Our Team

TOM HARRIS

Founder/Managing Director

Tom started White Sky in 2002 working out of his bedroom. His first client was the indie record label Rubber Records. From there he started helping artists with their bookkeeping on the side, all the while promoting himself under the name White Sky.

Tom co-managed The Temper Trap from 2006 to 2011, taking the band from small Melbourne venues to world-wide success. He currently manages folk-pop band The Little Stevies.

In 2009 Tom was asked to join the board of the AAM (Association of Artist Managers) and in 2012 took on the role of Treasurer.

After 15 years in the industry, Tom remains committed to his career-long passion to continually improve the way White Sky assists artists and their teams navigate the business side of their careers.

GERRY MCKENNA

Director at White Sky Royalty Accounting

Gerry’s career in the music industry started in the late 1970′s working in accounts at Charisma Records, above the legendary Marquee Club in London. In the early 80’s Gerry worked at Mute Records and later became a Director of the company.

Throughout the late 80s and 90s Gerry was at the forefront of the expanding international music scene; working as a royalty consultant for Polygram Music, and as Head of Royalties for The Mushroom Group which included overseeing statement production for the UK and European Mushroom offices. In 1998 Gerry identified a need in Australia for an independent forensic royalty auditing and statement production service and was quickly recognized as Australia’s number one music royalties expert.

In 2012 Gerry formed a new alliance with the White Sky group and now heads up the White Sky Royalty Accounting division.

JOHN ATKINS

Partner, Senior Business Manager

Starting in 2009, White Sky was John’s first real job out of Uni. He started at the bottom and has grown with the company, learning all aspects of what we do first hand and in 2015 was promoted to the newly created position of Senior Business Manager.

When he’s not crunching numbers John is a regular at Melbourne music venues and festivals, he barracks for the Kangaroos, and dabbles in the black arts of band management on the side. Unfortunately John’s favourite bands are never played in the White Sky office as they’ve been deemed too loud and distracting. Sorry John.

 

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DAMIEN LUSCOMBE

Partner, Senior Business Manager

Damo joined White Sky in 2010 with a Commerce degree and six hard fought years working on the front line of his family’s accounting firm. In the six years since he joined White Sky, Damo’s had hands-on experience with every element of the services we offer and become an expert in most.

His innate understanding of the challenges of running a small business makes him a client favourite. His process driven work ethic and attention to detail make him a valued member of the team. His love of the Kangas makes him indispensable.

 

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MATT BIRD

Partner, Senior Royalty Analyst

White Sky Royalty Accounting was still only a few months old when Matt joined Gerry to help handle the unexpected workload and bring even more royalties experience to the team. Matt had previously worked in the royalties department at Shock Records for eight years and as Royalty Manager for the last seven.

By night, Matt plays tenor saxophone with various outfits across town and could probably get a horn section together for that soul revival project you’re working on.

 


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KAVISHA KURUK

Business Manager

After graduating from Monash Uni with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance), Kavisha worked for a tax firm for 5 years and then as the Financial Controller at a magazine publishing company.

Her love of music drew her to White sky where she quickly found herself working with some of her favourite bands.

Kavisha spends her weekends going to gigs, binge watching TV shows and NBA. Somehow she still manages to fit in time to continue her study towards becoming a CPA.

 

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SCOTT SMITH

Business Manager

After slaving away in the public service for over a decade Scott managed to escape in search of a life in the industry he’s passionate about, soon finding his home at White Sky.

As a CPA qualified accountant, Scott brought a wealth of knowledge to the White Sky team. But it was his patient manner and inante ability to empart his wealth of knowledge onto others that quickly saw him become one of the company’s leaders.

Scott is the founder and editor of the music webzine ‘May The Rock Be With You’.

 

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DEAN HAMPSON

Business Manager

The boy from Ballarat with a head for numbers and a passion for music. Dean finished his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2009 and couldn’t get out the door quick enough. He set sail for Europe and went to as many music festivals as humanly possible on a student’s income.

