PwC has provided me with an amazing career and I’ve really made the most of all the opportunities I have been given since joining.
I grew up on a sheep and beef farm north of Auckland, and went to Orewa College. My Dad and brother are farmers, but I chose to complete a Bachelor of Business at Massey University, where I was awarded the Canon Business Scholarship. Then, when the university holidays rolled around, I used them to gain some valuable work experience.
Like many Kiwis, I grew up having a big interest in sport, particularly rugby union and touch rugby, and have represented North Harbour Touch in my age group and open grades over the last 20 years. I also played for New Zealand Universities touch team as well as the New Zealand Masters Men’s team against Australia in 2010.
I joined PwC as a graduate in the Private Business team. I’ve always had an interest in entrepreneurial ventures, and found working with business owners really rewarding. From the early days, I had an involvement in technology projects and I’m now the Global Lead of Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurial and Private Business, as well as being responsible for PwC’s Next, our innovative cloud platform for business owners in New Zealand.
In my global role I have the responsibility for leading a team spread across multiple countries, and spend a portion of my time in the United States, Europe and Asia. My team in NZ is absolutely driving some of the most exciting and ambitious projects that PwC is embarking on, with New Zealand becoming somewhat of a ‘test lab’ for small business innovation.
PwC has provided me with an amazing career and I feel very lucky to have made the most of all the opportunities I have been given since joining. When I spent a couple of years away from PwC to be involved in the launch of two businesses, I realised how fortunate I’d been to work with such talented people and fantastic clients.
Throughout my career, I’ve always been focused on having an entrepreneurial mind-set and being passionate about business development, technology and building new relationships. In fact, the best advice I can give anyone entering professional services and business generally is: ‘it’s all about relationships’ and I genuinely believe this!
My path to partner and also my current mix of responsibilities is varied and diverse but that’s one of the best things about PwC. If you take the opportunities which continually present themselves, it’s amazing where it can lead you.
And as much as I’ve enjoyed the path to where I am now, I feel the future is even more exciting than the past.
|2001||Associate (secondment to develop PwC financial reporting software)||PwC Brisbane|
|2003||Senior Associate||PwC Auckland|
|2005||Left PwC to launch and sell two startup businesses||Auckland|
|2007||Returned to PwC as a Senior Manager (managed the ValueFinancials product and built a team)||PwC Auckland|
|2015||Cloud leader||PwC Auckland|
|2016||Innovations and Ventures Hub leader||PwC Auckland|
|2017||Global Lead of Digital Innovation for Entrepreneurial and Private Business||PwC Auckland &