Our Team

Vicki Beker

DIRECTOR - CEO

DDI. 07 376 2727

BBS (Acct), MTINZ

As General Manager of BFA, Vicki is responsible for implementing the strategies of the business as directed by the BFA Board. Vicki also assists customers requiring change management and in particular those businesses in stressed situations, who require attention to all areas of their business including financial, restructuring, staffing, systems and strategic development.

Garth Beker

DIRECTOR - CLIENT ADVISOR

DDI. 07 376 2731

BBS (Acct), NZCF (Forestry), MNZIF, MTINZ

Garth specialises in the business of forestry, business systems, tenders, costings, pricing, proposals and evaluations of forest investment options. Experienced in road transport contracting and information systems. Garth has also had experience with the intricacies of taxation in the aviation industry.

Tom Findlay

DIRECTOR - CLIENT ADVISOR

DDI. 07 376 2701

BBS (Acct), MTINZ

Tom specialises in business development, sustainable energy, business valuations and assessments, restructuring sale and purchase. Experienced in taxation, tax planning, trusts administration and business advice. Tom also has a strong background in business structuring, financial analysis and developing business optimisation strategies.

Craig Kilmister

DIRECTOR | CLIENT ADVISOR

DDI. 07 349 5008

Chartered Accountant (CA), Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) Accounting, Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) Human Resources

Craig is a forward-thinking accountant focused on business growth, strategic goal setting and the long-term sustainable success of small to medium sized business clients. He has a broad range of business skills to offer beyond core accounting; having worked in a variety of roles for major banks, large corporates and in insolvency. Away from the office he attempts to keep up with his wife, daughters and friends on the ski field in winter and is a keen tennis player in the summer.

Jared Mawson

DIRECTOR - CLIENT ADVISOR

DDI. 07 376 2706

BBS. Certified Public Accountant

Jared is experienced in guiding new businesses through the initial start-up phase and mentoring them as they grow and succeed.  He specialises in business structures, tax minimisation, Xero and small to medium sized businesses. Jared is experienced with implementation of computers and internal systems.

Mark Sinclair

DIRECTOR - CLIENT ADVISOR

DDI. 07 376 2722

Hons. B. Compt (Acct), MTINZ, M Inst D

Mark is an accountant who is highly skilled in the areas of business structures, property, asset protection, management reporting, management advice, and financial reporting.  Mark has experience in systems implementation, training and is a Xero expert. He also has a strong focus on business governance and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

Michael Allan

CLIENT ADVISOR

DDI. 07 376 2710

Dip Bus, MTINZ, TCB (Farm Mgt), M Inst D

Michael's accountancy experience is with large agri-business operations, financial analysis and systems, strategic and succession planning, taxation and the appropriate structures. Start ups including international investors for whom he manages their New Zealand interests. Family corporates, Maori entities and equity partnerships together with family farms.

Jeremy King

CLIENT ADVISOR

DDI. 07 376 2707

BBS. Chartered Accountant

Meet Jeremy in his Introduction video here

Jeremy is an accountant with over 25 years' of experience both in the corporate and accounting environment.  Jeremy has broad industry experience in the Gas and Electricity fields along with SME's.  This includes IFRS Compliant Financial reporting, Budgeting, Forecasting, Treasury Management, Income Tax, Property Investment and Management and Funds Management. 

Nick Hume

CLIENT ADVISOR

DDI. 07 376 2776

Chartered Accountant (CA) Bachelor of Business Studies (Massey Uni), (BBS) Post Graduate in Professional Accountancy (Massey Uni), (PGPA)

Meet Nick in his Introduction video here

Nick specialises in helping clients achieve their business or personal financial goals. Whether that be acquisitions, growth and improvement or succession planning. Nick has a passion from Agri-business, which stems from being born, and bred on a farm. Nick is not just accountancy trained; he also has practical experience managing one of New Zealand’s largest Maori Agribusinesses, Wairarapa Moana Incorporation - a combination of forestry and dairy farms situation in the Central North Island which consisted of 12,500 hectares and employing 80 staff. Nick managed WMI for five years while taking a break from public practice accountancy to grow his business management skills.

Sarah Lloyd

CLIENT ADVISOR

DDI. 07 376 2721

Chartered Accountant (CA) Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (Massey University) BMS (Hons) (Waikato University)

Sarah is a Chartered Accountant with over nine years’ experience in the small to medium sized business area. She enjoys identifying problems and solving them and is committed to helping clients achieve their financial goals. Sarah has broad experience in Overseas tax and investments, Trusts and Estate planning and Contractors. Sarah also has previous experience as a business analyst working for large corporates.

Simone MacFarlane

CLIENT ADVISOR

DDI. 07 376 2711

BBS. Chartered Accountant

Simone is an accountant skilled in financial and management accounts, cash flow reporting and budgeting, risk analysis, business valuations and tax planning.  Simone is an authority on Xero implementations and training.  She has worked both in New Zealand and overseas in both Financial and Management accounting roles, so has a broad range of business skills.

