Meet Our Team

Preparing yourself and
your business for change

Stephen Sudbury


Stephen and the practice’s philosophy has been geared towards providing a wide range of added value services to clients that concentrates on improving their business growth. Having completed a number of receiverships he is well aware of the challenges facing today’s business people.

Stephen has a specialist interest in forestry, timber milling and the bakery and real estate industries. He sits on the board of a number of medium sized New Zealand companies.

Paula Blindell

Accounting Manager

As the Accounting Manager at Sudburys it is my responsibility to manage the planning, co-ordination and completion of tasks. It is my role to make sure your financial compliance requirements are met and that your accountant has the most relevant experience for your business, someone who understands your business sector and its specific requirements.

Prior to joining Sudburys I was involved in the commercial arena in a variety of industries, working with medium sized companies through to large and more complex corporates listed on the NZ Stock Exchange.

In my career I have been employed in multiple Project Accountant roles with a focus on assisting organisations to reach their unique goals.

In my downtime I enjoy the simple life with family and friends and I like to get out sailing in summer.

Cecily Gavin

Practice Manager

As an intelligent, honest and hardworking Manager I have developed a mature and responsible approach to any task that I undertake, or situation that I am presented with.

I have a clear, logical mind with a practical approach to problem solving and a drive to see things through to completion, especially for our clients and team members alike. I enjoy challenges and I am keen to learn new skills, I have a genuine interest in customer service and business management.

I enjoy working at Sudburys Limited and appreciate how staff are treated and respected; it is nice to know they are genuinely interested in things that are important to me, especially when it comes to family and being a Grandma.

Leah Peacock

Business Development Specialist

I am passionate about helping Northland businesses achieve amazing results.

I hold a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University, also completing the University’s Icehouse Owner Manager Programme in 2005, 25 years after graduating.

I am an Accredited Mindshop Facilitator, one of only three in New Zealand. My success in coaching business owners and their teams is supported by leading business knowledge and provides our clients access to online leadership and management learning through Mindshop.

I have experience in numerous business categories including manufacturing, contracting, major retail operations, real estate, engineering, quarrying and many other business operations. It is this wide range of business experience and knowledge that I have that enables me to help our clients achieve their business and personal goals.

I work personally with business owners looking for proactive advice or direction. My main focus is on growth, revenue, profit, cash flow, risk, life-balance and preparing for eventual sale.

I joined Sudburys in 1988 and was a partner at the firm from 1991 to October 2015 when I resigned my directorship. I continue to work with Sudburys in the business development field with an improved work/life balance.

Nadine Page Dauth

Business Development Associate

Along with my husband and two children I relocated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2016.

I hold a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree from University of South Africa, my career experience spans fifteen years in all areas of accounting, tax and business advisory services.

Working alongside my clients and helping them achieve growth and success in their businesses is something I am passionate about.

In my spare time I enjoy going for long walks, but most of my spare time is dedicated to supporting my children with their various sports interests.

Andrea Emmerson

Client Manager / Farming Specialist

I joined Sudburys in May 2000 as an Accountant.

In 1999 I graduated from Northland Polytechnic as the top BBM student with a Bachelor of Business Management degree majoring in accounting.

Today I am pleased to have advanced at Sudburys to become a client manager /farming specialist. I am also responsible for the training of our Accounting Team and our Client Services Assistants to ensure our clients receive a high standard of service.

My passion for farming has helped me grow a client base of farmers who I am dedicated to assisting with all of their accounting and management requirements.

When not in the office, I swap my business clothes for a swandri, gumboots and shorts, I can be found out on the land where I am developing a small scale angora goat and beef farm.

Susan Howell

Client Manager

I am passionate about business and family and love working with our clients.  I recognise each business is unique and get great satisfaction from working alongside clients to help them achieve their goals and meet their requirements.  I am a qualified Chartered Accountant with experience in co operative, corporate and local body.

My husband and I own a small architect practice, so I understand the challenges faced by business owners.  We have five daughters and love the lifestyle Whangarei offers.

Kirsty Whimp


I joined the Sudburys team in December 2014 and I am thoroughly enjoying the mix of professionalism and fun in the office. Prior to my appointment to the Sudburys team I worked for another local accounting firm for seven years.

Demystifying accounting for my clients is something I enjoy, offering explanations and advice to ensure my clients get the best out of their accounting experience.

I value spending quality time with my family (in Auckland, Kaiapoi and Darwin) and my friends in Whangarei. I love working on my house and garden and there are always several DIY projects on the go.

Maree Morgan


I joined Sudburys in 2001 and in 2006 left to move to Australia with my husband. After an absence of 10 years we permanently relocated to New Zealand in November 2016 and I returned to my role with Sudburys in January 2017.

Returning to Sudburys has been truly a homecoming. There have been many changes over the years that I have been away, but the family aspect of caring for each other as a team has only strengthened in that time.

While in Australia I worked extensively with Quickbooks so am able to provide client support within that software platform.

