Introducing Our Team

With a team of four directors, three associate directors, two consultants and a number of accounting, administration and specialist staff, Walker Davey Searells has the expertise to easily solve most client problems.

The firm’s directors are: Simon Abbot, Craig Burrowes, Matt Donaldson and John Hendry.  All of the directors are degree-qualified chartered accountants with over 20 years experience.

The remaining staff have specialised skills, experience and qualifications that reflect the diverse skills required in their roles.  There is also a process of ongoing professional development and skill building designed to continually develop the skill-set of the staff and directors in all areas relating to the business.

Directors

Simon Abbot

Director

Simon Abbot has been with Walker Davey Searells since 1992, having spent the first 3 years of his accounting career with one of the big 5 accounting firms. Simon has built a reputation within the firm and the Canterbury business read more

Simon Abbot has been with Walker Davey Searells since 1992, having spent the first 3 years of his accounting career with one of the big 5 accounting firms. Simon has built a reputation within the firm and the Canterbury business community for having a creative and innovative way of approaching problems faced by his clients. This expertise has allowed Simon to solve some interesting problems for his clients.

In addition to his skill in working on special projects, Simon has particular interest and expertise in:

• Trusts
• Business valuations
• Business acquisition and divestment

"I enjoy working with people and helping them to find better ways of dealing with problems that at times seem insurmountable. I get an incredible sense of satisfaction when I watch a client achieve results that they thought were almost impossible, or at the very least extremely difficult".

Simon is married to Andrea and they have three children - Sam, Lucy and Ben, meaning he understands the issues facing small business owners as they juggle the responsibilities of family and business. read less

Craig Burrowes

Director

Craig Burrowes returned to Walker Davey Searells after several years of experience in the corporate world. He has worked in a variety of roles in larger companies with his last position being Financial Controller of Dynamic Controls, a local read more

Craig Burrowes returned to Walker Davey Searells after several years of experience in the corporate world. He has worked in a variety of roles in larger companies with his last position being Financial Controller of Dynamic Controls, a local manufacturing company whose parent company is US based and listed on the NYSE.

Through these roles and experiences he has gained an in depth understanding of how businesses of all sizes operate and the pressures and opportunities they face. Craig delivers practical and creative solutions that are business focused, decisive and packaged with a 'can do' attitude. "I look forward to using my own business experiences to help clients maximise their business and personal potential".

Craig and his partner Nicky have two young children, Jemma and Jake. When time permits he enjoys tennis, touch rugby, skiing and water sports. read less

Matt Donaldson

Director

Matt Donaldson came to the firm in 1996, having completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury. Matt works with clients to help them understand their business needs, and how to plan and get the most from read more

Matt Donaldson came to the firm in 1996, having completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury. Matt works with clients to help them understand their business needs, and how to plan and get the most from their business. He has applied his skills to a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, real estate, the film industry, and tourism.

Matt has particular expertise in, and has worked with his clients in the following areas:

• Management reporting
• Buying & selling a business
• Property investment
• Tax planning and advice
• Structuring of investments
• Business valuations

Matt has a particular interest in helping trade-based clients and other small business owners setup their business systems on Xero. Working with his team they can setup a Xero file for any business, provide initial training and ongoing support.

"I find it very satisfying to see my clients achieve in their business through planning from the outset. Often all it needs is a little outside advice to steer the business in the right direction"

Matt and Belinda have three children - Cara, Ben and Mikayla. When work and family commitments allow he enjoys playing rugby, fishing and diving. read less

John Hendry

Director

John Hendry has been with Walker Davey Searells since he graduated from University in 1984. In that time he has worked his way up, and assumed the position of Director in 1999. John has a special interest in the forestry, agriculture, read more

John Hendry has been with Walker Davey Searells since he graduated from University in 1984. In that time he has worked his way up, and assumed the position of Director in 1999.

John has a special interest in the forestry, agriculture, property and food processing sectors, having helped set up and provide business advice to a number of successful businesses in these areas.

