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Our People

Every person on our team is a very important person to us. Our people are the foundation of the firm, and upon them we build relationships, knowledge, advice and success. Come and meet our real people.

Pasquale (Pat) Settineri

Founding Partner

Meet Pat, one of our founding partners. We have him registered as a ‘lethal weapon’ because he trained in karate for years and continues to stay fit with boot camps every Saturday morning.

Everyone knows Pat loves The Rolling Stones, and his wife Darlene. They have two children, both working professionally and doing very well.

In 1987, with partner Colin Butler, Pat founded Butler Settineri to put his skills and passion for Tax, Accounting and Business Advice into working closely with his clients to build growth into their businesses.

Now, as our Managing Partner, Pat specialises in Business Advisory of high net worth clients to deliver personalised business service and relationships.

Pat is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Registered Tax Agent and holds a Bachelor of Business.

Kick starting every day with a double shot, espresso, Pat is always ready to help and can be contacted on pas@butlersettineri.com.au

Joe Gangemi

Partner

Speed and energy are a recurring theme with Butler Settineri and one that Joe continues. Around the office, he is known as ‘catch him if you can’ and at the annual Master Builders’ Tennis Day, his mates call him the ‘Italian Stallion’.

Joe loves spending his weekend having invaluable family time with his wife Marilyn and his two boys.  Joe also loves ’80’s music and football in all its forms, from his beloved West Coast Eagles to Manchester United in the Premier League.

Joe joined Butler Settineri in 1987 and has been an important part of our exciting growth story. He is the Director of Finance and the Partner responsible for self managed superannuation compliance and makes client contact his number one priority.

Along with his extensive knowledge of the Building and Construction Industry, Joe specialises in taxation and business services, fringe benefits tax and superannuation. Joe also holds a financial services license allowing him to give self-managed superannuation fund advice to Perth businesses and individuals.

Get in touch with Joe by email at jg@butlersettineri.com.au

Belinda Burgess

Partner

A Perth native, Belinda revels in the lifestyle our beautiful city offers, spending time on the Swan River and in the ocean.

Belinda loves to stretch herself professionally, and personally, with yoga, stand up paddle boarding, and in winter, barracking for the Eagles.

Belinda joined Butler Settineri in 2001 as an intermediate accountant and progressed steadily to Senior Manager and then Partner with our Business Services / Taxation team in 2012.

With her knowledge, experience, and a natural ability to bring out the best in her team, Belinda is able to deliver great service to all sorts of clients and industries including mining, building and manufacturing.

Specialising in taxation & business services, estate planning and financial reporting, Belinda also has a passion for working with the bedrock of the Australian economy, small business. Belinda also has a financial services registration allowing her to give self-managed superannuation fund advice to Perth businesses and individuals.

Belinda can be contacted directly via email bburgess@butlersettineri.com.au

Scott Edwards

Partner

Gifted accountant and 1980s music aficionado (though thankfully he doesn’t wear ruffled shirts to work) Scott joined Butler Settineri in 2016, fresh from a 14 year period as partner at a mid-tier Western Australian financial services firm. In July 2018 Scott was admitted to the Butler Settineri Partnership.

Scott is always on the go - he needs to be - as a happily married man to Tammy and father of three active teenage kids (“and definitely no more!”) he’s got the whole multi-tasking thing down pat. He’s as adept at managing sports days, looking after a budding actress and moderating sibling rivalries, as he is at cracking the most complex of accounting conundrums.  

Although his football glory days may have gone the way of his hair, Scott is still committed to keeping his mind and body healthy by regularly surfing at some of WA’s best breaks.

As a medical practice specialist, qualified CA and certified financial planner, with a career spanning almost three decades in boutique and mid-tier firms, and a drive to deliver more for our clients, Scott is right at home in our dynamic and multi-skilled team.

Send Scott an email anytime at sedwards@butlersettineri.com.au

Marius van der Merwe

Partner

Marius is a man who is really going somewhere. He’s powered by positive energy and always on the move.

