Find out what makes us tick
Mark O'Brien, Director
Bachelor of Management Studies, CA
Growing up on a dairy farm, Mark has always had a good head for numbers, which led him into his career as an accountant. After graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Management Studies, he worked for a range of large and boutique accounting firms in Hamilton and Auckland.
Heading over to the UK for his Kiwi OE, Mark gained valuable experience as a company accountant in various commercial accounting roles.
Joining the firm in 2010, Mark now partners with Angela as a Director of Accounting Extra. Enjoying the technical side of things, he likes helping clients make sense of accounting software, while providing valuable business advice and guidance. Outside of work, Mark enjoys sailing, cycling and rolling up his sleeves for DIY projects around the house.
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Angela Lusty, Director
Bachelor of Business Studies, CA
Originally from Dargaville, Angela started her accounting career working for Chartered Accounting firms in Auckland. She went on to work in a range of commercial accounting roles in international companies, such as American Express, The Walt Disney Company, and Fonterra.
As a Director alongside Mark, Angela specialises in process improvement, financial and management accounting, and client relations.
As a people-person, she loves getting together with clients and hearing about their goals. She’s passionate about helping clients interpret the numbers in a way they’ll understand.
When she’s not in the office, you can catch her eagerly cheering on her children at their sporting games, or relaxing at the beach with a good book.
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Colin Shephard, Consultant
With a long-standing reputation in the accountancy field, Colin set up his first practice in 1966, specialising in taxation consultancy for farmers. This formed the basis of the practice, which became C G Sheppard and Associates in 2000, and Accounting Extra in 2014.
Passionate about his work, Colin enjoys the variety and challenges that accountancy offers and has acquired a wealth of experience in the field. Building strong client relationships has always been important to him, with many original clients still with the firm.
Having retired as a director, Colin is still active as a consultant with the practice. He spends the rest of his time on the golf course, travelling with his wife, and as an active Rotary member.
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Jen Carter, Accountant
Bachelor of Management Studies, ACA
Growing up in a sporting family Jen later discovered she got a kick out of “making things balance” leading to a career initially in management and then accounting. A variety of both accounting and business roles in New Zealand and Australia has since given Jen an appreciation of the daily challenges businesses face and an understanding of where accountancy fits in the bigger picture.
Specialising in annual accounts, tax compliance and ACC issues for small to medium size entities, Jen enjoys working together with business owners on all aspects of their business. Away from work Jen loves heading out on to the hockey field, volunteering with her local Scouts NZ group and spending time with her teenage daughter.
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Turi Elkington, Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce, CA
Turi’s path into accounting was inspired by his high school accounting teacher, who taught him how to read financial statements to understand how a business was performing. This passion for learning has stuck with Turi throughout his accounting career, and he’s always been interested in seeing the numbers behind businesses and analysing what they’re doing well and why.
Joining Accounting Extra in 2015, Turi specialises in annual accounts and GST returns.
When he’s not at work, he enjoys heading outdoors and spending quality time with his wife and five children.
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Linda Watkins, Accountant
Bachelor of Business, ACA
Linda’s interest in the accounting world began at an early age, having started as an office assistant for a Chartered Accountant straight out of school. Soon taking on more responsibilities, she balanced full time work while also studying for her Degree at Wintec. She joined the firm in 2001 when it was under the previous name, CG Sheppard & Associates.
Linda’s favourite part about her role is meeting people. Always keen to learn, she enjoys finding out about different industries and businesses.
Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family and relaxing with a good glass of wine.
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What we do
Our accounting services
As experienced accountants, we’re here to take care of all your accounting needs, from GST, to financial statements, to business advice and planning.
Monthly & Annual Accounting