With his reputation and experience John is sought out for advice when common sense and a fresh perspective on the problem at hand are called for to resolve the situation. This ability to think outside of the traditional realms of accounting advice has resulted in John actively seeking bespoke solutions to meet client needs, and John has involved himself in many complex special projects over the years.

“I enjoy going the extra mile for my clients, and even though it means I have to work hard, it’s important to me that my clients’ expectations are not only met they are exceeded.”

John has been a keen sportsman most of his life, and there are few popular sports he has not played or been involved in. Currently horses are his latest interest, although he doesn’t ride (his children do that), he certainly now appreciates the time, effort and cost involved in maintaining a horse.

John is married to Karina and they have two children - Jackson and Alyssa. read less

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Associate Directors

Mike Ansett

Associate Director

Mike is a Senior Associate and has been with the firm since 1991. His prior experience includes five years working in the manufacturing sector with a further four years at one of the Big 5 accounting firms. During his time with read more

Mike is a Senior Associate and has been with the firm since 1991. His prior experience includes five years working in the manufacturing sector with a further four years at one of the Big 5 accounting firms.

During his time with our firm he has built up strong working relationships with many of his clients providing a service that is built around what is best for the client by offering them a creative and innovative way to approach issues in their business.

His specialised areas of business consultancy include advising and working with small to medium sized businesses in the following:

• Taxation advice
• Business restructuring
• Debt management
• Business financing
• Business & share valuations

“My success in working with my clients relies on understanding what their individual needs are and how I can best work with them helping to achieve their short term and long term goals”.

Mike has three sons - Ethan, Riley and Charley - who take up much of his spare time. His outside interests include mountain biking, football, cricket, fishing, movies and music. He also holds a deep love for Aston Villa and has hopes that one day his youngest son will play professionally for the club. read less

David Hackston

Associate Director

David joined Walker Davey Searells in November 2017 after 9 years of experience in another Christchurch Accounting firm. David also has experience as a CFO, Independent Director and Trustee as well as having worked in the Financial Services Industry read more

David joined Walker Davey Searells in November 2017 after 9 years of experience in another Christchurch Accounting firm. David also has experience as a CFO, Independent Director and Trustee as well as having worked in the Financial Services Industry in the UK.

Through these roles and experiences he has gained an in depth understanding of how businesses develop & what makes people and organisations successful. David delivers pragmatic solutions to business opportunities and enjoys working with enthusiastic and creative organisations which use technology well.

David and his partner Jan have three young children. When time permits he enjoys a range of sporting activities and governance roles in not-for-profit organisations.
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Layton Matheson

Associate Director

Layton joined Walker Davey Searells in November 2017 and predominantly specialises in business advisory services for small to medium sized business across Canterbury and the wider South Island. Typically successful privately-owned businesses, read more

Layton joined Walker Davey Searells in November 2017 and predominantly specialises in business advisory services for small to medium sized business across Canterbury and the wider South Island.

Typically successful privately-owned businesses, Layton’s client base is represented in a broad spectrum of industry from transport, import distribution, trade & professional services, logistics & manufacturing.

Layton brings a wealth of experience to the firm with expertise in:

• Business Advisory and Management Accounting
• Start-up Businesses and Business Turnaround Engagements
• Cash-flow forecasting and project evaluation
• Accounting Information Systems and Business Automation advice
• Virtual financial controller functioning and planning
• Business reviews, profit optimisations and executive mentoring

Layton enjoys the challenge of challenging his clients to think outside the square. With an eye for opportunity and a believer in planning from first principles, Layton finds partnering up with business owners as they traverse the commercial landscape, be it for growth, lifestyle or wealth an incredibly rewarding experience.
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Consultants

John Abbot

Consultant

John has been a Chartered Accountant since 1972 and a Partner/Director at Walker Davey Searells since 1978. John retired as a Director on 1st April 2016 but has stayed on as a consultant. While John has been both committed to read more

John has been a Chartered Accountant since 1972 and a Partner/Director at Walker Davey Searells since 1978. John retired as a Director on 1st April 2016 but has stayed on as a consultant. While John has been both committed to his career and the firm, his greatest commitment is to the small and medium sized businesses and clients he works with.