Hailing from South Africa, Marius has a real passion for red meat and green vegetables only have a small place in his life. Married to Melanie, they have two children, one of each, and Marius loves battling his son in PC gaming, reading and persisting with his golf swing.

Marius joined our firm as an external audit specialist in 2010, was appointed as a Director of Butler Settineri in July 2011 and admitted to the Butler Settineri partnership in July 2012.

He continues to hone his specialisation in external audit and investigation with a portfolio including Australian financial service license holders, not-for-profit entities and local governments.

The entire team at Butler Settineri, and many of our clients, all benefit from Marius’ energy levels, positive outlook and ability to confront and solve financial business challenges.

Contact Marius directly anytime mvdm@butlersettineri.com.au

Lucy Gardner

Director, Butler Settineri (Audit) Pty Ltd

While Pat loves Rock ’n’ Roll, Lucy just loves rocks. She took a degree in Geological Sciences and transformed it into a highly successful career as an external audit specialist. How? Well, that’s a long story.

This proud Brit loves sports cars from her mother country and history, especially ancient civilizations.

Lucy moved to Australia in 1994 to work with a big four international firm in Perth where she specialised in Audit and Assurance. She brought her unerring eye for detail to Butler Settineri in 1999 where she is central to the audit and corporate services team.

This is a person who loves the challenge of delivering work that meets (and exceeds) Australian and international best practice. Lucy enjoys guiding the team to give our clients premium outcomes and occasionally she travels to remote and regional Western Australia to meet clients.

Lucy can be contacted by email lpg@butlersettineri.com.au

Marcia Johnson

Director, Butler Settineri (Audit) Pty Ltd

Originally from South Africa where she worked as a director for a mid-tier national firm in Cape Town, Marcia made the trip over to our shores in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since.

In June 2017 she joined Butler Settineri and took over responsibility for the management of the auditing team and the extensive audit portfolio, including our local government portfolio.

When she’s not filling her head with numbers, you can catch her spending time with her kids at the beach during the summer or spending the cold winter months hosting family movie nights.

An unapologetic fan of the Beegees - she ‘stays alive’ by socialising with friends and hiking in nature.

An adventurous spirit who is at the same time down to earth, Marcia is capable of handling the trickiest of conundrums and you can contact her directly by email at mjohnson@butlersettineri.com.au

Robert Hall

Director, Butler Settineri (Audit) Pty Ltd

Robert hails from South Africa where he earned his degrees majoring in accounting and auditing from the University of South Africa and the University of Natal before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2004.

With his wife Nicky, they have a young daughter, and enjoy getting out and about to explore the state as well as enjoying the beaches and ocean.

An outgoing member of our team, Robert loves to have a chat and keeps fit by training for triathlons.

To Butler Settineri, Robert brings over 20 years of experience in audit and assurance ranging from large, listed corporates to privately owned and managed businesses across a range of industries from retail and manufacturing to service and not-for-profit.

To get in touch with Robert, email him at rhall@butlersettineri.com.au

Steele Thornton

Manager, Business Advisory

One of our rising stars, Steele joined us straight out of university (UWA) in 2009 and since then has grown with the firm.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2012, Steele was promoted in November 2016 to the position of Manager in our Business Advisory team and has embraced the position with the energy and positivity that defines Butler Settineri.

When he is not helping the team deliver custom business advice to our clients, Steele works on IT projects to ensure that our firm is working with the latest and most reliant technology available in our industry.

Outside of work Steele is always developing his skill set, which is currently in renovating to restore a heritage property to it's former glory.

