Tasman/Marlborough

Here at Sidekick we’re Xero accountants that are at the forefront of the cloud computing revolution in the accounting industry. We’re technology-minded and love recommending new software and services to help make your business run more smoothly. We’ve always been a forward-looking company, helping our clients see where they’re going rather than giving them a backwards-looking summary of where they’ve already been.

Our clients love that we speak their language and make an effort to really ‘get’ what their business is about. Sidekick is at your side with the advice you need, when and where you need it. At the end of the day what we do is pretty simple – we want to help you be more successful. If you’re looking for a modern team of Tasman accountants, feel free to get in touch. 

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    Meet the Tasman Team

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    Director

    Megan Cameron

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    Client Services Manager

    Helen Pauley

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    Accounting Services Manager

    Craig Rohloff

    Client Services Administrator

    Joss May

    Accountant

    Steph Wilson

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    Adviser

    Ric Thorpe

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    Group Operations Manager

    Julie Copland

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    Software Specialist

    Josh Wilson

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    Legal Specialist

    Kirsten Maclean

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    Marketing Coordinator

    Joe Houghton

    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 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.

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    Accounting Services Manager

    Craig Rohloff

    Craig is our Accounts Manager at Sidekick Tasman/Marlborough since 2020, known for his unwavering dedication to financial excellence. He combines technical expertise with interpersonal skills to streamline financial processes, fostering client relationships and ensuring compliance with industry standards.

    Outside of work, Craig serves as the treasurer of the Life Education Trust Marlborough, actively contributing to his community’s educational initiatives. In his spare time, he showcases his artistic talents as a professional photographer, capturing cherished moments for clients across various locations.
    Client Services Administrator

    Joss May

    Joss moved to Marlborough six years ago and has working in the accounting world for the past 11 years. Joss is our Admin superstar and completes a variety of tasks for our accounting team. Joss is passionate about ensuring we meet your needs and loves helping clients.

    Joss is married to Steve, who works in the development team for Delegat and in their spare time you will find them out and about enjoying what Marlborough has to offer or travelling to Wellington to visit their son.

    Accountant

    Steph Wilson

    Steph joined the Sidekick Tasman team in 2022 and graduated from Massey University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting.
    Steph is a Blenheim local, having lived here all her life. Outside of work, Steph enjoys getting outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.

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    Adviser

    Ric Thorpe

    Ric Thorpe is one of the owners of Sidekick Chartered Accountancy group. Ric is one of the leads in the 20 strong Christchurch team as well as assisting the Sidekick group across the South Island, which now has offices in 8 locations and over 60 team members (with an additional 17+ overseas). Ric has been instrumental in fostering the incredible family-like team culture at Sidekick and helping grow the businesses by spreading the word of Fixed-Fee, Modern Accountancy across the country. Ric has also held  roles in governance and strategy for not-for-profit organisations, membership organisations such as the Christchurch Business Club, as well as within the Sidekick Group.

    Traditionally Ric has been at the front end of Sidekick as the sales expert, building referral networks and solution partners across many industries. Since 2020 Ric has been predominantly Christchurch based (which can largely be attributed to the Covid-19 situation). Now Ric’s role is a mix between sales and consulting to small and medium businesses. Working with clients mostly to help them grow! His expertise lie in sales, establishing a strategy, pitching and most importantly, closing!

    More time in Christchurch has provided a great opportunity to focus on internal projects, including team development and the SidekickTV channel, where Ric interviews local business people about a variety of hot topics in economic discourse.

    A key thing for Ric is culture. 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!

    Group Operations Manager

    Julie Copland

    Whilst also being a Chartered Accountant, Julie has a passion for projects and improving business processes. Julie works across the Sidekick Group to find better and smarter ways to work.

    After attending Lincoln University, Julie was in the New Zealand Airforce where she was a Logistics Officer, organising the deployment of both staff and equipment within New Zealand and around the world. She then moved home to Canterbury to pursue Accounting and has since had roles in a Chartered Accounting firm in Ashburton, as a Management Accountant for Ravensdown, and then more lately Midlands Apiaries.

    Outside of work Julie loves playing squash and netball, travelling, and spending time with her husband Dan and son Thomas.

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    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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    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.

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    Marketing Coordinator

    Joe Houghton

    Joe is based in Christchurch but will be operating in the Marketing Coordinator role for the whole Sidekick group. 

    Joe grew up in Auckland and Sydney but went to school in Auckland before he studied Marketing & Media at Victoria in Wellington.

    Outside of work, Joe is an avid mountain biker and competes in races around the country. He also surfs and snowboards, and is excited about being able to do all of these now he’s based in Canterbury!

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