Our Team

Our Team

Nigel Parker CPA - Principal

B.Comm (Acc & Fin) 


Nigel is always looking for the best business advantage for his clients that will allow them to maximize their returns, protect their assets and build their wealth in the most effective manner.

Nigel's passion for Business Management and Wealth Creation was discovered during his time at Curtin University where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Finance.  As a fully qualified Certified Practising Accountant he drives both the firm and his clients businesses forward with experience, and gusto.

In a career spanning from 1998, Nigel appreciates the ongoing difficulties and problems that small business face.  He approaches his advisory role in a friendly client focused manner training his clients to better understand all aspects of their business from start up through to continual growth.

Nigel's personal experience in investing and wealth creation enables him to help his clients to consider all aspects of their financial goals so they too can attain success.

Away from the office you will find him either playing or watching all types of sport, in particular football, cricket and basketball or relaxing with family and friends.

Danielle Ryken-Rapp - Office Manager 


Danielle has been with Ascent for over 10 years, starting out in the role of Receptionist and working her way to Office Manager. Danielle enjoys organising and coordinating all aspects of Ascent and assisting the Accountants in any way possible to ensure all Ascent's clients are met with a prompt, high level of customer service. Her expertise includes:

  • Administrative services to clients
  • Looking after ASIC requirements for clients including Annual Review’s and changes to companies
  • Client workflow – following up client tax information and ensuring lodgement requirements are met
  • Tax office registrations and updates for clients
  • Debtors management and follow-ups
  • Marketing & client relations 


Bora Heng CPA - Senior Accountant

B. Comm (Acc & IS) 


Bora immigrated to Australia as a youngster in 1990 from his country of birth, Cambodia. After studying Accounting at Curtin University and graduating in 2001, he then commenced his career that year at Ascent as an Accountant seeing himself graduate as a CPA in 2013.

Bora is skilled and experienced in the preparation of Individual, Partnership, Family Trust and Company Tax Returns.  He also has extensive experience in complex bookkeeping methods being thoroughly conversant with MYOB, Cashflow Manager, Quickbooks and other Accounting Software applications.

Bora focuses on making life easier for his clients and he works closely with them, providing a variety of training on the correct use of their accounting software and bookkeeping practices to ensure their Business Activity Statements are produced easily and accurately. In addition he assists them with wealth creation strategies.

Bora enjoys spending his time with his beloved wife and family attending movies or enjoying a backyard BBQ.  He is also a passionate AFL supporter closely following The West Coast Eagles.

Bora is very passionate about personal and professional development.  Constantly striving to increase and develop his skill which he believes can only assist his clients further.


Brendan Jones - Senior Accountant

B. Comm (Acc & Taxation) 


Brendan has been a part of the team at Ascent Accountants since July 2007. He prides himself on providing a prompt and professional service to all of his clients.

Brendan has a real passion for Self Managed Superannuation Funds.  He especially enjoys assisting clients in relation to purchasing rental investment properties within their Superannuation Funds and unlocking the potential tax benefits that this type of strategy has to offer.

Away from the office Brendan can be found catching up on the odd job or two around the house, relaxing with his partner and little daughter, watching movies or entertaining friends and playing computer games online competing against friends.


Albert de Jager - Accountant

B. Comm (Acc & Taxation) 


Albert graduated from Curtin University (Accounting & Taxation) at the end of 2015. He began working at Ascent Accountants in August 2015 and worked on a part-time basis, while studying, till the end of the year, before starting full-time in January 2016. He is also currently studying to become a CPA.

Albert assists the senior accountants with preparation of Individual, Trust and Company Tax Returns and also Financial Reports.

Albert enjoys almost any sport, both to watch and to play in his spare time and is a passionate West Coast Eagles supporter. He also loves to spend time with friends and family, going out for a drink on the weekend, camping and 4x4ing.


Steve Kantor - Graduate Accountant


Steve is currently studying an Accounting & Taxation degree at Curtin University and expects to graduate in November 2019 whereby he will then further his studies to obtain his CPA. 

Steve assists the Accountants with the preparation of Individual Tax Returns while also lending a hand in administration when required. 

Away from the office, Steve enjoys going out with Friends, keeping fit at the Gym and attending/taking part in Sporting events. Steve has a real passion for Sport, especially Soccer, Golf and AFL. He supports Chelsea F.C, West Coast Eagles and Essendon.


Katrina Martin - Bookkeeper/Payroll Manager


Katrina has been with Ascent for over 17 years and has an extensive understanding of Ascent’s client database. Katrina’s role in client and bookkeeping services include:

  • Helping Accountants with administration services
  • Providing recordkeeping service to clients
  • Preparation and lodgement of clients Business Activity Statement’s
  • Client training in accounting software, recordkeeping and payroll 
  • Ensuring client tax lodgements are met with tax office
  • Ascent payroll management & client payroll service
  • Tax office registrations for business and trading name applications
  • Supporting clients' new business start ups 


Lauren McDorman - Reception


Lauren commenced her role as Receptionist with Ascent in February 2016 after completing high school in 2014. She is keen to learn and has a fantastic attitude and smile to welcome our customers through the door. Lauren is looking forward to meeting each and every one of Ascent’s clients and making them one of her famous hot drinks on arrival! 



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