You can contact Steele by email at sthornton@butlersettineri.com.au

Kristin Chabrel

Manager, Business Advisory

Armed with a Bachelor of Science, a swag of netball trophies and a love of Pearl Jam, Kristin’s journey into the world of accounting wasn’t necessarily conventional. But her attention to detail and knack for figures soon steered her towards her true destiny of becoming a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Joining the Butler Settineri team in 2011, having completed a Masters of Professional Accounting, Kristin was promoted to the position of Manager in the Business Advisory team in 2019 and manages our graduate accountant program. Apart from mentoring our rising stars, she also loves assisting clients with all manner of queries, from simple everyday accounting requests, right through to more complex taxation and compliance issues. Clients love Kristin because of her in-depth understanding of the systems and processes that underlie effective business operations, but also because, frankly - she rocks.

Contact Kristin directly by email at kchabrel@butlersettineri.com.au

Pauline Fisher

Supervisor, Business Advisory

Growing up on a farm, Pauline was kept busy, and she hasn’t stopped working hard since. Joining Butler Settineri in 2008, she remained employed full time while studying part time to get her Business degree, going on to qualify as a CA. Peels of laughter announce her big, positive presence in the office, as do her red outfits.

She and her other half love the water – scuba diving and underwater photography, boating and camping, and international travel - waiting for the next dive holiday. The soundtrack is likely to include the classics they grew up on like AC/DC, INXS or Pink Floyd, or something more current.

Pauline was promoted to Supervisor in July 2020, with her role including management of graduate training and development and assisting with the management of training programs across the firm. She loves to help, it’s clear, and this extends to her enjoyment of client contact and relationship building.

Make contact with Pauline at pfisher@butlersettineri.com.au and find out for yourself.

 

Ally Gleeson

Supervisor, Business Advisory

Ally’s career has seen her take a cold-climate island hopping route to Perth, with undergraduate study and employment in NZ continued in Tassie. She came to us as a senior accountant in 2015 and was promoted to supervisor in 2020.

Her role includes management of our ATO lodgement list and applications for extensions, as well as trustee resolutions and FBT compliance. She also manages and assists with training and development of graduates. We may tease her for being short, and a Kiwi, but really we treasure her for the dynamic and friendly presence she brings to Butler Settineri.

Ally seems to have brought the cold of the lower latitudes with her to Perth and can often be found wearing boots and thermals at work or curling up under a blanket watching movies with the family. She and husband Andy enjoy camping, road tripping and seeing more of WA now that their two kids are old enough for easy travel. With lots of warm gear packed for Mum, obviously.

Ally can be contacted via email agleeson@butlersettineri.com.au

Danielle Cavanagh

Supervisor, Audit

Hailing from Scotland, Danielle is an interesting mix of friendly and relaxed and self-confessed neat freak which seems to work very well for her.

A lover of the great outdoors, camping and exploring Western Australia with husband Paul, Danielle is a hard worker and a good listener.

These personal traits translate very well indeed into her career in finance, which Danielle started straight out of school at the tender age of 16, in ‘sunny’ Glasgow.

Training in-house with a medium size practice in Glasgow, Danielle obtained her AAT (member of the Association of Accounting Technicians).

After a few more years of experience in similar practices, Danielle moved all the way to Australia in 2012 where she has been working hard in our Audit team and proving her worth to Perth businesses.

Get in touch with Danielle by email at dcavanagh@butlersettineri.com.au

Catherine Erok

Finance Officer

Catherine has limitless energy, owing, no doubt, to the large protein shake she has every morning at her desk. (Maybe we all should have one!)

Catherine first started with Butler Settineri as a taxation accountant, way back in 2001, in the business advisory section. Since then she has grown with the firm, culminating with her taking on the job of Finance Officer in 2012.

Apart from her exceptional accounting skills, Catherine is also a dab-hand in the kitchen and enjoys making delicious meals for her husband and daughter. She also knows a thing or two about Perth’s best tourist sites as she takes on the role of tour guide when her family comes to visit from overseas.

With decades of experience in financial accounting, Catherine is the perfect person to guide our finances into the future.

Catherine can be contacted directly via email cerok@butlersettineri.com.au