Who We Are
Director - BBS, PGDip Professional Accounting, Diploma in Management, CPA (PPC)
Ann-Maree has owned and operated Sterling Accountants since 2010 and has been working her accounting magic for over 17 years. As a fellow small business owner, she is perfectly placed to understand the challenges of running and living with a business.
Experienced in all industries and sectors, she has a wide and diverse portfolio of clients who benefit from her expertise in compliance and business mentoring. Ann-Maree really wants to get to know you, your business and what makes you tick. Working together to put in place your business and lifestyle goals, Ann-Maree has a focus on bottom line profit - she wants you to work smarter, not harder!
When Ann-Maree isn't at the office, free time is filled up with music, cooking, reading and family. She loves spending time with her young daughter and husband. Ann-Maree is incredibly passionate about Jazz and singing and recently returned to the Hagley Jazz School for further study where she is especially enjoying the performance aspect of the course.
With over 47 years experience in the Accounting Industry, Barry is an expert who knows his stuff! His extensive career includes being the Financial Controller for a large local Company, management accounting and managing his own business ventures. This experience gives him great insight into how things might feel from a client's perspective and empathy to the highs and lows that come with small business management.
Barry specialises in Farm and Trust accounting, but also has good experience in manufacturing, retail and production. The office comedian, Barry enjoys a witty or cheeky joke with a client just as much as a fellow colleague, and his down to earth and practical manner is always appreciated.
A semi professional trumpet player, Barry is passionate about all things musical. Lately however, his grandchildren take up a chunk of his free time. He also has the sweetest tooth in town, so if you are late bringing something in to us, perhaps a sugary treat would ease your way!
Eileen originally hails from Scotland, but since she's been in New Zealand for twelve years we happily consider her one of our own. A Qualified Accountant since 1992, Eileen has a wealth of experience working within multiple Commercial and Accounting roles. She really enjoys assisting businesses and getting to know the what, why and how you tick. Her background has exposure to many industries specifically service and farm clients and she can't wait to help you!
A mother to two teenage children, Eileen has 4 alpacas and 6 chickens to keep her busy! She really enjoys creative writing and one day hopes write her own novel. Eileen also plays the guitar and violin and is currently learning to play golf. Any time left after all the above have been catered to is spent travelling or hanging with her family.
Michelle was born and bred in Christchurch, completing her BCom at Lincoln University too long ago to mention! She has over 20 years’ experience in financial roles, including banking, office management, credit management, and finance management in a variety of SMEs.
Michelle prides herself on her strong financial acumen and ability to analyse financial information, this in turn ensures she adds value every step of the way in her relationship with her clients. Michelle is passionate about finance and business working very much in partnership with her clients.
When not at work Michelle is extremely busy with her two young children, by far the most challenging role she has ever had. She is renowned for her baking and enjoys spending time with friends, family; she is always keen to combine this with checking out one of the many new cafes and restaurant’s popping up in Christchurch.
Sarah followed the numbers through the legal, SOE and corporate sectors until she found her place at Sterling Accountants. She has a real affinity with numbers and her penchant for detail means she is a perfect fit for our office. One of our vibrant client managers, Sarah has worked with a wide range of clients in many industries, however, she is especially great with sole traders, rentals and all tax compliance.
Sarah LOVES computers and is our office computer guru for software and programming issues. She is always looking for a quicker, better way to do things and will always manage to spot a time saving solution or option.
Sarah is a devoted mum of three boys aged one, three and thirteen which doesn't leave much time for other activities. When they are older and child car seats are a distant memory, she plans on taking a big trip on her motorbike and rekindling her passion for salsa dancing. When enough sleep is granted, she is a "Collector of Trivia" and her cake decorating talents are envied by many.
With an extensive background in the commercial sector, Judith was a little surprised she accepted a position in an Accountants Practice, and even more pleasantly surprised at how much she is enjoying working here. But then Sterling is no "ordinary" accounting firm.
Judith's experience includes significant time in Foresty, Engineering and Rural Service industries. Exceptionally talented at convincing the IRD to reconsider unjustified penalties, she always follows up on the important little details and is a thoughtful and dedicated member of our team.
For much of her life, Judith has lived on farms and she strongly identifies with the rural sector. Judith and her husband have a blended family of five, now adult, children and eight grandchildren. The later enjoyably take up a major part of Judith's time out of work, and when she has a free minute it is filled with bookclub and singing in the local Selwyn choir.
Lea has broad experience in Administrative roles, mostly within larger New Zealand companies, so it was a change to start working in a small locally owned Accounting firm. Lea really enjoys the personal environment (you're more than just a number!) along with the flexibility and relationships a smaller business can offer. She manages our office workflow and loves assisting clients and fellow team members who appreciate her bubbly personality and great sense of humour. Lea is also the one that keeps the I's dotted and t's crossed when it comes to keeping records with the Companies Office and IRD.
Lea is also responsible for all our Marketing and Social Media. Like us on Facebook! This is regularly updated with great pointers and tips for managing small business and tax obligations.
Lea is a mother of two busy children where the weekends are a flurry of activity along with spending quality time together. Many adventures have been had and there are many more to come.