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Accounting

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    Meet the Selwyn Team

    Chartered Accountant Selwyn
    Associate Director

    Ben Wright

    Chartered Accountant Christchurch Selwyn
    Director

    Cameron Robertson

    Chartered Accountant Christchurch Queenstown Rangiora Selwyn
    Adviser

    Ric Thorpe

    Chartered Accountant Christchurch Selwyn
    Administration Assistant

    Ashleigh Falgar

    Sidekick Legal Ashburton Queenstown
    Legal Specialist

    Kirsten Maclean

    Software Specialist Ashburton Christchurch Queenstown
    Software Specialist

    Josh Wilson

    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

    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

    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!

    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.

    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.

    :BCom, BA, CA