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Taggart partners Hamilton for the future

Mel Hamilton
Melanie Hamilton
One of the region’s long standing professional accounting firms has embarked on a new chapter, with an important transition in management. On July 1 2018, Melanie Hamilton took the reins of the 66 year old company under the new name of Hamilton Taggart Business Advisors.
Established by the late Alan Taggart in 1952, the organisation has grown and modernised to meet the changing needs of its clients and its community under the leadership of Ross Taggart since 2000. Over the last couple of years Ross has worked closely with Melanie to identify and implement new approaches to client services especially in the delivery of Cloud based accounting solution for businesses.
“The role of accounting has changed significantly since my father started the company almost 70 years ago. Alan was very proud of the firm and the way it continued to grow and change to about Mel’s impending leadership role of the firm,” Ross said.
Mel Hamilton is a Certified Practicing Accountant who began her career in accounting with Taggart Partners in 2001 while completing a degree in commerce at the University of Newcastle. 
Mel specialises in taxation and accounting for small business, and works with clients to boost productivity through workflow, quality control and team management. She also assists businesses implement cloud accounting solutions, and specialises in business set up, succession planning and process management.
Mel is active in the local business community who is also a board member of NovaSkill and is the founder and vice president of the Gen Collective business network.
“The name change recognises the firm’s long term heritage with the Taggart name and brand,” Melanie said.
“I have been most privileged to have worked with Alan and Ross and their families since 2001 and it was important that we carry on one of the region’s most respected accounting brands,” she said.
“As Hamilton Taggart we will continue to work with the region’s small business sector to help them navigate business landscape while building business strategies to carry them into the future,” she said.
Ross Taggart will remain a vital part of the business in his role as Director where he will continue to undertake client management while continuing his role of mentoring and coaching staff.
Ross is well known in the business and community sectors who has donated his time as a director and president of Hunter Business Chamber, Merewether Surf Club and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Ross is well respected for his professional advice in tax and accounting that has extended more than three decades. Coinciding with these changes the firm recently relocated to new offices at Level 3, 131 Beaumont Street Hamilton.