Our Team

Our fantastic dream team

Let's be honest - you can answer most accounting and tax questions from Google. Our advantage is our people. They're people people who can take your situation to craft a plan to move you forward.

who we are

Hamish Mexted

Director

021 752 270

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who am I?

All of my family are self-employed. I grew up watching them talk about cash flow, staffing, sales and profitability. I founded Convex Accounting in 2011 to help people like my family, and to at the same time challenge the stereotype of the dull, cardigan-wearing accountant.

My musical guilty pleasures include De La Soul, Erroll Garner, Sammy Davis Jr and, yes, Taylor Swift (1989 is exceptional, the rest is rubbish). When I’m not at work, I’ll be spending time with my family (twin boys and a girl), or trying to get them to flip another record over so I don't need to get off the couch.

If you’d like to catch up for a coffee feel free to get in touch at 021 752 270 or hamish@convexaccounting.co.nz.

Or, if you'd prefer the typically dull bio you'd expect:

I finished university in 2005 after completing BA and BCA, with first class honors in Accounting. Along the way I had some time in a Big-4 accounting firm, which frankly I hated (but gained some valuable insights) before joining a boutique tax advice firm.

There I completed by Chartered Accounting qualification, and provided specialist tax structuring and tax audit advice. This was primarily to other Chartered Accountants and Lawyers. Here I learnt the 'ropes' when it comes to interacting with the IRD, as well as developed a deep understanding of complex tax issues.

At this point though I realised there was more to life than tax. I was off for a stint in France teaching English and travelling. We then returned to NZ and got Convex off the ground.

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Riann Umaga-Marshall

Director

027 261 870

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who am I?

He uri ahau no Ngai te Rangi, Whakatohea me Tuhourangi. No nga Moutere o Tauranga Moana ahau. He wahine tu tika tu pono ki toku Ao maori.

I am a descendant of Ngai te Rangi, Whakatohea and Tuhourangi tribes. I am a proud maori woman  with strong Maori values and beliefs from the Islands of Tauranga Moana.

A mother of 5 beautiful humans. Born and raised in Porirua, Wellington. Married to a star of a man always cheering me to be and do all I can.

Bossy, know-it-all, challenging - all words used to describe me in my childhood. All attributes I believe contribute to the person I am today. And words that wouldn’t be far from the mouths of my colleagues.

An accountant by day but would much rather be salsa dancing in the barrios of Cuba or Argentina. I love me a good beat and some sensual vibes. Now a days, more of place in my head then reality with all the little humans I’m doing my best to help raise. Ya girl loves a challenge!

Feel free to get in touch for a coffee on 027261870 or email me on riann@convexaccounting.co.nz

Or, if you'd prefer the typically dull bio you'd expect:

Professionally, my experience is varied. After working my way through University I gained my base accounting knowledge here in Wellington in a mid tier public accounting practice. I went on to try my hand at Corporate Finance joining Spark first in Wellington then in Christchurch. After 6 years it was time to step back and see what else life had to offer.

Trying my hand on the other side of business while raising a young family. From managing a hospitality business, giving share trading a crack and starting a health and fitness business all part of my journey thus far. After a two year stint in Japan, 2015 bought us back to Wellington where I met Hamish Mexted (4 years into building Convex) and joined him back in the accounting game.

Becoming a Director of Convex Accounting, I bring people skills, real life problem solving and through life’s experiences I also bring resilience to our business as we look to build a community of like minded business owners changing the game and not becoming resigned to doing things the way they’ve always been done.

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Eugenie Jones

Senior Accountant

04 212 4977

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who am I?

Let’s address the elephant in the room – my name is pronounced er-jin-nee (soft jin, not gin like the drink...)

Depending on whether I’ve helped you with an IRD problem or not, it may or may not surprise you that I’m into fighting. After work you’ll find me at my gym doing kickboxing, Muay Thai and the occasional MMA classes. I’ve also recently discovered Hot yoga (a bit of a juxtaposition initially but you’d be surprised how well the two fit together) – not sure if I can say I enjoy the hot yoga just yet but watch this space.

I started working at Convex in 2016 (I can see you doing the math, I am older than I look) and they haven’t been able to get rid of me since [Editor Note – we’d never want to!].

Fun fact: Accounting was definitely not my best subject at school. My accounting teacher was surprised to find out that I (a) took it up and (b) got a job. But with both my parents having owned their own business’s I was always very interested in how it worked in the real world (rather than a text book).

If you’d like to catch up for a coffee feel free to give me a call (04 212 4977) or eugenie@convexaccounting.co.nz.


Or, if you'd prefer the typically dull bio you'd expect:

I studied at Victoria University, completing my Bachelor of Commerce in 2016. I was hired by Convex (at the time called iif) in my last year.

Since then I’ve gone from doing the filing through to completing my Chartered Accounting qualification. Now my life revolves around fighting, accounting, and guiding my customers through business.

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Perry Botes

Accountant

04 212 4977

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who am I?

To be honest, I’d rather spend all my time restoring my collection of cars, but something has to pay for the bills. Most of my spare time is taken over by my love/hate obsession for old muscle cars. I strip and rebuild them better than new…much to the displeasure of my poor neighbours as the cars rumble up the road.

