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Who Are We?

Franchise accountants specialise in providing accounting solutions to the franchise community. We provide specialised range of services to Franchisors, Franchisees and potential new franchisees. You benefit from our experience in saving time money and tax when dealing with a professional who understand the unique needs of a franchise business.

Franchise Accountants were Finalist of the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards - Service Provider of the year 2011/2012 and 2015/2016. This affirms that Franchise Accountants adopts high service standards and communicates to customers trust and confidence.

Philip Morrison

Director, CA, CMA, BMS

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Philip Morrison

Director, CA, CMA, BMS

Philip Morrison has over 25 years of accounting, business and financial management experience. His passion is to empower people to succeed in their franchise business.

Philip has built his accounting practice specialising in franchise businesses. A regular contributor of articles in various franchise publications and conference speaker.

Diane Hutchinson

Associate, CA

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Diane Hutchinson

Associate, CA

As an associate , Diane has a senior role reviewing clients’ performance with a highly refined eye for detail. She often finds useful information jumps out at her, and enjoys the challenge of business advisory work.

Diane is always looking for ways to improve clients’ business performance and assists the team and clients with advice on identifying the best solutions.

Her career with Bruce Rankine commenced 24 years ago and her accountancy skills are second nature to her role.

With a life-long career in accounting, Diane has broad experience with a wide range of businesses and clients.

When Diane isn’t busy in the north shore office, she gives back to the sporting community by volunteering as a qualified technical official for Tri NZ.

When she needs an indoor respite – you’ll find Diane reading and extending her artistic creativity.

She keeps herself fit by walking a few half marathons and general outdoor action.

Hayden Cargo

Associate, CA

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Hayden Cargo

Associate, CA

As an Associate, Hayden oversees the botany office team of accountants. Hayden has extensive experience from working in the as the business advisory team manager with KPMG Hamilton. He further widened out his experience taking up working in corporate roles whilst doing his OE in the UK.

He is well respected and liked by customers for his depth of tax knowledge, franchise insights, and the ability to communicating some times complex tax matters simply without speaking accountant-ese.

When not found working at the Botany office, Hayden can be found honing his skills on the cricket pitch or supporting the mighty Chiefs rugby team.

Bruce Rankine

Senior Consultant, CA

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Bruce Rankine

Senior Consultant, CA

With more than 30 years of solid accounting and business management experience, Bruce Rankine is a highly capable and motivated chartered accountant and business advisor.

Bruce has worked in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. During his career, he has developed experience in business services, insolvency and audit. Today, Bruce uses those skills to assist Bullôt & Rankine clients to manage their businesses.

Bruce believes in being up front and direct with his advice. He’s not afraid to tell you how it is – whether good news or bad. Caring about the person you are – rather than just what you do – Bruce is prepared to challenge you not to accept mediocrity in your business.

His aim is for clients to achieve work, life balance to build and maintain “happy families”.

He thrives on professional development and the challenge of the detail in regulations that have an impact on his clients’ businesses.

With good networks, Bruce frequently rubs shoulders with people who influence the process of business and financial law-making and interpretation.

Bruce’s wife, Nancy, is involved in the early childhood industry and one of their three adult children is also involved in the education sector. Bruce has a good understanding of the issues faced by those in the sector, something appreciated by our childcare industry clients.

Outside of work in the north shore office, Bruce is a keen cyclist, boatie, recreational diver and proud Holden V8 owner. Living in St Heliers Bruce is never far away from anywhere in Auckland.

Melanie Morrison

Practice Administrator

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Melanie Morrison

Practice Administrator

Melanie has over 20 years experience in providing accounting and book keeping services to businesses. She provides support to clients using online accounting systems such as Xero, and provides the back office accounting support to the business. She has a great repore with all the clients and is often sought out for advice on a range of matters.

Melanie is a certified Xero trainer.

When not working at the Botany office she can found attending local gym classes, socialising with friends or enjoying the odd drop of vino, or travelling to warmer climates.

Graeme Chatfield

Senior Accountant, ACA

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Graeme Chatfield

Senior Accountant, ACA

Graeme has extensive experience ranging from all aspects of accounting with SME businesses, trusts, sole traders, partnerships, companies and tax related matters.

With a great sense of humour and sharp with Graeme can liven up the office with his one liners or wise cracks from time to time.

Graeme is a qualified accountant and holds a ACA with NZICA/CAANZ

When not working at the Botany office, Graeme is an avid follower of the horse racing industry, having been a Turf accountant at an Auckland trotting club in a previous life. He enjoys time relaxing in the garden or placing the odd bet from time to time.

Esthea Smal

Senior Accountant

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Esthea Smal

Senior Accountant

As a specialist in the early childhood industry, Esthea has a strong understanding of the business and compliance requirements of the growing industry.

To upskill in providing advisory services to childcare centres, Esthea regularly undertakes professional development. As the youngest member of the team Esthea spends a lot of time developing her skills and looking for new ways of solving problems.

Of course, being well-organised and having an eye for detail are both advantageous for her accountancy career.

Esthea enjoys the variety of work in the accounting profession and finds no two client’s businesses are the same.

When Esthea is out of the north shore office she can be found playing netball, swimming, cycling and running in preparation for her first triathlon. She is naturally a competitive person and enjoys the support of training with her local triathlon club.

Esthea also likes to travel and when time and budgets allow – she loves to fly away on international adventures.

