Meet the Team


Ian Ballantyne – Principal & Senior Accountant

Ian grew up in Warragul and completed his Bachelor of Business (Accounting) at Monash University in Gippsland. After working for many years in accounting practices in both Warragul and Pakenham, Ian began his own practice and opened the James Street office of IB Accounting. With over 33 years experience of providing accounting solutions for his clients, Ian specialises in tax planning and partnering with businesses, both large and small, to help them understand and manage their financials and work with them to help grow their profitability.

An avid sportsman, Ian enjoys all sports and has competed in many. If you’re local to the area you may have met him on the other side of a tennis, table-tennis or badminton net, ran alongside him in a triathlon, or teamed up with him on the golf course. A well known footy umpire in the region, you will still find him blowing the whistle on many a high tackle or at the stadium competing in the local floorball comp.

Jason Dodd CPA – Accountant

Jason completed his Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree at Monash University in Berwick. He began his employment with IB Accounting in 2005 and has since completed his CPA. Jason grew up in Beaconsfield, which is now also home to his own family with the exciting recent arrival of his first child earlier this year. Another avid sportsman, Jason’s weekends are dedicated to playing cricket, football and golf.

Nikolaus Linhart – Accountant

Nick attended Haileybury College in Keysborough before going on to complete his Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree at Monash University in Caulfield. Whilst completing his degree, Nick joined our firm in April 2007 on a part time basis. He has since become a valued full time member of the IB Accounting team and is currently completing his CPA.

Melissa Hatfield - Practice Manager

Melissa attended Marist Sion College in Warragul and went on to study her Bachelor of Media & Communication at Deakin University in Burwood. Melissa loves to travel and has spent time in many parts of the world adding to her list of adventures. Melissa is responsible for the management/training of the administration team, accounting queries, liasing with the ATO, debt collection & the day-to-day smooth running of our Accounting Practice.  She specialises in dealings with ASIC, establishing & maintaining Companies, Trusts, Super Funds & Business registrations.

Marilyn Blackwood – Accounting Administration Support

Marilyn is a long time member of the IB Accounting admin support team, including in-house bookkeeping and accounts. Morning tea is highly fought over amongst staff when Marilyn brings in some of her home baked goodies. As a chef and local cafe owner prior to coming to work for our team, nothing beats her cooking – proven recently by winning yet again at the Pakenham Show for her prized scones!

Penny Ballantyne -  Trainee Accounting Administration Support

Penny successfully completed her VCE at Marist Sion College in Warragul last year and has recently joined the team in an admin support role whilst also undertaking a Certificate IV in Business. With the sporting genes of her parents, it is no surprise that Penny plays competitive A Grade netball and is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court having played at Vic Metro level.