMSF and tax restructuring initiatives with regard to business restructuring, estate and succession planning, wealth management and investment advice.

Shane Thompson

Shane is a Private Client Adviser with a Diploma in Financial Planning and is a specialist SMSF Adviser. Shane has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry providing advice to private clients in the areas of superannuation, retirement planning, wealth accumulation, asset protection and private equity.

Scott Mitchell

Scott is a CPA and a Chartered Tax Advisor with over 18 years accounting and tax experience in commerce and professional practice. He’s a strong believer in building professional relationships based on service and trust, coupled with a holistic approach, which ensures clients’ business and lifestyle goals are taken into consideration when advising. With a passion for cloud based technology, Scott also provides solutions for increased productivity and business performance. He also clings too much to the 80's!!

Shay Denison

After taking a break from the workforce to raise two rambunctious boys, Shay resumed her accounting career in 2014. With 11 years experience across a number of accounting practices, including over 6 years here at Optimus Shay’s greatest satisfaction lies in truly understanding a client’s needs. She also makes a mean key lime pie.

Justin Chung

Justin is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning. Over the past 20 years, he has gained valuable experience in the areas of financial planning, wealth management, accounting and auditing. His combined experience, enables him to ensure Optimus continues to be highly compliant and client centric company. Away from the office, Justin loves spending time with family and friends, gardening and being a volunteer.

Narelle Smith

Narelle joined Optimus in June 2015. Before Optimus, she worked as a bookkeeper in various industries including transport, banking, retail and resources. Narelle holds a Certificate IV in Financial Services and has studied Human Resources. At Optimus, Narelle describes her role as being varied and diverse much like an administrative gatekeeper! She recently designed the office interiors and enjoys project management. Narelle enjoys music festivals, travel and her daughters.

Sue Watson

A chartered accountant of 20 years, Sue provides the senior administrative management of the Optimus Group. She has been with Optimus, in a part-time role for over 15 years.

Jason McNaughton

Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning and SMSF accreditation. Jason has over 7 years’ experience in the financial services industry, also considerable experience in the art of house husbanding! Real financial planning is Jason’s passion. He believes in a balanced approach which takes into account the client’s entire situation, understanding individual needs, concerns and aspirations before tailoring a cohesive plan for the future.

Holly Collins

Holly joined Optimus in Dec 2016. She has a Diploma in Accounting and over 15 years’ experience in Customer Service and Administration roles. Holly provides valued support to the financial services department. When not in the office, Holly can be found coaching at her kids Little Athletics Club and dreaming of her next holiday destination.

Kerry Best

Kerry is our "whizz" bookkeeper with over 10 years experience in a broad range of business industries. She holds a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping. Kerry enjoys working directly with our clients to help them streamline their accounting processes. Kerry is also our Complete Asset Manager specialist. Don't freak out everyone, but Kerry's passion is breeding snakes. Personally, they make me "hissssterical!

Kate Nguyen

Kate believes in building genuine relationships with our clients, and assisting them in growing their personal and business needs. Having worked for the last 7 years in public practice as a Chartered Accountant, Kate has focused on compliance and advisory work for family business and all SMSF fund aspects. Quiz her on anything Disney and Marvel....she is a huge fan!