meet Our people

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Debra Lewis is the CEO of Bookkeeping Institute of Australia Pty Ltd with over 25 years of experience in finance, accounting and corporate governance.

Debra is committed to enhancing the educational experience for the students of Bookkeeping Institute of Australia Pty Ltd and leads a team who strive for professional excellence throughout the company's operations.

Debra can be contacted at:  07 3343 1500.

Debra understands that most of her students are just like her -  people striving to be financially  independent, setting up their own businesses and helping their families.  Students at Bookkeeping Institute of Australia get the support they need, as well as the motivation.

Bookkeeping Institute of Australia has enrolled over 4,000 students as far as United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Australasia, Asia and the Pacific and values the opportunity of furthering their careers.

Debra holds the following academic qualifications and is a member of the following professional associations:

- Master of Business Administration (MBA) [QUT]
- Australian Company Directors Diploma (FAICD)
- Certificate IV in in Financial Services (Bookkeeping)
- Diploma of Accounting
- Certificate IV Training and Assessment
- Registered BAS Agent
- Justice of the Peace [Qld]
- Member of the United Service Club Brisbane
- Member ICB
- Executive and Life Coach [CoachU Inc]
- Gaming Nominee License
- Liquor Nominee License
- Treasurer of the Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium

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John Feros is a Director of Bookkeeping Institute of Australia.

John has been a practicing accountant continuously for 33 years.

He holds Degrees in Business and Applied Science and is an FCPA, Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia and a Registered Tax Agent.

From a training perspective, John was a tutor in Taxation Law and Practice in the B. Bus course at NTU, and frequent Professional Development presenter for CPA Australia and HKMA.

John's firm, FMC Accounting, has been the Bookkeeping Institute of Australia's external accountants since 2009. He was very impressed with what the founders of BIA had achieved, and when the opportunity arose, he welcomed the opportunity to purchase the company with Debra Lewis.

John believes that professionalism is required for bookkeepers to play a meaningful role in the commercial world, and that a solid training foundation under-pins a professional. He understands well the dynamics between client, bookkeeper and accountant, and sees many opportunities for qualified bookkeepers, especially of course if they are trained at BIA!

BIA's role for John is simple - be the Australian Leader in delivery of Certificate IV Bookkeeping.

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Therese Fairbrother 

Therese is our expert in delivering the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, the TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training and the TAE50211 Diploma of Training Design and Development.

Throughout her 10 years’ experience in the vocational education and training sector, Therese has worked with a variety of well-respected Registered Training Organisations.

Therese has a passion for this industry, and in helping others to reach their potential. This enthusiasm energises her training sessions, while she maintains the integrity of the content of each qualification.

Learners report that they love her engaging style of delivery while they learn.

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