Brett Wooffindin

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 addon 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 MacDonald

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 Royle

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 Taylor

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.

Tony Beach

Tony Beech – Consultant

Tony is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Tony has a wide range of experience, having been at Lawson Avery for over 30 years. He is the trusted advisor to a number of clients covering the farming, business, viticulture, wineries and apiarist industries.  Tony provides clients with specialist tax, succession planning and business planning advice. Tony is also the non-executive director on three Wairarapa based companies. Tony has contributed significantly to the Wairarapa community, serving on school Board of Trustees, ex-chairman Wairarapa Bush Rugby, ex director Hurricanes Rugby, coached and managed a number of sports teams. During his spare time Tony loves socialising, watching sport and travelling.

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