Brett Wooffindin – Director
Brett was raised on a South Canterbury sheep farm and moved to the Wairarapa in 2015. He gained a first-class honours degree in Commerce at Lincoln University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2007.
Brett’s previous experience includes getting qualified at a big four accounting firm, working at investment banks in London and contracting for top 10 NZX listed companies where he specialised in change management and process improvement.
Brett specialises in cloud computing where he is the firms Xero and Figured specialist, as well as experienced with other addons such as WorkflowMax, Spotlight Reporting and payroll programmes. Brett also focuses on improving business performances through strategic planning.
Jennifer Martin – Director
Jennifer was born and raised in the Wairarapa and has lived in the region most of her life. She gained a BCA in Accounting, Economics and Commercial Law from Victoria University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2011.
Jennifer’s work experience includes various roles for firms in Wellington and the Wairarapa before she started at Lawson Avery in August 2018 as our cloud-based specialist. As part of this role Jennifer is responsible for products such as Xero, Figured, Cash Manager Focus, Spotlight Reporting, Workflow Max and MYOB Essentials.
Jennifer also has practical business experience having assisted running a family business for the last eight years.
Heather was born into a farming family and grew up in a small rural community near Gravity Canyon, Taihape. She studied at Massey University and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies in 1983, then completed a Diploma in Business and Administration extramurally to gain further university papers required to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, which she successfully did in 1986.
After working for a large CA firm in Hamilton, primarily in the audit division she moved to the Wairarapa and has worked at Lawson Avery since July 1984. Heather specialises in farm accounting and lives on and is actively involved with a sheep and beef cattle farm at Ihuraua.
She enjoys dealing with farmers, understands the challenges they can face and the specialist accounting and taxation requirements of a farming business.
Rob was born are raised in Wainuiomata before moving to the Wairarapa in 2015 with his wife and two young boys. Rob studied at Victoria University completing a BCA and post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting before qualifying as Chartered Accountant in 2018.
Prior to joining Lawson Avery in 2018, Rob had worked at another local accounting firm and worked in the finance team at The Salvation Army.
When Rob isn’t in the office or chasing his kids around its likely he’ll be out pig hunting with his dogs.
Judy joined the team at Lawson Avery in March 1998 when she and her husband moved to the Wairarapa. Previously she had been employed by Chartered Accountancy firms in Taupo and New Plymouth. In another life, prior to having her family she trained and worked as a school dental nurse.
In all the CA practices she has worked for, Judy has been responsible for a wide variety of accounting processes and tax management.
Living on a lifestyle property with a large garden, being an active member of the Holdsworth Lions Club and family keep Judy fully occupied outside work hours.
Casey, finally after Covid-19 lockdown delaying plans, moved to the Wairarapa in 2020 with her partner.
She came from Christchurch where she spent most of her life with the exception of a small stint in sunny Nelson. She gained her Bachelor of Commerce at Lincoln University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2019.
Outside of the office Casey enjoys keeping active and exploring new parts of the country, being anything from a mountain top lookout to a waterfall so will be all ears to any suggestions!
Carol was born in Wellington and moved to the Wairarapa in 2019.
Her varied work experience comes from being self-employed in the transport industry for 20 years, a motivational coach at a gym and performance coach in the financial sector.
Outside of work you will find Carol fishing, gardening or helping out with community projects.