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Lynda McConnell
Principals

CA

Lynda McConnell is a Chartered Accountant and a Director of McConnell Stafford-Bush & Associates Limited. She has over 30 years experience in Chartered Accounting having done her earlier years with KPMG in Auckland and then getting a thorough understanding of farm accounting in Rotorua before returning to Auckland. Lynda's past day to day management experience has included a multinational niche telecommunications provider and high turnover retail businesses. She has hands on experience of staff management, marketing and supply chain issues.

The experience gained allows Lynda to have a very personal understanding of the market and the issues facing business owners and operators. Lynda can identify with her clients and advises them with practical no nonsense solutions.

Lynda is experienced in business planning, acquisition, amalgamation, preparation for sale, profit improvement programs, succession planning, and trust accounting administration, as well as general accountancy and taxation issues. Lynda's primary role within McConnell Stafford-Bush & Associates as director is to facilitate new clients and ensure that the most relevant resources and services are available based on the goals and business needs of each client.

Lynda believes that her experience gained over the years in a number of practices as well as a short stint in industry, has equipped her well to assist clients with their businesses. Lynda likes to work closely with her clients to help develop their businesses, which in turn helps those clients achieve their "life" goals.

Lynda leads by example and is very passionate and proud of the practice she has been involved in developing and its continuing potential.

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Stephen Stafford-Bush
Principals

JP, FCA

Stephen is a Fellow Chartered Accountant as well as a member of the Institute of Directors (Waikato Branch) and a Director of McConnell Stafford-Bush & Associates Limited.  He has over 30 years as a Chartered Accountant providing key advice to the rural and business sectors.  He has been a Member and Chair of the Rural Advisory Committee of Chartered Accountants ANZ for 17 years so knows intimately the important influences on profitability and helps provide advice around crucial decisions affecting the rural sector at a national level.

In addition to his practice roles, Stephen also has Governance roles with a large farming business, is a Trustee of the Waikato/Hauraki/Coromandel Rural Support Trust and has other Trusteeship and Board Roles.  He has a strong belief in the importance of Governance as a key in driving business performance.

He is experienced in business planning, cash flow and profit projections and reporting, business purchase assistance and due diligence, preparation for and assistance with the sale of businesses, profit improvement strategies, business and farm succession planning and well as the usual accounting and taxation issues.  Stephen's role is to perform the high-level services clients require and being proactive as well as reactive to client's requests for assistance and advice that is relevant to their needs.

Stephen is passionate about marketing the practices services and attracting new clients.  Stephen is proud of the business he has helped to build, which has a prominent place in the South Auckland and Franklin areas.  The business is highly respected and well placed to expand it's services and to grow it's client base further.

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Elysia Russell
Accounting Staff

Elysia has worked for the company for just over 3 years and during this time has expanded on what knowledge she originally entered the industry with.  She has worked in a few different industries since leaving school.  Starting as an office junior for a small accounting firm in Pukekohe,  she then branched out into a few completely different fields, including Tourism, only to be pulled back into the accounting world to further her skills.

Elysia is willing to help all clients and staff members in whatever they need and is always learning new things in order to improve on the accounting process for clients.

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Kevin Griffin
Accounting Staff

Kevin was born in Drury and has spent most of his life in the Franklin area.  After leaving school he gained a Diploma in Accounting at Manukau Institute of Technology and commenced working at a Pukekohe CA firm.  Kevin also spent 2 years working as an office administrator for a local plant nursery firm so has a good general knowledge of office procedures and systems.  Kevin enjoys the variety of work that the clients of McConnell Stafford-Bush & Associates bring to the firm.  He is also involved in entering clients information into Dairybase, an invaluable benchmarking tool for dairy farmers.

 Kevin has a daughter who stays with him on the weekends and they enjoy going on walks, bike rides and spending time at the beach (when the weather permits).  When not spending time with his daughter he likes tinkering with computers and enjoys a good book.

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Wallace Appleby
Associates

CA

Wallace was born and raised in Pukekohe and on leaving Pukekohe High School he dairy farmed for 16 years in various capacities throughout South Auckland and the Waikato.

Wallace took a late OE (across Cook Strait) to Lincoln University and obtained a BCM and a Dip ApplSc.  Wallace is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant and has done such a great job we promoted him to an Associate.  He is also a full member of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management.

Wallace enjoys working with small business owners and helping them to achieve their goals.  He says "the satisfaction in accounting comes from seeing your clients succeed"

Wallace is passionate about farming and can be found out of work hours on his drystock block in Onewhero unless he is helping his partner Veneen run around after their 5 children.

Wallace joined the team at McConnell Stafford-Bush & Associates in August 2011.

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