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 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
We are pleased to introduce our newest employee Shiree Murray, Accountant. Shiree has a vast business background in both the public and private sector, these skills will be an asset to the Tasman team. Shiree has recently completed a Bachelor in Business – Accounting. Outside of work Shiree is kept busy with three children who are actively involved in sports and dance.
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.
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!
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.
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.