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Our Team

McDonnell Hume Partners consists of two partners and 15 professional and administration staff.

At McDonnell Hume Partners we work as team and collaborate our skills, knowledge and experience to bring our clients the best possible service.

We are committed to providing a high quality service that not only ensures our clients tax and accounting needs are met but, that they are supported throughout their highs and lows.

Our staff receive continued professional development. We pride ourselves on being up to date with the most recent changes in legislation, tax law, budget announcements and software development to assist our clients minimise their tax and maximise their business potential.

We continue to achieve excellent results and outcomes for our clients throughout the many challenges they are faced with and help them to meet their financial and business goals. 


Greg McDonnell

Greg is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Economics and has over 30 years experience in the accounting industry. Greg commenced his career at a big 4 accounting firm in Sydney before moving to Emerald over 20 years ago to become a partner. Greg has extensive expertise and experience in most areas of accounting, taxation, business consulting and complex business issues and has a great understanding and very close working relationship with his clients. Greg also gives a lot of his time to local charities and organisations.

Jean-Pierre Barry

As the newest partner of the firm, Jean-Pierre is keen to build his own client base by understanding and meeting the individual needs of every client. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he has a passion for business services and a focus on creating strong connections with all clients. Jean-Pierre brings a new enthusiasm to our firm and has proven he is dedicated to the business. His personal interests include sport, travel as well as spending time in the kitchen!


Tracey McDonnell

Tracey completed her degree in Armidale, NSW and worked in Sydney for three years before relocating to Emerald in 1991.  Tracey has worked as an accountant both full time and part time in the firm for over 25 years.  She keeps busy with her three children and enjoys travelling and photography.

Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith is a Senior Manager at McDonnell Hume Partners. She first commenced working for the firm 20 years ago after graduating from QUT in Brisbane.  Andrea is a Chartered Accountant who has worked internationally in both New York and Dublin as a hedge fund auditor and financial controller. She has also worked in Brisbane in business services and consulting but returned to her home town of Emerald to be near family and to return to McDonnell Hume Partners.

Simone Lubbe

Simone has been with McDonnell Hume Partners since November 2008 and in that time has developed a broad array of skills allowing her to provide strong technical advice in many areas. She completed her Bachelor of Accounting in 2010 and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.She has a keen focus on attention to detail and a knack for building great client relationships. In her spare time she enjoys theatre, travel and regular trips to Suncorp Stadium.

Katrina Daniels

Katrina is a senior accountant who joined the team at McDonnell Hume Partners in 2005. Completing a traineeship under the guidance of Greg McDonnell and Hamilton Hume and obtaining her Bachelor of Accounting. Katrina has extensive experience in various industries within our local community. She has a keen interest in primary production businesses and assisting clients with their tax planning objectives. Katrina is responsible for the auditing of various trust accounts for the firm. She is passionate about assisting her clients by ensuring compliance obligations are met efficiently and by taking the time to understand their business needs and goals. Katrina enjoys an active family life with her husband and son on the family property and loves to travel and experience different cultures.

Lesley Murree

Lesley is a CPA and works part-time for McDonnell Hume Partners as a manager. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and after 6 years working in the finance industry joined the McDonnell Hume Partners team in 2009. Along with providing taxation and business services to our clients, Lesley is also the McDonnell Hume Partners social media manager. Lesley also has another important role as a mother of three very hectic but adorable boys.

Michelle Jaeger

Michelle joined our team in March 2005 initially in the administration area of the practice, before moving into accounting. Michelle takes on many roles with focus on bookkeeping and self managed superannuation administration. After hours, Michelle enjoys spending quality time with her family boating and fishing and has an interest in home renovating.

Byron Lubbe

Byron joined the team in April 2015. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) in 2010 and is currently studying to become a Chartered Accountant. Byron is building his knowledge base and enjoys learning something new everyday. In his free time, Byron enjoys watching and playing all sports. He is also the current holder of the McDonnell Hume Partners Super Rugby Tipping Trophy.

Martin Langan

Martin joined the McDonnell Hume Partners team in February of 2015 having worked in the Accounting & Finance fields in a variety of industries including Local Government and Mining. Martin was admitted as Chartered Accountant in 2008 and provides taxation, business and superannuation compliance services to clients in a wide range of industries. Outside of work, Martin enjoys spending time with his family and staying active on the cricket field.

Leonie Chalmers

Leonie is completing a Masters in Professional Accounting at QUT and joined our team in July 2017. She has been a local in the Central Highlands since 2012 and looks forward to developing her accounting skills and knowledge while working at McDonnell Hume Partners. In her free time, she enjoys baking, gardening and spending time with family.

Sarah Eden

Sarah, the newest member of our team, joined us at the end of July 2020. Sarah is currently in her second year of university studying a Bachelor of Accounting at CQU. Sarah is keen to gain experience and knowledge to enhance her studies. Outside of work Sarah enjoys travelling and catching up with friends and family.


Gillian Barry

Gillian started working at McDonnell Hume Partners in July 2016 after working with Australia Post for 9 years. She is enjoying the challenges her new role brings and finds her position very rewarding. Out of work Gillian enjoys reading, crochet, word searches and her beautiful 1/12th scale dolls house.

Renee Taylor-Mudge

Renee started with McDonnell Hume Partners in January 2007. Renee started in the administration team and over the years has diversified in her role. After taking maternity leave from the being Practice Manager, Renee returned to work in the capacity of the firm's bookkeeper/accounts manager and works behind the scene to assist the administration team and in refining the firm's professional presence. Outside work Renee enjoys camping getaways with her family and she loves her coffee!

Ashleigh Jaeger

Ashleigh started working with McDonnell Hume Partners in July 2020 kickstarting her career in administration. She is enjoying the challenges of her new role and learning how to navigate her way through each of the tasks.Outside of the office she enjoys catching up with friends, listening to music, reading and doing puzzles.


Hamilton Hume

Hamilton is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has been in the accounting industry for over 30 years. Hamilton holds a Bachelor in Financial Administration degree and a Diploma in Financial Services. Hamilton is extremely passionate about what he does and provides a wide range of accounting, taxation & business services to clients. He has an interest in fitness and is an avid bike rider, often donating his time to ride for charity.

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