Meet the team

AllAshburtonChristchurchQueenstownRangioraSelwynTimaruWanakaTasman
Chartered Accountant Christchurch Selwyn
Director

Cameron Robertson

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Director

Lisa Adamson

Chartered Accountant Ashburton
Director

Kirsty Naish

Chartered Accountant Ashburton Queenstown
Director

James Swaney

Chartered Accountant Ashburton
Director

Richard Wheeler

Director

Megan Cameron

Client Manager

Peter Humphrey

Client Manager, B Com, CA

Phillippa Findlay

Chartered Accountant Selwyn
Associate Director

Ben Wright

Chartered Accountant Queenstown
Director

Lisa Lines

Chartered Accountant Rangiora
Director

Jason Stapley

Chartered Accountant Christchurch Queenstown Rangiora Selwyn
Adviser

Ric Thorpe

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Accountant

Katie Ashton

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Accountant

Jenna Anderson

Chartered Accountants Christchurch
Accountant

Megan Power

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Accountant

Rebecca Lane

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Accountant

Ayumi Ogata

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Accountant

Emily Roach

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Accountant

Whitney Hepburn

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Accountant

Ben Bailey

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Accountant

Ryan Wallace

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Accountant

Eloise Wookey

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Office Manager

Charlotte Roberts

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Administrator

Vanessa Burt

Chartered Accountant Christchurch Selwyn
Administration Assistant

Ashleigh Falgar

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Junior Accountant

Ihi McIntyre

Chartered Accountants Christchurch
Receptionist

Courtney Phelan

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Marketing Coordinator

Max McInerney-Boon

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Office Dog

Jimmy

Chartered Accountant Christchurch
Consultant

Modecai Nkhwazi

International Tax Advisor Christchurch
International Tax Advisor

Paul Park

Senior accountant

Maggie Harvey

Senior Accountant

Chloe Lea

Senior Accountant

Jess Hampton

Accountant

Manish Rawat

Accountant

Tom Taiaroa

Client Services Administration

Karyn Ballantyne

Accountant

Bryleigh Collins

Project Manager

Jeni Logan

Client Services Manager

Lea Gibson

Administrator

Melissa Williams

Receptionist

Molly Turner

Client Services Manager

Helen Pauley

Accounts Administrator

Craig Rohloff

Chartered Accountant Rangiora
Client Services Manager

Jayne

Chartered Accountant Rangiora
Accountant

Katie Moratti

Chartered Accountant Queenstown
Client Manager

Demetri Pappas

Chartered Accountant Ashburton
Accountant

Jordan Bird

Client Services Manager

Melissa Ross

Client Manager, B Com, CA

Anna Jopp

Client Manager, BCom, CA

Chris Waugh

Office Manager

Andrea Bono

Client Services Assistant

Erika Eberhardt

Client Relationship Manager

Kirsty Tapper

Receptionist

Keighley Redshaw

Specialist Consultant Accountant, B Com, CA

Scott Findlay

Sidekick Legal Ashburton Queenstown
Legal Specialist

Kirsten Maclean

Software Specialist Ashburton Christchurch Queenstown
Software Specialist

Josh Wilson

Chartered Accountant Ashburton Christchurch
Consultant

Dave Jessep

Director

Cameron Robertson

Cameron is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and has been practicing in the accounting industry since 2010. A born and bred Cantabrian, Cameron studied at the University of Canterbury and now services our local clients for Sidekick Christchurch.

Cameron has worked alongside business owners in a wide range of industries, from investment properties, to trades to professionals. Cameron draws on his vast experience in the SME environment to ensure your business is on the right track.

Cameron is a big sports lover. Apart from being a huge Warriors fan he’s also a whiz at playing both rugby and cricket, and likes to dabble in golf, cycling, and rugby league.

:BCom, CA, CPP

Director

Lisa Adamson

Lisa our Director is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant holding a private practice certificate, and has over ten years experience working with businesses in the Medium to Large Business sector.

Lisa studied at the University of Otago to gain a BCom majoring in Accounting and minoring in Tourism. Lisa has worked with the growing Sidekick team for six years before starting Sidekick Commercial in 2019. Through some changes and opportunities, Sidekick Commercial, Sidekick Christchurch and DJCA all combined during Lockdown 2020 to create Sidekick CA. Through Crisis comes opportunity!

Lisa has a wealth of experience working with almost every industry you can think of whilst currently having a big focus with large companies in the HR, hospitality, training and construction space both locally in Christchurch and Nationwide.

A keen traveller, Lisa enjoys spending time planning her next overseas holiday (although that’s not happening for a while). Lisa spends her weekends relaxing and dining out with friends and visiting family in Whakatane or some of the other amazing places New Zealand has to offer.

:BCom, CA, CPP

Director

Kirsty Naish

Born and raised in Mid Canterbury, Kirsty completed her studies at Lincoln University before jetting around the world where she worked as a Financial Controller in London, Canada and Samoa. Kirsty is passionate about the Mid Canterbury region and helping her clients define and achieve success. In her spare time Kirsty enjoys traveling, sport and has just started taking her daughter Rosabel hiking … sometimes dragging her partner Tyrone along too.

