About us

Our people

Doug McBirnie

Doug McBirnie - General Manager, Accurium

Doug is an experienced fellow of the Actuaries Institute and the Senior Actuary heading up Accurium’s SMSF practice. He is passionate about using his actuarial skills in the retirement space to provide innovative solutions for SMSF practitioners and their clients.

Previously, Doug has worked as an actuarial consultant at a big four accounting firm providing advice to superannuation scheme sponsors and trustees. He has also worked as a project manager in both the UK and China.

Doug is a keen rugby player, having played for a number of clubs around the globe. He is also an avid snowboarder and surfer. He enjoys travelling to new destinations to follow these passions.

Melanie Dunn

Melanie Dunn - SMSF Technical Services Manager

Melanie is an associate actuary with over ten years’ experience at Accurium in our superannuation team. She is currently progressing through the Actuaries Institute exams to qualify as an Actuary specialising in Global Retirement Income Systems. Melanie has extensive knowledge in superannuation and SMSFs, and is a regular presenter at a number of industry leading SMSF conferences. She also provides training for Accurium clients and staff. Melanie specialises in complex issues such as retirement modelling, pensions and segregation strategies.

Melanie is a keen squash player and also a qualified squash coach. She enjoys watching cricket and AFL.

Feel free to contact Melanie regarding technical SMSF or retirement planning questions, training opportunities, or to discuss how we can assist you with your actuarial requirements.

Megan Kaponas

Megan Kaponas - Marketing and Communications Manager

Megan has been working at Accurium for over 13 years and manages marketing campaigns, partner relationships, client communications, advertising and promotional activities to practitioners operating in the SMSF retirement market. She is currently completing her Master of Marketing through Charles Sturt University.

In her spare time Megan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing hockey and believes that life’s too short to drink bad wine.

Please feel free to contact Megan to discuss collaborative activities with Accurium or to request that certain educational topics be covered in webinars, blogs or on the Technical Hub.

James Jackson

James Jackson - Actuarial Analyst and SMSF Senior Manager

James is an Actuarial Analyst with over four years’ experience at Accurium in our actuarial consulting team. He is currently progressing through the Actuaries Institute exams to qualify as an Actuary.

James has a broad knowledge in SMSFs and he also provides training and guidance for Accurium staff. James spends most of his time kayaking, running and is also a qualified white-water kayaking instructor. With the remainder of his time he likes relaxing at home with friends, family and his three cats.

Feel free to contact James regarding technical SMSF questions or to discuss how we can assist you with your actuarial requirements.

Josh Dykes

Josh Dykes - Finance Manager

Josh is Accurium’s finance manager having over 15 years’ experience as a financial accountant in both domestic and international markets. Having previously worked overseas for multinationals such as JP Morgan, ING and Disney, he has a returned home to work for Accurium since 2012.  Josh is a CPA Australia member with extensive financial accounting experience both locally and abroad in a wide gamut of financial disciplines.  

Josh is a keen sportsman, playing Australian Rules football in the winter and cricket during the summer months.  He is also a motoring enthusiast, spending every spare moment working on his prized possessions.

Please feel free to contact Josh with any of your accounting based queries.

Jacco Vonk

Jacco Vonk - Development Manager

Jacco is an IT professional with over 20 years of software development experience. Jacco specialises in web development using Microsoft’s .NET framework and tools. Jacco has worked in a variety of industries such as Energy, Government, Education and Financial Services. In each role Jacco has used his strong technical and problem solving skills to deliver real business value through well designed and functioning software systems.

Jacco enjoys swimming, playing guitar and spending time with his family.