I am very much looking forward to getting to know new clients and to renewing relationships formed in my time at Sudburys previously.  My greatest pleasure comes from being able to provide accurate and timely assistance and service to my clients.

Being home again means that my husband and I can spend time with our family, especially our new grandchildren, watching them grow and being a part of their futures.  I love a good novel and watching the diverse bird life around our home.

Ngaire Pemberton

Senior Accountant

As a senior accountant with over 20 years experience with chartered accountancy firms, I have been an Accounting Technician member of CAANZ since 1997.

My extensive experience was gained previously working with accountancy firms in the Bay of Plenty as an Accounting Senior. I made the move to Whangarei in May 2016.

I appreciate the team spirit and friendly atmosphere at Sudburys and the team attitude towards client service and working to add value to our client’s businesses.

As a mother of two adult daughters living in Waikato, I enjoy spending time at the beach and fishing, I am now excited about exploring the North extensively.

Erik Evans


I joined the Sudburys team at the beginning of 2016, after completing a Bachelor of Applied Management Degree with an accounting major from Northland’s leading tertiary provider NorthTec.

My work experience includes multiple varied sales environments and time at one of the country’s largest personal risk and asset protection firms.

Launching and managing family businesses has helped develop my passion for both business and accounting systems and a zeal for working alongside clients and assisting them in realising their own financial goals.

At home we have a young family with four children, one girl and three pre-school aged boys to keep us busy, grounded and inspired to work smarter everyday towards our family’s dreams and lifestyle goals.

Carys Burkhardt


Having completed my Bachelor of Business Analysis, majoring in Accounting in 2012, I then went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Finance with the University of Waikato.  Throughout my education I discovered my passion for small business and my ultimate goal is to work alongside my clients and help with their understanding of financial information and how this will help to make informed decisions that will create a pathway for growth and success.  I enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life and thrive on building close relationships with my clients.

I will be working closely with my clients and attending to their accounting needs.  My role at Sudburys comes with variety and I will also be providing in-depth training to new and existing clients on Xero and keeping them up to date with new Xero features.  Prior to my calling with the Sudburys team, I worked for another local accounting firm and also have a background in marketing.

When not in the office, I can be found on the netball court, outside enjoying nature or spending quality time with family and friends.

If you would like information on how Xero can be beneficial to your business, please contact me to discuss further.

Craig Vette

Database Administrator

My first job, fresh out of high school was with Sudburys (known then as Spicer & Oppenheim).

In 1991 I moved into something completely different – driving taxis – which ultimately led to owning and operating my own Whangarei based taxi business from 2002 to 2006.

Then in 2011 my passion for administration and computing systems was re-ignited when I started a computing course at Regent Training Centre.

I enjoy learning new things and up-skilling. I am now studying towards a Bachelor degree in Information Technology through the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.

We are a fun team at Sudburys and my sense of humour, which can be a little warped at times, usually makes my colleagues smile.

Jules McAven

Client Service Administrator

I joined the team at Sudburys in April 2014 after moving to Whangarei two and half years earlier from Snells Beach, where I lived for eight years.

Prior to coming to Sudburys I worked in retail for The Warehouse in a variety of roles, these included product services, checkout supervisor, administration and payroll.

As I was up-skilling constantly at this time I decided to complete both the MYOB Accounting and Payroll courses.

What I appreciate most about my role at Sudburys is the collaborative support and the close interaction with my colleagues.

I do enjoy working with the Sudburys team in a positive and pleasant atmosphere.

Valerie Cronin

Personal Assistant

I joined Sudburys in November 2013.  I have over fourteen years experience as a results-oriented Personal Assistant. I know and fully appreciate the importance of being highly organised in order to deliver thorough and skillful administrative support.

It is crucial in my role to be good at prioritising, multi-tasking and following through to achieve goals and grow positive relationships with our clients and my colleagues at every organisational level.

I enjoy working at Sudburys where the team are like a second family.  I also enjoy life as a wife and mum, love fishing and catching up with family and friends.

Ayla Sudbury

Administrator / Marketing Assistant

I am the smiley face that you meet as you walk into Sudburys or talk to on the phone, better known as the Director of First Impressions.

Coming from a creative background of web design and photography I have had many opportunities to express my creativity as well as learn new skills and work with great people. I love working with people who are enthusiastic about what they do and seeing our clients succeed.  Sudburys has taught me that accounts don’t have to be boring. There are many cool and effective ways to make your business flourish.

Casey Hargood


I joined the Sudburys team in 2013 after returning from my Overseas Experience where I enjoyed working in the London head office of Madame Tussauds.

I have valuable office experience and enjoy undertaking new tasks. In particular, I enjoy interacting with clients and meeting new faces.

I have completed a New Zealand Certificate in Retail and Computing and take every opportunity to upskill myself.

In my spare time I enjoy going to the beach, camping, playing netball and spending time with my friends and family.

Could this be you?

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