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Leonie Wirepa
Senior Accounts Officer

Leonie Wirepa
Senior Accounts Officer

This year our Senior Accounts Officer, Leonie Wirepa, celebrated 15 years at Macmahon!
Leoni Senior Accounts Officer for Macmahon

Leonie came to Macmahon when her son was still a toddler. Her previous role was high-stress with long hours and wasn’t sustainable while raising a family. Leonie needed a job that would allow her to balance her work life with the demands of parenting. Macmahon afforded her this balance.

It seems Leonie brings balance into all aspects of her life. She confesses that she loves the cake, lollies and chocolate that her supervisor, Louise, and the team brings in, but also enjoys going to the gym at lunch.

Over the years, Leonie has taken on more responsibility. She worked her way up from Accounts Payable Officer to Senior Accounts Officer. Leonie now looks after payment processing, bank reconciling, and supporting the accounts supervisor in her role.

Like every job, the accounts department has its challenges. Leonie says achieving deliverables with reduced staff due to COVID and leave can be difficult,
but other than that, she finds the expectation of time management and accuracy enjoyable.

A lot can change in 15 years. Leonie has watched her toddler grow up. Her son, who was once a small boy, is now a 22-year-old apprentice electrician!

Leonie has also seen a lot of change at Macmahon, too. She has adapted to multiple account system changes, including CHEOPS, Mainnet and Mainpac, and the most recent changes to SAP. Leonie has also been through the mining industry downturn that came in 2014.

I remember the AP team went from 14 team members down to three. I was one of the three. My role changed from data entry to a jack of all trades.”

Leonie believes mining is an industry that is constantly changing and to survive we need to roll with the punches.

The CIMIC takeover bid was a bit scary but we all saw Macmahon pull through and go from strength to strength.”

So what is one of Leonie’s fondest memories over the last 15 years? One of them was around four years ago when she and her son volunteered for the MACA Cancer 200 Ride to Mandurah. A big storm came over during the night and the vacant tents ended up stranded in the estuary. It was a moment Leonie would not forget!

My fondest memories at Macmahon involve the people I’ve worked with over the years. I still keep in contact with some of them.”

Leonie is a big sports lover and loves watching UFC, AFL and NRL. She goes for the All Blacks, Manly Sea Eagles and Port Power. Leonie also spends weekends with her family and two babies (cats).

Congratulations on your 15 years, Leonie! We’re proud of you.