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 and their kid’s music side-project Teeny Tiny 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 nearly 20 years in the industry, Tom remains committed to his career-long passion to continually improve the way White Sky assists artists and their teams in navigating 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.

MIKE LANDERS

Partner, Senior Business Manager

Joining the team in 2013, Mike has been part of White Sky’s growth and hunger for innovation as a Music Business Management firm.

With years of experience playing in dodgy Melbourne bands, a Bachelor of Business focusing on marketing and the music industry, and a Diploma of Financial Services, Mike brings more to the table than just a great attitude and work ethic.

As a Senior Business Manager and Partner, Mike is committed to readying his clients for all levels of success in the music industry and is passionate about delivering a new level of professionalism.

KAVISHA KURUK C.P.A

Partner, Senior 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, NBA and recently completed her studies to become a CPA.

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.

The next couple of years saw Dean working in accounts in film and television before he finally got his chance to work with some bands when he joined White Sky.

In his spare time, Dean enoys reading and discussion psychology and in 2017 began studying for his MBA.

MARTIN LEAHY

Business 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 La Trobe 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, 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.

ALICE SWANSON

Senior Tax Manager

When Alice came across a LinkedIn post that described a forward thinking, non-traditional accounting firm focusing on services in the music industry, she knew this was the ‘something different’ she’d been dreaming about.

After meeting with the team and learning about the culture and firm’s vision, it was a no brainer that White Sky was the place she needed to be. With a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (CA), Alice knew the move would align her passion for music and her career in tax.

Alice’s hobbies include a varied list of playing guitar and piano, mixing vinyl, archery, travel (especially when weird and diverse foods are involved) and training for mini triathlons with her very active pups.

NILS ARNOLD

Assistant Manager

When he isn’t recording and producing his own music, or being a guitarist for hire around town, Nils puts his Chartered Accountant hat on with the sole aim of helping musicians make more money from their craft.

Just as he was finishing up a long-term position in a senior role in another accounting firm, Nils decided to try his luck at White Sky as he was keen to work with like-minded people in an industry he’s passionate about. The timing worked, and he started a week later!

Nils fit into the White Sky culture immediately and also brings a generous portion of gusto and good humour to the team.

JAMIE PARKER

Head of Finance and Operations

Born and bred in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Jamie crossed the border to get a taste of life in cosmopolitan Melbourne. Jamie was on the hunt for a role that would enable him to make full use of his CPA and MBA qualifications along with the experience gained from a finance career dating back to 1990.

The Head of Finance and Operations role at White Sky was a perfect match for his talents!

We don’t even hold his support of the Swans against him anymore.

TAYLOR ARMSTRONG

Senior Account Manager (Canada)

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, he 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 steadily over the years to the role of Senior Account Manager.

Recently moving to Canada, Taylor continues his role in North America where there is much more focus on hockey games and snow.

SASHA PONOMAREVA

Senior Account Manager (Sydney)

In 2014 Sasha left her native Russia to pursue her studies half way around the world in sunny Australia. With two Master Degrees and extensive finance experience in her pocket, she joined White Sky in early 2019 when she decided to transition from tax accounting to the exciting world of business management.

Sasha heads up the Sydney office, bringing her pizzazz and bubbly energy to the growing team in Surry Hills.

After hours, she can definitely be found at the nearest local gig and enjoying the sunshine in the Harbour City.

STUART PRENDERGAST

Senior Account Manager (USA)

Recently making the move to live over in the United States, Stuart joined the White Sky team in 2016 seeing it as the perfect opportunity to combine his obsession with music and his love of numbers.

As a bass player with a passion for soul, funk and blues, Stuart has spent nearly 20 years playing the scene across Australia. At the same time, he’s kept his head for numbers with a variety of bookkeeping jobs across several industries.

While he’s cut back on his musical commitment, Stuart can still be found playing the odd show, or as a punter at any number of gigs.

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!

BREE HARTLEY

Office & Marketing 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, bringing with her 10 years of admin experience in arts organisations.

Busy on the festival circuit as a drummer for Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife and Dan Parsons, she also runs her own boutique booking agency, Canyon Bookings.

A natural multi-tasker (she is a drummer after all), we recently expanded her role to include Marketing and social media, so she can further cement White Sky’s trusted position in the industry, and make up funny hashtags to go with it.

JASON YIASOUMI

Senior Account Manager

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 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 within the week, scored an entry level job at White Sky, where he quickly worked his way up to a Senior Account Manager position.