Qualifications:CA, CPP, B.Com

Director

James Swaney

James is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and studied at Lincoln University to gain a BCom, majoring in Accounting, Finance and Information Technology.

James spent over four years working in the motor vehicle industry in Timaru, before becoming a Chartered Accountant.
Looking at the big picture, setting goals and helping clients plan to achieve those goals are what James enjoys most about his job.

When James is not in the office he is usually spending time with his family, and sometimes out on the squash court or race track. James is also a big rugby, cricket and motor sport fan.

:BCom, CA, CPP

Director

Richard Wheeler

Richard has over 15 years of Agri Banking experience in Canterbury, South Canterbury and North Otago. He holds a BCom in Agriculture majoring in Rural Valuation and Farm Management, and a Certificate of Public Practice for Chartered Accountancy Firms.

His knowledge of agriculture and business is current and broad. Richard has successfully helped a range of farming systems from large to small, discover and achieve their goals. Hailing from a family sheep and beef station prior to attending Lincoln, his roots are firmly grounded in agriculture. Helping farmers succeed is his passion. With so many challenges facing farming businesses, Richard is uniquely placed to help you optimise your planning and financial needs.

Outside of work, Richard loves doing multi sport, playing squash and mountain biking with his family and friends.

:BCom, AG FVM, CPP

Director

Megan Cameron

Megan, originally from Otaki, is our Managing Director and all-round accounting whizz. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law, with a post graduate diploma in Professional Accountancy. An NZICA member and mentor, Megan heads our Blenheim-based firm, servicing the Tasman area.

Megan has many years experience in a large accounting firm in Wellington specialising in Business Advisory Services. As a Director in this field, Megan has worked with hundreds of businesses from small business start ups to large national companies and retailers. When she’s not helping our Sidekick clients, Megan loves spending time with her husband and three young children.

:BCA, CA, CPP, Dip Prof Accy

Client Manager

Peter Humphrey

Peter Humphrey is a Chartered Accountant who brings a wealth of local knowledge to the Findlay Sidekick team. He joins us, bringing a couple of decades of local business advisory and accounting experience under his belt. He also has some pretty cool tricks up his sleeve.

Peter is astute, calm and he is dedicated to helping people. He is focused on building authentic relationships and guiding people through smart decision-making in business. To him, the human element of accounting is the most important. His strength is in developing long-term trust and genuine rapport with his clients. These strong relationships result in him being the ‘go-to-guy’ for financial problem-solving, navigating challenging times and celebrating the wins. Peter is in for the long haul on his clients’ business journeys.

Speaking of long-haul journeys, Peter is enamoured with South America. This passion has taken him to Chile, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay to be immersed in the culture, people, landscape and language. Learning Spanish has deepened his connection to the culture. Speaking the local language has not only heightened the experience of travelling in these countries; completing university papers has provided a way to continue experiencing the culture vicariously from within NZ borders. Peter enjoys furthering his learning and education, and to him, foreign languages provide the perfect complement to his qualifications in commerce.

Community and connection are drivers in Peter’s interests outside of work and travel. He is the Treasurer for the Alpine Community Development Trust, the governing body for Community Networks Upper Clutha. Peter is also part of the local Toastmasters organisation and he has recently joined the Upper Clutha Tramping Club to meet people and spend time trekking in the hills. He is always giving back, and enjoys spending time with different people in different places.

Peter knows how to unpack the numbers, talk sense and help people and organisations in our community.  As we like to say at Findlay Sidekick, ‘We speak your language’. So we are very excited to welcome Peter to our team because he not only speaks your language when it comes to accounting; he also speaks English, French and Spanish. ¡Olé!

:BCom (Hons), CA

Client Manager, B Com, CA

Phillippa Findlay

Phillippa is a Chartered Accountant and senior member of team. Her strengths uphold the Sidekick philosophy to ‘Keep it Simple’. She is responsible for preparing compliance and management reports. She is able to set up smart systems to help clients manage their accounting easily. Phillippa has long-term clients in her portfolio that she has worked with for many years; she has knowledge of their businesses and has built strong client relationships. Phillippa is known for her friendly yet meticulous nature when it comes to accounting.

Phillippa is a driven woman who attacks accounting and outdoor pursuits with passion.  Phillippa is a straight shooter and a logical smart thinker. Phillippa is a smart cookie and an amazing goal achiever.

Phillippa’s specially areas include:  Family Trusts and Trades/Construction

:CA, BCom

Associate Director

Ben Wright

Ben is your go-to guy in the Selwyn District for all of your small business accounting requirements (he can also handle the bigger stuff too, we’re just being modest).

Ben works hard to help his clients grow by getting to know them and helping them define and then achieve their goals.

