Mark

Founder and Managing Director

MRL Group is an enterprising and innovative chartered accounting practice in Adelaide. After a diverse experience during my early years in the profession, I commenced the firm in September 2005 with a small client base which has grown strategically with two main emphases:

  • Closely held (private) businesses and structures.
  • Not-for-Profit and Special Purpose organisations.

Services to clients in these areas are diverse and are derived primarily from a professional background in small business management, taxation and audit.

MRL Group now has two Directors including myself and business partner Mr Trevor Harrison. The firm now has ten staff.

My principal role in the firm is one of leadership and general management, recruitment and training, quality control and risk management, direct senior advising and manager of audit engagements.

As a registered company auditor to a range of not-for-profit and special purpose entities, I have gained considerable experience in areas of governance, financial reporting, risk management and legislative adjustment. These client experiences include religious entities, welfare organisations, educational bodies, training organisations and peak bodies.

For further information in relation to the MRL Group and services please refer to other pages on our website.

Academic highlight

Flinders University The Honours Program at Flinders University promoted my Honours dissertation in small enterprise financial management for various academic uses and publications. A resulting publication was accepted in the International Journal of Small Business Management for publication in 1996.

So was born a passion for small enterprise vocation and for people which now expresses itself in the leadership of the MRL Group.

I have stayed in contact with Flinders University Alumni throughout my career. The Business and Commerce Faculty have on occasions invited me to give key-note addresses at award ceremonies and to be involved with various academic and professional matters with students.

Extracurricular snapshot

Governance positions

Bright Futures Child-aid and Development Fund, Board Member

Risk Management Committee of the Education and Early Childhood Registration and Standards Board of South Australia

Holdfast Baptist Church Governor

Sporting Club Finance Director

Leadership

Volunteer youth worker since 1993 in Church and other settings including local sporting Clubs.

Various mentoring programs including some professional bodies.

Qualifications

  • 1993 Honours Degree of Bachelor of Economic (Accounting) Flinders University
  • 1997 Chartered Accountant postgraduate and membership
  • 1998 Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment Securities Institute
  • 2005 Certificate of public practice
    Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
  • 2005 Registered Company Auditor
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission
  • 2005 Registered Taxation Agent
    Taxation Registration Board
  • 2012 Chartered Taxation Advisor
    Taxation Institute of Australia
  • 2013 Registered Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Auditor
    Australian Securities and Investments Commission