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Board Members

Richard Abel

Chairperson
Nelson - Marlborough
Phone: 03 547 1037
Email: richard@atcnelson.co.nz

Richard has been a member of ATAINZ since 2004. He was elected to the board in March 2017. In March 2018 he was elected by the members at the AGM as the Chairperson. Richard has been managing an accounting firm in Nelson since 2000 and currently has 13 staff in his practice.

 

Michelle Nunes-Vaz

Deputy Chairperson
Auckland
Phone: 835 4222
Email: michelle@taxandtrust.co.nz

Michelle trained as an accountant joining the Caanz in 1991. Michelle has four adult children.

Michelle has been a member of Atainz since 2008. She was elected to the board in March 2017.

Michelle still practises accountancy and business consulting full time in West Auckland.

When not working she enjoys exploring the countryside on the back of her husband's motorbike or in her retro caravan. Michelle also enjoys scrap booking with girlfriends, and keeping fit with occasional ocean swimming & mountain-biking riding.

Michelle is very interested in doing what she can to promote to other accountants the benefits of Atainz membership including being involved in regional meetings for professional upskilling, training as well as valued peer support.

Michelle actively supports the strategic direction that the Board as a whole are taking to increase awareness of the professional standards that all members adhere to and recognise as necessary in this changing landscape of taxation that we are presently in.

 

 

Martin Thomas

Board Member
Auckland
Phone: 09 2946262
Email: martinthomas@martindavidson.co.nz

Martin has 35 years of experience with taxation and accountancy and will be a representative in Auckland. He will continue to work as an ambitious collective to increase our membership and front the ever changing tax landscape. He has a staff of 10 in his practice specializing with small business and residential property investment.
There are many strategic challenges and opportunities facing members with new legislation, disruptive technologies and the engine of economic growth very much being driven by the success of our very own business and investment clients.
ATAINZ is uniquely placed to add value across the board for both businesses and citizens of New Zealand. Remembering ‘none of us is as smart as all of us’, as a collective we have the opportunity of developing unparalleled taxation expertise with strength in numbers, and being in a prime position to earn trust as advisors.
Martin joined the board in 2019 and would like to continue to contribute to the board as Treasurer and accelerate the growth and brand of ATAINZ to benefit all of our members.

 

Lance Green

Board Member
Manawatu - Whanganui - Taranaki
Email: lance@lga.co.nz

Lance Green – Born and raised in Wanganui originally with a background in Retail, Commercial and Merchant Banking. Decided that Accountancy was a more rewarding career over 30 years ago and since then has been a Senior Accountant, Associate and Director at four Accountancy firms before commencing practicing on his own account in April 2021. His clients are many and varied and involved in many activities from farming, retail, contracting, hospitality and investment. The main enjoyment in the position held is being able to assist client’s growth from small beginnings to a business that has a strong future.

Outside accountancy I am an ardent NZ Warriors supporter from day one in addition to enjoying the DIY lifestyle in a smaller regional city.

Lance & Partner Mary have 5 grown up children together with 8 Grandchildren.

 

 

Mike Davies

Board Member
Bay Of Plenty - Taupo
Phone: 07 5787371
Email: mike@ontax.co.nz

Mike was elected to the Board in 2016. He has served a term as vice-chairperson and is presently the Director of Standards

 

Amie Lorenzen

Board Member
Auckland
Phone: 09 9475742
Email: amie@figuration.co.nz

As owner of Figuration Limited, an Accounting, Bookkeeping and Consulting practice in North Auckland, Amie's mission is to grow stronger communities by supporting SME’s with growth and success.

Amie has had a reasonably diverse career background to date, working in finance for both large Corporates and Small Businesses. She holds a Diploma in Travel and Tourism Majoring in Accounting and a Bachelor of Accountancy from Massey University.

Amie's prior board experience includes advisory (in terms of finance, governance, and strategy) to several boards throughout the last 5 years.

ATAINZ mission statement resonates with Amie, she is passionate about supporting the association to empower members (both current and future) to understand the value they can play in their clients’ businesses and is an advocate of recruiting new graduates and up and coming players in the industry, encouraging diversity and longevity of the association.

When not at work you'll generally find Amie on the netball sideline coaching her daughters (11 and 13) or spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

Lisa Martin

Board Member
Wellington
Phone: 044998460
Email: lisa@gofi8ure.co.nz

Over the last 30 years, Lisa has seen it all when it comes to being in business and has learnt some great lessons along the way. Lisa’s hunger for educating others inspires and excites those around her. It is in her DNA, she lives and breathes it daily. All businesses must have a purpose, get the purpose right, and the success will follow and that is “WHY we do it!”.

Making it her mission to change the way business owners handle their accounts, Lisa started GoFi8ure, a boutique mobile accounting practice in 2002 from scratch. Since then Lisa, with her team, have assisted thousands of businesses by providing efficient, accurate, mobile, and on-site management accounting, software training, tax and advisory services.

Lisa believes that every accounting professional must belong to a membership organisation that supports standards, best practice, education and continuing professional development. Being a passionate member of ATAINZ, when a Board opportunity arose in 2021 Lisa expressed her passion and desire to help educate the accounting industry and join the Board and help spread their mission, purpose, and values. Lisa looks forward to working alongside the ATAINZ Board and members to uphold and promote our amazing profession.

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Gary Upson

CEO
Auckland
Mobile Phone: 021823501
Email: gary@atainz.co.nz

Gary is a qualified Accountant who for the last 20 years has been operating his own event management company running events such as Rally NZ, the Auckland Marathon, Polyfest and Rally Australia. Gary currently operates a retail business in Auckland.

Gary commenced the role of CEO for ATAINZ on a part time basis in March 2017.

 

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