Our Team




Mike Day

Managing Director – Mercury Financial Group

Mike has 20 years experience in the financial sector the last 15 of which he has spent in public practice.  Having previously owned a small business in Canberra Mike is well aware of the pressures and challenges that face the small business owner day to day.  Combined with his technical training and experience Mike is a valued advisor to the small business owner.

Mike specialises in structures for business and/or investment, buying or selling a business, cashflow and tax minimisation.

Mike is a Fellow of the National Tax & Accountants Association with whom he holds a Public Practice Certificate, a member of CPA Australia as well as a certified SMSF Auditor.

Email: mike.d@mercuryfg.com.au


Karl Vaivads

Director/Senior Financial Advisor  – Mercury Financial Group

Karl brings a wealth of knowledge to the Mercury Financial Group having been a Financial Analyst, Financial Planner, Director and part owner of a previous firm with over 12 years’ experience.  Karl commenced as a financial analyst back in 2002 working in an affiliated accountancy firm. Karl went onto becoming a financial planner and part owner of that business. Looking for further challenges, Karl went on to work for a regional firm based in Deniliquin which specialised in rural business succession and intergenerational succession. Karl also is keenly interested in direct share investing and has been personally trading shares for over 14 years.  Karl holds the following qualifications:

  • Diploma Telecommunications Engineering
  • Diploma of Financial Services
  • Advanced Diploma Financial Services
  • Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance

Karl wishes to be identified and respected as a resourceful and technical skilled Financial Planner with the goal of using a holistic, technical and methodical approach to creating wealth and financial security in an ever changing world.  This leads hand in glove to a more active communicative approach to strategy management, where strong client relationships are paramount to delivering the best personalised financial experience possible. Maintaining a focus on present financial achievements and future wealth opportunities.

Mercury Financial Pty Ltd (Authorised Representative No.470443) and Karl Vaivads (Authorised Rperesentative No. 268359) are authorised representatives of InterPrac Financial Planning Pty Ltd (AFSL: 246638).

Email: karl.v@mercuryfg.com.au


Jodie Cameron

Senior Accountant – Mercury Financial Group

Jodie is a Senior Accountant with Mercury and specialises in a range of tax related areas including servicing small business operators, companies, partnerships, sole traders and trusts. Jodie is skilled in a number of accounting programs including HandiSoft, MYOB and Cashflow Manager. In addition to her Tax related proficiency Jodie excels with advice on FBT, Super Funds, Investment Properties & Capital Gains issues. With her excellent customer relation and technical skills, Jodie is highly regarded by her existing clients and sought after by new clients to the business.

Email: jodie.c@mercuryfg.com.au

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Braedon Clark

Senior Accountant – Mercury Financial Group

Braedon has 20 years experience in accounting and taxation, both in public practice and commercial.  He has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has also completed the Professional Year (PY) program with the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  Braedon has an extensive understanding of the many issues facing small business, and his experience ensures clients facing these issues are in good hands.  Outside of the office, he enjoys playing cricket and keeping his you daughter entertained.


Email: braedon.c@mercuryfg.com.au


Janine Baumhammer

Accountant – Mercury Financial Group 

Janine has worked as an accountant for several years in addition to running her own bookkeeping business prior to starting with Mercury in 2011.  She is currently studying towards her Bachelor of Accounting.  Janine is a member of the Institute of Public Accountants and specialises in small business, rental and defence force tax returns.

Email: janine.b@mercuryfg.com.au


Natalia Shushkevich

Accountant – Mercury Financial Group 

After many years as an interpreter and travel agent back in Russia, Natalia decided to change her career path. She graduated from university with a Bachelor of Commerce and Accounting. Natalia gained experience in bookkeeping before progressing to an accounting firm. She joined Mercury in 2010, and specializes in tax accounting and compliance of self-managed super funds.

Email: natalia.s@mercuryfg.com.au


Michael Yi

Accountant – Mercury Financial Group 

Michael Joined the Mercury team in 2008 and he is specialised in company tax. Michael has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting degree, and he is also a member of Certified Practicing Accountant Australia. In addition to his qualifications, Michael has extensive working knowledge of financial accounting and taxation. Michael is also skilled in a range of accounting software such as MYOB and Quickbook.

Email: michael.y@mercuryfg.com.au


John Day

Accountant – Mercury Financial Group

After more than 40 years in the Australian public service, including terms in both the Australian Taxation Office and the Industry Commission, John joined Mercury in 2008, and specialises in tax accounting.

He has found the move from Government finance to tax accounting to be “interesting and challenging”. With qualifications that include a Masters in Accounting from the University of Canberra, John is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, and a member of CPA Australia.

Email: john.d@mercuryfg.com.au


Chris Tarlinton

Practice Manager – Mercury Financial Group

Chris joined our firm in 1995 and has held many positions in the Administration area. She currently fills the role of the Practice Manager where she has accountability for the client workflow, Company Secretarial work including dealing with ASIC and liaising with on a daily basis with the ATO and clients.

With her long history within the accounting branch Chris brings significant corporate knowledge about the clients and their associated entities. She also manages the processes within the office to maintain it as a well organised and energised operation.

Email: chris.t@mercuryfg.com.au


David White

Administration Support Officer – Mercury Financial Group

David has over 30 years experience in financial services in the local area. He is a well known resident of the Queanbeyan district, and is highly involved in many aspects of the local community. David has completed his tier 2 certificate in Financial Management and ensures the business has a strong focus on client service. A core part of his role is to liaise with ATO on behalf of our clients and the Accountants.

Email: david.w@mercuryfg.com.au


Lee Nelson

Bookkeeper – Mercury Financial Group

Prior to Mercury, Lee ran her own business in the UK for over 15 years. In 2008 she joined the Team as Finance Officer. After a Maternity break her role with Mercury changed, and while she still takes care of some administrative procedures, she now maintains a book of clients, specialising in matters such as MYOB, bookkeeping and Business Activity Statement preparation.

Email: lee.n@mercuryfg.com.au


Nerilee Rose

Receptionist– Mercury Financial Group 

Nerilee has been a receptionist with Mercury since 2011. Before joining the team, Nerilee had over 20 years’ experience working in the Australian Public Service in various administrative and executive assistant positions. Nerilee is the professional face of the firm and is well appreciated as being helpful to clients as well as members of the Mercury team.

Email: nerilee.r@mercuryfg.com.au