Our Advisory Members

One of the benefits of the Cloud is our small firm can reach out to our extensive Xero network for advice and mentoring.  CloudCounting has chosen to specialize in Xero, Cloud Solutions and e-commerce.  An important part of this strategy is to surround ourselves with experts in the field.

Heather Smith, CA CPA FCCA FICB BComm

Heather Smith GIF

Heather is a Chartered Accountant who is also a writer, speaker and small business consultant.  Heather is best known as the author of Xero for Dummies, which is currently in the third edition.  Heather facilitates a number of Xero-centric groups, including a well known podcast called Cloud Stories, Xero Mastermind Facebook Group, and a monthly meetup group called Cloud Accountants.

We have engaged Heather to mentor us in the best practice cloud solutions – it is impossible to keep current with all of the options and Heather is in this space 24/7 making her the ideal mentor for CloudCounting.


  Katrina Aarsman, B. Bus (Acc) FICB

Katrina AarsmanKatrina started her career as a tax accountant working for a Chartered Accounting firm.  She then spent 15 years running a successful bookkeeping practice with eight staff, and sold her business.  She now spends her time mentoring other bookkeeping and accounting firms.  Katrina is the author of Grow, Profit, Exit and is an expert on implementing automation and processes using Xero Practice Manager.

We meet with Katrina on a regular basis to receive mentoring on implementing Xero Practice Manager in our business, and how to run a successful and profitable practice.


Melissa Langton

Melissa LangtonMelissa Langton is the HR Specialist for exceler8.  Melissa has over 17 years’ experience supporting the development and management of people in both private and government sectors throughout regional Queensland and Brisbane.

Specialising in talent management, HR coaching, risk and compliance; Melissa makes it her mission to empower business owners and leaders to maximise their results through their people.