Ben is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant having gained a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting from the University of Canterbury. Since graduating, Ben has gained experience with large public firms in both New Zealand and the UK before joining the Sidekick team in 2019.

Most weekends you will find Ben enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. He loves jumping on his mountain bike or going for a run to take advantage of the great environment that Selwyn has to offer

:CA, CPP, BCom

Director

Lisa Lines

Lisa looks after our many and varied Queenstown clients which include tradies, travel agencies, rental agencies, doctors, not-for-profits, and many others.

Lisa has a strong background in accounting with qualifications from Otago University and extensive experience with various Chartered Accounting firms, plus a long stint at Spark in Wellington. But Lisa’s not just about numbers, her main strength is supporting clients as a business advisor with forward planning and budgeting.

Lisa’s farming background has stood her in good stead, and our clients appreciate her genuine, friendly, helpful and down to earth attitude.

:BCom, CA, CPP

Director

Jason Stapley

A Chartered Accountant since 2009, Jason has experience in a Big 4 accounting firm, a large Australian privately held property group, and before joining Sidekick in 2018 was the Financial Controller for Mike Greer Homes.

Alongside his experience in the property sector, Jason enjoys helping clients achieve success in the construction industry and meeting people who have an entrepreneurial mindset.

Jason enjoys spending time with his young family on his lifestyle property in Mandeville, playing social football, and watching most sports, especially cricket on the telly!

:BCom, CA, CPP

Adviser

Ric Thorpe

Meet Ric, a trusty member of the Sidekick family since 2010! Well, he actually took a short break in 2012-13 returning to the media and design industry, but after 16 months he was drawn back to the incredible family-like team at Sidekick to spread the word of Fixed-Fee, Modern Accountancy across New Zealand.

Traditionally Ric has been at the front end of our businesses as our sales guy, out for countless coffees a day and driving 1000 kms per week! He knows every inch of SH1 and could drive it with his eyes closed.

Now Ric’s role is a mix between sales and consulting. Working with clients mostly to help them grow! His expertise lie in sales, establishing a strategy, pitching and most importantly, closing! He can help your business sell more, with integrity!

Another key thing for Ric is culture, “culture eats strategy for breakfast” is one of Ric’s mantras*. If you have the right people and they all have a common purpose along with respect and love for one another, your business should thrive!

As well as helping business owners take steps towards the greatness, you’ll also find Ric on the football field (although by his own admission, he’s getting, older, slower and heavier). He also enjoys spending his free time with his lovely wife and three gorgeous children in their very busy active lifestyle, living in Pegasus, north of Christchurch.

*Not actually Ric’s mantra, a phrase originated by Peter Drucker and made famous by Mark Fields, President at Ford, is an absolute reality!

Accountant

Katie Ashton

Katie, one of our friendly accountants here at Sidekick Commercial has a Bachelor of Applied Management Accounting from Ara and is embarking on her Chartered Accounting qualification this year.

Before joining Sidekick in 2018, Katie worked in Corporate Accounting in Melbourne for five years, before moving back to Christchurch to be closer to family.

Katie enjoys working closely with the Sidekick Commercial clients, and especially enjoys the satisfaction of watching them grow and develop to reach their business goals.

Outside of work Katie enjoys being active with boxing and mountain biking, traveling, going to concerts, and hanging out with friends.

:BCom

Accountant

Jenna Anderson

Jenna is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, graduating from Otago University with a BCom followed by a Diploma in Accounting from Lincoln University. Jenna is one of our valued senior accountants in Christchurch and has been with the djca and now Sidekick team since 2014.

Jenna’s role involves working with a variety of SME businesses in Christchurch, with a focus on developing close working relationships with many of these clients.

When she’s not in the office, Jenna enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking and visiting family in Wanaka.

Working with Jenna, you’ll enjoy her cool, casual style combined with her attention to detail and getting things right!

:BCom, CA, GradDipCom

Accountant

Megan Power

Our newest staff member, Megan studied at the University of Canterbury, gaining both a bachelor of laws and a bachelor of arts degrees. She’s also a Chartered Accountant and has spent 20 years working in both commercial and CA sectors. She brings a wealth of experience to her new role at Sidekick!

Outside of work, Megan loves going biking and skiing and spending time with her family. She also loves travelling to new places, and hopes to be able to get out there and do it again sometime soon!

:BA, LLB, CA

Accountant

Rebecca Lane

Rebecca, one of our newest recruits, graduated from Ara in 2016 with a Bachelor of Applied Management, majoring in accounting. While studying, she also did a semester abroad in Maastricht, Holland. She’s also just completed her final CA exam!
She loves to travel in her free time, but for obvious reasons has been grounded in NZ in the last year so has been exploring both the North and South Island. She also loves getting out and going for walks and catching up with her friends and family over a coffee or cheeky vino!
She’s both well trained and well traveled, and we’re stoked to have her here at Sidekick!

