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Our People

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LISA DAVIS
SENIOR BUSINESS CONSULTANT

Lisa has recently joined BVO as a Senior Business Consultant. She has spent the last six years working in chartered accountancy firms in Business advisory, with a focus on accounting and taxation consulting for a broad range of clients. Lisa has extensive experience with Xero and other cloud software applications that assist clients to make their accounting processes efficient as well as with creation of forecasts and budgets. 
 
Lisa has a passion for assisting clients on advisory projects such as business acquisitions, tax structures but also enjoys assisting clients with their tax compliance. Lisa will be acting as role model and trainer to assist in mentoring the more junior members of the team.

Outside of work her interests include spending time with family, baking, reading and playing board games with friends.

RAHUL SINGH
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

For the last six years Rahul has been working in chartered accountancy firms which have provided him a range of skills in general compliance and taxation within a wide range of industries. In between he has also had experience in the commercial environment working as a financial accountant for a large corporate.

Outside of work his interests include spending time with his family and supporting his favourite team – the Warriors.

STEPHEN RUTHERFORD
TAX LEAD

Steve joined the BVO team in July 2018. He is a Chartered Accountant with 30 plus years
experience in both the public and private sector.

Prior to moving to BVO he was employed by the Chartered Accountants of Australia and
New Zealand in the New Zealand Tax Policy team. Steve has also worked previously with
a major second tier firm and Inland Revenue Department. Steve has been involved
with all the major tax developments over the last ten years and now brings his unique
expertise and skills to BVO.

Steve is able to assist you to comply with your New Zealand tax obligations and dealing with
Inland Revenue queries and audits.

Outside of work Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and following various sporting
codes from the sideline.

DAVID G KNIGHTLEY
CONSULTANT

David has re-joined the firm after initially leaving to set up on his own account as a chartered Accountant in Public Practice.

David is a Chartered Accountant and a Qualified Auditor and has been a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Society for over 40 years. He specialises in audit and assurance engagements of Not-For-Profit Clubs, Societies, Charities, Trusts and other Corporate entities.

In addition to being a Trustee of the National Branch of the International Charity “United Way”, David is also the Treasurer of the Photographic Society of New Zealand Inc.

Aside from photography, David’s other interests include stamp collecting (NZ), tramping, travelling (overseas to visit family), an owner of classic cars and motorsport, where he has been found on occasions fulfilling an “official” role.

David and his wife Hazel, have two sons, one who is married to a Scottish girl and they have a daughter and son living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their second son lives in Auckland with his wife and daughter.

LISA CORDTZ
SECRETARY/PA

Lisa joined BVO in June 1999, originally as a secretary for one of the firm’s former partners, and now as part of Mike and Julia’s team.

In her spare time Lisa enjoys going to the gym and keeping fit, and also baking, reading, gardening and taking her dog for long walks.

DEEPAK LALA
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Deepak first began with BVO in 1997 as a member of Dan Virtue’s (now Alex Houghton’s) team providing general accounting, audit and taxation services to clients involved in a wide array of industries ranging from investment, wholesale, distribution, retail, horticulture and commercial property. He has witnessed a number of clients grow exponentially from where they began.

Outside of work, he is a very keen hockey player, maintaining his fitness by playing weekly in a competitive grade

RUPINDER DHALIWAL
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Rupinder completed her Post Graduate and Doctorate degrees from Panjab University Chandigarh before moving to New Zealand. She completed refresher studies at University of Auckland to upskill to NZ law and practices.

Rupinder started her career in Auditing but gradually shifted to Business Advisory with a focus on accounting and tax compliance.

She has been working in Chartered Accountancy firms since 2006 and has a wealth of experience.

Rupinder’s passion away from work is gardening. She also enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with family.

ROBERT STODDARD
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Robert has a total of 25 years experience in chartered accountancy. He has also had commercial experience being the financial controller and CFO for nine years with Treescape Limited, a major arboricultural company. Robert assists clients with their accounting, audit and tax compliance.

