Team

Meet the team – the GoFi8urines

Lisa Martin
Executive Director - PTBA
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.

Gabby Simpson
Managing Director - BDM
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.

GoFi8ure offers nationwide accounting, tax, bookkeeping and Xero training for SME businesses. If you would like to speak with Gabby about your business she would love to hear from you.
Jamie Nicholas
Senior 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!

Jimmy Lin
Chartered Accountant - CA Risk Specialist
Wellington
Jimmy Joined GoFi8ure in 2020 with over 5 years of accounting experience and 7 years of accounting education background. Jimmy has a bachelor degree in Accounting from overseas, a Post-graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting and a Master Degree in Professional Accounting from Victoria University of Wellington.

Jimmy has key strengths in problem-solving and providing clients with timely solutions, dedicated to resolving issues and ensuring the accuracy of information. He is also highly capable of initiating and implementing process improvements to improve efficiency.

Ella Zhang
Accountant
Wellington
Ella joined GoFi8ure after graduating from Victoria University in March 2021. Ella studied accounting at Victoria University and obtained a master’s degree. She also has four years of a bachelor of Finance education and twenty years of financial work overseas.

Ella is a person who is detail-oriented and pays attention to teamwork. She is keen to challenge herself and able to learn actively and constantly improve herself.

Ella is willing to work with clients to establish a good accounting environment and provide you with high-quality and efficient accounting services so that clients can have more time to deal with business affairs.

Lisa Bowness
Business Services Administrator
Wellington
Originally from the UK, Lisa has over 30 years extensive experience in senior high-powered PA roles, working in large multi-national companies for high calibre managers within the UK. She has worked in many fields, including Education, Engineering, Hospitality, HR, IT, Marketing, Medical, Property Development, Research and Development and Retail.

She ran her own Virtual PA business in the UK for 5 years before relocating with her family to New Zealand so she has first hand experience in setting up a company and in the many hats that a business owner has to wear! 😊  She is well used to working in a fast-paced environment, to a high level and with strict deadlines, often with ever-changing priorities.  She loves a challenge!

After completing the Certificate in Bookkeeping in 2019 and becoming Xero Advisor and Xero Payroll certified in 2021, Lisa diverted her career path towards bookkeeping.

Lisa is GoFi8ure’s dedicated Business Services Administrator, working alongside clients and other GoFi8urines to maintain client satisfaction and the smooth running of all administrative functions. Lisa also assists some of GoFi8ure’s clients with their payroll requirements.

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