Meet the people behind The Real Thiel.


Founder & CEO

Lauren Thiel IS The Real Thiel. She is a registered tax agent and Chartered Accountant with a passion for the arts. As a stage performer, Lauren co-founded her first Company, a dance school, at a young age. The Real Thiel was founded after realising that her creative friends and broader community needed someone in their corner who could ‘speak money’. Switching between suits and sequins frequently, she may be one of the only accountants who knows all of the moves to “single ladies”. Lauren still contributes to the creative industry on and off stage in various roles, including as a Board member (Treasurer) of Cabaret Fringe Festival.

Lauren is your primary point of contact and will be the accountant looking after your tax and accounting needs. You are way more than ‘just a number’ to her.



Tax Expert

With his noticeable lack of sequins you wouldn't pick Chris as an arts accountant but he has been Lauren's mentor, friend, and fellow lover of the numbers since the beginning. He has been working tax, accounting and advice since 2005, and brings his expertise to the team and our community (when he isn't putting out literal fires with the Country Fire Service).



Junior Accountant

Geraldine works closely with Mike in the Philippines, joining the team in June 2021. Geraldine brings 5 years of experience in the banking and business industries, and a personal passion for visual arts and crafts. She will be working away in the background helping clients to prepare their tax returns, stay organised, and feel confident with their business books.



Junior Accountant

Kim joins our team in the Philippines, bringing with her the perfect mix of arts and accounting! Kim studied Accounting in college, and worked part time in social media management, designing newsletters and graphics. Kim loves K-dramas and spending time with her cats. 


VOA ('Virtual Office Assistant')

Janica joins the team in our administration role, and will be your first point of contact. She is super organised and has been working in finance admin since 2015. She is passionate about supporting and helping people and loves the arts. Janica is a musician (joining the future Real Thiel band!) and can play almost all instruments (though piano is her focus).



Graphic Design

Mone is our visual volcano, designer and curator of creative in a range of settings.  Working alongside Lauren over the years, she is responsible for the OG Real Thiel branding and still loves playing as we visually evolve into new platforms. Inspired by the team, our client and fuelled by her neurodiversity Simone is motivated to make accounting and tax accessible...for her and you!




Steve is responsible for our marketing strategies. He implements the vision for the company while keeping everything in line with our brand identity and core values. He's a DJ and official disco ball installer too.




Mariah is our content creator, coming all the way from Canada to now call Australia home. She is a perfect fit for the team, with her years of experience in acting and film production, neuro-diversity, and her passion for accessibility, sustainability and mental health.

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