Appointments signal a strong start to 2023

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Despite the challenging weather events so far this year, there is no shortage of drive in our local business community. This month we feature new appointments in accounting, recruitment, insurance, finance and IP law, as well as introducing new talent in local arts and tourism.

Craig Rossouw

Trans-Tasman accounting and advisory firm William Buck is delighted to announce the promotion of Craig Rossouw to Associate Director, Audit & Assurance.

Craig joined William Buck’s Tauranga Audit and Assurance team in 2020 and has a wide range of experience in audit and accounting, including in South Africa and the United States.

Craig previously ran his own accounting, audit and assurance practice, prior to moving to New Zealand from South Africa.

As Associate Director he moves to a leadership position in the Tauranga office working alongside director Richard Dey.

Lucy Clack

Tradestaff Tauranga is pleased to announce the appointment of Lucy Clack as team leader. “With over six years experience as a fitness coach I have always had a passion for helping people reach their potential and achieve their goals,” says Lucy.

“After spending four years travelling, I am excited to bring my knowledge and love for connecting with new people to my current role at Tradestaff. My goal is to continue building relationships with past, current and new clients and supply them with the best service and candidates in the Bay.

My time with Tradestaff so far has been a fantastic experience and I’m looking forward to leading the team and growing our relationships with our valued clients and candidates.”

Michael Dent

Hallam Jones Insurance and Superannuation Ltd, welcomes Michael Dent to Hallam Jones.

Michael has successfully obtained his New Zealand Certificate in Financial Services Level 5 in Life, Disability and Health Insurance. He is currently working towards his lending accreditation.

For Michael, this marks a complete change in direction from running his own electrical business for the last 24 years. Michael has always had the desire to help people, so if you want an advisor who is willing to go the extra mile to find you increases in cover for reasonable prices, or, savings in fees with comprehensive cover, Michael is the adviser you need to talk to.

Sam Oughton

First Mortgage Managers Limited (FMML), manager of First Mortgage Trust (FMT), New Zealand’s largest non-bank first mortgage lender has appointed Sam Oughton as a Business Development Manager, based in their Christchurch office.

Sam Burgess, Head of Lending for First Mortgage Trust says, “We are delighted to have Sam join our Christchurch team. First Mortgage Trust have provided investment and property finance opportunities to kiwis for over 25 years, with business continuing to grow.”

Sam Oughton brings over 10 years’ experience in the finance, property and real estate sector, as well as experience as a registered property valuer.

Tonia Brugh

Renowned IP specialist Tonia has re-joined James & Wells as Partner in their Tauranga office.

Tonia gained significant international experience working with mega US media technology companies such as Apple Corp, Warner Bros. and Google.

Tonia is passionate about supporting Pasifika and Māori entrepreneurs in her work.

She is an advocate of te reo Māori and tikanga and assists a number of Māori Boards in a pro-bono capacity, as well as acting as Co-Chair on the Pacific Island Community Tauranga Trust (PICTT) and supporting her esteemed Trustees at Te Murumāra Foundation (Te Aka Māori Dictionary).

Related: New Appointments | January 2023

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