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Meet the Team

Lianne (right) and Andrea

Lianne Martin

Principal, DipMgmt, DipAcc, CA

Lianne is a trusted and dedicated business advisor and chartered accountant with over 35 years’ professional experience. Having assisted many businesses from initial set up and procedure reviews to profit improvement strategies over the past 30 years, Lianne has a comprehensive range of senior-level experience encompassing all facets of business support.

In previous roles, Lianne has completed project work for a variety of large conglomerates including Kohler (NZ) Ltd, Fletcher Challenge Energy Ltd and ABB Limited, and also held senior positions including Group Finance Controller at Airwork NZ Ltd, and Business Development Consultant at BDO Taranaki.

Lianne's current role is Mentor and Coach to business owners.  She can assist clients business planning, cash flow management, tax planning, business valuations, management reports, key performance indicators and associated statistics, and monthly coaching (sort of like being a sounding board for all things business) - a key support role.

Having established Business Focus in 2009, Lianne is able to provide business advisory and development services to SME’s through to large multi-nationals, throughout New Zealand and is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA).

Lianne also donates her time as a business mentor for Business Mentors New Zealand and outside the office, Lianne’s passions include motorsport, music and family.

 

Andrea Thompson

Accountant, BBS, NZDipBus, GDip Tchg (Secondary)

Andrea has 25 years experience in the accounting industry.  Since joining Business Focus in 2009 her roles have covered mainly compliance issues – assisting in fulfilling your obligations that you have in business, especially to Inland Revenue.  Other roles include income tax planning, completion of income tax returns, GST returns, RWT returns, FBT returns, DWT returns, PAYE returns and compilation of financial statements.  Andrea loves passing on her knowledge to clients – showing them ‘how to’ by offering ‘best practice’ advice on the practical step-by-step way to get your paperwork sorted.  She can help you navigate the wonderful world of forms, record keeping and tax stuff that is a huge part of business!  Her love of teaching comes to the fore and she has an unlimited supply of patience! 

Andrea has worked for firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Zealand and Murray Nankivell & Associates in Australia.  Andrea was the ‘Hatchery Manager’ for over 5 years at BDO Taranaki where she developed internal procedure manuals and trained new accounting recruits.  She has also had roles in quality assurance and technical support.  Andrea completed her Graduate Diploma of Teaching with distinction. More recently Andrea has been involved in the development of "Rental Coach", an online platform to teach landlords all they need to know about NZ tax for their rental properties.

Andrea is a valued member of the Business Focus team (currently a contractor) with a passion for demystifying accounting, for teaching and for employment law.  Her interests outside the office include motorsport, music, cricket, rugby and she loves to curl up with a good novel (if there’s no sports on TV).

 

Murray Thompson

Murray

Murray Thompson

Accountant, BBS (Accountancy)

Murray has 20 years experience in the accounting industry. Murray has been an investigations officer at the Inland Revenue Department, a senior accountant at a private accounting practice, and for five years the finance director of a large charity. He is currently also working for a charitable company which provides accountancy services to Churches and other non-profit organisations within New Zealand and has been recently teaching two accounting papers at a local tertiary insitute. Murray loves the teaching element and helping any clients with their understanding of any accounting issue or systems. A quote from a CEO regarding Murray: "Only you could take an impossible subject and make it understandable".

He has a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accountancy) through Massey University and is currently working towards a Post Graduate Diploma of Business Enterprise through Southern Insitute of Technology.