Our Team

Navigate began with a very clear purpose.. to reduce the failure rate of small business by 1%.

Navigate was founded with a very clear purpose to bring world class Chief Financial Officer services, financial management and reporting to SME’s, fast growing businesses and progressive companies who want to take their businesses to the next level.

Meet Our Directors

Aaron Lane, CEO

CPA, MBA, B.Com (Accounting)

Aaron has fourteen years commercial experience as a CFO in growing companies. After getting a solid grounding in chartered accounting, he decided that he wanted to work in roles which helped build companies directly.

An exciting journey began which saw roles including CFO, Commercial Director, Head of Retail, and Acting CEO roles in various companies in the Retail, Wholesale, Telecommunications and Travel industries. Working for companies in the Australian, New Zealand, UK and US markets has given Aaron a broad view of what drives businesses of all types forward.

Aaron’s driving purpose in providing CFO services is focussing owners and CEO’s on their business models, helping them get clear around what action is needed, and combining this with providing strategic financial support to make the action successful.

Away from work, Aaron plays drums and is a keen runner. Two young boys and a lovely wife occupy evenings and weekends, and they enjoy the beach as much as possible. Following many sports, he is a self-avowed Liverpool FC tragic, and proud of it.

Kyle Jenkins, CFO

Chartered Accountant, Bachelor of Business (Accounting), Registered Tax Agent, Registered ASIC Agent and Xero Certified Advisor

Raised in a family business, small business management and financials have been in Kyle’s blood from an early age. With over a decade of experience as a Chartered Accountant, Kyle has extensive experience working with mid-tier and big-4 firms specialising in audit and assurance services. After gaining his corporate experience, Kyle moved into CFO roles with SME businesses, finding his distinct knack for identifying the financials that make a business tick. With a passionate drive for people and improvement, Kyle’s vision is to enable his business partners to excel in their strengths and not get held back by the financial side of their business.

When not at work, he dedicates his free time to his wife and two young daughters. Often found exploring Sydney, listening to music, watching Rugby League and getting away for family weekends. He is an avid motor racing fan and enjoy’s his annual trip to Melbourne for the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Des Hammond, Non-Executive Director

Fellow Chartered Accountant, Bachelor’s Degree of Accounting and Finance

Des is a commercially focused financial business leader with over twenty years of international experience in leading successful teams. He specialises in organisational change management, expanding business capability particularly through acquisitions and efficient use of technology, developing strategy and optimising business processes.’

He is currently CFO for the A&NZ operations of Rohlig, a global logistics company. He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers and more recently has held senior financial positions with William Hill Australia and the University of New South Wales. .

He is passionate about developing and executing comprehensive strategic plans to help companies realise the possibilities in their markets, whilst leading teams to achieve organisational and personal goals. He approaches all business opportunities with a big picture perspective, identifying ways to drive growth while ensuring financial strength and risk mitigation.

Keith Lane, Non-Executive Director

Keith began his career during the development and growth period of supermarkets, and was promoted through the management ranks in a variety of organisations until being appointed as Chief Executive of a private company in 1998. After rescuing the company from the brink of receivership, Keith drove the company revenue from $10M to $350Mp.a. (Achieving 150th in the BRW Top 500 Private Company List in 2009)

Keith has expertise in entrepreneurship, with a track record and focus on delivery. Creating entrepreneurial management teams who are always positioned to embrace opportunity, and delivering business potential. This realisation of potential in businesses comes through a focus on unleashing the best leadership qualities in managers by identifying and developing a clear understanding of attributes of a true leader. Understanding how to develop a healthy workplace culture, using a focus on shared values, allowing the growth and empowerment of individuals and teams, thus creating strong motivation, without which people and companies cannot realise their potential.

He has a reductionist approach in analysing businesses has also enabled Keith to clearly identify the essence and core of a business, minimise complexity wherever possible, in order to identify and prioritise the immediate biggest impacts achievable. He has delivered on numerous M&A’s and business-critical negotiations that have led to successful outcomes with the added experience of successful integration of merged / acquired entities through his leadership philosophy, thereby building truly sustainable value in businesses.

Keith views his unceasing passion for business and unflappable approach to challenges as crucial in his management style.

