Team

Meet the team – the GoFi8urines

Lisa Martin
Executive Director
Wellington

Lisa founded GoFi8ure in 2002 after recognising a need for efficient, accurate, mobile, and on-site financial administration and accounts management for small businesses operating in the greater Wellington region.

She did this armed with 30 years of financial and accounting experience that includes 14 years as a finance manager for an international company, as well as a Diploma of Business specialising in Management Accounting and Human Resources. Lisa shares with you her skills and experience through participating in a range of different services at any level. She can provide onsite training for financial staff, facilitate with tax compliance issues, implement and organise a system, or can fully manage the financial aspects of your business – leaving you free to work on the things you love.

Through Lisa’s vision and hard work GoFi8ure continues to grow, offering increasingly comprehensive services for small businesses. Since GoFi8ure’s inception the number of staff has steadily increased, resulting in a team with a wide variety of skills. These skills, both unique and diverse, work together with Lisa’s training and unwavering commitment to her business and clients to give you more effective financial solutions.

Lisa is the Vice President for the New Zealand Bookkeepers Association Inc and enjoys teaching Bookkeeping and Xero to excited business owners hungry to learn best practice.

Tania Hayes
Managing Director
Hutt Valley
Tania started her career in the Banking, Insurance and Financial services industry which has given her valuable knowledge and insight into how personal finances are affected by business decisions and the challenges business owners can face. Tania has been involved in the set up and establishment of a successful contracting company enabling her to recognise, understand and remedy administration and financial issues all small to medium business owners encounter. This means Tania understands what is required to set up your business and stay on top of the daily administration – especially the importance of cashflow and dealing with Payroll, Kiwisaver, GST, Insurance, Investment, Income Tax and other compliance issues.

Tania has been involved in the bookkeeping industry since 2007 and has been Xero certified since 2008. She is also proficient in other accounting software including Banklink and MYOB plus many others and has specialist knowledge regarding invoice financing.

A strong believer in raising education and standards in the industry Tania is also the Wellington Regional Director for the New Zealand Bookkeepers Association. She demonstrates this commitment by studying in her spare time and is only a few papers away from completing her accounting degree through Massey University.

As the Managing Director of GoFi8ure Tania is actively involved in helping grow and support the team and her local Hutt Valley Business community. ​

Jamie Nicholas
Mobile Accountant
Wellington
Jamie joined the team at GoFi8ure in 2009 after graduating from Victoria University with a double degree in Commerce and Science. Jamie majored in a wide range of subjects including Accounting, Commercial Law and Chemistry which gave him a good grounding to understand the many different business types that GoFi8ure provides services for.

Jamie was appointed as one of our Associate Directors in 2014, in recognition of his high work quality, ethics and love for the business.

While continuing to provide excellent accounting and bookkeeping services to all his clients, Jamie is also the Xero Certified Training Manager in Wellington. Jamie loves teaching both existing and new clients and seeing them learn and grow so that they can better achieve their business goals. While not only limited to Xero, Jamie also has a wide knowledge of most major accounting packages from, MYOB, Quickbooks, Money Works, Cash Manager and will do anything to deliver exceptional accounts or train someone so that they can do so themselves. Jamie is a mentor to our GoFi8urines and makes sure they are up skilled so they can deliver our brand promise to our clients.

Jamie is available to help you learn from the best! He brings both a new dimension and valuable business expertise to the GoFi8ure team. If you want to be great in Xero – Jamie is the person to teach you!

You Zhou
Chartered Accountant
Hutt Valley
You is GoFi8ure’s Chartered Accountant. He comes to GoFi8ure with experience in both Public Practice and Corporate Accounting. He is one of our Xero Advisors with experience in Xero Practice Manager and familiar with all major accounting and payroll software packages like MYOB and Ipayroll. ​

He prides himself on his excellent modelling skills in forecasting and budgeting for his clients, experience he has learnt from working in previous Chartered Accountancy firms. You is also a member of Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

You brings with him an enquiring mind and a high level of positive energy. When You isn’t busy crunching numbers and processing Tax Returns, he enjoys reading history books and going tramping.

Steve Horne
Accounting Consultant Trainer
Auckland
Steve started his working career as a qualified Auditor, spending time helping large retail organisations with all things reporting, including cash flow and forecasting analyses. Steve then turned his passion to numbers and helping SME businesses with their financials.

Steve finds nothing more rewarding than helping a business owner sort out their accounts and financial headaches. Steve is one of our Xero Certified Accountants and Trainers based in Auckland. Being the superhero that he is, Steve travels around New Zealand helping save our clients. When Steve gets tired of ‘balancing’ figures, he goes yachting for fun where the yacht is self-balancing.

Sonya Jones
Head of Operations and Training
Hutt Valley
Sonya is known to bring peace and order to businesses where upheaval use to prevail. Recently appointed as GoFi8ure’s Head of Operations and Training she trains GoFi8ure staff and clients to implement smart processes to create business efficiency. Sonya spent eight years at Xero working with teams to build many of the Xero features including banking, invoicing, purchasing, inventory and reporting. She has in-depth knowledge of Xero and many other add-on ecosystems.

Sonya has also spent many years running her own bookkeeping business so knows well the challenges of small businesses. She has worked with small organisations through to large corporates and can put her hand too or train businesses in a wide variety of administration and financial processes including banking, accounts receivable, accounts payable, GST, payroll, fixed assets, inventory and business reporting.