John is a property investor, and has a strong understanding of the issues and problems facing property investors. He understands the benefits, and is keen to discuss the options and opportunities of property investment. read less

Lynley Gainsford

Consultant

Lynley has been with Walker Davey Searells for more than 30 years and is a MYOB Certified Consultant working with the firm and its clients to provide support for MYOB, payroll, employment and office systems. Out of work time Lynley likes read more

Lynley has been with Walker Davey Searells for more than 30 years and is a MYOB Certified Consultant working with the firm and its clients to provide support for MYOB, payroll, employment and office systems.

Out of work time Lynley likes to spend as much time as possible on the golf course or on the squash court. Lynley is married, has two married sons and is a very proud gran. read less

Richard Sissons

Consultant

Richard was a partner in Searell & Co from 1973 and now a consultant with Walker Davey Searells practicing in trusts, business restructuring, and taxation with a special interest in bloodstock. Richard was born in Auckland and moved to read more

Richard was a partner in Searell & Co from 1973 and now a consultant with Walker Davey Searells practicing in trusts, business restructuring, and taxation with a special interest in bloodstock.

Richard was born in Auckland and moved to Christchurch where he was educated at St Bede’s College and the University of Canterbury.

Outside of the office Richard is still a keen runner, golfer and driver in harness races. Richard is married to Carol with four children and four grandchildren. read less

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Managers

Darren Hayward

Team Manager

Darren started as an Accounting Graduate in 2001. Since then he has qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is one of the firm’s most experienced team members. Darren specialises in accounting and compliance work for all types of entities with read more

Darren started as an Accounting Graduate in 2001. Since then he has qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is one of the firm’s most experienced team members.

Darren specialises in accounting and compliance work for all types of entities with most of his time spent producing monthly management reports, projections and carrying out project work. He also manages Simon Abbot’s team of accountants and assists with their training and development.

Being an avid Warriors supporter Darren is always looking forward to next year, as next year will definitely be the Warriors’ year. read less

Karl Lloyd

Team Manager

Karl started his career as a Trainee Accountant in Invercargill before moving to Dunedin and later graduating from Otago. He moved to Christchurch 2009 to Walker Davey Searells and became a Chartered Accountant in 2012. Areas of read more

Karl started his career as a Trainee Accountant in Invercargill before moving to Dunedin and later graduating from Otago. He moved to Christchurch 2009 to Walker Davey Searells and became a Chartered Accountant in 2012.

Areas of interest/expertise include Xero, MYOB & other accounting packages, as well as management reporting and projections.

Karl is married to Emma, and enjoys most sports, especially mountain biking and rugby.
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Nikki Lester

Team Manager

Nikki started at Walker Davey Searells in March 2007 after working for a smaller accounting firm for several years. She has completed a NZ Diploma of Business and a Diploma of Management and is now a qualified Associate Chartered Accountant read more

Nikki started at Walker Davey Searells in March 2007 after working for a smaller accounting firm for several years.

She has completed a NZ Diploma of Business and a Diploma of Management and is now a qualified Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA).

Nikki is married to Dale and has three teenage children. When not at work or busy being taxi driver for her children, Nikki enjoys boating, snowboarding, mountain biking, and walking with her family. read less

Rachael Reedy

Team Manager

Rachael started at Walker Davey Searells in March 2002. Originally from Marlborough she came to Christchurch to study, and is now a qualified Chartered Accountant. Working alongside the directors with management reporting and project work takes up a read more

Rachael started at Walker Davey Searells in March 2002. Originally from Marlborough she came to Christchurch to study, and is now a qualified Chartered Accountant. Working alongside the directors with management reporting and project work takes up a large part of Rachael's day.