:BCom, CA

Accountant

Ayumi Ogata

Ayumi graduated with a Commerce Degree from Fukuoka University in Japan in 2005, has a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from ARA and is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Accountant. Ayumi is one of our valued Accountants and has been with Sidekick since 2012.

Ayumi has first hand experience in running her own small business and draws on this knowledge to help our clients. You’ll find Ayumi and her Yum Yum Gyoza team at the Riccarton Farmers market or catering for functions with her delicious handmade Japanese Dumplings.

Ayumi is a big fan of the outdoors, especially fishing, camping and snowboarding. Ayumi also competes in Roller Derby and absolutely loves it!

:BCom, GradDipAcc

Accountant

Emily Roach

Emily, one of our whizz-kid accountants, joined the Sidekick team in February 2017 and boy are we glad to have her on board! Emily has been working in the accounting industry for many years, starting her career in administration at an accounting firm, and loved the work so much she worked her way up to being an accountant.

From working as an accountant at accounting firms, in the tech industry, and for a charity, Emily brings a great depth of knowledge and experience to the team. Emily has travelled through Europe, lived and worked in the UK, and is always planning the next trip, her most recent being South East Asia!

Accountant

Whitney Hepburn

Whitney graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2018 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Taxation, and started her career with Sidekick in 2019. She’s also starting her Chartered Accounting qualification this year.

As well as all her accountancy skills, she’s also a local Football star! She’s represented New Zealand in age group levels, and currently plays for the Canterbury Women’s team who’ve won 6 national championship titles. As both a talented Sportswoman and Accountant, she’s a great asset for the Sidekick team!

:BCom

Accountant

Ben Bailey

Ben joined the Sidekick team in late 2020. He studied at the University of Canterbury and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting.

After gaining Accounting experience in Canterbury, Ben spent the last 2 years over in Germany playing Rugby in the 1st Bundesliga. He returned late last year and started up here at Sidekick. In his free time, Ben enjoys getting out for a run, meeting new people, and obviously a game of Rugby!

Ben brings a wide range of knowledge and skills from his time working and travelling, and has settled in really well here at Sidekick.

:BCom

Accountant

Ryan Wallace

Our newest staff member Ryan joined Sidekick in February, 2021. He has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Financial management from Varsity college in South Africa, and did the second half of his degree via correspondence while he was here in New Zealand (graduating in 2019).

Ryan is also a top notch Cricketer and has spent the last 7 years playing cricket around the globe. He spent time in England and South Africa, before moving to New Zealand 4 years ago and he’s been here ever since! He’s also a high level Hockey player, and was in the South African U21 World Cup Hockey Squad and also plays for the Canterbury Cavaliers men’s hockey team. In his free time he loves to hit the links, go out for an early morning surf or have a BBQ with his mates.

Ryan’s a real all-rounder, and a great addition to our Sidekick team!

 

Accountant

Eloise Wookey

Eloise is one of our newest staff members, joining us just after the Summer break in January 2021. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canterbury majoring in Accounting, and graduated in 2019.

In her free time, Eloise loves partaking in a bit of pottery, diving into a good book or getting out and about and seeing some live music. She also volunteers at the SPCA in the Cat unit on a fortnightly basis.

She has settled in really well here at Sidekick, and we’re super happy to have her in the team!

:BCom

Office Manager

Charlotte Roberts

Charlotte, our Office Manager, plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth running of the Christchurch office. As well as managing our internal office processes and administration, Charlotte also completes bookkeeping and payroll for a variety of clients.

Charlotte holds a degree in Travel and Tourism and has many years of front line experience. However we’re convinced her fantastic skills in multi-tasking and organising chaos must come from being a Mum to her beautiful children Riley and Tawera.

When she’s not hanging out with the Sidekick team, Charlotte enjoys relaxing with family and friends.

Administrator

Vanessa Burt

If somebody asks ‘who is the best person to do this tricky job?” our answer is likely to be Vanessa.

Vanessa manages Sidekick Bookkeeping and completes clients’ various administrative duties, advises them on their tax obligations, acts as our one stop Xero help-desk and even completes the odd tax return.

Vanessa is also a qualified Gym instructor and has competed in Body Building competitions, so when she’s not at the gym teaching group fitness you will find her at home with her children Tyler, Manaia and Kobe.

Administration Assistant

Ashleigh Falgar

Ashleigh, our Administration Assistant, is a key member of our team. Helping out with many aspects of administration, Ashleigh also completes bookkeeping for a variety of clients, manages the NZ Companies Office administration and provides Xero training for our Christchurch office.

Originally from Nelson, Ashleigh moved to Christchurch in 2010 and has since spent a gap year in Australia and gained some valuable experience in administration.

During the weekends Ashleigh likes to spend her time exploring local spots around Canterbury or up at the ski field on her snowboard.

Junior Accountant

Ihi McIntyre

Ihi joined the Sidekick team in early 2020. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canterbury.

Ihi is the newest member of our accounting team after being our receptionist for over a year.

She is originally from Blenheim but moved to Christchurch straight out of school.

