What makes our team different?


Each member of our MKS team is committed to providing the best possible service, with the same enthusiasm for your business accounting as we have for our own lives as professional, experienced accountants.


We take the time to get to know you and your business and we appreciate that you like to know who we are too.


At MKS, we come from different backgrounds and have different interests but we are passionate about achieving one shared goal: brilliant customer service, for every client, every day.

Mark Said

Founding Director
FCA, B.Bus (Acc)
Registered Tax Agent
Xero Certified

I am always looking for ways to help my clients grow their business – whether doing some coaching, mentoring, or just planning their business future – this is why I love what I do.  
Seeing clients get their great results, work towards improving their business value, and of course, giving them back time – well, this is my passion. 

Outside of MKS, aviation has always been a passion and now with my Pilot’s License, you’ll often find me in the air flying around Victoria.
 If I am not flying, you’ll find me spending quality family time or cooking up a storm in my kitchen.

Michael Risoli

Director & CEO
Registered Tax Agent
Financial Advisor
Xero Certified

Michael’s experience spans over 20 years across a number of accounting firms. Working with clients in a number of industries his speciality includes Health and Medical Services, Financial and Professional Services Businesses,  Hospitality Franchising, and Retail services. Advising clients on how to achieve structure and systems drives him to assist clients produce awesome results.

Outside of work, Michael enjoys time with his family, is a die hard Carlton supporter (no wonder his favorite colour is blue), enjoys cooking, bike riding and fast cars – but not all at once!

Joe Crisara

Member of the Tax Institute of Australia as a CTA

I enjoy building strong and professional relationships with our clients that will lead to the ultimate success in their business life. 
Overall, I have a mindset to grow and share information, collaborate with others, look for feedback and strive for innovation and channel those goals to our clients for their growth and development. 

I love sport and many recreational activities. I attend a gym 5 days a week that keeps me fit and healthy. I volunteer at the local community sports club on weekends. I enjoy watching movies from every era and listen to a wide range of music from the fifties to now.

Shaun Clarke

Senior Accountant
Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Finance)
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
Diploma of Financial Planning

Building long lasting & fruitful relationships with our clients. I enjoy getting stuck in and working with our clients to let them achieve their goals from both a business and tax perspective.   

Outside of work, I love spending time with my family, going to concerts and getting outside.

Kristian Said

Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
Diploma of Finance & Mortgage Broking Management

My passion and enjoyment for the accounting industry comes from being able to help Business owners build better lives for themselves and their families.

When I’m not at work I’m at the gym, learning a new skill to build a project at home or out racing boats on the weekend.

Bernadette Cottom

Diploma in Accounting and Xero certified

I enjoy working with a great team and clients who are so appreciative 

Outside of MKS, Family has always been extremely important to me, now being a grandparent more than ever. Really enjoying my grandsons. Yoga is still a high focus for me and looking forward to more travel soon.

Pat Carrier

Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Xero Advisor and Payroll certified

I enjoy utilising technology and software to solve problems in the accounting world. Building lasting relationships with clients and colleagues makes coming to work a pleasure, not a chore.

I’m a music enthusiast with a passion for fitness and the outdoors. Outside of work, you’ll find me enjoying time with loved ones or studying for CA.

Christopher Gregory

Assistant Accountant
Currently enrolled in a double degree of Bachelor of Business (Accountancy / Financial Planning)
Xero Certified

I enjoy the constant growth of experience, knowledge, and skills I am able to attain working at MKS.

Outside of work I particularly enjoy watching Movies/T.V shows, spending time with Friends & Family, and love watching the footy (Go Dons)

Daishell Smith

Assistant Accountant
Currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Accounting

I enjoy working with the team, being able to learn on the job all the time and facing problems that I can work through and solve, creating great satisfaction when completed.

Outside of work I like to spend time with my friends and family, watch Essendon play and being active, playing football or watching a TV show and getting caught up in the excitement of it.

Donna Gauder

Assistant Accountant
(Client Services)
Certificate 4 Accounting & Bookkeeping,
Xero Certified

I love a problem. It gives me the opportunity to improve systems and develop new processes. Initially this helps the team, but the benefits are ultimately passed onto our clients.
When I’m not working, I enjoy watching movies and trying out new restaurants.

Outside of work, it’s not unusual to find me with a tape measure in hand looking for something to knock down and rebuild. I can get a little antsy if I don’t get my daily dose of exercise too.

Giulia Taranto

Administration Assistant

Working with this team feels like being part of a tight-knit family—supportive, fun, and making work not just productive but genuinely enjoyable.
Outside of work, I love catching up with friends and spending quality time with family. Nothing is more important to me than sharing precious moments with loved ones.

Stephanie Said

Marketing Assistant
Bachelor of Arts
Currently enrolled in a Masters of Publishing & Communications

I love learning new skills and being able to work on a wide variety of projects. Every day is different and there’s always a new challenge to tackle.

You can find me reading a book, at the movies or rearranging my bookshelves (which happens too frequently).

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