Our People

Peter Hesse

Peter3Peter started PDH Accounting in 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University and has been a registered tax agent since 1998.

Peter has over 20 years experience in public practice, servicing small and medium businesses and quickly understand the needs of each individual business.

Peter strongly believes in asset protection and one of the first reviews conducted when clients contact PDH Accounting is to review the current structure of business operations and make recommendations as required.

Peter also believes that it is important to give to the local community and has been actively involved with the Business Growth Centre Limited (formerly Lake Macquarie Business Centre Limited) for over 5 years. He has a passion for small business and enjoys watching and assisting in business growth. He currently does other pro bono charity work.

Peter is a keen AFL follower and still plays AFL for the local masters’ competition. He also enjoys fishing and heading out onto Lake Macquarie on a regular basis.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships
Bachelor of Business- Swinburne University
CPA Australia
Registered Tax Agent
MYOB Professional Partner
Xero Certified Advisor

Amber Mackay


Amber has over 13 years experience providing accounting services to a large variety of small to medium businesses.

Commencing her career in Audit services before moving into small business and taxation has given Amber a strong grounding in business operation and systems as well as taxation and compliance issues.

Amber became a QuickBooks Accredited partner in 1999 and a MYOB certified consultant shortly afterwards. She has had special focus on assisting clients manage their internal accounting systems by providing support with the implementation and training of accounting software systems.

Since commencing with PDH Accounting, Amber has combined this strong knowledge of internal accounting systems with her experience in the tax and business consulting area to provide clients with assistance in all areas of their business.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

Bachelor of Commerce – Newcastle University
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
Registered BAS Agent
Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
Xero Certified Advisor

Samantha Westbury

Sam joined PDH Accounting in April 2019. She has 30 years experience in retail, customer service, office management and business administration across Newcastle and the Central Coast regions.

Sam studied chemical engineering and science at Newcastle University before starting her career and has developed a keen interest in financial, taxation and cash flow management of small to medium business enterprises. Sam enjoys solving complex problems in a team environment with an eye to helping both individuals and businesses to produce outstanding results.

In 2018, Samantha completed a Certificate IV Bookkeeping at Newcastle TAFE and is continuing further studies over the coming year. Sam’s current role is to assist the team in all client services while continuing training in all areas of business.

Outside of work, Sam is a mother of two, loves cooking and entertaining friends and family, and is known for her beautiful hospitality, warm smile and infectious laughter.

Professional Qualifications
Certificate IV in Bookkeeping
Xero Certified Advisor
MYOB trained

Alison Cleary

Alison3Alison started working at PDH Accounting Services in 2008, where she is the Office Manager and a bookkeeper. She has had over 30 years experience in providing administrative and computer support and training services in various organisations and has worked as a bookkeeper for several small businesses.

Alison is responsible for many aspects of administration for the firm, including accounts receivable and debt collection. She also prepares most of the individual tax returns and provides bookkeeping services to a number of our clients on a quarterly basis.

Alison is a great problem solver and she also provides basic computer and systems support to the organisation. She is also experienced in using Xero and provides support to many of our clients.

Alison spends her spare time quilting, playing board games, reading, making lemon butter for various charities to sell, going to the movies and spending time with family and friends. She is also involved in her local church, Climate Action Newcastle and a local sustainable neighbourhood program.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships
Bachelor of Computer Science
Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development
Certificate IV in Financial Services (Bookkeeping)
Xero Certified Advisor

Robyn O’Brien

RobynRobyn O’Brien has joined the team at PDH Accounting Service’s Team as an office administrator. Robyn has a long history of employment in the retail and administration services sector. Robyn started working for PDH Accounting Services in 2013 and she is an integral part of the team, ensuring that the office runs smoothly.When Robyn isn’t at work, she’s a busy mum to her three children, shuffling between their various work, school and sporting activities. She spends any spare time she has indulging in her passion for food and cooking and loves to keep in touch with her close circle of friends.