In her spare time you will find her at a Crossfit gym, out shopping, studying or hanging out with friends.

Receptionist

Courtney Phelan

Courtney is our friendly receptionist who’ll be greeting you when you come to visit us in the office or call us on the phone. Helping out with many aspects of administration, Courtney ensures all clients and staff are well taken care of.

Marketing Coordinator

Max McInerney-Boon

Max has been with the team part-time through study since the ripe old age of 18!

Studying Bachelor of Commerce at Canterbury University, Majoring in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Max is getting lots of hands on experience driving the marketing strategy here at Sidekick.

Max is the smart young man that is responsible for all the newsletters and blog posts that you see from the Sidekick Group

Outside of work and study, Max is a cinephile – a few of his favourite movies include Bicycle Thieves, Arrival & Paris, Texas

Adding to his many talents, Max was a First XI footballer at St Bede’s and played for Christchurch Utd reserves.

Office Dog

Jimmy

Jimmy is our newest intern. He is a little Jack Russell and Fox Terrier cross, and he comes into the office most days of the week with Ayumi. He is very young and a little shy.  Whilst he is still learning how to be a good office dog and greet clients, he has already got the entertaining and uplifting of his workmates sorted.

Outside of his work hours you will find him running and foraging in the red zone, hanging out with his doggy friends, and getting lots of good cuddles from his doting parents. We love having him in the office, and he never fails to brighten up our days.

Consultant

Modecai Nkhwazi

Originally from Malawi, Modecai moved to Canterbury in 2011 with quite the welcome of arriving on the day of the February Earthquake! Modecai has a BCom from Lincoln University, majoring in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Economics.

Modecai previously worked at Sidekick managing relationships between our new clients and the accountancy team, whilst making sure all the other needs around finance, risk and business advice were met along the way.  Modecai left Sidekick in late 2020 to set up his own external consultancy business but continues to work with Sidekick as an external consultant.

International Tax Advisor

Paul Park

Paul is our international tax specialist who offers a unique combination of tax, legal, finance, and capital markets skills. Paul’s skills are centred around his New Zealand, UK, and international tax knowledge acquired during his 12-year career with Ernst & Young in Wellington, Sydney, London, and Christchurch.

In addition to this, he also has extensive experience in finance and treasury, derivatives and structured transactions. Since returning to New Zealand, Paul has worked with an increasing number of high net-worth individuals and private businesses, and developed significant expertise in the hedge funds sector. Paul’s range of skills and his years of experience in working with some of the world’s leading companies and financial institutions means that he is well placed to deal with the demands and planning issues of a privately owned business or family investment office.

Senior accountant

Maggie Harvey

Maggie, a Senior Chartered Accountant on our team, has a wide variety of business accounting knowledge and skillsets that has been acquired from working in accounting practices over the past ten years.

Maggie began her accounting career as an Office Junior in a firm in Christchurch, while studying full-time at the University of Canterbury towards her Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Taxation. Maggie is putting all her knowledge and experience to great use here at Sidekick Timaru, and enjoys helping clients in all aspects of accounting and business development.

When Maggie is not working in the Sidekick office or out and about visiting clients, she enjoys running around the beautiful streets of Timaru, running after her gorgeous toddler, and cooking delicious meals. Originally from Ikawai (just out of Waimate), Maggie moved to Timaru from Christchurch in November 2017 and we’re so pleased she did!

:BCom, CA

Senior Accountant

Chloe Lea

As a recently qualified Chartered Accountant, Chloe has many years of experience in the local accounting industry, which is being put to great use here at Sidekick Timaru.

With both a Bachelor of Accountancy from Massey University and a Certificate in Professional Office Management from Timaru Polytechnic, Chloe has all the tools and knowledge to help our clients develop their business’ potential.

When she’s not working with the team at Sidekick Timaru, Chloe enjoys spending her time with her son and catching up with friends.

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:BAcc, CA

Senior Accountant

Jess Hampton

Jess has a varied accounting background, having worked in both accounting practices and commercial environments, in NZ and overseas.

Jess graduated from Otago University with an LLB and BCom, and then embarked on her accounting career in Wellington. After gaining her Chartered Accountancy, Jess worked in both Dublin and London, while enjoying life on the other side of the world. She eventually returned to her home province and loves working as part of the Sidekick Timaru team to help local businesses achieve their goals.

Outside of work, Jess loves spending time with her family, watching her three boys playing sport and heading to the beach in beautiful Kakanui.

:BCom, CA, LLB

Accountant

Manish Rawat

Manish, one of our friendly Sidekick Timaru Accountants brings 6 years of experience in the accounting industry, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Commerce.

Manish’s role at Sidekick Timaru involves a variety of compliance work for our clients, such as end of year financials and GST Returns, and he particularly enjoys the challenging and interesting parts of accounting such as Budgeting and Forecasting.

Outside of work Manish enjoys both watching cricket games and playing cricket, chilling out and watching a movie and exploring new places around Canterbury and beyond.

