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Accountant Spotlight: Marisa Worling

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

Marisa Worling B Bus (Accounting) Xero Certified Adviser, CPA

Following a career that has allowed her to serve the middle market as a business services accountant AND perfect her expertise as a SMSF specialist, Northern Rivers local Marisa Worling is a welcome addition to the Collins Hume team.

Having worked as an accountant for a Big 4 outfit right through to mid-sized and local accounting firms here and over the border, self-confessed numbers person Marisa loves helping individuals and business owners make sense of their super funds.

And the more complex the structure, the better!

Marisa has slotted into her new role at Collins Hume following the departure of long-time SMSF Accountant, Chris Priester. She is currently knocking the firm’s CLASS super software system into shape, preparing super fund accounts and doing the subsequent tax returns.

She also plays a key role in liaising with Financial Planners and SMSF auditors.

“I like keeping the super funds processed and all updated to give each client a clear picture of a point in time with respect to the value and growth in the fund.”

“Whilst it’s great to concentrate on one area well to specialise and help business owners and individuals, it’s just as important to have a good connection with auditors and Financial Planning alike,” says Marisa.

Marisa’s dedication is not just reserved for office hours. She is a passionate trail runner on a mission.

A few years ago Marisa competed in the Blue Mountains 50km Trail event but had to pull up short with leg pain at the 28km mark. She found out that she had Stage 4 Melanoma which had spread to her skull. After intensive surgery and treatment, including a titanium plate and rod, she plans to finish what she started! You can find her pounding the hinterland trails most weekends preparing for the big race.

As a result, Marisa is a passionate fundraiser for Mission Melanoma, Jay Allen The Melanoma Man and the Australian Skin Cancer Foundation. She recently raised over $1,000 and has even walked a leg with Jay in Sydney!

You can also find Marisa volunteering at Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore Surf Club and performing in the role of Director of Finance for the Surf Life Saving Far North Coast Branch.

Now following the pandemic and a move to Collins Hume in 2022, Marisa loves the variety of people on the team and getting to work with the Partners on a varied range of clients.

“I enjoy helping business owners plan for their futures and spot opportunities that present themselves in the financials. The people at Collins Hume, both the team and clients, make my work very interesting.”

Copyright 2022. Collins Hume Accountants & Business Advisers. Ballina & Byron Bay NSW


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