Our team of qualified accountants
and administrators have a breadth of knowledge across multiple industries.

Brett Woofindin - 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 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.

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Heather 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.

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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.

Jaimi Stewart

Jaimi was born and raised in the Wairarapa. She achieved her Bachelor of Accountancy from Massey University and in 2020 qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

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Prior to joining Lawson Avery in 2021, Jaimi worked at another local accounting firm for five years.

Out of the office Jaimi loves playing and watching sport, particularly hockey and spending time with friends and family.

Boon Huxtable

Boon was raised in Auckland and lived in Wellington, before moving to the sunny Wairarapa in 2018.

He gained a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Auckland University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2018.

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Boon’s prior work experience includes working in the Corporate team at Flight Centre, before making the move to BDO in Wellington.

After making the move over the hill to Masterton, Boon joined AMR Group and recently joined the team at Lawson Avery in March 2021.

Boon will often be found running around with his two children, out on the tennis court or with the feet up watching the rugby league.

Rory Kelliher

Rory was born and raised in Palmerston North before moving to Wellington for university in 2017.

Rory gained a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University in 2020 and is currently undergoing his Chartered Accountancy qualifications

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Outside of the office, Rory enjoys all things football, particularly playing and supporting the Wellington Phoenix, where he is a season ticket holder.

Svetlana Dumanovskaya

Svetlana was born in Crimea, Ukraine and at the age of 9 moved over to New Zealand with her family becoming a local here in the Wairarapa.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy through Massey in 2019 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2021.

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Prior to coming onboard with Lawson Avery, Svetlana has worked at other CA practices over the last 10 years. She has a passion for the Dairy Industry and is involved in the Dairy Industry Awards as the Regional Manager.

In her spare time she can be found at the local F45 gym, helping out her partner with their contract milking business or on their lifestyle property in Carterton with their dog, and soon to be little helper.

Jhellaica Manjares

Jhellaica, also known as Laica, was born in the Philippines and moved to Masterton in 2013 to join her husband who’s been an apiarist in Wairarapa for 15 years now.

She is a Certified Public Accountant abroad and is currently doing her last CAANZ module to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant.

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She has had several exciting roles overseas including being an auditor at PwC and an accountant at IBM. Prior to joining Lawson Avery, she was juggling her role as a Senior Finance Officer in Wellington, and study towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.

Laica is also a mum of two beautiful kids – Eunice and Lucas.

Kelly Costello

Kelly was born and raised in Dunedin, but also spent a lot of time in Wanaka where she has a love for the outdoors, in particular snow skiing and water skiing. Kelly moved to the Wairarapa in 2016 to be closer to her family.

Working as a beauty therapist on and off for the past 15 years, Kelly has developed great communication skills, she is reliable and always keen to learn. 

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Kelly has two children – Jacob and Ava, loves baking and spending time with family and friends.

Nicole Sim

Nicole was born and raised in the Wairarapa, growing up on numerous dairy farms across the region and developing a love for the outdoors and animals.

Working in a GP Practice while commuting to Upper Hutt for the past 5 years, Nicole has developed a fine eye for detail and is looking forward to being closer to home and all that this has to offer.

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You can often find Nicole out walking and exploring the great outdoors of the Wairarapa with her fur baby, whipping up some baking in the kitchen, and spending time with family and friends.

We’re in growth mode and looking to add to our team. If you’d like to join us in the stunning Wairarapa, please, get in touch.