Accountant

Tom Taiaroa

Tom started his accounting career with us in late 2020 after completing his BCom, majoring in Finance at Otago University.

Tom is now starting the journey to becoming a fully qualified Chartered Accountant. In the office, Tom is continuing to gain experience in accounting for a range of businesses, and enjoys the variety of work that Sidekick Timaru offers.

In his own time, Tom enjoys spending time on the bowling green to relax.

:BCom

Client Services Administration

Karyn Ballantyne

Karyn joined the team in 2020 working as Client Services Administrator, Karyn has a varied Administration background, including Manufacturing, Recruitment and more recently Agriculture. With over 20 years of experience, Karyn brings many skills to the Sidekick Team, working with many of our clients doing Bookkeeping and Payroll.

A local from Timaru, Karyn enjoys everything South Canterbury has to offer, she likes to spend quality time with her husband Garry and two children Ruby and Sam. She also loves to hang out with her extended family and fantastic friends.

Accountant

Bryleigh Collins

Bryleigh is our latest Lincoln recruit. She joined us in 2021, as an administrator while completing her Accounting degree at Lincoln, before beginning as a graduate accountant in 2022. Bryleigh is passionate about agriculture, and comes from an innovative family dairy and cropping farm south of Timaru. Bryleigh is excited about starting her journey on becoming a modern agricultural accountant.

Besides study and work Bryleigh, who grew up on her family farm in South Canterbury, is also passionate about running, going to the gym, and spending time with her family, partner and puppy, Ginny. “My time so far at Sidekick has been very enjoyable, I love the variety of work and family-like environment within the Sidekick team, and everyone has been so welcoming and friendly.”

Project Manager

Jeni Logan

Jeni has 20 years’ experience in private business as both a business owner and business manager. She has been involved in new company set ups and implementing improvement procedures in an importation and distribution company operating in Australia and the Pacific. Jeni brings these integrated systems skills to our Timaru team to tackle several internal projects.

Outside of work interests are attacking the gym, attacking the garden, and enjoying what the South Canterbury outdoors has on offer.

Client Services Manager

Lea Gibson

Lea is our amazing Client Services Manager, taking charge of all aspects of our workflow and client relationships. She has the answer to all your Xero, bookkeeping and administration queries – and if she doesn’t, she will put you onto the right person.

Lea has an abundance of experience working in accounts-based roles in both New Zealand and London, as well as in accountancy practices. With a Bachelor of Tourism Management from Lincoln, Lea brings many skills to the Sidekick Timaru office, which continues to be of great benefit to our clients.

A local from a family farm south of Timaru, Lea enjoys spending her spare time gardening, walking her dog and spending time with her two children.

Administrator

Melissa Williams

Mel is the friendly face you’ll be greeted by at reception when you come to our office. Mel looks after anything from client queries to bookkeeping and payroll, and assists the Sidekick Timaru accounting team with a variety of work. With a background of working in the customer service industry, her top priority is maintaining great client and workplace relationships.

When Mel isn’t working, she loves to spend time with her beautiful baby girl, her family on the farm at Tarras or the Ohau bach, and catching up with friends.

Receptionist

Molly Turner

Our new meeter and greeter extraordinaire Molly will be the first face you see when you come through our doors. In the month she’s been with us, she claims she “loves the culture at Sidekick already” and with her office experience and people skills we feel really privileged to have Molly on board. She’s been using lockdown to train in all things Xero and Hubdoc and is now looking forward to getting to know our clients and further assist our Administration Team.

Client Services Manager

Helen Pauley

Helen is a Marlburian who has travelled the world and landed back here. Having a varied work life from managing a regional office for a multi-national advertising firm, owning a hospitality business to practice management of a medical practice, Helen brings a bucket load of skills. Communication is her flag ship skill and she enjoys problem solving. Resourceful and fun, pretty much sums her up.

She is married to Gary, who is a Business Advisor and in their spare time they love to travel to family & friends, experience the great outdoors and discovering new recipes and flavours, accompanied by a glass of fine wine.

:NZCC, NZIM Cert in Supervision

Accounts Administrator

Craig Rohloff

Craig is our bookkeeping and payroll superstar with a passion for numbers, originally from the far north. Working in a multitude of industries he has many years of expertise in accounts administration, management and team leader roles. He is an expert problem solver with his ability to communicate at the forefront of his skillset.

Craig moved to Blenheim in June of 2020 and in his spare time enjoys capturing the essence of New Zealand and its people with his photography business which takes him all over the country.

Client Services Manager

Jayne

Jayne joined the Sidekick Rangiora in November 2019 as the Client Service Manager. Originally from the UK, she used to run her own successful delivery company, which has given her a great basis to understand, guide and provide the necessary assistance to help build successful businesses for our clients.

Jayne also brings a wealth of administration qualities that she’s gained from working in the Medical, Recruitment and Healthcare sectors and she has a real passion for providing assistance to others.