Xero certified since 2010, Sonya is also a certified bookkeeper with the NZ Bookkeepers Association and has various qualifications in product management.

Participating in many community events Sonya can often be seen driving around New Zealand with her husband in their classic Leyland p76 car.

Reach out to Sonya if you need Xero training, business accounting or just want smarter processes in your business.

Lynette Swanson
Associate Chartered Accountant
Hutt Valley
Lynette joined GoFi8ure in 2017 as an Associate Chartered Accountant. Lynette has extensive experience as a Senior Business Services Accountant. In this role Lynette was required to undertake compliance work for a wide range of clients. This work included preparing, finalising and filing compliance documents and returns.

Lynette’s accounting skills and knowledge means she knows exactly what SME businesses need. Lynette holds a BBS (Accounting and Finance) making her a great addition to the GoFi8ure team. When Lynette isn’t being a superhero she enjoys a range of social sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Sue Gwilliam
Accounting Consultant
Wellington

Sue joined the GoFi8ure team in July 2017. With a passion for numbers and helping SME’s Sue is excited about helping New Zealand businesses achieve tidy and accurate accounts.

 

Sue is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant from the UK with 25 years accounting, bookkeeping and business services experience.

 

In the UK, she ran her own business providing accounting support to SME companies across a wide range of sectors. She has also held several senior positions within large UK organisations and has used her skills and knowledge gained in these roles to bring sound systems and procedures to her clients’ businesses.

 

Sue prides herself in being able to communicate complex accounting information in an easy to understand way that benefits her clients. She likes to have a full understanding of her clients businesses, and works closely with them to develop budgets and forecasts, to monitor performance, and to build action plans to resolve problems or to help growth and progression.
Linda Patterson
Bookkeeper
Hutt Valley
Linda joined GoFi8ure in 2017, while continuing to run her own business which is now in its 9th year. In addition to running her own business, Linda brings her expertise and understanding of knowing exactly what SME businesses need. Along with the multiple roles Linda holds in her own business, she has also held administrative roles with Telecom for many years.

Linda’s knowledge is partly from experience, but also from a wide range of study, focused on business. She has a Diploma in Management through NZIM, and has completed papers towards a National Diploma in business studies.

Last year Linda also gained her Career Academy Bookkeeping Certificate which she is excited to put into practice to help others succeed, along with her knowledge of payroll and bookkeeping using Xero, Myob and Workflowmax.

When Linda isn’t crunching numbers, she loves reading, walking, and swimming.

Andie Dunne
Mobile Bookkeeper
Wellington
Andie joined the team at GoFi8ure in 2016. She brings her previous experience providing bookkeeping and payroll services in a range of industries around the Wellington region including manufacturing, construction, television production and retail.

Andie has a Bachelor of Computer Systems which she completed in 2000 and has also in the past, worked as a Computer Consultant for an accountancy firm setting up and training clients on a range of accounting and payroll systems including Quickbooks, Quicken, MYOB, Ace payroll, IMS payroll and Comacc payroll.

Andie shares GoFi8ure’s love for Xero and all the amazing things it does. Andie is Xero Certified and a Certified Member of the New Zealand Bookkeepers Association.

Vanita Sami
Mobile Bookkeeper
Hutt Valley

Vanita began her accounting journey by achieving her BCA Degree in Accounting and Commercial Law in 2010, and then went on to become a volunteer mentor at Victoria University to students who lacked confidence in their accounting courses.

Vanita has now turned her journey towards being a GoFi8ure Hero, to help even more people from the skills she has gained and developed. Vanita is currently a Provisional Member of Chartered Accountants, and has also achieved a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.

Gabby Simpson
Business Development Manager
Wellington
Gabby brings to GoFi8ure her business knowledge, her management skills, absolute determination and hardworking attitude. Her extensive experience covers the areas of retail, marketing, management and training. Gabby has enjoyed helping clients and customers for over 10 years.

She has been involved with helping many different businesses and organisations as they start up and grow. She really understands what is absolutely crucial for business success in those first few years. One of the main things that businesses need when starting out is an accounting system and structure. Finances are the cogs that keep the machine working.

This is why Gabby really understands what GoFi8ure is about and shouts it from the roof tops. She thrives on educating and providing high quality services to business owners in order to help ease the load of managing their business; allowing them to work ON their business not IN it.

If you would like to speak with Gabby about your business she would love to hear from you.
Gina Dittmer
Mobile Accountant
Hutt Valley
Gina joined GoFi8ure in February 2009. Whilst working at GoFi8ure Gina studied for a Bachelor in Business Studies with an Accounting major, which she achieved in 2014. With a strong focus on detail and deadlines Gina has risen through the ranks, servicing the prestigious boutique SME’s in Wellington.

Gina loves working at client sites and is also the Associate Director at GoFi8ure. Gina’s attitude to business and high quality service are top notch and we’re pleased to be able to recognise Gina for her efforts. Gina is a mentor to our GoFi8urines delivering our brand promise to internal & external clients.

Gina is not only Xero certified but also has experience in Affinity, MYOB, Quantum, Money Works and Real Estate Manager – believe us, no client is too tough for this mobile! By having someone like Gina as your part time Financial Controller you can rest assured that your accounts are up to date and working for you – not against you.

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