Married to Warren with 3 children there isn’t a lot of time for “activities” however she does enjoy getting out on her mountain bike. read less

Aaron Smith

General Manager

Aaron joined Walker Davey Searells as General Manager in mid 2016 having previously held a national management role with a large corporate financial services firm. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Management (BCM) and Master of Business read more

Aaron joined Walker Davey Searells as General Manager in mid 2016 having previously held a national management role with a large corporate financial services firm. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Management (BCM) and Master of Business Administration (MBA Dist.), and is responsible for working with the Directors to set and execute the firm’s strategy as well as running the day to day business of the firm.

Aaron is married to Jodie with two children, Grace and Joshua. In his spare time Aaron enjoys football, skiing, running and travelling. read less

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Accountants

Jared Bridgland

Accountant

Jared joined the Walker Davey Searells team in February 2017 and is currently studying towards his Chartered Accountants membership. Born and bred in Whanganui, he moved to Wellington to complete a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting read more

Jared joined the Walker Davey Searells team in February 2017 and is currently studying towards his Chartered Accountants membership.

Born and bred in Whanganui, he moved to Wellington to complete a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and commercial law. After working in Wellington for 2 years he has moved to Christchurch to further his accounting career.

His interests include cricket, soccer, snowboarding and enjoys having an active lifestyle.
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Sam Carson

Accountant

Sam joined the team as an accounting graduate in 2003. After working for the firm for 8 years he left to pursue a career in the ski industry as financial controller for a major supplier across New Zealand and Australia. read more

Sam joined the team as an accounting graduate in 2003. After working for the firm for 8 years he left to pursue a career in the ski industry as financial controller for a major supplier across New Zealand and Australia. Sam has returned to the firm in 2017 with a new and fresh perspective on a number of issues.

Sam is particularly passionate about helping new and existing small/ medium size businesses implement controls and systems that increase both productivity and efficiency. He has considerable knowledge of Xero, MYOB and Prophet accounting systems and has been involved in setting up complex inventory control systems that complement these platforms. He takes great pleasure in helping clients see the benefits of having quality, up to date information at their fingertips.

Sam is a keen student of the outdoors, with many interests including Christchurch club rugby, fishing and multisport. You will likely find Sam down at the local rugby ground, fishing a remote river on the West Coast or running the port hills most weekends.
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Nicole Collins

Accountant

Nicole returned to Walker Davey Searells in November 2017 after travelling overseas and doing her OE. She originally started as the office junior in May 2005, and completed her studies to progress her career and join the accounting team. She read more

Nicole returned to Walker Davey Searells in November 2017 after travelling overseas and doing her OE. She originally started as the office junior in May 2005, and completed her studies to progress her career and join the accounting team.

She has several years of experience working in a variety of roles from compliance and tax, to asset management and budgeting. While working in Whistler, British Columbia, she was the team manager of the audit sector, and also assisted with asset control and banking systems. Other areas of interest and expertise include Xero and process improvement.

Nicole has a keen interest in outdoor activities including running, cycling, and hiking. When not training for half marathons, she enjoys getting out as much as possible and spending time with friends and family.
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Christine Coulthard

Accountant

Christine graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canterbury. She completed her qualification with one of the large accountancy firms before moving to Searells. Apart from breaking to have children she has worked with Searells read more

Christine graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Canterbury. She completed her qualification with one of the large accountancy firms before moving to Searells. Apart from breaking to have children she has worked with Searells through the decades and is delighted to now be part of the Walker Davey Searells team.

She works with a variety of clients and has enjoyed the long term relationships that have formed over the years.

At the weekend Christine endeavours to get outside the office walls whether it be pottering in the garden, walking/running. She also enjoys singing and has discovered Zumba. read less

Michael Ding

Accountant

Michael joined Walker Davey Searells in April 2018, after four years of experience in Invercargill and Christchurch CA Firms. He has been a qualified Chartered Accountant since 2016. Michael was born in China and came to New Zealand in 2002. He read more

Michael joined Walker Davey Searells in April 2018, after four years of experience in Invercargill and Christchurch CA Firms. He has been a qualified Chartered Accountant since 2016.

Michael was born in China and came to New Zealand in 2002. He attended high school in Auckland before moving to Wellington for his tertiary education.

Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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Peter Galbraith

Accountant

Peter began at Walker Davey Searells in March 2018 after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting, and Taxation and Accounting. He is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Accountant read more

Peter began at Walker Davey Searells in March 2018 after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting, and Taxation and Accounting. He is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Accountant with CAANZ.

Peter’s hobbies include football, attempting to surf, and telling people he’s going to buy a mountain bike real soon.
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Andrew Hargen

Accountant

Andrew Hargen joined the Walker Davey Searells team in November 2015. Born in Christchurch, he studied at both the University of Otago and University of Canterbury, completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, Finance and Taxation. His read more

Andrew Hargen joined the Walker Davey Searells team in November 2015.

Born in Christchurch, he studied at both the University of Otago and University of Canterbury, completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, Finance and Taxation.

His interests include fishing, hunting and water sports. read less

Fraser Howard

Accountant

Fraser joined the Walker Davey Searells team after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Professional Accounting. He is currently working his way through his studies to become a fully qualified read more

Fraser joined the Walker Davey Searells team after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters of Professional Accounting.

He is currently working his way through his studies to become a fully qualified Chartered Accountant. He enjoys working with small businesses to understand their potential.

Fraser has a keen interest in football and cricket in which he plays indoor football competitively and socially. read less

Wendy Hsiung

Accountant

Wendy joined the Walker Davey Searells team in September 2017, after working for an accounting firm in Timaru. She is currently studying towards becoming a fully qualified accountant with CPA Australia. Born in Taiwan, Wendy moved to read more

Wendy joined the Walker Davey Searells team in September 2017, after working for an accounting firm in Timaru. She is currently studying towards becoming a fully qualified accountant with CPA Australia.

Born in Taiwan, Wendy moved to Christchurch with her family at a young age and attended Burnside High School.

Wendy loves to sing, travel and enjoys walking around the beautiful parks Christchurch has to offer. read less

Lorraine Hunger

Accountant

Lorraine worked for Searells for over 25 years before the merger with Walker Davey. Lorraine enjoys working with a wide range of clients and has good rapport with them. She enjoys a challenge and the variety of work she does. Lorraine is read more

Lorraine worked for Searells for over 25 years before the merger with Walker Davey.

Lorraine enjoys working with a wide range of clients and has good rapport with them. She enjoys a challenge and the variety of work she does.

Lorraine is married to Peter and they have two daughters and two sons. She is a very proud grandma of five grandsons.

When not at work Lorraine is a keen embroiderer and loves to travel. read less

Joy Kluts

Accountant

Joy began at Walker Davey Searells in August 2015 after graduating from Otago University with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting. She is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Accountant with CAANZ. Before Walker Davey read more

Joy began at Walker Davey Searells in August 2015 after graduating from Otago University with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting. She is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Accountant with CAANZ.

Before Walker Davey Searells, she was a swimming instructor for six years and enjoys living an active lifestyle. read less

Hamish McLean

Accountant

Hamish joined the Walker Davey Searells team in March 2017 and is currently studying towards his Chartered Accountant qualification. Born in Timaru, Hamish moved to Christchurch to complete his schooling spending five years at boarding school. read more

Hamish joined the Walker Davey Searells team in March 2017 and is currently studying towards his Chartered Accountant qualification.

Born in Timaru, Hamish moved to Christchurch to complete his schooling spending five years at boarding school. Following this he moved to Dunedin studying towards his Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting which he completed in 2016.

Hamish is interested in a range of activities and hobbies such as golf, jet boating and the share market.
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Alex Meates

Accountant

Alex began at Walker Davey Searells in 2013 after completing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Canterbury. He is now a qualified Chartered Accountant. Alex has a keen interest read more

Alex began at Walker Davey Searells in 2013 after completing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Canterbury. He is now a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Alex has a keen interest in rowing. He has coached for the past 10 seasons at school, club and representative level. He is currently the Men's coach at the Avon Rowing Club in Christchurch. read less

Veena Parasuraman

Accountant

Veena joined Walker Davey Searells Limited as an Accountant in May 2018 after pursuing her PGD in Business majoring in accounting at University of Canterbury and is currently working towards her Chartered Accountant Membership. Born in India, read more

Veena joined Walker Davey Searells Limited as an Accountant in May 2018 after pursuing her PGD in Business majoring in accounting at University of Canterbury and is currently working towards her Chartered Accountant Membership.

