About The Career Academy

We are a leading online education provider

The Career Academy is an award winning company specialising in high quality, industry recognised online courses. We have successful operations in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. Over 20,000 students study with us every year and we are 100% committed to helping them succeed in their career.


Our education driven team of developers and tutors are committed to providing exceptional online courses and personal tutor support. We offer a range of employer recognised courses as well as specialist courses to improve job performance. Our focus is on mentoring, inspiring and supporting people through training so their career or business can reap the rewards. Our accounting tutors are either qualified in Xero or experienced Chartered Accountants.



Daniel Hunt, Managing Director

Daniel Hunt is a highly qualified chartered accountant, business advisor and the founder of The Career Academy.

Daniel completed his postgraduate qualifications while working at Price Waterhouse Coopers. During this time he was encouraged to pursue teaching in business, accounting & bookkeeping, and saw a need for people other than those working toward a tertiary qualification to receive high quality education.  He has been a tutor for Open Colleges Australia and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and holds an Australian Certificate IV in Training in Assessment.

Daniel is also a writer for the new Chartered Accountant Program which has been created by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA). This is a professional program which is completed by almost 4,000 aspiring chartered accountants each year.



Dilip Kumar – Director

Dilip KumarDilip Kumar is scientist by training, having obtained a Bachelor of Science with Honours and a Master of Science with Distinction from two prestigious universities in Melbourne. He has spent numerous years working in the mining sector in Australia but has always maintained an involvement with public education and outreach. For years, Dilip had an interest in making affordable education available to the masses. He has been involved with science outreach to primary school students since 2008. It was during this time that he realised that adults, who were keen on upgrading themselves, did not have similar programs which offered flexible learning opportunities. His involvement with the Career Academy started in 2017 when an opportunity to work as a tutor for the newly incorporated Melbourne office was made available in 2017. Experiencing the changes he was making to the lives of the students, who were mainly working adults, Dilip reached out to Daniel Hunt and expressed his interest to make this opportunity available to people in South-East Asia. In 2018, Dilip and Daniel incorporated Career Academy Pte Ltd to make the global courses available to Singapore and South-East Asia.



David Parasol


David Parasol is the managing director of CT Solutions Australia Pty Ltd. Before establishing CT Solutions Australia, David spent over 12 years in Public Practice, starting his accounting career in 1994 with a small firm where he became an Associate in 1999. When working with The Career Academy he is one of our Senior Tutors & an Accounting Software Expert,

David has extensive experience in taxation, accounting and business services and is a Director and Shareholder of The Career Academy PTY Ltd. He is also a highly accredited and experienced CA mentor and accounting software trainer.



Murray Taylor FCA, MBA

Murray Taylor

Murray Taylor is the former New Zealand General Manager Members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). Murray’s involvement with CA ANZ and it’s predecessor organisations spans over twenty years with time spent on various committees and eight years as an elected Councillor. Murray’s contribution to the accountancy profession was recognised with a Fellowship in 2011.

Having joined the Institute as an Accounting Technician and then progressing through the various colleges CA ANZ offers Murray is a true believer in the value of ongoing education.

Outside of CA ANZ Murray’s experience has been gained working in a number a leading corporate organisations. In his personal time Murray likes to keep fit cycling and is an active surf lifedsaver.


Sarah Tottle – Psychology Tutor

Sarah-TottleSarah Tottle is a business psychologist, with experience in consulting, and a specialization in staff well being.

Her passion lies in research and writing and she is pursuing a PhD, researching occupational burnout and positive psychology interventions at Lancaster University’s Health and Medicine Faculty.

She is a passionate writer, having freelance roles as a staff journalist/writer/contributor for a number of magazines. She also offers pro-bono services to charities, and writes on a number of social issues.



Kavya Raj – Psychology Tutor

Kavya-RajKavya is a Bachelor of Psychology (First Class Honours) graduate with experience working at a psychiatric hospital and various neuroscience research laboratories at Monash University and Alfred Health.

She is extremely passionate about mental health and wellbeing, and is currently researching mindfulness based cognitive therapies for treating disorders such as depression and addiction. Kavya plans to pursue a PhD within the next year to continue her work and pursue a career in academia and teaching at university.

By tutoring at The Career Academy, she hopes to share her love of psychology and inspire others to advocate for mental health within the community. She strongly believes that through our courses and training, her students will be empowered to make positive contributions to the psychological wellbeing of those around them, both professionally and personally.

Kavya is also an avid baker and loves discussing – perhaps too often – the properties of perfect swiss meringue buttercream. When not busy baking cakes, she is most likely brunching at one of Melbourne’s countless café’s.


