Meet Our Team

We have a great team of really talented people
During our recruitment process we focus on making sure that we attract people with a great attitude and good cultural fit with our values. We have no desire to be a big organisation, but we sure want to be a smart organisation working on your team to achieve the results you want.

Anne Stephenson BCA CA

"You can only manage what you measure."

My role is the Chief Strategist at Connected Accountants, both for the business and with clients.  My principal role is to understand what makes clients tick, and to make sure that we deliver what we say, when we say we will.

​What makes us different is having spent a long time in big firms, it’s great to be able to directly influence the culture and brand of this company.  And having company values that are about great people delivering great work.

The super power I would like to have is being able to transport myself anywhere, in the blink of an eye.

If there was one thing I’d change about me it would be 
being taller – climbing onto stools can be a nuisance after a while.

I get a kick out of  seeing the whole team grow and develop as we test out new ideas.

When I was younger I wanted to be 
a research chemist.  But my last school year included studying the sciences by correspondence  when I learned  I much prefer being able to talk over issues, rather than reading about them.

I'm currently learning
 how to grow old(er) disgracefully.  

Kevin Summerhays CA

"Make it simple and easy."

My role is to help people find better ways of doing business. And by 'better' I mean both within their businesses and beyond to the impact they have on the community and the environment.  

I’ve worked here since June 2019.

What makes us different is whether it's a particular challenge or ambition to grow, we enjoy being a sounding board, batting around ideas and seeing the satisfaction clients get when their plans come to fruition. 

What I would say to someone thinking of working with us is at Connected Accountants we are committed to investing in our people. We're all about growing our abilities and encouraging a happy work environment.

The super power I would like to have
 is to be fluent in all languages. 

The 3 things I would take on a desert island
 - depends on the island! But I would say a massive slab of marble, some sculpting tools and a hammock!

My current favourite saying is “I'm on the e-bike now."

Emma Bergstrom

"Stay positive!"

My role is Practice Manager. I make sure the business runs smoothly and that the team gets as much support as possible. Team work makes the dream work!

I’ve worked here since May 2019. 

What makes us different is that we are a small, fun team with a 100% client focus.

What I would say to someone thinking of working with us is that we know what we are doing and let us prove it!

5 people (dead or alive) I would invite to a dinner party are Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Cleopatra, Carl von Linne and Britney Spears. I know, very random!

My guilty pleasure is salty liquorice.

The 3 things I would take on a desert island are a book, a bottle of wine and sunscreen.

If I wasn't here I'd be living somewhere just out of Stockholm in a little cottage.

The actor who would play me in a film about my life is Lisa Kudrow.

Jaimi McNeilly CA

"Helping businesses thrive."

My role is Accountant.  I look after a group of our clients and love helping businesses owners thrive.

I’ve worked here since December 2017.

What makes us different is the family vibe, where everyone works together to help each other and our clients.  Nothing corporate here!

What I would say to someone thinking of working with us is if you would like to work a company that is continually striving to do things better, this is the place.  While you're given responsibility pretty early on, it also comes with being held accountable for your actions. 

When I was younger I wanted to be a hairdresser. 

My guilty pleasure is chocolate - lots of it!

If I wasn’t here I’d be travelling the world,  somewhere hot. 

The three things I'd take on a desert island are coffee, wine and a friend.

Devoe Rangi CA

"We make things simple, so that you can make things happen."

My role with Connected Accountants is Accountant. I enjoy working as part of an enthusiastic team and building relationships with a wide range of clients.

I've worked here since August 2017.

What makes Connected Accountants different is 
our passion for small business and how a team approach can really make a difference to the results.

What I would say to someone thinking of working here is
 that we're not just accountants!

The superpower I would like to have is
 a high metabolism.  Mainly because I love, love, love food. I live for Wellington On a Plate.

I get a big kick out of 
seeing positive results from hard work.

Steve Dawson CA

"I love making a positive change for our clients."

My role is Accountant. I previously worked at IBM as a systems architect and am interested in implementing systems to deliver financial information to our clients so they can create a better business. 
 
I have worked here 
since August 2017.

What makes us different is 
the way our business is centred around dedication to each and every client - being small & nimble helps.

What I would say to someone thinking of working with us is 
if you want a great team and strong relationships with clients, this is the place to be!

5 people I would invite to a dinner party are 
Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Corey Taylor, Jeremy Clarkson and Gordon Ramsay as the chef.

 The super power I would like to have is 
the ability to fly!  It will certainly cut down on commuting time.

My guilty pleasure is 
going for a drive with no destination in mind.

My secret talent is 
motorcycling, both on and off road.

The actor who would play me in a film about my life is 
Beauden Barrett - I've been told I look like him, but I'm not sure he can act.

My favourite saying is 
'It must be time for tea.'

Rachel Dickie

"Supporting ambitious small business owners."

My role is Graduate Accountant
 
I have worked here since March 2020.

What makes us different is being a small team, we all work together to best meet the needs of our clients!

What I would say to someone thinking of working with us is you are in great hands! We are a team that cares about seeing you succeed!

The super power I would like to have is to be able to time travel.

My guilty pleasure is
a good Spotify playlist!

I get a big kick out of pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

The 3 things I would take on a desert island are a good book, water and sunscreen. 

My favourite saying is
"everything happens for a reason."