About Our Team

Learn about the Practical Systems Super team

As Chairman of the Practical Systems Board, Philip is responsible for reviewing the development of Practical Systems Super to ensure it continuously meets the needs of both self-managed super fund trustees and their advisers.

Prior to arriving in Australia in 1974, Philip studied civil engineering in Malta. He subsequently moved into the IT sector, where he worked for over three decades managing large technology systems.

Throughout his career, Philip has held senior management positions in sales, strategic marketing and business development with large IT companies across Australia and in the Asia-Pacific.

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering

With a career spanning more than 40 years in accounting, taxation and financial services, Bob Locke is highly equipped to provide valuable insights into an array of personal and business finance topics.

Bob’s specialty is self-managed superannuation funds and the development and management of financial accounting software.

Practical Systems, founded in 1992, has grown the organisation into a leading farm business, management and accountancy software firm. Bob’s passion for self-managed superannuation funds led him to identify the need for a complete self-managed superannuation fund solution and the formation of Practical Systems Super.

Prior to founding Practical Systems, Bob was the partner in a large accounting firm in Armidale, and was also previously the administrator of a large corporate superannuation fund with more than 1000 members.

  • Chartered Accountant – SMSF Specialist
  • Registered Company Auditor
  • Registered SMSF Auditor
  • Registered Tax Agent
  • Chartered Tax Advisor
  • Responsible Manager for AFSL holder no. 488562
  • Bachelor of Economics majoring in Financial
  • Diploma in Financial Planning

Francis Waddell

Operations Manager

Francis has a strong understanding of and experience in working with customers to understand and meet their needs. He has strong track record working diverse industries such as primary production, transport and now the SMSF industry. He is skilled in Sales & Marketing operations, business processes, planning and key account management.

Francis prides himself on ensuring that every customers has a great experience by listening carefully to understand their situation and then providing a service that matches that requirement.

Francis is based on the NSW south coast in the Shoalhaven region and travels to Armidale regularly.

Luke Franklin

Software Development Manager

Luke, who began his education at RMIT University at the age of sixteen and graduated with distinction, joined Practical Systems in March 2014. He has experience running his own web development business and brings his knowledge of the online environment to lead the Practical Systems Super project development team.

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Technology (With distinction).
  • ICAgile, Agile Certified Professional.

Wendy Griffiths

Client Services Manager

Wendy is the Client Services Manager for Practical Systems Super and works closely with the management team to deliver an unrivalled customer experience for its client base of self-managed super fund trustees, accountants and advisers across the country.

Wendy is charged with providing the personal service that Practical Systems customers have come to know and love. When developing customer relationships, Wendy’s creativity and warmth paired with her efficiency and professionalism, provides clients with peace of mind that they’ve come to the right place and are in good hands.

Clare Baker

Accountant | SMSF Specalist

Clare completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canberra in 2002. In 2013 Clare and her family moved to the New England where she joined the PS Accounting team shortly after. Clare’s professional experience is extremely varied, with a keen interest in primary production and SMSFs.

Chrissie Mackenzie

Accountant | SMSF Specalist

Chrissie is very experienced in accounting and taxation and has worked for a number of public accounting firms over the past 35 years. Chrissie has completed an Associate Diploma in Accounting and has been with PS Accounting since its inception in 2013. 
Chrissie’s professional interest is extremely varied, with a keen interest in all forms of small business accounting and income tax.  Chrissie is exceptionally knowledgeable about the Self-Managed Superannuation Fund Industry. 

Temi Emmanuel

Customer Support Specialist

Temi is an experienced Accounting & Finance professional with a master’s degree in Accounting from Torrens University in Brisbane. She moved to Armidale in June 2022. She has been with the company for seven months.

  • Postgraduate Diploma of Accounting & Finance
  • Masters of Professional Accounting
  • Certified in Xero and Xero Payroll

Myella Sharman

Customer Support Specialist

Myella has over 30 years of experience providing customer and administrative support in various fields. She is an enthusiastic and valuable member of the team.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Double Major English, Major German, Minor History)
  • Graduate Diploma in Humanities
  • Diploma in Graphic Design

Fran O'Dea

Finance & Accounts Manager

Fran is an integral part of our team and has a keen eye for detail, especially when it comes to financial records. When Fran is not balancing our books and recording payments she is at home enjoying life along with her passion for horse riding.