Eddie Callahan – Accounting Tutor

Eddie-CallahanEddie is an aspiring accountant who recently finished his Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Throughout university and more recently he has worked in several fields including the trades, factories and retail banking. Tutoring for The Career Academy allows Eddie to not only upskill his own knowledge, but to also give back in a rewarding role and help others gain a better knowledge of the commercial world.

Coming from a small town in Wellington called Porirua he was the Head boy of his High school, nominated by his peers to help lead and guide them. He is a keen surfer and rugby player with a passion for fitness. Currently living in Melbourne, Eddie enjoys the big city life along with the amazing food and its diverse multicultural atmosphere. Given Eddies sociable nature, a perk about working for The Career Academy in a tutor role is that it allows Eddie to interact with students everyday who are passionate and willing to learn.


Zac De’Silva, Chairman

Zac is a goal-orientated business coach focusing on growing profitability, strategy, cashflow & owner/manager performance. He’s won International Coach of the Year 2 years in a row.

Having been a chartered accountant/CFO has helped with the commercial-nous aspect of business. He likes to pass on his experience having ran  “Best Workplace in NZ 2009” (MD of Barker’s).
He’s a big believer in customer experience, both internal and external. He was the first ever winner of the MYOB Awesome Customer Service Award in 2008 when running (as MD) Barkers Mens Clothing.

He’s passionate about helping/teaching clients, often getting high ratings as a speaker at conferences and is able to facilitate workshops spanning a range of subjects. Zac is passionate about education and The Career Academy and has played a large part in the success of the firm. Zac is the Chairman of The Career Academy Global which includes The Career Academy Australia, The Career Academy New Zealand, The Career Academy Ireland and The Career Academy UK.


Simonne Cohen – Student Advisor

Simonne works part time at The Career Academy, whilst studying a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

She intends to use her Law Degree to pursue social justice, by working in human rights law or assisting disadvantaged youth.

She is currently volunteering at the Monash Oakleigh Legal Service, which offers free legal advice to community members with their family law matters.

Previously, Simonne was the Head of Education at a non-for-profit youth organisation. This organisation ran educational programs for children on a weekly basis and various summer camps. Simonne is very passionate about education and encouraging children to reach their full potential.

She is inspired by how The Career Academy makes education accessible and affordable to people from all walks of life. The Career Academy’s caring and supportive environment motivates both students and staff members to work to the best of their abilities.



Philip Keeling, Prep2Pass Co-Founder & Educational Consultant

Philip-KeelingPhilip Keeling was the General Manager of the education division at CA ANZ (formally NZICA). Philip worked with the Institute to develop and deliver earlier versions of the CA Program. He was responsible for the development, delivery and assessment of the Program.  Philip brings a wealth of experience to the Prep2Pass program and enjoys seeing candidates succeed in their studies.



Alexandra – Student Advisor

AlexandraAlexandra is originally from the UK but fell in love with Melbourne, Australia the moment she touched down.

She is a qualified teacher, and has been for the past 5 years. Alexandra says she loved inspiring her students to be motivated by learning. Her biggest achievement to date was a teaching placement in West Africa, she was able to see firsthand how important education is to people all over the world.

The beauty of working with The Career Academy is the fact she can use all of her previous skills in an innovative and industry current way, which she says has been her most fulfilling role whilst in Australia so far.

“I am really excited and looking forward to assisting my students into the correct courses so they can flourish into whatever they aspire to be, life has no boundaries”.

Alexandra loves life quotes and says this is one of her favorites, ‘ Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself’.


Mike Edwardson – Job Centre

Mike EdwardsonMike has a background in student services at The University of Sheffield, where he completed his MA. He has also held diverse jobs in finance, publishing and as a lifeguard. He now puts this varied background to use running our Job Centre, helping students find their perfect roles.

Hailing from Wales, he has been living and working in New Zealand and Australia for the past eighteen months, particularly enjoying the Lions well deserved draw with the All Blacks back in July. He’s looking forward to seeing England take the Ashes home this summer.



Ridge Selvaraj – Accounting Tutor

Ridge works as a tutor at The Career Academy, with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. He intends to use his Degree and experience as a previous bookkeeper to help and assist students achieve a career in accounting.

Previously, working as a tutor for his university. Ridge brings a depth of knowledge and skills that are available to students. Ridge is passionate about education, art and helping people reach their goals.

Ridge loves The Career Academy’s vision to make education easy, accessible and at the same time to provide quality education to students.

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