Natalia Pavlova

Senior Accountant

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Natalia Pavlova

Senior Accountant

Natalia enjoys the challenge of working with clients from a variety of industries with a focus on overseas investments and potentially complicated international tax compliance requirements.

When it comes to international tax and business practices, offering this service in-house, makes this a unique accounting practice.

Based in the north shore office , her experience was gained during her career with one of the Big 4 international accounting firms where Natalia was part of the specialist overseas tax team.

When clients talk to Natalia, they will immediately notice her Russian accent. She came to New Zealand 16 years ago to discover a new lifestyle and was won over by the country. Before coming to New Zealand Natalia earned raft of qualifications and letters after her name including a Master’s degree in Econometrics.

Natalia has a great sense of humour and brings a lot of fun to our team time.

In her out-of-office time, Natalia is a willing chauffeur for her teenage son who is typically busy with extra-curricular activities.

She also enjoys learning new things and chills out reading a good book.

Miriamai Richmond

Senior Accountant, BBus

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Miriamai Richmond

Senior Accountant, BBus

Miriamai Richmond is a senior accountant with 7 1/2 years experience in public practice. She graduated in 2015 from AUT university with a Bachelor in Business and is currently in the process of completing her Chartered Accounting qualification. Her ambition is to use the skills she has developed in accounting to effect positive change in her community.

When she is not working from the Botany office she enjoys her spare time she as part of the crew on a outrigger canoeing, 8 ball and volunteering at her local Dove Hospice.

Ian Tay

Accountant, BCom

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Ian Tay

Accountant, BCom

Ian has a background in working with SME businesses, rentals, sole traders, companies and trusts. Ian has a background in banking sector, retail and QSF.

His passion for this line of work lies in helping others to succeed and add value to their business. In his free time you will often find him at the gym or busy at work on his car. Ian also has a keen interest in target shooting and is an active member at his club as well as a volunteer at the SPCA.

Ian is a provisional member of CAANZ

Jo Dixon

Accountant

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Jo Dixon

Accountant

Many of our clients work closely with Jo as their first port of call when they need general advice about day-to-day tasks. When clients want to know what they can claim in a GST return, due dates for tax or technical advice, Jo is the go-to person.

Jo has dedicated more than 30 years to her accounting career and she has exceptional first-hand experience of the industry.

If she doesn’t have the answer – she knows exactly where to go within the team for the right answers.

Jo has tried to retire a few times – she keeps finding herself drawn back to her clients, and the office team.

When Jo isn’t in the north shore office you’ll find her fishing, either catching trout in the central North Island or snapper on the Waitemata Harbour.

Jo loves working with her husband Tony as a wine steward at various wine awards and competitions as well as walking and exploring other parts of the world.

Jeanette Taylor

Customer Services

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Jeanette Taylor

Customer Services

Known as the Director of First Impressions, Jeanette Taylor is the operational expert of the north shore office.

Clients will often first encounter Jeanette’s cheerful voice when she politely chases them for signatures required on meeting minutes or other business documents.

You will also meet her in person when you walk in the door.

Jeanette is very organised and pays close attention to detail to ensure administrative tasks run like clockwork.

If clients need to see an accountant, Jeanette is definitely the go-to person to avoid calendar clashes.

Out of work hours, Jeanette dedicates time to her family and much-loved Huntaway dog, and graces the dance floor enjoying Ceroc, Salsa, Rock n Roll and Ballroom dancing, as often as she can. To stay in shape Jeanette also attends regular Les Mills Body Balance/Yoga classes.

Lynne Murray

Accounting Support Services

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Lynne Murray

Accounting Support Services

There are plenty of businesses that need the hands-on expertise that Lynne Murray provides in her role as an accounts technician.

Lynne’s specialist area is bookkeeping and she frequently manages PAYE, GST and FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax) returns and operates from our north shore office.

Most of her work is in the background and she enjoys the atmosphere and team rapport, where the strengths of different staff members complement each other.

She has always enjoyed being creative and Lynne’s work life is balanced with regular art classes and workshops at a local community centre.

Lynne was in the first Auckland woman’s rugby team and played mixed touch rugby and went on to win a gold medal at the New Zealand nationals.

Helena Kleis

Customer Services, BBus

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Helena Kleis

Customer Services, BBus

Helena started her career as a registered nurse and has subsequently re-trained in the business and accounting field. She holds a Bachelor of Business studies degree majoring in Accounting. Helena looks after customer services, and support function for the accounting team at the Botany office.

Shane Boulle

Senior Consultant, MBA

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Shane Boulle

Senior Consultant, MBA

Shane has over 15 years franchise and business system development experience through a broad spectrum of business sectors. This includes strong operational management exposure in world-class franchise systems as well as extensive management consulting in the services and retail sectors.

This experience gained as both franchisor and franchisee has encouraged a structured approach as an effective practitioner, in highly entrepreneurial environments without curbing the business owner’s enthusiasm and resulting in pragmatic solutions that best fit the opportunities presented.

When not working in the north shore office, Shane can be found fishing, boating or attending a rugby game, where he supports the South African team in the first half and then switches to supporting the NZ team in the second half.

Wendy McAtamney

Senior Consultant

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Wendy McAtamney

Senior Consultant

Wendy has significant experience working within the Franchise Industry and has provided consulting to start up franchise systems, national franchise systems such as HRV and assisting with taking systems overseas.

Wendy works with Philip to provide well rounded consulting services to the franchise industry.

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