I joined Convex Accounting to make an active difference to the businesses we work with, and also to disrupt the office each day. I’ve got a reputation in the office for getting up at the crack of dawn, heading to the gym, and then being hungry bang on 10am. Like clockwork, out comes blender and the noise of me making a protein shake reverberates around the office.

If you’d like to catch up for a coffee (or shake) feel free to get in touch at 04 212 4977 or perry@convexaccounting.co.nz.

Or, if you'd prefer the typically dull bio you'd expect:

I finished my university studies in 2015 after completing BCom. I joined Convex Accounting in June 2019 where I completed my Chartered Accounting qualification. Prior to this I worked at a Wellington-based accounting practice for three years, where I worked in both audit and business advisory services.

I enjoy building my career in a progressive forward-thinking environment and being able to build strong relationships with my customers.

 

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Hayden Gyles-Bedford

Accountant

04 212 4977

who am I?

I like long walks on the beach, chasing sunsets, travelling to exotic locations and…writing about myself! But seriously though I've done a fair amount of travelling and always make it a priority to get out into the wilderness. I haven't done a lot in our own beautiful backyard, so with the travel restrictions the plan is to fix that!

When I was younger my brother shut the car door on my finger, meaning I missed a summer of baseball. I blame this for the fact I'm not currently playing for the Chicago Cubs. So the natural progression from that was to study accounting and here I am.

If you’d like to catch up for a coffee feel free to give me a call (04 212 4977) or hayden@convexaccounting.co.nz.

Or, if you'd prefer the typically dull bio you'd expect:

 I graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting, Commercial Law and International Business. While studying I worked at an event security company, which grew into a full-time job that saw me running a team and ensuring the customer safety at some of the biggest events in New Zealand.

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Chelsea Smith

Accountant

04 212 4977

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who am I?

On paper I fit the 'typical accountant type'. Attention to detail, a love of reading and an almost unhealthy love of spreadsheets. It makes work easy, but more importantly helps to make beautiful cakes, cook delicious meals and have party planning skills second to none.

I thrive in Convex's fun and upbeat atmosphere where no one takes themselves too seriously. The only downside (so far) is being the least athletic person in an office with a points system for going for a run. On the flipside, I am the official holder of the Convex Beer Pong Championship (despite Hamish's best efforts).

If you’d like to catch up for a coffee feel free to give me a call (04 212 4977) or chelsea@convexaccounting.co.nz.

Or, if you'd prefer the typically dull bio you'd expect:

I started my working life in a chocolate factory, and quickly realised that hairnets and steel caps weren't for me (Willy Wonka was definitely false advertising). I then moved to Wellington to study at Victoria University. After trying out a few degree options, I graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Commercial Law.

After gaining some experience at a mid-tier firm I made the move to Convex Accounting. Here the fun and supportive environment has challenged and improved my skills and given me more opportunities to work closely with clients to fully understand their needs and how we can help.

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Sha Bliss

Operations Manager

04 212 4977

who am I?

I moved back to Wellington in early 2019, after spending about 8 years in Australia, I’m still waiting for my Kiwi accent to return in full force and I welcome the well deserved heckling about the occasional wine induced Aussie twang. I’m working on it.

I spend most of my free time reading, writing or with my dog Marcel. We’re struggling through our first winter together and I’d like to think we’re sharing the extra pounds...though I do get a lot of my exercise carrying him up and down my apartment stairs!

I must say working at Convex Accounting has been a welcomed and interesting change for me, I spent the past 9 years in the dental industry - calculus has a whole new meaning now.

It’s been amazing working with such an incredible and varied team and I can happily say the only thing I miss about dentistry is getting to wear (practically) pyjamas to work - but I’m working on the “casual Friday” guidelines.

Or, if you'd prefer the typically dull bio you'd expect:

My background is primarily practice and business management in clinical organisations of varying sizes throughout Wellington and Sydney, which has given me knowledge in both small business and corporate settings.

I gained a diploma in practice management and small business while in Sydney to add to the theatre/stage management degree I held previously. Those combined with my experience give me a unique way of viewing the world.

 

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Janina Kameta

Office Administrator

04 212 4977

who am I?

Most of the time you’ll catch me and my Partner doing one of two things. It’ll either be running around after our son and adventuring together as a whanau, or at the gym. [Editor’s note: everyone else at work aspires to beat Janina on the weekly fitness board in the office!]

Coming from a big family, there is never a dull moment. Working across both the accounting and legal teams at Convex sort of feels the same – there’s always something which is about to spring up and keep me on my toes.

If you’d like to catch up for a coffee feel free to get in touch at 04 212 4977 or janina@convexaccounting.co.nz

Or, if you'd prefer the typically dull bio you'd expect:

I am part of both the Legal and Accounting teams here at Convex and will most likely be the first face you see when you come in to see us. I’m also the person who brings you on board when you’ve decided to join us.

I have management and accounts payable under my belt which has made for an inviting transition being a part of the team across both businesses.

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