Born in India, completed Bachelors of Commerce thereafter gained 4 years of work experience in Business Reporting and over a year at a commercial firm in Christchurch after her PGD. She is a go-to person and is known for being proactive.

She moved to Christchurch with her husband and son, making Christchurch her new home. Veena is a travel bug, and a wizard in the kitchen.
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Tracey Rhodes

Accountant

Tracey joined the Walker Davey Searells team in May 2018 after completing a Bachelor of Accountancy through Massey University. Tracey is currently studying to become a Chartered Accountant with CAANZ. Outside of work, Tracey enjoys walking, read more

Tracey joined the Walker Davey Searells team in May 2018 after completing a Bachelor of Accountancy through Massey University.

Tracey is currently studying to become a Chartered Accountant with CAANZ.

Outside of work, Tracey enjoys walking, running, biking and spending time with friends and family. read less

Trish Skelton

Accountant

Trish has been working as an Accountant for over 30 years. Trish worked for Searells for 11 years prior to the merger with Walker Davey. Trish is Xero and MYOB certified. Trish has been married for 30 years and has two read more

Trish has been working as an Accountant for over 30 years. Trish worked for Searells for 11 years prior to the merger with Walker Davey.

Trish is Xero and MYOB certified.

Trish has been married for 30 years and has two adult children. In her spare time Trish enjoys reading and travelling. read less

Cody Smith

Accountant

Cody joined the Walker Davey Searells team in February 2018, after spending a year working in audit and is currently studying towards his Chartered Accountant qualification. He graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2016 with a Bachelor read more

Cody joined the Walker Davey Searells team in February 2018, after spending a year working in audit and is currently studying towards his Chartered Accountant qualification.

He graduated from the University of Canterbury in 2016 with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting.

Cody’s hobbies include football, tennis and squash.
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Donna Stott

Accountant

Donna joined the Walker Davey Searells team in March 2018, after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a bachelor of commerce majoring in Accounting and taxation. She is currently studying towards becoming a chartered Accountant with read more

Donna joined the Walker Davey Searells team in March 2018, after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a bachelor of commerce majoring in Accounting and taxation. She is currently studying towards becoming a chartered Accountant with CAANZ.

Donna and her partner Rob have two small children, Brooklyn and Jaxson. When time permits Donna enjoys spending time with family, travel and nature walking.

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Helene Wareham

Accountant

Helene joined the Walker Davey Searells team in October 2017. Originally from Wellington, Helene shifted to Auckland where she gained her accounting qualifications. She spent 12 of her 20 years of CA experience working in Auckland. Helene read more

Helene joined the Walker Davey Searells team in October 2017. Originally from Wellington, Helene shifted to Auckland where she gained her accounting qualifications. She spent 12 of her 20 years of CA experience working in Auckland.

Helene decided to move to Christchurch to help out when the earthquakes occurred and has vowed that Christchurch is her new forever home.

She enjoys riding her Harley-Davidson, running, cooking, travelling and loves spending time with her partner Paul and their two dogs.
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Cecile Wetdewich

Accountant

Cecile joined Walker Davey Searells in July 2018. Cecile who is originally from South Africa, immigrated to New Zealand 13 years ago and brings with her over 25 years of work experience of which 20 years are in commercial businesses read more

Cecile joined Walker Davey Searells in July 2018. Cecile who is originally from South Africa, immigrated to New Zealand 13 years ago and brings with her over 25 years of work experience of which 20 years are in commercial businesses and cover a broad spectrum of industries from construction and manufacturing to retail and service industries.

