CooperAitken has a fantastic senior team across our Morrinsville, Matamata and Thames offices. You can read more about our Directors and Associates below or find a full staff contact list here.
Morrinsville Senior Team
Grant Eddy, Director
In 2017 Grant celebrated his 25th year with the firm, including 20 years as Director. Grant holds a Masters degree in Business Management and Systems. He can support you and your business with Trust Management, Business Governance & Structure, IT solutions and Team Development. He is active in community organisations and a member of the Waikato Chartered Accountants Leadership team. Grant likes to help obtain the best solutions for clients, team members and the firm. Grant is enjoying the CEO role and re-focusing the firm on customer service, team development and efficient use of new systems.
Peter Hexter, Director
Peter joined the firm in 1998 and became a director in 2004. Peter’s passion is helping his clients to achieve their financial goals. He will guide you through understanding your financials and how to make business decisions that will benefit your business and family. Minimising tax is always a strategy, but building assets and cash flow is essential. Peter works diligently with you during all stages of your business career, from start up to succession planning. He enjoys working with a wide range of clients. Seeing success for his clients is the motivation that drives him each day. Technology and processes (systems) are key elements in business today and Peter will work with you to ensure you are making the most of these.
Imran Raza, Director
Imran has been involved in accountancy since 1985. He became a Partner in R M Aitken & Associates in 1997. He has a special interest in areas such as financial modelling, valuations and business planning, and can provide you and your business with assistance in all these areas. Imran likes to look for new and better ways of doing things. If you are looking for support on innovations and entrepreneurial ventures Imran can help you succeed. His talents extend to developing a software package for use at CooperAitken, which was later sold to a multinational company. Imran is also a Director of AgriSmart, dairy compliance software and winner of the Fonterra Activate 2.0 competition.
Amy Coombes, Director
With over 10 years experience Amy become a Director in 2018. As a dairy farm owner Amy has an interest in the Agri-business sector and appreciates the challenges and complexity of running a dairy farming operation which allows Amy to relate to her clients and build lasting relationships. She is a member of the Institute of Directors and has an interest in governance. She has recently been selected to participate in the Fonterra Governance Development programme. Amy sees this learning as a great fit for adding value for her clients where more emphasis is being placed on how businesses are governed.
Coral Phillips, Director
Coral became an Associate at CooperAitken in 2009, and went on to become a Director in 2018. She has a genuine desire to help others and build an excellent rapport with clients, having been with CooperAitken since 1998. Coral will help you understand the financial aspects of your business better. Initially a dairy farmer for many years before becoming a Chartered Accountant, Coral has great insight into the dairy industry and a strong focus on supporting rural clients. Her skills include business planning and helping you understand what is involved in running a successful business. She is also passionate about assisting with training our team.
Rory Noorland, Director
Rory joined CooperAitken in February 2016 after 10 years with a Big Four accounting firm in Hamilton, in both the Business Advisory and Tax teams. Rory has been a Chartered Accountant since 2011. He can assist you in many ways and has an on-going interest in the area of taxation and in particular the rules in relation to land transactions, SME business and rural/agri tax issues. Rory has served on the committee of Melville United for the previous 11 years, 6 of those in the role of treasurer.
Deborah Hollands, Associate
Deborah has been working for CooperAitken since 2001, becoming an Associate in 2008. Deborah has worked closely with our directors for many years, enabling her to gain a broad knowledge base over a variety of industries, and now applies this experience to her clients.
She can help you with quality control, and has instigated many new procedures and developed systems to ensure the highest standards are maintained for our clients.
Matamata Senior Team
Anna Bennett, Director
Anna joined CooperAitken in 1999, becoming a Director in 2010. She is based in our Matamata office. If you are looking for a local accountant who wants to build a long-term relationship with you and your business, Anna is the perfect fit. She can help you reach your financial aspirations and future lifestyle goals. Anna will support you, ensuring company structures, succession plans and tax strategies are correctly in place to maximise all opportunities. She is an active member of the Matamata community and is always looking at ways to promote the town.
Carissa Cressy, Director
Carissa started her career at CooperAitken in 2008, became an Associate in 2014 and stepped into a Director in 2018. She has a strong rural background and gained much of her accounting experience working alongside the directors in Morrinsville. Since 2011 she has been working closely with Anna Bennett, helping her grow the business in Matamata. Carissa’s accounting experience, and friendly and vibrant personality, has enabled her to develop genuine, long-term business relationships with clients, and she can help support your business.
Thames Senior Team
Gavin Haddon, Director
Gavin become a partner of Cave, Bannin, Sexton, Cooper in 1997, after working for the partnership for 10 years. If you are looking for someone who is focused on success, growth and profit, then Gavin is the perfect fit for you. As the owner of a dairy farm, running a 50/50 sharemilker, Gavin understands the dairy industry. He has a strong interest in succession planning and trusts. Gavin enjoys giving back to our community and is seen out and about collecting slink calves for the Lions Club, working at an administration level with the Morrinsville Rugby Club and is heavily involved with the Awarua Charitable Trust, supporting our local community through scholarships and sponsorships.