Our Firm

Meet the Team

Each of our team has been appointed not only for their professional capability but also because they have a passion for working with people. This is a small team of dedicated professionals; if you have not met everyone on our team then we encourage you to make contact. Our job is to look after you and your needs.
Shane Browning

Shane Browning

Director

04 494 3476 shane@munrobenge.co.nz

I believe small businesses need just as much attention as big ones – they have compliance and tax issues that can be just as complex. And that is just working with the day to day.
I have many years’ experience working with small and medium size business owners. I enjoy working through and helping to solve the challenges they face and growing healthy successful businesses no matter how big or small the client is.
Outside of the office, I can be seen running around after my family and riding around the hills on my mountain bike.

Philip O’Brien

Philip O’Brien

Director

04 494 3477 phil@munrobenge.co.nz

I came to chartered accounting from the business sector – both corporate and medium sized companies. For me the attraction of public practice is its great variety. The breadth of knowledge and experience required means that something different happens every day. I also have an interest in business and investment structures and planning. And this in turn feeds into my work in the non-profit sector – usually as a secretary, auditor, treasurer or chairman. In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening and walking.

Shanan McKeown

Shanan McKeown

Associate

04 494 6115 shanan@munrobenge.co.nz

After spending several years learning from different Public Practice firms in the Wellington and Hutt Valley, becoming a chartered accountant along the way, I find myself at Munro Benge. I believe SME’s have much more to offer than backward looking tax and compliance. I enjoy working closely with my clients to help them look to the future.

I am a big fan of embracing cloud technology and using the efficiencies of integrated data to give you the ability to spend more time with family and friends.

When I’m not at work I can be found with my young family or doing something football related.

Denis Wood

Denis Wood

Consultant

04 494 3484 denis@munrobenge.co.nz

I had some years with a large listed NZ company but found my niche in Munro Benge working closely with clients including SME’s, not for profit organisations, family trusts (including many as the independent trustee), in litigation support for relationship property matters and for some years on the Asia Pacific (three as chairperson) and the Worldwide Boards of BKR International. Having the opportunity to be a devil’s advocate is a role I also enjoy.  After 39 years I stepped back at the end of December 2015 as a director / shareholder of Munro Benge, taking up a role as an independent consultant within the Company.  I continue my work with some charities, especially as a Board member of the awesome Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand.

Ann Cowan

Ann Cowan

Accountant

04 494 3487 ann@munrobenge.co.nz

Women in business are an exciting field as women continue to gain business and board recognition. Working at Munro Benge has enabled me to cement good knowledge to assist you the client to achieve your business goals. I currently serve on the board of our local college in my second term as a parent representative on the finance committee. I am an ACA qualified accountant certified in both Xero and MYOB.

Daniel Watson

Daniel Watson

Accountant

04 494 6118  daniel@munrobenge.co.nz

Having spent some time overseas, I’m now settled back into work life and looking forward to continuing gaining experience and knowledge here at Munro Benge. I have previous experience working in a small firm, where I enjoyed the relationship with clients.  I enjoy working closely with clients and believe service is an important quality. In the weekends you will find me playing football, biking, tramping and trying to resurrect old cars.

Grace Chu

Grace Chu

Accountant

04 494 6117 grace@munrobenge.co.nz

I have worked in chartered accountant firms in New Zealand for nearly 15 years.  In my time, I have gained extensive tax and business knowledge.
I am ACA qualified accountant, and certified in Xero.  Having been at Munro Benge for the last 5 years and look forward to seeing technology continue to make strong advances in the accounting field.

Karen Elliott

Karen Elliott

Senior Accountant

04 494 3478 karen@munrobenge.co.nz

With a 25 year history of compliance and management accounting, based in Hawkes Bay, Waikato and Auckland city, the variety of work continues to widen and broaden my knowledge and experience. I also bring to the job practical skills and common sense gained from life experience, extensive travel and a love of literature.

Kate Heeks-Purell

Kate Heeks-Purell

Reception / Office Assistant

04 494 3486 kate@munrobenge.co.nz

After moving to New Zealand in 2017 I decided to turn my management experience and love of helping people into an administrative role here at Munro Benge. I enjoy dealing with clients and love the challenge of supporting the accountants and the feeling of being part of the team that that brings. I’m excited to help Munro Benge grow as a company and grow with it!

Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

Office Manager

04 494 3482
kelly@munrobenge.co.nz

I have over 15 year’s office administration experience in both public and private sectors. I am very passionate about business development and finding efficient ways to increase productively. When not at work I enjoy spending time with family and friends and cruising the open road on my motorbike.

Linda Johnson

Linda Johnson

Accountant

04 494 3480 linda@munrobenge.co.nz

Having completed my Bachelor of Business in Accounting, I’m currently working towards becoming Chartered. I have a wide range of experience in tax and accounting work, and enjoy tailoring solutions to meet clients accounting needs. It’s a pleasure to work with a great team of people and learning from the skill sets they bring, and having the opportunity to continue with my professional development. Aside from work, enjoying my family, the outdoors and fun with friends are all important.

Maryellen Angus

Maryellen Angus

Senior Accountant

04 494 3483 maryellen@munrobenge.co.nz

In order to deliver to clients an exceptional experience, you need a good team around you. Each staff member is charged with upholding the core values of the company with the goal to help our clients create enduring value in their business. I support this philosophy. My main strength is building good client relationships from experience gained over the years covering all areas of business. This includes Property Management, Construction, Body Corporates, Hospitality, Incorporated Societies and small start-up business.

Peter Whittington

Peter Whittington

Accountant

04 494 6112
pete@munrobenge.co.nz

I bring fifteen years of private practise experience in the UK to Munro Benge having emigrated to “Gods own” with my Medical Professional wife mid 2015. Prior to my own accountancy practise I had been an Accountant and Project Manager with a large dairy company in the UK and Ireland, a Commercial Analyst and an Internal Auditor for major UK PLC’s. My wife and I have three children the oldest two boys are at various University stages (Masters and Bachelors), our daughter is still at school here in NZ. We are outdoors people, we ski, sail, tramp, shoot, camp, ride motorbikes, play guitar, keep chickens and walk our two dogs. We are a loud boisterous family with a zest for life.

Sharon Liua’ana

Sharon Liua’ana

Client Accountant Administrator

04 494 3475 sharon@munrobenge.co.nz

After working in the banking world for nearly 20 years, and seeing it evolve into a ‘sales’ environment, I am enjoying being able to concentrate on ‘service’. I feel this is the most important quality Munro Benge offers our clients and we all, as a team, strive to promote that. I have been with Munro Benge for over 11 years now and spend almost all of my spare time involved with the family sport, administering my sons pizza business or caring for my elderly Mother.

Stacey Cox

Stacey Cox

Client Administration Assistant

04 494 3479
stacey@munrobenge.co.nz

Having completed a Bachelor in Tourism Management and after 8 years working in Hospitality I soon worked out Tourism was not the career path I wanted to take. I found myself enjoying the administration side of things and working behind the scenes. I have a passion for customer service and ensuring people are being looked after. This is expressed in my life outside of work too, always putting others ahead of myself. Outside of work I am either in the kitchen baking, partaking in a scouting event/activity or exploring our NZ backyard.

Tessa Bartholomew

Tessa Bartholomew

Office Assistant

tessa@munrobenge.co.nz

I am currently studying towards a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce degree at Victoria University, with hopes to graduate in 2020. Some of my future career goals include working for a government agency or moving into management consultancy. Working part time at Munro Benge has given me the opportunity to experience working in a professional environment prior to moving into graduate work, which is a skill that will remain significant throughout my life.