DOLLY DAVIC

Senior Account Manager

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

After finally seeing the light, Dolly made the move to White Sky. Immediately showing her potential and accounting experience, it didn’t take long for her to be promoted to Senior Account Manager.

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

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LEE KIRBY

Senior Acccount 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 more importantly work place values, and it’s safe to say he found it at White Sky.

A keen sports and music fan outside work, he is still learning to use Australian terms such as ‘muso’ in casual conversation.

Lee enjoys spending his time walking his dog Benny, hitting up some gigs and taking a drive our to see the best of Victoria with his family.

KATE SLOANE

Royalties Analyst

Hailing from Manchester in the UK, Kate studied at Durham University, graduating with a Masters in Maths. She made the move to Australia in 2013 and after living a miserable existence in Sydney, decided it had to be Melbourne or bust.

Applying for a role as Account Manager at White Sky, we decided that with such a mind for numbers and a passion for music and spreadsheets, the Royalties department was her natural home.

Kate is a multi-instrumentalist (keyboard, guitar, vocals) in local indie-pop band, Peter Dickybird and also has a keen interest in food (eating and preparing), with her specialty being Tiramisu (which she has yet to make for the office).

CHRYSTALLA GEORGIOU

Senior Account Manager

After completing her Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at La Trobe University, Chrystalla took a couple of months off and travelled to visit family in Cyprus.

On her return, she worked for a manufacturing business and tried her hand at a corporate level. However, she realized that vibe wasn’t for her and landed at White Sky with a passion for music and numbers.

She’s currently studying for her CPA and looking forward to completing this in the next couple of years.Apart from music, her other passions include sport and watching a lot of trashy TV.

MATTHEW TAN

Senior Account Manager

Matty got his foot in the door by cold emailing White Sky and bragging about his skills at trivia. Finding out that he has a Bachelor of Business (Finance) and Bachelor of Accounting, as well as years of experience in the music scene as a touring singer and band manager – we realized we really needed another ace trivia hand on payroll.

Matty’s booking, performing and international touring experience, coupled with a love of the world’s dingiest live music venues has helped him understand our clients’ needs and allowed him to move into the role of Senior Account Manager.

He’s a self-confessed punk connoisseur, beer nerd, Simpsons obsessive and dog lover.

ZACK BUCHANAN

Senior Account Manager

Initially completing a Bachelor of Music at Melbourne Polytechnic, Zack went on to complete a Graduate Certificate in Accounting at Swinburne, prompted by a growing interest in the business side of the music industry due to his personal experience releasing and performing with his band The Outdoor Type.

White Sky became the perfect fit for Zack as it merged both of his passions of music and accounting, and its unique working environment fit right in with his ethos of “never wanting to working in an actual accounting firm.”

He is currently undergoing his Masters of Accounting at UNE and his band continues to find success, touring extensively both at home and internationally.

TAYLAH SMITH

Senior Account Manager

After graduating from Bond University on the Gold Coast, Taylah decided to make the move to London to work and travel for a year.

The following year she moved to Melbourne to start her career, and quickly found her calling at White Sky, starting in a graduate position, she quickly rose to become an Account Manager.

Taylah has always loved going to gigs and music festivals, and since working in the industry her passion for music has continued to grow. Young and ambitious, she looks forward to seeing where her career at White Sky will take her.

ALEX DEW

Senior Account Manager

Alex made the move up from Hobart to Melbourne in pursuit of a dream career in music accounting. After three years as a part of Deloitte’s Audit team and completing his CA, he was ready for a new adventure and had White Sky firmly in his sights.

Not long after dropping in a resume he found himself part of the team, realising that dream and has been loving it ever since.

When he’s not getting involved in Melbourne’s live music scene, Alex’s spare time is taken up by a number of electronic music projects – crunching the numbers by day, tweaking synthesisers by night.

RUBY HENDERSON

Senior Account Manager

After previously working in a public practice tax firm, Ruby was looking for something that she felt more passionate about, so she sent a random email to White Sky.

Fast forward a few months and she’s now an Account Manager working with some of our top clients, always with a friendly smile.

Currently completing her CPA, Ruby gets to as many local gigs and festivals as she can, as well as cleaning up on the netball court and spending time back in her home town in Daylesford.

MAREN WHITTAKER

Senior Account Manager

Working part-time in Brisbane while studying for her Bachelor of Accounting, Maren completed her studies and began working in public practice, running a tax outlet for individual returns in the Torres Straits.

Outside of the office, her big passion is acting and getting involved in anything film. She performs with an improv and sketch comedy group which has travelled to Perth and Adelaide Fringe Festivals.