Luckily, Dean’s clever budgeting skills allowed him to afford the plane ticket home. The next couple of years saw Dean slave away in the boring world of film & television accounting before he finally got his chance to work with some bands. He’s felt right at home at White Sky ever since.

 

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MIKE LANDERS

Business Manager

Mike got his foot in the door at White Sky in 2013, working the odd day here or there, as he impressed his co-workers at every new challenge. When there was a full-time position available we didn’t hesitate in offering it to Mike.

With a Bachelor of Business focusing on marketing and the music industry and a Diploma of Financial Services, Mike brought more to the table than just a great attitude and work ethic.

Mike’s commitment to keeping his clients well informed and his work ahead of schedule, coupled with his meticulous attention to detail makes him an invaluable member of the White Sky team.

 

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TAYLOR ARMSTRONG

Business Manager

Taylor spent the first four years of his career working in public accounting in his hometown of Perth while committing all his spare time to managing his friends’ bands. After tiring of the suit-and-tie life, Taylor packed up and moved to Melbourne in search of a career that would combine both his passion for music and accounts (Yes, you read that right, a ‘passion for accounts’).

12 months of making coffee later, Taylor finally landed himself a job at White Sky, quickly impressing his co-workers and advancing to the role of Account Manager in no time.

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MARINELLE CAPIRAL

Practice Manager

Originally from Auckland with a working background in design and production, Marinelle crossed the ditch in early 2014 to immerse herself in the Melbourne arts, music and culture scene.

Marinelle was looking for a role in a company that would match her enthusiasm and commitment to excellence. When she came across White Sky she knew she was home. Her experience in office management and other administration talents bundled with her eclectic taste in music made her a perfect fit!

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BREE HARTLEY

Office Manager

Bree applied for a bookkeeping position at White Sky but we felt straight away that she fit our culture so well we put her in charge of the office.

It didn’t take long for Bree to see that White Sky was the place for her. A professional drummer with Tracy McNeil for 5 years, and bringing with her 10 years’ admin experience at great arts businesses like The Booking Stable, Verve Studios, The Dog Theatre and La Mama Theatre. Where else was Bree going to end up but White Sky?

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MIKE DAY

Senior Account Manager

Mike was our star recruit when he joined White Sky in 2013. Having worked as a Tour Accountant and Finance Manager at the Dainty Group for 7 years and with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from La Trobe Uni under his belt he was always going to bring a lot to the team.

But even with those credentials Mike still managed to exceed our expectations. He quickly settled into a senior position overseeing the work for a number of our biggest touring clients as well as assisting and training our junior staff.

When Mike’s not analysing tour figures he can be spotted around town playing drums for Suburban Rock Patrol.

 

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PRASH CHANDER

Account Manager

It’s not clear whether attending every Punk/Hardcore/Metal gig in Melbourne during his Uni days helped or hindered Prash’s rise to success. But he landed his Bachelor of Business with flying colours and so has decided to continue that tradition while currently studying towards his CA qualification.

Prash’s first accounting job was in the fitness industry where he stayed for three years, learning the ropes until he could stand the smell of sweat and chlorine no more. After reading an article on White Sky he got in touch and the rest is history.

Prash’s love of the Kangas is unparalleled but his 4th quarter anxiety is sometimes too much to bear.

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JARROD ADDLEM

Account Manager

A country boy born & bred, Jarrod fled the sticks in 2001 and headed to the big smoke… Ballarat. Three years later he waltzed out of the University of Ballarat with a Commerce Degree under his arm and the swagger of a man who could take on the world. He set forth to find a workplace with likeminded people who do work he believed in. It took 10 years and 54 countries, but Jarrod finally found himself at White Sky.

Jarrod quickly learned the ins and outs of the industry and before long stepped up to the Account Manager position where he takes special care of a select group of lucky artists and music industry professionals.

