We’ve enjoyed over 26 years in the industry, delivering over $2 billion in Government grants and R&D Tax incentive benefits to clients over a variety of industries sectors across Australia

If your company is undertaking Research & Development activities in any industry sector, our professional team of consultants can scope your needs and deliver the benefits from the appropriate assistance program for which you are entitled.

Through our extensive network of associates we also offer a range of complimentary services to assist you to seed or fund your Research & Development projects and access other Government assistance to commercialise your new product, process or service.

Our Staff

TCF Services have worked diligently over the years to build our reputation as industry leaders. Both as a team and as individuals, our consultants take great pride in delivering a professional service. We consistently strive to deliver the best results for our many clients. Together, we have a great depth of knowledge to draw upon to maximise your return with a minimum of fuss.

Gerry Frittmann

Managing Director

Since launching TCF Services in 1991, Gerry has overseen the delivery of over $2 billion in Government grants and tax incentives for Australian companies. With experience in delivering assistance across many sectors including software and digital technology, automotive, food, apparel and general manufacturing, Gerry leads an exceptional team of consultants to work closely with you to deliver the results you’re after.

David Tonkin

Director Automotive Division

As a Director of TCF Services for over 20 years, David has lead our Automotive division in the delivery of various automotive industry assistance programs since 2000. David leverages his extensive manufacturing process knowledge to facilitate compliant grant applications for the broad range of manufacturing businesses undertaking research and development activities.

Trevor Thomas – BEcon & DipBus Admin

Strategic Programs Director

Following a 30-year career in commerce, media & national security affairs spanning assignments in Europe, Asia and the United States, Trevor joined Lockheed Martin Corporation Inc in 2009 as Head of Corporate Communications for the Asia-Pacific Region. In 2015 he founded D+I+sG+X-M Executive Advisers to provide in-depth analyses of Australian Defence Force new capability requirements and procurement plans, and joined TCF Services Pty Ltd in 2017 to create a new business segment to assist its clients access benefits stemming from new Defence Innovation programs announced in the 2016 Defence White Paper.

Dr Raja Mohan – PhD (Engineering)

Director, Manufacturing R&D Tax Business Services Manager

Raja joined TCF in 2000 and became a Director in 2008. Prior to joining TCF, Raja worked as a process engineer who developed numerous engineering solutions across a variety of manufacturing settings. With a passion for assisting manufacturers, Raja has managed the delivery of over $100 million in Government assistance for our clients.

Richard Eardley – CPA

R&D Tax Incentive - General Manager

With a passion for helping businesses grow, Rick has been acting as a CPA for almost 25 years. Having worked in larger corporations including Ernst & Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Rick’s passion saw him shift his focus to small business owners. Over the past 15 years Rick has helped businesses receive over $75 million in R&D Tax incentives and other forms of Government assistance. Today Rick leads the delivery of the R&D Tax Incentive at TCF Services.

Steven Danaskos – FIPA

Financial Controller

Steven joined TCF Services in 2000 and became a Director in 2012. Steven acts as the Financial Controller of TCF Services and also holds a R&D Tax agents licence. In his prior employment Steven gained wide experience working for both SME's and multinationals. Today Steven assists clients in securing the R&D Tax Incentive and ensuring that submitted grant applications are of an auditable standard.

Dr Terry Freund – PhD (Physics)

R&D Tax Business Services Manager

Terry has over 30 years experience in assisting companies access R&D Tax benefits. Terry has held various roles in AusIndustry including Deputy State Manager of the NSW Office and as an independent R&D Tax Consultant. With an extensive knowledge of technology, Australian business and the R&D Tax Incentive, Terry is well placed to deliver maximum R&D Tax Incentive benefits for your business.

Carlo Ramondetta – CPA

R&D Tax Business Services Manager

Having joined TCF in 1999, Carlo established the internal systems and processes by which we still operate today. Known for his ever-curious mind and his thirst for all things new to technology, Carlo uses this knowledge and prior experience across both the manufacturing and ICT sectors to understand the many innovations which have been actively leveraged to receive Government assistance for the past 15 years.

Ian Leal – CPA

R&D Tax Business Services Manager

Ian has broad technical knowledge and business skills gained from extended experience in the finance and IT industries. Examples of these skills include the R&D Tax Incentive, business planning, project management and risk compliance. Through his prior experience with KPMG and the Pattens Group, Ian has helped a large number of companies from a variety of industries claim R&D Tax benefits for over 10 years.