Maren first became aware of White Sky whilst getting new headshots done and actually couldn’t believe that there was a place that combined accounting and the creative industry, so took it upon herself to keep bugging Tom until he finally agreed that this should be her new home.

LOTTIE COWLING

Account Manager (Sydney)

After completing an MSc in Communication Science from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Lottie somehow ended up working in finance. She liked it so much that she decided to take a job at the music business management first Thomas St. John, heading up the Amsterdam touring team for three years.

In 2019 she made the move to Sydney and after hearing about White Sky, reached out knowing it would be the perfect fit. The timing could not have been better – Lottie joined the Sydney team and hasn’t looked back!

Outside of work, she enjoys baking delicious sweet treats and travelling, with Iceland and Hawaii her favourite places so far. Exploring the rest of Australia is up next.

JOHNNY TRAN

Banking Officer

With a Bachelor of Accounting under his belt, Johnny left his home in Adelaide and headed for the bright lights of Melbourne. As an avid music fan, a position in the music industry was just the ticket for Johnny, having only experienced life in a corporate industry until he came across White Sky.

Now as our Internal Banking Officer, Johnny gets to listen to music every day, whether it be on the tram, at his desk, or at the gym.

Apart from a love of sport and hanging out with his family and friends, Johnny also loves dogs and misses his black Labrador living with his parents back in Adelaide.

LUDOVIC ETTIENNETTE

Accountant

Born on the tropical island of Mauritius, Ludo made the decision to move to the slightly less tropical island of Australia and landed in Melbourne to start his studies in Hospitality Management. He then decided to do something that he actually liked, so began his Bachelor of Accounting instead.

After spending 6 years in a financial role at a hospitality company, Ludo stared looking for a new challenge and eventually found his way to White Sky to become our trusted Accountant.

A keen music and sports fan, Ludo always ends up in a very respectable position on the ladder in our office Footy Tipping comps.

NIC SCHWARZ

Account Manager

Nic took the plunge and cold emailed White Sky’s Managing Director to ask for a job after he graduated from his Bachelor of Commerce at Monash Uni. Majoring in Accounting and Economics, he desperately believed he couldn’t handle a ‘normal’ accounting job, and wanted to find something that combined his passion for music and the skills he’s learnt in his degree.

To his complete surprise, Tom offered him a position, and he found himself in a ‘real’ job that did just that..

In his spare time, Nic spends most of his time writing and performing with his indie-pop band, Telescreen.

KATRINA EVANS

Account Manager

Making the move from Adelaide with a Commerce Degree in Business Management and Accounting, Katrina knew that White Sky was going to be her dream job.

Once landing in Melbourne and taking up a position as an Account Manager, she quickly found that she was indeed made for the role!

Outside of the office she is an avid reader, delving into many different styles and genres, and also loves to bake – much to the delight of her co-workers.

KATHERINE CAVANAGH

Account Manager

With a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping from RMIT and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the University of Melbourne, Katherine came to White Sky after hearing about it from her sister (and former employee).

Coming in for an interview, a position quickly opened up for her a month later, and she found herself able to perfectly combine her spreadsheet-loving organised side, and her interest in the creative industries.

Her main side-gig is filmmaking, but she also lists knitting, looking after plants and climbing stuff (ie. circus aerials and boulders) among her many other creative, and slightly dangerous hobbies.

 

SOPHIE ETHEVE

Account Manager

After working in Real Estate and Property Management in her native France, Sophie made the big move to Australia and completed a Cert IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping at Swinburne.

When she arrived in Melbourne and saw an ad for White Sky (which also happened to be on the same street as her new apartment), she knew it was meant to be.

Thoroughly admitting she fits the perfect cliche, she loves nothing more than a good French red wine with cheese and charcuterie, her motto being “there is never enough cheese…” She also loves her two Burmese cats, going to the cinema and trivia – with a life goal of becoming a real-life, walking version of IMDb.


 

Careers at White Sky

 

 

We’re far from your typical accounting company. An innovative team of ambitious accountants, we love the business side of the music and entertainment industry. We’re here to take the headache out of finances letting our clients focus on the things they do best. Sure, it’s challenging, but the work is meaningful and the team has strong values.


What we offer

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A growing, innovative and dynamic organisation

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A friendly, positive and empowering culture

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Flexible hours and work-from-home opportunities

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Equal helpings of staff social events and tickets to shows

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A cool open-plan warehouse office, easily accessible via PT

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A neighbourhood full of some of the best restaurants, cafes (and gelato!) in the city!

Tell us why you want to work at White Sky.

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