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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.

Mark Ellem website

Mark Ellem - Head of Education

Mark has extensive experience in Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs), Pension Funds, Income Tax and Financial Advisory. He is a Fellow of the CPA, IPA and SMSF Association, and received the 2018 SMSF Association CEO award.

Mark is an experienced and highly sought after presenter, he is passionate about educating accountants and SMSF practitioners about SMSFs and strategies to make SMSFs a successful part of their business.

Mark is a member of the Austin Motor Vehicle Club of Queensland and enjoys driving his classic Austin cars, a 1968 Austin 1800 Mk1 and a 1955 Austin A50 Cambridge, when they’re running and working on them (when they’re not).


Steve Mills - Business Development Manager

Steve has been working in the financial services industry for the last 13 years. During this time Steve has worked closely with SMSF professionals in various roles spaning from practice development, strategic alliances and business development. Professionally, Steve has completed the diploma of financial services and will be looking to advance this in the near future. 

Steve is a passionate supporter of the SMSF industry and is constantly seeking new ways to help SMSF practitioners provide greater value to their clients through market insights and innovation. 

Outside of the office, you will find Steve coaching junior rugby, fishing, playing tennis, golf and traveling.

Melanie Dunn

Melanie Dunn - SMSF Technical Services Manager

Melanie is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia specialising in Global Retirement Income Systems. She has over ten years’ experience at Accurium in our superannuation team. 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 15 years and manages marketing campaigns, partner relationships, client communications, advertising and promotional activities with accountants and practitioners operating in the SMSF retirement market. She has recently completed her Master of Marketing through Charles Sturt University.

In her spare time Megan enjoys spending time with her young family and (not so young) 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.
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.