Malveena Scott

CLIENT ADVISOR

DDI. 07 376 2754

BCom Chartered Accountant

Meet Malveena in her Introduction video here

Malveena is an accountant with specialisation in the farming sector.  She is skilled in financial reporting, cash flow reporting, budgeting including forecasts and cost analysis for finance applications and tax planning.

Sandy Burns

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2724

Sandy has worked in the accounting industry for 20 years. She joined the BFA team in 2013 and has a wealth of general accounting knowledge. In her spare time Sandy enjoys gardening, sports and the outdoors.

Hayley Carter

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2753

Accounting Technician and Member of the CAANZ

Hayley has worked at Beker Findlay Allan for over 6 years and is a qualified Accounting Technician and Member of the CAANZ. She has an incredible attention to detail when it comes to dealing with the IRD, GST, Tax and preparation of Financial Statements. Hayley is one of our experts in Xero Payroll, provides Xero training and works closely with many of our clients with their day to day administration management of their small Bbusinesses.

Daleen Du Plessis

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 377 6380

BBS (Acct)

Daleen hails from South Africa and after moving to New Zealand graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Accounting degree.  Daleen and her husband have moved up the ranks in the Dairy Industry where they are now Contract Milking cows just out of Taupo. Daleen’s prior work experience involved working as an Accounts Administrator for a large corporate farming organisation. She is experienced with Xero, Figured and Banklink software and we are lucky to have another member in the Agribusiness team with hands on farming knowledge. 

Wendy Coleman

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2709

B Com, UNISA (University of South Africa)

Wendy moved to New Zealand in 2019 and has over 25 years as a full-time consultant with a Taxation, Estate & Investment Planning Accounting firm in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  She specialises in overall group structures, ensuring accuracy of accountability of all investments, income and tax compliancy across the broad spectrum of individuals, trusts, companies and investment (holding) companies.  Wendy is also an expert in tax savings and effective use of different tax brackets and tax types

Lyndell Christoffersen

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 349 5002

BBS (Chartered Accountant)

Lyndell brings a wealth of accountancy experience to her clients having worked in a chartered accountancy environment since 2002. Becoming a fully-fledged Chartered Accountant in 2010, Lyndell enjoys the variety of work in a CA firm and enjoys working with a wide range of clients and their different industries. With two young children, Lyndell and her husband enjoy getting their family out and about to appreciate the beautiful lakes and forest environment that Rotorua offers for their walking, biking and swimming. You will often find Lyndell enjoying the company of friends and extended family or watching a good movie to relax.

Karen Corbett

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 462 0169

Karen is an accountant with extensive practical experience and has been working in the accounting environment for 20 years.  Karen was the first founding staff member of the business and while having a break to bring up the children, has returned to support Garth, Mark and Simone in their team.  Karen is your contact for those day-to-day queries in regard to every aspect of compliance and tax.

Vicky Evans

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2725

Vicky joined the BFA team in 2007. Over the years Vicky has become very proficient in Payroll, GST, Tax and the preparation of Financial Statements. Vicky also has extensive knowledge in Xero, MYOB and IMS Payroll systems.

Ann Lanham

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 349 5004

Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA)

Ann offers her clients depth of experience in the field of accounting. A member of CAANZ since 2003; she’s been involved in the field of accounting and finance her entire working life. With longevity in this field and a positive outlook, she brings a fresh perspective to her clients and relishes the challenges that accounting offers. Ann embraces the variety and stimulation her job offers; interacting with clients and assisting them with their financial tasks. She values the faith her clients place in her to oversee their accounting needs and being able to unburden them of any concerns in this regard. Outside of work, Ann and her husband are keen travelers and enjoying exploring the country whilst pursing their cycling and walking interests. She enjoys pilates, attending musical theatre shows and spending time with family.

Lynette Mortleman

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2732

BSc CA

Lynette has worked in the accounting industry for over 19 years. After spending 17 years working as a chemist in the agricultural sector. Her expertise lies in farm accounting and compliance for other small to medium businesses.

Joanne Peterson

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 349 5006

Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA)

Joanne, an ACA, first began working in the accounting field as a school leaver more than thirty years ago. Over the course of her career as an accountant she’s worked with a broad range of clients from a variety of sectors. In recent times, the majority of her clients have been from the retail, hospitality and medical fields. One of the highlights of Joanne’s job are the smiles and appreciation she sees on her clients’ faces when she’s helped them out. As well as enjoying mountain biking and walking in the beautiful forest areas surrounding Rotorua, she’s a stock car enthusiast along with the rest of her family.

Rachael Philpott

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2737

Rachael has an incredible ‘know how’ when it comes to dealing with the IRD, GST, Tax and preparation of Financial Statements. Rachael is amazing in the technical space and is hugely knowledgeable with the likes of Xero. Before moving to Financial and Tax accounting she worked for a large multinational mining company in their Management Accounting department.

Christine Sowden

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2735

Bachelor of Business in Accounting

Christine has recently joined BFA and is proving to be a valuable addition to our team. She is an accountant who has previously worked in South Auckland and now permanently resides in Taupo. She has a big love for everything outdoors but enjoys the work-life balance that BFA has to offer. Christine has knowledge in most industry sectors and specialises in BankLink and Xero.