Jayne lives local to the office with her husband and daughter and most importantly the office dog Marley. She loves going to the movies, shopping and travelling around the amazing sites that New Zealand has to offer.

:HREC

Accountant

Katie Moratti

Katie joined the Sidekick team after completing her Bachelor of Commerce at University of Canterbury in 2021, with a Major in Accounting and a Minor in Human Resources.

Katie’s prior business experience includes working in Administration, Customer Service and Supply Chain Management so she has a good understanding of day-to-day business activities.

Katie is a local having lived in Rangiora for most of her life. She enjoys getting involved in her local community and coaching her son’s rugby team. Katie also holds a position on the Board of the Saracens Rugby Football Club.

Katie looks forward to working with local businesses and helping them on their journey to success.

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Client Manager

Demetri Pappas

Demetri assists with managing the many and varied Queenstown clients, achieving best outcomes in a friendly and professional nature.

Demetri has developed his accounting with a Bachelor of Business – Majoring in Banking & Finance from James Cook University, and a number of years experience with a number of accounting firms.

Although Demetri’s not all work and no play, his main interests include mountain biking, rock climbing and camping.

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Accountant

Jordan Bird

Jordan is a local lad and has been based in Mid Canterbury his whole life. After finishing high school at Mount Hutt College in Methven he gained a B.Com Majoring in Accounting from Otago University. Jordan has worked as an accountant in Ashburton for three and a half years and is enthusiastic about Sidekick’s innovative technology based approach to accounting.

When he’s not helping our Sidekick clients, Jordan enjoys socialising with friends, playing golf, cricket and going to the gym.

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Client Services Manager

Melissa Ross

Mel is our new Client Services Manager, taking on all aspects of our workflow, payroll & client relationships. She will be your first point of call for your accounting queries as well as being a welcoming face to our Sidekick Ashburton Office.


Mel brings with her many years of administration, secretarial and bookkeeping experience gained in various roles in New Zealand and London. With a passion for learning all things new and challenging, her enthusiasm and friendly demeanor will be of great benefit to our clients.


When Mel is away from the office you’ll find her ferrying her 4 kids to their various activities, tending to her husband’s accounts or in her dress rental shop. Mel loves her fitness and enjoys F45 & taking on the odd challenging mountain bike race!

Client Manager, B Com, CA

Anna Jopp

Anna brings worldly Corporate Accounting experience to the team. She worked a stint in the UK and also has gained Chartered Accounting experience a little bit closer to home in her most recent role in Dunedin.

Anna has migrated to Wanaka to join the Findlay Sidekick team and also to enjoy the lifestyle the town offers. She is fond of Central Otago as a chunk of her childhood was spent growing up on a farm outside of Alexandra. She is looking forward to enjoying running, biking and skiing here and becoming part of the Wanaka community.

Anna says the best part about being a Chartered Accountant is talking to clients from different backgrounds and learning about a variety of businesses and industries.

Anna’s specialty areas include: Medical & Health Clients and Bars & Cafes

:BCom, CA

Client Manager, BCom, CA

Chris Waugh

Chris joins Findlay Sidekick as a senior Chartered Accountant. Chris will be a familiar face to many Wanaka folks. He has been a professional in our town for 17 years; we call him a local!

Chris brings an enormous amount of accounting experience to the team. Accounting has always been his work; he started his career working in private companies then went on to complete his CA degree began working in public practice and never looked back. His wealth of knowledge across many industries and businesses, large and small, is a true asset to our growing team.

Chris is embedded in the Wanaka community through his work with a Charitable Trust, Rotary and the Wanaka Golf Club. He generously donated his time as a Trustee for the Elsie and Ray Armstrong Trust, a wonderful little trust that supports individuals and projects in our town. The Wanaka Golf Club has the largest membership in the South Island and Chris has been Club Captain, in charge of organising tournaments, Club Champs and competitions; a mighty role that sees his name permanently etched in the Club’s history books. Chris jokes it is a sure-fire way to get your name on the wall of the Club Honours Board

Chris lives with his wife here in Wanaka and has a daughter who also works in Wanaka. We are pleased to have Chris on the team; he understands our town, he knows the people, and is a core part of our community.

:BCom, CA

Office Manager

Andrea Bono

Andrea comes with a strong administration background with over 25 years’ experience ranging from Receptionist, Personal Assistant and Office Manager. She is qualified as a Microsoft Office Specialist and has also worked as a child-care worker for some years gaining important people skills that come in handy within a Personal Assistant role.

She has enjoyed living in beautiful Wanaka for over 15 years – a true South Islander having grown up in South Canterbury. When she’s not at work, Andrea enjoys all things food-related including cooking for friends. With family ties in Italy, she enjoys travelling to Europe or reliving the Italian experience by cooking Italian food.

With a friendly, happy disposition, she is the first contact when dealing with Findlay Sidekick.

