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 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 serves an 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.

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

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 Childcare
  • 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
  • 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 Management Accountant:

Lauren

Lauren grew up in country NSW but has called the Northern Territory home for over 13 years, spending time in both Alice Springs and Darwin. She began her finance career after leaving school, predominantly working within member owned financial institutions with a strong customer focus, and has held various lending, relationship and supervisory roles within the Banking sector and Superannuation industry. Driven by her passion for helping clients achieve their financial objectives and a keen interest in finance and business management, Lauren has recently completed her Bachelor of Accounting through Charles Darwin University and will shortly commence working toward her membership with CPA Australia.

Lauren’s position with NSAA has continued to build on the learnings of her studies, and strengthened her desire to help small business and not-for-profit organisations to grow.


Meet our Bookkeeper:

Farha Mukhi ASA

Originally hailing from the India, now a proud Territorian. Mukhi brings a wealth of bookkeeping, accounting and administration experience to the Northern Sky team.

The highlight of Makhi’s career was be the 3 years working at The Precinct Tavern & The Coffee Club, both well-established business in the hospitality industry.  Mukhi has become highly skilled at ‘changing hats’ very quickly.

Mukhi loves the challenges and diversity that Northernsky clients offer and relishes the opportunity to broaden her horizons working with the NSAA team.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Accounting – CDU
  • Cert II in Business Management
  • Associate CPA