Michael Valentine – BA/BE

General Manager Victorian Office - R&D Tax

Michael has ten years of experience in R&D Tax and other Government incentive programs including eight and half years in a Big 4 consulting firm handling R&D Tax claims with AusIndustry.
He has prepared R&D claims across a wide range of technologies and industry sectors including a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines including construction, logistics, mining, energy and natural resources, manufacturing and agribusiness. Michael is also experienced in managing audit responses and advocating on behalf of clients when their R&D claims come under scrutiny from AusIndustry and/or the ATO.

Robert Judd – PhD (Chemistry)

R&D Tax Business Services Manager

Rob also has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance. He has over two decades of experience helping companies access R&D benefits, initially working with financiers, including Macquarie Bank. Since 2004, he has worked with BSI Innovation and has assisted companies in the mining, manufacturing, biotech, food, information technology and medical device sectors to claim R&D Tax benefits. Rob has a detailed knowledge of the scientific method from an early research career at CSIRO, University of Sydney and Universtaet Bern. His vision is to help companies claim government innovation incentives and grow to become the next industry leaders.

Matthew Nicolas – BBus&Com(Acc)/LLB

R&D Tax Business Services Manager

Having legal experience in the public sector and owning his own company, Matthew has a passion for innovation and helping businesses grow. With a blend of strong writing, communication and financial analysis skills, Matthew specialises in helping clients prepare and lodge R&D applications and determining the financial benefits. Matthew actively engages with the community (specifically start-ups in IT/software) and advises them on how they can access R&D Tax Incentive benefits. In addition to attaining Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Accounting)/Bachelor of Law degrees, Matthew is also currently studying part-time to become a member of CPA Australia.

Gerry Bluett

Director, Defence Industry

As the Director of TCF Service’s Defense Industry team which was launched in 2017, Gerry has a Defence background as a Naval Officer and many years’ experience in the Defence sector in consultancy and business analysis for a number of Defence industry companies. Gerry has over 30 years’ experience in the sector at both technical and managerial levels with specific expertise in business analysis and managing business development activities from concept to post-delivery support. Gerry’s Naval and consulting experience contribute to making him the ideal adviser and project manager for the development of Defence projects and for guidance on the Defence Innovation Programme.

Jarrod Smith – ATPL, MBA

Senior Consultant, Defence Industry

Jarrod is Senior Consultant on TCF Service’s Defense Industry team. Jarrod has over 15 years working in the Aviation, Aerospace and Defence sectors. Jarrod has undertaken several roles within the Department of Defence working as a Commercial Analyst, Project Manager and more recently as the Director of Industry Analysis for the Department of Defence. Working within the now Defence Strategy Policy and Intelligence Group, Industry Policy Division Jarrod has extensive experience in past and current Defence Innovation Programs.

Jenny Cammell – BA.SocialScience (Hons)

R&D Tax Business Services Manager

Jenny has been obtaining industry grants for TCF Service’s clients for 13 years, initially in the textile and fashion Building Innovation Capability programme and, in recent years, in the R&D Tax Incentive. Jenny is also responsible for investigating and assisting with applications for any newly launched State and Federal funding programmes appropriate to our client base. Jenny possesses the ideal skill set and experience to analyse, research and produce highly technical submissions which, combined with her acute client relationship management skills, see her consistently delivering excellent results for our clients.

Lee-Ming Au – B.Com./B.E. (Hons)

R&D Tax Business Services Manager

Lee-Ming has industry experience as an engineer with Power & Water Corporation and as a consultant assisting companies to access government funds with Big 4 Accounting firms. Lee-Ming specialises in helping clients preparing and lodging R&D applications and determining the financial benefits. His strong skills in technical writing and experience in engineering & commerce enables him to work with clients to prepare robust and defensible claims.  His clients range from start-up companies to large organisations based across all states of Australia and in a wide range of industry sectors (specialist engineering, construction, oil & gas, manufacturing, agriculture and IT / software).

Samantha Chen

Administrative Assistant

Samantha joined TCF Services in 2016 as an admin and an assistant to the R&D tax incentive team. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Professional Accounting), Samantha worked in a local accounting firm where she developed technical knowledge and skills in taxation and also built up a good understanding of small business. She is currently studying to become a member of CPA Australia.