Our Team

Small enough to care,
big enough to be world class

Stephen Sudbury


30 years ago I started Sudburys with one goal in mind – to help businesses achieve amazing results. While the environment we do business in may have changed, my mission hasn’t and I still get a kick out of delighting our clients.

 I’m proud of the track record we’ve built at Sudburys over the years. Launching in 1989, Sudburys initially provided general accounting and compliance services. As the world around us has evolved, we’ve expanded our range of services to meet the needs of our clients and offer a holistic approach to doing business. We care about you just as much as we care about your business.

Most of my current work is providing strategic advisory to high performance business. I work with owners to challenge, mentor and coach as well as hold them accountable for results. I have a particular interest in the forestry, horticulture, distribution and manufacturing industries but will happily take up the challenge to work with other sectors.

Based in Whangarei, I also work across New Zealand and internationally, particularly in Australia and the United States. I have a strong governance background and sit on the board of a number of medium sized New Zealand companies.

When I’m not in the office you might spot me on a bike, with badminton racket in hand or enjoying my three grandchildren!

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

Operations Manager / Client Manager

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 architecture 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 thoroughly enjoy 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. 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.

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 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.

My role at Sudburys comes with variety including providing in-depth training to new and existing clients on Xero and keeping them up to date with any new Xero features.  Prior to joining 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

Administration / Technical Support

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.

Diana Piggott

Communications Manager

As one of the newest recruits to the Sudburys team, you’ll find me leading the charge on all things branding and communications. Sudburys is not your average accounting firm and it’s my job to make sure you know about it!

I come to Sudburys with 15 years of experience in public relations across a range of sectors including not-for-profit, commercial real estate and more recently, central government. With a varied background, my skillset is an equally mixed bag! In my tool box you’ll find event management, copywriting, media relations and digital communications. Pair that with an eye for design and detail, strategic thinking and a keen interest in organisational psychology and you’ve got quite the unusual combo!

The best part of my role is getting to tell the Sudburys story – a story made up of success stories from happy clients, a commitment to outstanding service, out of the box thinking and a great team who are dedicated to their work but also know how to have fun!

When I’m not wearing my work hat, you’ll find me being mum to three kids, wife to Andy, playing hockey or not too far from a beach. And probably drinking good coffee.

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.

Victoria Moroney

Special Projects Manager

Coming with a wide range of experience in business, I am always keen to get involved wherever is needed to get the job done. Mainly specialising in software solutions I also turn my hand to learning and development, strategic thinking, process improvement, HR and recruitment, bookkeeping – anything goes! I am a “big-picture” thinker so with all projects I strive to take a holistic approach to ensure the solution is the right one for the business.

My favourite conversations with clients are the ones where I can reignite the spark and help put solutions in place to push both them, as individuals, and their business forward. I am passionate about helping others, am hungry to both teach, and learn, and my role offers great variety to do just that.

The team at Sudburys reinforce for me that accounting doesn’t have to just be accounting. We’re in the business of growth and support which is much more than crunching numbers!

Nikita Tomlinson

Business Growth Manager

I am really excited to be a member of the Sudburys team, and be able to bring new clients into the Sudburys network. My role is to identify, support and grow businesses that are looking for an Accounting firm that offers more than the typical Accounting services.  I am excited and passionate about business, and in my previous role as a Commercial Bank Relationship Manager here in Northland, I have been lucky enough to work alongside a number of businesses in varied industries, and really understand the challenges (and opportunities) that they face.

I have a Bachelor of Management Studies with Honors from Waikato University, majoring in Economics & Marketing. After University, I was lucky enough to manage a number of different businesses and then took the leap to Melbourne where I was a key part of the establishment of a Kiwi jewellery brand in Australia. We have been back in Northland for five years now, and as well as my role in banking over this time, my husband and I also own a landscaping/lawn mowing business here in Whangarei.

There are days over summer where you may see me out mowing lawns in a high vis but other than this, I love spending time with our two dogs, running, gardening, and enjoying our amazing Northland beaches.

Contact us for some proactive business advice today

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