Cecile gained her qualifications in business and law in South Africa and graduated with a bachelor of accounting at Massey University in New Zealand and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Cecile and her husband Craig recently became empty nesters and therefore enjoy going on weekend road trips exploring our beautiful country and doing arts and crafts to relax. read less

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Administration

Louise Harris

Administration

Louise has over 30 years of service with Walker Davey Searells. Having knowledge of the firm and people in it helps Louise carry out her administration roll which includes maintaining the database, the trust account, time and cost system, payroll, read more

Louise has over 30 years of service with Walker Davey Searells. Having knowledge of the firm and people in it helps Louise carry out her administration roll which includes maintaining the database, the trust account, time and cost system, payroll, fees and forestry administration.

Louise and her husband breed and show Samoyeds and Tibetan Terriers. They are both All Breed judges and have judged extensively in New Zealand and internationally. As travel is another of their interests the combination of interests fit together very well. read less

Adam Horton

Business Support

Adam began at Walker Davey Searells in February 2018 after emigrating from Worcester, United Kingdom. Adam has a background in legal administration working in both New Zealand and the UK. Adam was educated at Sparsholt College, gaining a diploma read more

Adam began at Walker Davey Searells in February 2018 after emigrating from Worcester, United Kingdom. Adam has a background in legal administration working in both New Zealand and the UK.

Adam was educated at Sparsholt College, gaining a diploma in Fisheries Management.

Outside of work Adam's hobbies include football, cricket, and travelling.
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Nisha Masala

Receptionist

Nisha joined the Walker Davey Searells team in July 2016 at our busy reception desk and is mainly responsible for the maintenance of all the Companies Office and Trust records for our clients. Originally from Lower Hutt, Wellington, she read more

Nisha joined the Walker Davey Searells team in July 2016 at our busy reception desk and is mainly responsible for the maintenance of all the Companies Office and Trust records for our clients.

Originally from Lower Hutt, Wellington, she moved to Christchurch in 1997.

Nisha has a son and a daughter and when she is not busy being a rugby or ballet mum she enjoys spending what free time she has catching up with friends, running, walking and baking. read less

Roseanne Matson

Senior Business Support

Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, Roseanne’s family emigrated to New Zealand in 1999. Roseanne was educated at St Margaret’s College and joined Walker Davey Searells in June 2014. Roseanne enjoys working closely with the read more

Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, Roseanne’s family emigrated to New Zealand in 1999. Roseanne was educated at St Margaret’s College and joined Walker Davey Searells in June 2014.

Roseanne enjoys working closely with the accountants and performing a wide variety of tasks.

Roseanne also has her Duty Managers licence within the hospitality industry and having purchased her first home at the age of 21 she enjoys DIY projects in her spare time.
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Allie Moreland

Business Support

Allie joined Walker Davey Searells Limited in October 2015 as our receptionist and is now part of the business support team. Allie is originally from Nelson and moved to Christchurch in 1999 where she completed a Masters in Psychology. Prior read more

Allie joined Walker Davey Searells Limited in October 2015 as our receptionist and is now part of the business support team.

Allie is originally from Nelson and moved to Christchurch in 1999 where she completed a Masters in Psychology. Prior to joining Walker Davey Searells she was a Customer Services Specialist with Inland Revenue for 9 ½ years.

Outside of work, Allie has two young daughters and helps her husband with his construction and landscaping business. When she can, Allie enjoys spending time at the beach, camping and going to the movies.
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Carolyn Winsloe

Administration

Carolyn has been with Walker Davey Searells since September 2003 and prior to joining the firm Carolyn was a Customer Services Representative with the Inland Revenue Department. The experience and knowledge gained during this time has given her the read more

Carolyn has been with Walker Davey Searells since September 2003 and prior to joining the firm Carolyn was a Customer Services Representative with the Inland Revenue Department. The experience and knowledge gained during this time has given her the necessary skills to take care of client’s tax records. In addition to her tax expertise Carolyn is responsible for the payroll of a number of clients.

Outside of work Carolyn enjoys music concerts and quizzing.
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