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Diana Ketel - Director
Bookkeepers NZ is an exciting step in my bookkeeping career. I’m proud to call Kelly Thomsen my business partner and I’m looking forward to this journey of switching our clients stress to success.
I’ve mostly been involved with horticultural properties throughout my life. Dad either owned his own orchard, or managed one until his switch to viticulture around 2001. My hort knowledge expanded while working at Fruitfed Supplies, which also resulted in a husband, Jeremy! I’ve always had a love of numbers and my interest in Accounts and Bookkeeping grew from here.
Before we started a family I started working towards an Accountancy qualification and hope to continue with this again soon.
My family are very important to me, and so is being kind to each other! The world needs more kindness and if it’s the only thing I manage to teach my children then I will be a happy Mumma! And baking, baking is very important to me too!
Jeremy and I have three small children, Alex, Toby and Sophie who keep us very busy. My main hobby outside of working is keeping up with them. I enjoy crossfit and am looking forward to taking up golf again sometime in the near future.
I have learnt a number of things while bookkeeping for clients. I believe communication is key, with suppliers, clients and staff. I believe in being open, honest & fair. You may not agree with everyone’s opinion, but everyone has a right to that opinion.
Kelly Thomsen BAcc - Director
I am excited to be a co-owner of Bookkeepers NZ with Diana Ketel and being a part of the bookkeeping world, supporting our clients to understand and keep up to date with their business needs.
I was raised in a small town of Te Kuiti where my family were in business and I lived a very happy life with my parents, brother and sister.
Once leaving my childhood and heading into my career. I chose to become a chef, this passion took me around the world experiencing cuisines and cultures that I will remember forever.
Upon my return I chose to look at purchasing a restaurant, however did not know the first thing about accounts. This led me to undertake a couple of business papers with Massey University, which uncovered a new passion (only few will understand this!) for numbers & accounting!
I worked full time in an accountancy practice and studied full time extramurally with Massey University to attain my degree in Accountancy, this led me to well-known accountancy firms in Taupo and the Hawkes Bay where I thrived for many years.
In 2006 I met my husband Callum, he introduced me to the life of farming, yet another major change. With these combined interests I found myself specialising in rural accounting. I especially enjoy the area of converting clients to new software systems that best help them with their farming operations.
Callum and I have 2 children who we are hugely proud of and love. We are based in Puketapu, Napier amongst the supportive community including the local preschool and school. As a family we love the local pub (for lunches of course), parks, cycle tracks and of course the ice cream shop!
My shift from Accounting to Bookkeeping was to allow what so many of us are looking for in life, freedom, family, happiness and balance. I love to spend time with my family and also be able to spend time with my clients without watching the clock! It is important to me that my clients understand what they are doing in their business and they know I have time to help them.
Andrea Browne - Financial Administrator
I have a background working in accounts within the Agricultural Sector, at AgResearch and Farmax in Hamilton.
My partner and I moved to the sunny Hawkes Bay in October 2016 and since relocating my positions have again been within the Agricultural Sector with Brownrigg Agriculture and Stockco. Between us we have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. We regularly head back to Waikato to visit them. We also love to show them around Hawkes Bay when they visit us.
The move to Napier has been hugely positive, we love the sun, warmth and lifestyle we have here. I enjoy working out at the local gym, soon to be branching out into body building. And we definitely love the cycle trails and are out exploring what the Bay has to offer any chance we can.
My role within Bookkeepers NZ is fabulous. I’m doing the work I love with great people and great clients, who I am enjoying getting to know.
Mechelle Doughty - Financial Administrator Assistant
I have lived in Hawkes Bay since 2011, coming from RotoVegas, I have owned and operated my own hair salon as well as doing accounts for my husband’s building business, which is how I became interested in accounts, of which I have been doing since 2013.
I have been married to Mike since 1994. We have 2 beautiful children Caleb and Mackenzie. My family are extremely important in all I do.
We now live a semi-rural life in Puketapu and I am enjoying the refreshing lifestyle of sheep and gumboots.
I have strong principles in life to do the best I can, enjoy life and be a person that can be trusted to get the job done!
I enjoy travel and having a spot of me time to go to the gym … eat food … drink coffee … drink wine!
I believe a Smile will get you a long way in Life