Our firm has grown over the year and added 30 new clients from various industries. With the increased workload, we hired 13 new staff at various levels.
Amongst them are Mari Jane Tiburcio, a senior audit manager, and Audrey Ong, our tax director. Mari Jane is not only strengthening our audit and assurance department, but is also spearheading our Anti-Money Laundering and compliance team.
Audrey Ong, started her career at the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and has amassed more than 25 years of experience in tax. In recent years, she has provided tax advisory to IPO, acquisitions and sell - side activities.
It is natural that with this expansion we set up a communications department to manage the company's internal and external marketing efforts. Mastari Jais is now leading this division, and is especially dedicated to strengthening Helmi Talib & Co's social media presence. We continue to invest in our staff and on 24th August had our latest training program on risk management and ethical standards for accountants.
We are proud of our achievements of late, but it is also important to give back. Helmi Talib & Co was the proud sponsor of the Arab Association of Singapore's Haflah 2017. The association has been active in raising funds in collaboration with the United Nations development programme for Yemen.
Over the past month - the Singapore National Day celebrations were a blast at Helmi Talib & Co. Our staff had playoffs of Singaporean charades and ended it with a make your own popiah session (a popular Chinese wrap).