OUR ACCOUNTING GURU'S


Trudi Ballantyne
 

Trudi Ballantyne

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

Email: TrudiB@busres.co.nz

Martin Pipe
 

Martin Pipe

B.M.S, 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 and has recently become a director.

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 Nicole and their two young daughters, listening to music, mountain biking, water sports and getting to the mountain with the snowboard.

Email: MartinP@busres.co.nz

Nick Cole
 

Nick Cole

A.C.A.

Nick joined us in February 2015 as a Senior Accountant. He previously worked for eleven years at another Chartered Accountants in Tauranga and he is qualified as an Associate Chartered Accountant.

Originally from the UK, Nick has been in New Zealand for seventeen years.

He is married to Julie and they have one child.

Email: NickC@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.

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 (8,7,5) have recently moved from Matamata to Pukehina.

Email: CindyC@busres.co.nz

Lesley Dodunski
 

Lesley Dodunski

Lesley joined us in June 2015. She is currently studying her NZDipBus.

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.

Email: Lesleyd@busres.co.nz

Rebecca Goldingham
 

Rebecca Goldingham

BBus(Acc), GDipTchg(Secondary)

Rebecca joined us in October 2016 as part of the Accounting Team having previously worked in the field of tertiary education and before that in Chartered Accounting offices.

She is born and bred in Mount Maunganui and has two teenage sons. 

Rebecca enjoys all types of social activities, walks up the Mount, camping, biking and renovating her home.

Email: RebeccaG@busres.co.nz

Nicole Pipe
 

Nicole Pipe

Nicole has provided a broad range of accountancy and related services to BRG and our clients since February 2013.  Nicole assists clients with training on Xero and Figured products, undertakes additional project work as required as well as managing a small number of clients here.  She is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant with fond memories of the dairy farming lifestyle she grew up with also.  

Nicole contracts to BRG part-time to balance family life with keeping an interest in her profession.  In her spare time, she enjoys being active in the outdoors and keeping fit, or enjoying coffee or wine with friends.

Email: NicoleP@busres.co.nz

Adrienne Lawson

Adrienne joined us in April 2017 having relocated from Kumeu to be closer to her family. She was happy to be able to continue working in the Chartered Accounting environment.

Adrienne has 20 years of experience in both chartered and commercial accounting.

Outside of work hours, Adrienne is enjoying spending time with family and getting to play the grandmother role on a regular basis. She is a keen animal lover with a special interest in all things horses.

Email: AdrienneL@busres.co.nz

Nick Tomsett
 

Nick Tomsett

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.

Email: NicholasT@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 recently moved to Pukehina.

Email: KateM@busres.co.nz

 

LEDGE BOOKKEEPING


Micaela Dadley

Micaela joined our Ledge Bookkeeping Division in October 2017. She grew up in Te Puke and comes from a family who are in the kiwifruit industry.

Micaela is studying part-time doing a Diploma in Business Level 6. She enjoys reading, watching movies, travelling and taking her daughter to the snow where she is teaching her how to ski.

Email: Micaelad@busres.co.nz