Robert’s interests are shooting, walking, watching his sons play sport and enjoying the odd glass of wine.

LYNETTE BYWATER
IT OPERATOR

Lynette has been with BVO since 2002, as the head of our computer processing company. Lynette is the firm’s expert on Cash Manager, MYOB, Bank Link and Xero.

Outside of work, Lynette’s interests revolve around her two teenage children and their many activities, and also walking her dog on West Auckland beaches.

JULIE THOMSON
SECRETARY/PA

Julie has been with BVO since 2007, and her previous secretarial experience has been with government and corporate entities. She has a love of cooking, reading and catching up with friends.

RICHARD WALSH
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Richard started at BVO in March 2009. He has had over fifteen years experience in the CA field in a wide range of areas (farm accounting, liquidations, auditing), but has mostly focused on tax compliance.

In his spare time he enjoys reading, music and swimming.

LINDA MATHESON
OPERATIONS MANAGER

Linda is our Operations Manager and is ensuring we continue to successfully expand the firm whilst freeing up Partners to concentrate on clients.
Linda has an extensive corporate background and has dealt with all the practical things in business including HR, Finance, Governance, Sales, Management, Operations, IT as well as experience as a Senior Accountant with us.
Outside of work she is a keen traveller, skier, enjoys biking and walking and taking in our glorious country. Linda also volunteers at a Charitable Trust which raises funds to send deserving students on Youth Leadership courses at Tongariro National Park who couldn’t afford to go otherwise.

GREG VIRTUE
PRACTICE ACCOUNTANT

Greg rejoined BVO in May 2012, is our Practice Accountant , after originally working at BVO as a member of his father Dan Virtue’s (now Alex Houghton’s) team for 10 years from 1997 through to the end of 2007. His time at BVO in those years was spent mainly in compliance-based work with a wide variety of clients as well as performing some auditing work. He has also had various finance roles in his 2 working stints overseas in the UK.

Greg’s passions outside work include tramping, climbing, multi-sporting and off-road running and he is a keen follower of most sports. He has completed 5 overseas climbing expeditions since 2007 and looks forward to hopefully a few more in the next few years.

KAREN EVANS
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Karen started her career in one of the big 5 accounting practices before heading to London for her big OE, working there for 6 years for two large charities.

Karen returned to NZ and worked in various finance roles in a variety of industries before returning to Chartered Accounting in 2006.

Karen’s interests outside of work include running, swimming and triathlons along with travelling, going to the movies and dining out with friends.

DANIEL KARLSSON
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT

Daniel began his career in 2009 as an auditor at a big four firm before moving to a business advisory practice for ten years where he found his passion. Daniel joined BVO in 2021 as a Senior Accountant. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys online gaming, traveling abroad and dining out with friends and family.

JULIAN RAAD
AUDIT JUNIOR

Julian graduated from The University of Auckland in 2020, with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Commercial Law, with an interest in taxation and property finance law. Prior to joining BVO, Julian worked in healthcare investment and operations management, having been part of a team that established a network of dental clinics.

Julian is in the process of completing his CA qualification with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Outside of work, Julian is interested in politics, and is always up to date on current affairs. On the weekends, you’ll catch Julian watching an exciting new drama, and supporting local restaurants.

ISABEL GINELLA
GRADUATE ACCOUNTANT

Having recently completed a Bachelor of Accounting Degree at Massey University, Isabel joined BVO as a graduate accountant. Prior to joining BVO Isabel gained invaluable experience managing the back office in her family’s hospitality business using Xero to manage the finance function. Isabel’s hands on attitude meant that she also assisted in the operations of the business including hiring and training staff and organising rosters. This experience has enabled Isabel to match the theory of accounting with the practical realities of running a business which she will be able to use to assist the clients of BVO with their businesses.

Isabel has started her journey on becoming a Chartered Accountant which will complement the knowledge she has already gained from her academic study.

In her free time Isabel enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis and travelling.