Our story

About us

Our Team

Meet our Managing Director:

Belinda Howie BAcc. FCPA  JP MAICD

 

Personal/Career Background

Belinda is a born and raised Territorian, originally from Alice Springs. Belinda now calls Darwin home after spending time in picturesque Gove. She understands the challenges of conducting business in the Territory’s challenging economical and geographically remote environments.

Belinda’s financial management and governance knowledge comes from having successfully completed a Bachelor of Accountancy at the University of South Australia. She holds the elite Fellow status with CPA Australia and served as NT President of CPA. Belinda developed her best practice financial and accounting skills and experience while working for large corporations. These include as an auditor for one of the Big 4 accounting firms Price Waterhouse, Senior Finance Executive at global fuel giant Shell, and Executive Chief Financial Officer and Group Company Secretary with Darwin based shipping company Perkins.

She began consulting in the SME sector following the sale of Perkins to Toll. She has since been an integral advisor in several other business sales and mergers for Territory based businesses.  Her company Northern Sky provides a fully integrated Accounting, Corporate Governance and Advisory services to clients with a genuine interest in building strong sustainable businesses.

She also serves on many private and community based boards applying her expert knowledge of best practice corporate governance and financial management skills. Belinda specialises in using her knowledge, skills and experience from the large corporate sector to assist Territory small and medium businesses and organisations develop, grow and prosper. Many business owners in this market sector find financial management and business improvement challenging. A surge in demand for best practice Governance advice and training from the NFP sector has seen a diversification of services.

Belinda delivers individually tailored services which break complex business concepts into achievable strategies and systems easily implemented to improve business performance, governance  and profitability outcomes.

Industry Experience

  • Hospitality
  • Not for Profit
  • Construction
  • Shipping, Marine and Transport
  • Equipment/Vehicle Hire
  • Fuel & Logistics
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Retail
  • IT
  • Early Learning and Education
  • Trades

Accreditations/Affiliations

  • Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant – CPA Australia
  • CPA Australia NT Branch Councillor 2010 – 2017
  • CPA Australia NT President 2016 & 2017
  • ARLC NT – Chairperson 2014-2019
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Bachelor of Accountancy – University of South Australia
  • Board Member several NFP Organisations
  • Adelaide University – Executive Professional Management Program
  • Accredited Level 2 Sports Coach

Areas of Specialisation

  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Corporate Governance
  • Best Practice Financial Management
  • Mentoring
  • Financial Software and Systems
  • Business Profitability and Investment
  • Effective and Sustained Change Management
  • Tendering and Funding Applications and Negotiations

Highlights

Belinda Howie has an impressive history in financial management and business improvement, starting her career in audit with Price Waterhouse, before moving into commerce to work for global fuel giant Shell as a Financial Controller.

At the pinnacle of her corporate career as Executive Chief Financial Officer she steered shipping giant Perkins through the largest sale of a Territory-based company, acquired by Toll Group.

“As CFO of Perkins, I was dealing with high demand investment bankers to achieve  significant outcomes and investment return for the Territory based business,” recalls Belinda. “It was an intense role, and professionally very rewarding.”

Meet our Accountant

Lauren Heald

Lauren is originally from Central Queensland but is proud to now call the Territory home, having lived in both Darwin now calls beautiful picturesque Gove home. Lauren is currently in her third year of her Bachelor of Accounting degree at Central Queensland University. She holds a Diploma of Financial Planning, Financial Literacy Educators Certificate and Certificate IV in Bookkeeping & Accounting.

Lauren has worked with a range of clients providing bookkeeping services but has a passion for working with not-for-profit community service organisations the most. She strives for operational excellence by having a driving focus on positive client relationships. Lauren is excited to be working with a supportive team of industry professionals at NSAA, who have a strong focus on best practice.

Qualifications: Diploma and Financial Planning, Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.

Testimonials

What are clients say

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Belinda is an amazing lady, an authentic professional leader who inspires and motivates other’s to achieve. Thank you so much for teaching me how to effectively and efficiently manage our business finances and committee reporting.

5
Director
Lutheran Childcare Centre, Darwin
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Belinda your prompt and professional work is assuring, you continually provide timely, accurate and “user friendly” information. This helps me efficiently monitor and direct my businesses.

5
John Tourish
The Walkabout Gove & Precinct Tavern Darwin, Arnhem Land and Darwin
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Northern Sky is an essential part of our organisation, providing easy to understand advice including internal control requirements, debtors, payroll, profitability, cash flow and financial reporting. They provide easy to understand mentoring and support to staff and management.

5
Gorden Jabou
Northern Power Group
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Belinda adds value to our organisation by streamlining processes and providing mentoring and up skilling of our staff. Belinda is integral to our business providing a seamless solution for our CFO requirements.

5
Glen Samsa
Plantation Management Partners
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Belinda is invaluable to our organisation. She provides that security of knowing that all aspects of our organisation meet and comply to the current tax / accounting laws. She is a pleasure to work with and explains any new process clearly. I highly recommend her services.

5
Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre Incorporated
Yirrkala - Gove
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NSAA have transformed, streamlined, and simplified our finance and accounts function. Belinda and Lauren are amazing, we value, trust and appreciate their advice and support. I 100% recommend them for accounts outsourcing and governance support.

5
Laura Watts, Director
Braitling Childcare Centre Alice Springs