Lisa Welch

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2751

BBS (Finance & Economics)

Lisa joined the team at BFA after graduating from Massey University in 2002 and has been an accountant in the AgriBusiness team ever since. She is also involved with Maori Trusts and is experienced with Banklink and CashManager software.

Kyle Findlay

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2702

Kyle has been working as a Client Manager at BFA since 2018. He is currently finishing his Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting & Economics, via distance learning at Massey University. Kyle has found that the cadetship at BFA has helped immensely in his understanding and growth in the accounting and business world. Kyle is an expert in the technology space with a vast amount of knowledge in excel. He is also experienced with Xero, Figured and Banklink software.

Carli Maher

CLIENT MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2705

BCom (Acct)

Carli has been at BFA since 2017 and has an Accounting degree from Victoria University. She recently transitioned into a Client Manager role and is very experienced with Xero and the Xero add-on space.

Nesta Adams

FINANCE ASSISTANT

DDI. 07 376 2704

Nesta has been with BFA for 16 years and has grown with the business. She assists with the financial aspects of BFA’s business and supports the other BFA team members. Outside of BFA, Nesta enjoys being outdoors, mountain biking, hiking & gardening.

Theresa Findlay

FINANCIAL MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2728

Theresa has over 35 years' experience in the accounting environment from the large corporates, Government departments and family businesses.

Theresa is a founding member of BFA and handles the financial aspects of BFA's business.

Michelle Davidson

CLIENT SUPPORT MANAGER

DDI. 07 349 5003

Diploma in Accounting

Michelle has been working in the accounting support space for the past year. Prior to joining the team Michelle worked in a variety of different roles that gives her a wide background to call upon. Previous experience includes a sole charge office management role, accounts, payroll administration and banking and finance. She enjoys the variety of tasks that she is able to sink her teeth into in an accountancy environment, having previously completed a Diploma in Accounting. During her free time Michelle practices yoga and meditation, hiking in the outdoors and appreciates interior design.

Claire Mason

CLIENT SUPPORT MANAGER

Claire has been with BFA for 9 years and is responsible for the preparation and reports of all records received from clients for accounting to process. Liaising with the Inland Revenue Department and ACC for any issues that may require sorting out for our clients. Claire also assists with the introduction of New Clients to BFA and maintaining of the BFA Database.

Bev Mellow

CLIENT SUPPORT MANAGER

I have been with BFA for 5 years as a Client Support Manager. I really enjoy being part of the Team. I am involved with the introduction of New Clients to BFA and maintaining of the BFA Database. I prepare the records received from client for accounting to process. I liaising with the Inland Revenue Department and ACC on any issues that may require completing for our clients.

Jemma Richardson

PAYROLL AND ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2733

BSocSc (IR&HRM)

Jemma specialises in payroll and bookkeeping. She has experience entering and paying creditors, sending monthly debtors, maintaining and monitoring year to date cash flows, calculating, filing and paying PAYE, as well as being experienced with various payroll systems.

Mereana Rennie

FRONT OFFICE MANAGER

DDI. 07 376 2703

Mereana joined the BFA team in June 2018, returning to her home town of Taupo after living in Auckland for the past 21 years. She worked for seven years as PA to the CEO in South Auckland’s largest Maori community service provider. She has a wide range of experience in administration and is enjoying being part of the BFA Team and supporting the Directors and senior staff.

Brenda Roberts

RECEPTIONIST

DDI. 377 6380

Brenda has been on the front desk of BFA since 2012 and loves interacting with our clients. She loves providing awesome customer service to our clients, as well as supporting the BFA team.

Ruth Kilmister

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

DDI. 07 349 5000

BA(Hons), BCA

Ruth is a PA who enjoys making sure the wheels of the business tick over in a timely manner. Her prior experience was as a secondary school English teacher and as such has a wealth of experience to utilise with internal and external communication. Outside of work she devotes a lot of time to being a taxi-driver for her two daughters so they can participate in all sorts of after-school activities. Leisure time is devoted to skiing on Mt Ruapehu, ballet practice, travelling, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Vanessa White

HR MANAGER

Vanessa first started with BFA in 2003 and has recently returned after a period of “family growth”. During her time at BFA, Vanessa has worked in the area of Human Resources, predominantly as a consultant. Vanessa is able to assist our clients with employment law advice, preparation of employment and contractor agreements, payroll advice, recruitment, dispute management and any other HR issues.

Vanessa also assists BFA with our internal administration and Companies Office work.

Outside of work, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family, mountain biking and generally enjoying the outdoors.

Kristen Wilson

MARKETING + COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

DDI. 027 243 3372

BCom (Marketing), BPhed

A marketer for over 20 years, Kristen has worked in a broad array of marketing, communication and media roles which enables her to provide a diversified approach to marketing. At BFA Kristen is responsible for our BFA brand, any marketing campaigns or external communication along with our internal communication.

Kristen has built up her marketing skill set and leadership skills through working for international brands Goldman Sachs, American Express, IAG, QBE Insurance and well known New Zealand brands Spark, AA Insurance and Yellow Pages Group. She has also worked with many SME’s to provide cost effective marketing plans and works through to implementing these for businesses.