Sir Winston Churchill famously said “there is no such thing as a good tax”. And while many will agree with that statement, I prefer a slogan in a Morgan Stanley advert – “you must pay taxes. But there’s no law that says you gotta leave a tip”.
My fascination with tax started at university and has remained with me since. I started my career as a Solicitor with the Large Enterprises Unit of Inland Revenue where I was primarily involved in preparing tax dispute documents and dealing with binding ruling applications. From there I moved on to work with a couple of accounting firms, Horwath Wellington (now BDO) and Ernst & Young – gaining tax experience (both consulting and compliance) advising SME’s and corporate clients. Immediately prior to setting up my practice, I was an Associate Director with a boutique tax practice providing complex tax advice (including international tax) to high net worth individuals/families.
I decided to set up a tax practice so that I can continue to work in tax, but more importantly, to have the autonomy to provide high quality, confidential, and personalised tax advice to a select number of clients.
Together with my dog, Scruffy, we compete in dog sporting and obedience competitions. This is a very different challenge and I am very much a beginner, but it takes me completely out of the world of tax!
In terms of community involvement, I have in the past volunteered with Wellington Victim Support for over a decade, as a crisis call out volunteer, an after hours supervisor and also served as a committee member on the Board. While no longer involved with the organisation, I remain a strong supporter of their work in the community.
I am currently the Chair of the Board at Parent Help. This charity provides a parenting help line as well as courses and counselling for parents.
Victoria University of Wellington (1998 – 2002)
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
- Bachelor of Commerce and Administration – Economics and Money & Finance