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Directors

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ATHOL OWENS
DIRECTOR

Certificate of Public Practice, Chartered Accountant, Bachelor of Commerce, ACIS

Athol joined the firm in 1972 and over the years, has worked with and consulted to a large number of clients covering a wide spectrum of industries and professions.

Athol specialises in business advisory services, taxation compliance, estate & succession planning, trusts and property management advice. He is a member of the Institutes Trust and Tax Special Interest Groups. Athol has advised on the structure of and managed commercial buildings particularly for offshore clients investing in New Zealand. Over the years Athol has enjoyed a close and long term association with many of his clients.

Personal Interests: Fishing and boating. Unfortunately, the body is getting too heavy for the legs, so the marathons have faded into the distance. Somewhat replaced by walking and an interest in good food and fine wine enjoyed with family and friends.

ALEX HOUGHTON
DIRECTOR

Certificate of Public Practice, Chartered Accountant, Bachelor of Business

Alex joined the firm in 2008 and has been a director since 2009. Before joining BVO, Alex held various roles as a tax manager at a ‘big 4’ accountancy practice in Auckland, management accounting and systems roles in the United Kingdom for an American multinational, a financial analyst for a United Kingdom PLC and audit roles for ‘big 4’ and ‘2nd tier’ accounting firms in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. The experience gained from working in New Zealand and abroad has provided Alex with exposure to a variety of industries ranging from small not for profit organisations to companies listed on New Zealand and overseas stock exchanges.

Alex specialises in business advisory services, tax compliance, audit and assurance services. Alex is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Tax Special Interest Group which allows him to keep abreast of changes in tax policy and the resulting changes in tax legislation.

Alex’s objectives are to work closely with clients, understand their business and personal financial goals and provide a pro-active service that clients value.

Personal Interests: Alex was brought up on a dairy farm in Northland, is married to Emma and has four young children, Liam, Eva, Issac and Rebecca. When not changing nappies, Alex has been known to compete in the odd triathlon and running race.

JULIA OWENS
DIRECTOR

Certificate of Public Practice, Chartered Accountant, Bachelor of Business (Hons)

Julia joined the firm in 2004 from a large accountancy practice in the City where she was involved in various roles, including business services, audit and presenting at seminars to help business owners better understand their accounts and financial position.

Julia has been a director since 2008 and her experience at BVO covers a wide range of industry sectors with a special interest in the real estate, legal and health sectors. Julia specialises in the area of business advisory services and taxation compliance issues along with estate planning and asset management. She is an active member of the Institute’s Trust Special Interest Group.

Julia enjoys maintaining a close working relationship with her clients, taking the time to understand their business needs and help them achieve their goals.

Personal Interests: Julia is married to Jeremy Halpin and they have two daughters, Olivia and Stella. Julia enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, boating and fishing.

MIKE BOWDEN
DIRECTOR

Certificate of Public Practice, Chartered Accountant, Bachelor of Business Studies

Mike has worked with a number of clients over various industries. He has a good knowledge of general compliance issues which face businesses that operate in New Zealand and has had a number of years experience working with Companies, Trusts and Partnerships. Mike has experience in appropriately structuring businesses, sale & acquisition of businesses and business valuations. Mike has a particular interest in property development and investment.

Mike initially joined the firm in 2003 and became a Director in 2008. He originally comes from Taupo where he worked in a medium sized accounting firm before shifting to Auckland.

Personal Interests: Mike is married to Tania and has two young children, Sophie and Liam. Mike is often found on the golf course on a Saturday morning.