Client Services Assistant

Erika Eberhardt

Erika moved from Australia to Wanaka in 2014, and worked as an Office Administration Manager for a hotel group prior to joining the Findlay Sidekick team in 2017 as the Client Services Assistant. Prior to her move to New Zealand, Erika worked in the child care service sector, administering child care benefit and rebate claims for families.

Although Erika spent most of her spare time in a boxing gym in Australia, she has hung up her boxing gloves and swapped them for a snowboard, learning how to snowboard for the first time after moving to Wanaka. Since catching the snow-bug, Erika has enjoyed trips to Japan and Canada with her partner, and tries her best to keep up with him on the ski slopes.

As a mother, Erika relishes time with family and is enjoying the great work-life balance Wanaka provides.

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Client Relationship Manager

Kirsty Tapper

Kirsty is our Client Relationship Manager and looks after on-boarding of new clients as well as working with existing clients, a job that she has taken to with relish!

She relocated to Wanaka to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle and escape Auckland traffic! Kirsty loves the outdoors and living near the mountains where she can snowboard on the weekends in the winter and relax by the lake in the summer.

Prior to moving to Wanaka, Kirsty has spent time living the French Alps as well as working on superyachts.

Kirsty has a strong administration background, but perhaps what stands out the most about Kirsty, and a common thread amongst all of this, is her strength in building relationships. Which is exactly why she is a great fit in the Findlay Sidekick team.

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Receptionist

Keighley Redshaw

Keighley is a well-known local that is the friendly face you’ll be greeted by at reception when you come to our office. Keighley is our admin superstar and assists our admin team and the Sidekick Wanaka accounting team with a variety of work. With a background of working in the hospitality industry, her top priority is maintaining great client and workplace relationships.

When Keighley isn’t working, she loves to spend time with her beautiful daughter,
head up the hill skiing or just chill enjoying the Wanaka lifestyle,

Specialist Consultant Accountant, B Com, CA

Scott Findlay

Scott graduated from Otago University in 1992 and after working in corporate accounting, joined the practice in 2004.

Scott is a highly skilled advisor who can assist you with business planning, profit improvement and human resources. He has a wealth of experience in the corporate accounting and business management field. Scott is admired for his sincere approach to helping clients understand their business. Scott is easy to talk to and passionate about streamlining his customers systems, driving profit and helping his clients to reach their goals.

He genuinely cares for the people and businesses that he works with. Scott is a father and husband with a sporty family. He has a devilish sense of humour and is an advocate of political incorrectness. He attacks sport and business with determination and a touch of good-natured competitiveness. Scott is an ultra-friendly down to earth Southland man.

Scott’s specialty areas include: Business Planning and Valuations

:BCom, CA, CPP

Legal Specialist

Kirsten Maclean

Kirsten specialises in dispute resolution, relationship property, HR, and employment law.

A litigator with over 20 years experience in all forms of dispute resolution both here and in England, Kirsten is also a qualified and admitted solicitor on the UK Solicitors’ roll. Kirsten has appeared at all levels of courts in the civil and employment jurisdiction, including the Court of Appeal in New Zealand and junioring in the House of Lords in the UK.

Her significant expertise enables her to provide a range of advice and guidance relating to everything from all aspects of health and safety, to assisting in the prevention and resolution of employment-related issues for both employers and employees, relationship property matters and complex commercial, civil and trust litigation and disputes.

With an outstanding track record for resolving complex litigation while previously working as a partner of a medium sized Canterbury firm and the head of an employment and dispute resolution team, she ensures her client’s business is future-proofed.

:BA, LLB

Software Specialist

Josh Wilson

Josh is a software specialist and Chartered Accountant with 14 years industry experience, and is spearheading the move to cloud-based accounting through Sidekick Cloud, launched in 2019.

As traditional, time-consuming methods of book-keeping are being challenged in the market place – especially in the highly mobile post COVID-19 economy – Josh’s passion is in the potential of real-time cloud technology and its ability to enhance business efficiency and profitability. He designs holistic business systems for his clients and has a special focus on the add-on software market.

Josh has a talent for assessing clients’ needs and ensuring he provides each business with the capability to manage their own finances through thorough training and ongoing support. He believes that this is the key to the sustainability of any new system and enjoys witnessing clients start to manage their own accounts with confidence. He is constantly learning and expanding his own knowledge in the world of add-on products for Xero users – such as WorkflowMax, Hubdoc and Unleashed – so that he can continue to offer the very best solutions for Kiwi businesses.

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Consultant

Dave Jessep

Dave’s spent over 20 years in accounting and he still loves coming to work every day. He founded the company back in 2006, and his infectious enthusiasm has helped him build a company of talented staff who are excited to be part of DJCA.

As you’d expect, Dave is a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants. He’s also a Mentor with the Business Mentors of NZ program, and is especially skilled at advising clients from all kinds of industries in strategy, planning, goal setting, and implementing business structures.

Dave played hooker for Marlborough Boys’ College and won the Matthews Cup for Most Outstanding Player (ahead of Anton Oliver, who was maybe 14 at the time). He now enjoys running and biking with his kids.