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STEVE CANIGLIA

Account Manager

At the age of fourteen Steve emptied out his piggy-bank, bought his first guitar and learnt to sing. This new found passion snowballed into a musical rap sheet spanning over 10 years of playing gigs and festivals in a bunch of bands across Australia. Most notably of which included performances at Soundwave Festival, Hyperfest and Taste of Chaos in the late 00’s. Soon realising that being a full-time musician was a lot harder than he had been led to believe, Steve decided to jump the fence and follow his other passion; accounting.

He finished his Bachelor of Accounting and landed a job as an Auditor at Ernst & Young. After two years of the soul crushing boredom, Steve made the move to Melbourne where he landed a job at White Sky to become the self-declared best Account Manager the company has ever had.

 

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VICKY WEIGHTMAN

Account Manager

British born and bred this crazy Pom landed on the Australian shores of SE QLD in 2008. A BA Hons in Business and an extensive and varied career in all things hospitality, she made the move into a career in Finance to rest her weary legs, and hasn’t looked back since.

Loving life and always on two wheels, Vicky never leaves the house without a set of ear phones and a damn good playlist. Cos when life throws you a curve ball you need a theme song to remember it by, good or bad.

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LEE KIRBY

Account Manager

Entering into White Sky from a background of corporate accounting in the UK, Lee migrated to Australia in 2015 looking for something more in line with his skill set, but most importantly work place values, it’s safe to say he found it at White Sky.

A keen music and sports fan outside of work, or should I say ‘muso’ Lee enjoys spending his time walking his dog Benny, hitting up some gigs and taking a drive out to see the best of Victoria.

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MARTIN LEAHY

Account Manager

Martin is a country boy at heart, spending most of his childhood on a sheep farm in country Victoria. In those days he would spend more time in a shearing shed than at a gig, but his love of music was always clear.

After studying commerce at Latrobe Bendigo, moving to Melbourne and getting a taste of the big city life, Martin headed to London where his love of music really took off. When not working in finance roles in London, he spent most of his spare time at gigs and at festivals across Europe.

After returning to Australia Martin found his way to White Sky where the blend of music and numbers has seen him shine.

 

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TIM SOUMPLIS

Senior Accounts Officer

Completing a Bachelor of Accounting from Victoria University, Tim worked for a theatrical accounting firm for three years, working on the accounts for Les Miserables, Wicked, and King Kong to name a few.

A respect and love for all music genres and a strong work ethic sees Tim head down and headphones in most days. It was only fitting that he found his feet at White Sky in 2014.

When he isn’t working you may find Tim at Earthcore or watching a set at the local.

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DOLLY DAVIC

Senior Accounts Officer

Originally from Northern NSW and growing up by the beach, Dolly packed her bags for the big smoke and landed in Melbourne four years ago. The last 10 years has seen Dolly live the number cruncher’s dream, having the opportunity to work across a number of different industries.

But after finally seeing the light, Dolly made the move to White Sky to work as an Accounts Officer. Immediately showing her potential and accounting experience, it didn’t take long for her to be promoted to Senior Accounts Officer.

Dolly has never looked back and working in the industry has seen her love of music grow ever more passionate.

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JASON YIASOUMI

Senior Accounts Officer

Another one of our star recruits we drafted from across the ditch, Jason studied accounting at Vic Uni in Wellington. During this time he had exposure to the ‘events industry’ working in finance and then logistics at the Rugby World Cup 2011.

He then spent three years working for a defence contractor and water infrastructure company which drove him to pack his bags and travel the world. After four months he landed in Melbourne and scored an entry level job at White Sky within the week where he quickly worked his way up to the Senior Accounts Officer positon.

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JOANNA SYME

Senior Accounts Officer

When you’re a touring musician it’s not easy finding work that doesn’t involve mopping floors. Luckily for Jo, White Sky loves musicians as much we love music! Between tours as a professional drummer, Jo studied accounting and joined White Sky as a junior in 2014.

Jo’s enthusiasm for numbers meant she quickly became one of our staff recruits. It doesn’t hurt that she also has experience in music publishing, music industry workshops, grant writing, tour management, and running not one, but two record labels!

Since joining the team, Jo’s love of accounting jokes has really multiplied.




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