All our trainers have had their business acumen and financial knowledge honed through their own professional careers. Our courses are regularly updated, reflecting the latest digital and technological developments across the accounting and business sectors. 

We prepare you for life beyond the classroom, because we know the challenges you will face in the workplace. 

Garner resources from industry professionals, subject matters experts, business owners and veteran trainers who have expanded their own skills, knowledge and experience to upskill you. We can find the best program relevant to your career path. With online and flexible study options, you can seamlessly integrate your course schedule around work and personal life. 

We’ll provide you with all the learning materials; from explainers and learner guides, case studies, to videos, webinars, simulated work environments and online assessments. Through other digital media platforms like Facebook, we also build groups that empower each learner with a community of like-minded and driven individuals in the finance, accounting, bookkeeping and business sectors. Trust that our student support team and assessors are with you every step of the way until completion.

Meet the Team

Steve Thomas

Founder, Trainer / Assessor

Steve is a commercially focused Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience. With an initial grounding in corporate turnaround and insolvency across NZ & AU Steve later moved out of the Chartered environment and into senior finance and eventually CFO/CEO level roles in the corporate world. 

With both a Chartered and corporate career, coupled with having owned and operated 3 of his own businesses, Steve realised the skills gap of many aspiring small business owners, bookkeepers and accountants. Having owned and operated his own CFO advisory and bookkeeping business for 3 years, it inspired him to set up the Australian Institute of Finance Training (AIFT). Its mission being to help new entrants in the Accounting field develop real world skills and train existing business owners to better understand their financials and the business world around them.

Meryl Tierney

Trainer / Assessor

Meryl began her career in education working in the government sector and has over 25 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and school principal. A change in career path saw Meryl complete a Master of Professional Accounting and was commence as a tax accountant in a large, busy firm. Through this time she had the opportunity to return to her love for training as she mentored and trained new tax consultants. Eventually becoming a registered Tax Agent herself in 2014 and subsequently obtained her own accounting practice.

However, her passion for training remained and she continued to participate in opportunities to provide training for employees in government departments covering a broad range of topics. Her current role allows her to combine her two interests – education and accounting. With a long and diverse training background and current accounting and taxation skills, Meryl has the perfect blend to support students throughout their learning journey and is excited to see students succeed and attain their goals in the accounting profession.

Mary Ann Deluvio

Student Services / Administration

Mary holds a B.Sc in Accounting Technology and has held accounting support positions for a number of years. However, she preferred the more varied roles of Administration and customer service/support and has spent the last 5 years working in front-line customer support roles. Mary heads the AIFT Admin and Student Support services at and is most likely the first voice you will hear when you contact us!

Kim Thomas

Trainer/Assessor, Short Course Development

Kim has spent over 10 years running SME businesses following a career as a practicing Veterinarian. Now a qualified trainer and with business & commercial knowledge coupled with a bookkeeping background Kim brings a wealth of ‘real world’ experience to the AIFT team. Kim will also be providing assistance with developing our short courses library.

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With tailored courses, comprehensive training manuals, and the option of simulated workplace environments and multiple accounting software platforms, we can help you gain new and relevant skills for your preferred place of employment.