Fiona Johnston – Founder and CFO
A small business and entrepreneurial enthusiast, I’ve been working with small and medium business owners for fifteen years. I’m a big believer in business being used as a force for good and an agent for change, and I’m lucky to have worked with many companies that agree with me. I love working with companies with a purpose that goes beyond making a profit – putting people and the planet before money. I believe in sustainability – building businesses with long term value, with consideration for their impact on your community and environment. I’m meticulous and business savvy, but I’m also friendly, down to earth and kind. My empathy muscle is huge and well used.
My Skill Set
While grounded in finance, my skill set extends to business planning and strategy, brand development, recruitment and HR. Working closely with business owners I create forecasts and budgets, balanced scorecards and traffic light reporting systems that really explain what’s happening in the business. I believe in the value of investing in the right things – you, your brand, your staff, product, suppliers, and your customers. I can help you to create a business that is healthy, impactful and sustainable.
An early adopter of the cloud, I’m very comfortable navigating my way around Xero, Saasu and other add-ons and cloud business tools. I’m tech savvy – I’ve helped many business owners with software selection, training and implementation. If your business isn’t in the cloud yet I can help you get there.
A Brief History of Me
I spent the first six years of my professional career working in a small tax firm in Burleigh Heads, Queensland. While I was there I qualified as a Chartered Accountant, worked with hundreds of clients and there started my love affair with small business. I then moved to Melbourne, chasing live music and new ideas, I worked for a collection of small and medium sized businesses in various finance roles. My favourite employer was Mountain Goat Brewery where I discovered craft beer and worked with an amazing group of people in a phenomenal company. Those experiences led me to where I am today, helping business owners to create awesome businesses.
Here I am on Linked In if you’d like to know more…