Moving to Tasmania in 2010, Emma joined Connect42 as Treasurer in November 2017 and will be assisted by fellow Board Member and graduate accountant, Tracy. Emma is a warm and generous accountant with abounding curiosity and desire to both contribute and enjoy.
Although Emma has been a partner in her own Hobart accountancy and business advisory firm, Halys and Sells, for the past 6 years, her early career was in a very different field. Emma studied for a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in wine science at Charles Sturt University. For 10 years, Emma and her husband lived on a big commercial vineyard on the Darling River in Far Southwest NSW. Emma’s fascination with numbers overtook her interest in wine making, and from 2004-2007, whilst working as a trainee accountant, she studied by distance for a Masters of Professional Accounting with the University of Southern Queensland.
Those years working in a rural community brought home to Emma the issue of illiteracy and poor language skills for many people working on the land. As more and more important documents and forms have to be filled in online, a lack of reading and writing skills becomes increasingly disadvantageous.
Emma is therefore delighted to assist on the Connect42 board; not just as Treasurer, but in drawing on a wide range of experiences and skills to make a difference in her adopted home State.