OUR ACCOUNTING GURU'S


Trudi Ballantyne
 

Trudi Ballantyne

F.C.A | P.P | Director

Trudi grew up on a dairy farm just north of Whangarei. She went to Northland Polytechnic to attain her Chartered Accounting qualification.  Trudi is married to Pete and they have two teenage children.  They moved to Te Puke in 2001 where she started working at BRG. In 2003 Trudi became a partner and in 2012 became the sole owner of the business, until April 2014 when Martin also joined Trudi as an owner.

Dairy Farm accounting is a real passion for Trudi. She has been able to take the practical knowledge gained from growing up on a dairy farm and apply that when talking to her clients. Trudi sees an important role is to come up with practical and innovative solutions to help her clients through the challenges and joys of owning and operating a business.

During her spare time Trudi enjoys reading, relaxing by the beach in summer, skiing in winter and tramping - though with two teenage children that spare time can sometimes be limited!

2016 saw Trudi awarded with the prestigious Fellowship Award by CAANZ. The award recognises members who are role models for trusted leadership in business and finance.

Xero Advisor Certified
Figured Certified Advisor

Email: TrudiB@busres.co.nz

Martin Pipe
 

Martin Pipe

C.A | P.P | Director

Martin grew up on a dairy farm in the small farming community of Reporoa before moving to Hamilton to attend the University of Waikato.  After completing a Bachelor of Management Studies he started his Chartered Accounting career at Staples Rodway Hamilton, where he gained entry to the Chartered Accountants (C.A) College.  Martin joined BRG in 2012.

His passion for chartered accountancy lies in assisting clients to develop and grow their business.  The arrival of cloud technology has changed the playing field for small business and Chartered Accountants.  This technology allows easy interaction for clients where regular engagement with them stimulates growth and profitability within their business.

Martin enjoys family time with his two young daughters, listening to music, mountain biking, water sports and getting to the mountain with the snowboard.

Xero Advisor Certified

Email: MartinP@busres.co.nz

Nick Cole
 

Nick Cole

C.A. | Director

Nick joined the team in February 2015. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. Nick qualified as a Chartered Accountant in April 2019 and became a Director of BRG in May 2019.

Nick's first career in the UK was working in a national telecommunications company as a fibre optic engineer and then as a contracts manager.

On arriving in New Zealand eighteen years ago Nick initially worked on his brother-in-laws dairy farm in the Waikato for a calving season. He then joined a local Putaruru rural accounting firm before moving on to Tauranga.

Nick specialises with Xero add-on software such as Figured & Spotlight Reporting.

He is married to Julie and they have one son.

Xero Advisor Certified
Figured Certified Advisor
Spotlight Reporting Certified Advisor

Email: NickC@busres.co.nz

Nikki Baguley
 

Nikki Baguley

C.A.

Nikki Joined BRG in November 2018. She graduated from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Management Studies degree.  Nikki started her career at Deloitte in Hamilton where she gained her Chartered Accountants qualification before transferring to the Deloitte office in London. On returning from London Nikki has been based in the Eastern Bay of Plenty area and has worked for Chartered Accountancy practices in Whakatane before moving to Tauranga three years ago.

In her spare time Nikki loves playing masters hockey, walking and attending pilates and yoga classes.

Xero Advisor Certified

Email: NikkiB@busres.co.nz

 

THE GO-TO TEAM


Vicki Herdman
 

Vicki Herdman

Vicki became part of the BRG Accounting Team in late 2001 and as such is very much part of the BRG team. She has good all round knowledge in all aspects of day to day accounting – plus she keeps the tidiest desk in the office!

A keen interest in Squash as a player and committee member has kept her out of mischief over the years. The whole family loves to escape down the East Coast at Christmas with family and friends.

Xero Advisor Certified

Email: VickiH@busres.co.nz

Cindy Cover
 

Cindy Cover

Cindy joined the BRG Go-To Team in March 2014.  Before having children she worked for Chartered Accountant’s in Hamilton. In the last few years she has actually run a small accounting practice on her own out of Matamata using Xero – including Workflow Max.

Cindy, her husband and three boys (12, 11 & 9) live in Pukehina.

Xero Advisor Certified
Figured Certified Advisor

Email: CindyC@busres.co.nz

Tracy Grainger
 

Tracy Grainger

A.C.A.

Tracy joined us in January 2019 as a Senior Accountant. She has over 30 years of experience with Chartered Accountancy firms in New Zealand, during which she has achieved her qualification as an Associate Chartered Accountant.

She lives in Tauranga with her teenage daughter.

Xero Advisor Certified

Email: TracyG@busres.co.nz

Lesley Dodunski
 

Lesley Dodunski

Lesley joined us in June 2015. She is currently studying to become an Accounting Technician as well as completing an Accounting Degree.

Lesley & her husband have a love for fishing and anything beach related. She was born and bred at Waihi Beach, just up the coast, and has a young son which keeps her on her toes.

Xero Advisor Certified

Email: Lesleyd@busres.co.nz

Nick Tomsett
 

Nick Tomsett

A.T.

Nicholas joined BRG in October 2016. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Analysis (Financial) majoring in Finance and Accounting from Waikato University.

In his spare time he play’s lawn bowls and represents Bay of Plenty.

Nicholas was born and raised in the Western Bay of Plenty in the McLaren falls area.

Xero Advisor Certified
Xero Payroll Certified

Email: NicholasT@busres.co.nz

Aaron Ralph
 

Aaron Ralph

Aaron joined BRG in March 2019. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in Economics and Accounting from Massey University.

Aaron enjoyed a brief stint in sunny Nelson working for a Chartered Accountancy firm based in Motueka before coming up to Tauranga.

In his spare time Aaron enjoys going to pub quizzes and reading.

 Xero Advisor Certified

Email: AaronR@busres.co.nz

 

THE OFFICE GLUE


Leonie Hinaki
 

Leonie Hinaki

Leonie started with BRG in 2006 as a Client Services Co-ordinator and then in 2007 moved into the role of Office Manager. Prior to working at BRG Leonie had spent 11 years as PA to the CEO of Comvita.


Sporting activities have been the main 'spare time' focus of the Hinaki household for many years with Kim being a rugby obsessed husband and their two sporty kids. Leonie is still waging war with the constant battle to 'keep fit!'  

Email: LeonieH@busres.co.nz

Kate Muschamp
 

Kate Muschamp

Kate joined the BRG Office Glue team in July 2014.  Previously working in the admin/accounts team for a kiwifruit packhouse facility in Edgecumbe.

Kate and her husband Bruce live in Pukehina.

Email: KateM@busres.co.nz

Kathy Haakma
 

Kathy Haakma

Kathy joined the BRG Office Glue team in July 2018. Previously working at multiple District Councils and has over 20 years' experience as a dairy farmer.

Kathy lives in Pukehina with her husband Ernie and enjoys fishing, gardening, and beach walks.

Email: KathyH@busres.co.nz

 

LEDGE BOOKKEEPING


Christina Hayes
 

Christina Hayes

Christina joined BRG in February 2019. Christina has previous experience in an accountancy firm where she has picked up knowledge around GST and PAYE. She took on a role as a Payroll manager for a livestock facility in Te Puke before joining the BRG team.

Christina enjoys sewing, gardening, gaming, Motocross, and hanging out with her Pug called Pugsley.

Email: ChristinaH@busres.co.nz