Where to find us

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Connect with us on social media:

  • The Navigate team had a great night at our clients @workinc.au end of year party last night. Here’s a quick video the Navigate team got. #thereisabetterway #poweredbynavigate
  • Some of the Navigate VCFO team attending the @workinc.au End of year party tonight. What a wonderful event. So glad to be based out of Work Inc in the most iconic workplace in the country. #thereisabetterway #poweredbynavigate #workspace #northsydney #workinc #ideas #xero #futrli #receiptbank
  • Very exciting day at Navigate. We are interviewing for our new Finance and Operations Manager. #poweredbynavigate #thereisabetterway #cfo #xero #receiptbank #futrli #cloud #growth #vcfo
  • What a pleasure to spend some time with Luis Sanchez (Managing Director and General Manager)from @receipt.bank ! Great to hear his story, what he is passionate about and what Receipt Bank and Navigate can do together. Exciting times ahead! #receiptbank #poweredbynavigate #thereisabetterway #finance #cfo #vcfo #business #businessowner
  • It was great to team up with Kangatraining Wetherill Park, Fairfield and surrounds and the great work they did for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Australia. Such a great cause making a real difference in very special little peoples lives. Thank you for letting us be a small part in your journey! @workinc.au @kangatrainingwetherillpark @makeawishaust #kids #kanga #poweredbynavigate #thereisabetterway
  • Something very exciting is coming... we can't wait to share the news with you next week. #cfo #thereisabetterway #poweredbynavigate @xero @futrliapp #vcfo #finance
  • Just wrapped up some media work with one of our great partners @receipt.bank thanks for inviting us to take part guys! #receiptbank #thereisabetterway #poweredbynavigate #vcfo #cfo #xero
  • It was great to represent Navigate at the Futrli #AdvisoryAccelerator panel session today as part of @xerocon really good session showcasing the power of technology in advisory services and more importantly the enormous benefit it provides business owners. Thanks to @futrliapp in particular for your support of our business and really driving the power of real time data. #business #navigators #cfos #thereisabetterway #poweredbynavigate
  • Great catch up with the brain and vision behind @soulburgerau today! We are so excited to continue partnering with the team and watch them change the world. We also love sporting the new Soul Burger merchandise! #thereisabetterway #poweredbynavigate #xero #impos #growth #newtown #glebe #randwick #parramatta #plantbased
  • It has fast become the place to go in Pyrmont! Was @muglifecafe an overnight success? Absolutely not! Hard work, commitment, resilience, caring for their team, putting their customers first and being innovative in how they deliver their products is what it takes. Genuine success never happens over night. It happens when you have a vision, a plan and a commitment to deliver on that every single day! Thanks for the daily reminder on why Navigate do what we do! #thereisabetterway #poweredbynavigate #xero #abacus #cfo
  • It is a hugely exciting time here at Navigate. We are currently helping one of our founding partners through the next massive phase in their growth. We have stood by them every step of the way in complete admiration of their drive, passion and resilience. It's all going to pay off and we are so proud of them. Some big announcements coming in the next few weeks. It's just what the Dr ordered!!! 😉 #thereisabetterway #poweredbynavigate #xero #vcfo #cfo
  • We LOVE our clients!!! Here is a sneak peak of what a few of them have been up to! . . @sims_direct @soulburgerau @workinc.au . . #poweredbynavigate #virtualcfo #family #business #cfo #chieffinancialofficer #success #successful #finance #financials #profit #profitable #growth
  • We LOVE our clients!!! Here is a sneak peak of what a few of them have been up to!. . . . @urban_winery_sydney @house_of_fudge @innerorigin @drdoughdonuts @ahumanagency @aacm_au @innerorigin @muglifecafe. . . #poweredbynavigate #virtualcfo #cfo #business #financial #finances #chieffinancialofficer #sucess #sucessful #celebration #family
  • We are very excited to welcome Orisca Ng to the Navigate team. Orisca has a Bachelor of Business from UTS and is passionate about understanding the needs of business owners. Her favourite food is chocolate, favourite movie is iZombie and favourite holiday destination is Hong Kong. Her dream is to run and own her own nail saloon! Sounds like a new business venture for us. Navigate Nails!! #thereisabetterway #poweredbynavigate #xero #cfo
  • Ready for the day! @muglifecafe #poweredbymuglife
  • We had a check in with the wonderful team @sims_direct today. What an exciting time for these guys! We really enjoy the great ideas and energy coming from the team! #thereisabetterway #poweredbynavigate #xero #cfo #vcfo