Phillippa has been here at Laurie Jordan for the past 13 years. Her first two years were spent in office administration but for the past 11 years she has focussed on accounting support and, as a result, she has a broad knowledge of all areas of our practice.
Family time with her fiancé, Chad, and their son, Bjorn, is important to Phillippa and she also enjoys eating out and watching and playing sports.
Rachael is our very experienced office administrator and has been with us since August 2005. She has over 20 years’ experience in administration and helps keeps us all organised.
Rachael has a passion for all sorts of sewing including quilting and cross stitch. She also enjoys sitting down and reading for relaxation.
Brenda has a long history with Laurie Jordan having started here in March 1994. Brenda has Bachelor of Management Studies and is a qualified chartered accountant. She is our 2IC and has a wide expertise and a knowledge of all areas of our practice.
When not in the office Brenda and her husband are kept busy raising their two teenage daughters and 11-year-old son. Brenda also finds time to coach and watch sport.
Paige has been with Laurie Jordan for just over a year after graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Management majoring in accounting. She enjoys the challenge of working with numbers and working with people to achieve their financial goals.
Outside of work Paige helps her partner on his dairy farm and enjoys spending time reading or walking and catching up with her family and friends. Paige also has a soft spot for pets and has a puppy and two cats.
Laurie started out in partnerships in New Plymouth and Stratford in the late 1980s, and in December 2009, he became the sole practitioner of these offices. In January 2020 when Laurie Jordan FCA Limited became a member firm of the Balance Group, Laurie stepped aside as principal and became a consultant. Laurie is a Fellow Chartered Accountant due to his high level of professional experience with a strong focus on farm accountancy.
Russell Bell Partner
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Russell has two decades of experience in consulting and providing advice to organisations of all kinds across many sectors. He has been associated with Balance since 2015 after successfully establishing and running Zenith Solutions Limited which provided services to clients in Whanganui, around New Zealand and as far away as the United States.
He is currently responsible for Balance Group which involves offices throughout the Horizons region and delivering a strategically relevant offering to clients – including collaborative working models involving professionals across many industries. He is currently spearheading a group of local producers in the field of value added products to high utility consumers as well as transforming Balance to meet the changing technological and service environment.
He is also currently advising a number of Maori organisations and businesses together with being Chair of the Audit Finance and Risk Committee of Nga Tangata Tiaki.
Craig McKinnon Partner
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Craig joined the Balance Group in 2013 after working in both government and private sector roles in Wellington. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University in Wellington and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ.
When Laurie Jordan FCA Limited became a member firm of the Balance Group in January 2020 Craig took over the leadership of the practice and heads our team working from both our New Plymouth and Stratford based offices.
Craig is extremely experienced in business structures and advises small to medium enterprises (SME’s) on a wide range of issues and opportunities. Craig’s passion is for growing new businesses and assisting the next generation in creating value. He is also an accomplished taxation planner, with a deep understanding of tax law.
Craig and his wife are raising two sons so time outside work is busy with family.
Yvonne Wallis Partner
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Yvonne’s career began in the Whanganui office of the Inland Revenue Department and then progressed to the Investigations unit where she gained extensive experience in the accounting and taxation areas. She received her CA certification in 1988 whilst still working at Inland Revenue. Yvonne joined Peach Cornwall Ltd (which then merged into Balance Chartered Accountants) and continued to expand her experience to encompass all areas of accounting taxation – individual, corporate, partnership, trusts, estates, non-profit organisations, performing consulting and planning services in these areas as well.
She provides consulting, compliance, and planning services in the accounting and tax areas for a variety of industries.
Yvonne enjoys golf and is a member of the Wanganui Golf Club. She has recently been elected to the Wanganui Golf Club Board and is looking forward to adding value in that role.
She is also a member of the Alzheimers Wanganui Board and is the Honorary Treasurer.
John Taylor Partner
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John Taylor, or JT has many hats with us here at Balance. His main role is to provide leadership to the entire Balance team and manage the company’s day to day operations in line with our strategic plan, vision, and values and to ensure that Balance fulfils its Purpose & Core Values so we can assist our customers to fulfil theirs.
He has a number of key relationships with various stakeholders within the firm and externally with our customers and other community business leaders.
John started with Balance Chartered Accountants (then Peach Cornwall & Partners) in early 1997 as the practice’s first Practice Manager and he also worked with clients looking after their accounting requirements. Over the years the business has changed significantly as has his role and he also now also leads our Business Development team assisting clients with Business Growth & Performance, Leadership & Change Management and Accountability Coaching.