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Former chef and insolvency veteran joins Jirsch Sutherland 


The appointed principal will focus on the firm’s support to regional areas and the opening of a Gold Coast office.

By Josh Needs 12 minute read

Insolvency and business recovery firm Jirsch Sutherland has appointed insolvency veteran Hanzel Hizola as principal within the business’s Queensland team. 

Jirsch Sutherland’s national managing partner Bradd Morelli said the appointment bolstered the firm’s capability and offering in the region and showed its commitment to the area along with adding an experienced professional. 

“Hanzel’s experience and expertise are outstanding, so it makes sense to support him in achieving his registration as a liquidator, it’s an important part of the career progression journey,” said Mr Morelli. 


“His strong relationship-building skills are a perfect fit with the firm’s culture.” 

Mr Hizola joined the firm after spending almost 12 years at Worrells Solvency and Forensic Accountants as a manager, and previously held roles at PKF and big four firm PwC. 

He said he looked forward to the new role and position as Jirsch Sutherland aimed to expand its reach across regional Queensland. 

“Like many of my peers, I fell into insolvency,” said Mr Hizola. “I was working for the ATO at the time and was offered a position with an insolvency firm, where I first worked with Bradd Morelli and Melissa Lau, so it’s great to reunite with them at Jirsch Sutherland.” 

“I look forward to creating and strengthening relationships with local referrers including accountants and lawyers, in addition to directors of SMEs.” 

“I’m also excited about opening the firm’s Gold Coast office, which means we’ll be able to offer even greater services to the region, including across Northern NSW.” 

Mr Hizola said his expertise included thorough reporting which he believed was crucial to insolvency matters, as well as being approachable and personable when undertaking investigations. 

Having previously worked as a chef he said he had a passion for contributing to and assisting the local business and industry community and looked to help those struggling. 

“Prior to becoming an accountant, I was a chef specialising in Japanese cuisine,” said Mr Hizola. 

“My days as a chef also mean I understand the challenges of the restaurant sector well, so can certainly provide informed guidance for any clients in this industry.” 

Mr Hizola was also recognised for his leadership and commitment to gender equality within the industry as a committee member of Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Queensland. In 2021 he received the Male Advocate of Change Award.

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Josh Needs

Josh Needs


Josh Needs is a journalist at Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser, which are the leading sources of news, strategy, and educational content for professionals in the accounting and SMSF sectors.

Josh studied journalism at the University of NSW and previously wrote news, feature articles and video reviews for Unsealed 4x4, a specialist offroad motoring website. Since joining the Momentum Media Team in 2022, Josh has written for Accountants Daily and SMSF Adviser.

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