Meet The Team

Mervyn Gyde
Director - FCA MInstD

I was born and raised in Te Awamutu. I am married to Sue and we have 3 adult children.

Sue and I opened our own accounting business in March 1992 and have been in business working together since that time.

I enjoy forming close relationships with my clients and providing innovative solutions to the myriad of problems they face in their businesses. I have a particular interest in business development and like to work closely with clients to help them grow their businesses.

Over the years I have gained extensive governance experience and still sit on a number of Boards and advisory panels. I am also heavily involved in the community and enjoy giving back to help make our town a better place.

In my spare time I enjoy watching all sports, spending time with my family, reading, walking and riding my bike.

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Lance Fielder
Director - BMS, CA

I started in public practice in June 2005. Upon completing my degree at Waikato Uni, I moved to Auckland to work for Deloitte, where I spent 4 years in their audit team.

Since moving to Te Awamutu I have married a local TA girl, Haley and we now have three children, Annabelle, Max and Fletcher, who take up most of our spare time. I am a spectator of rugby and an active member of touch rugby, cycling, squash and indoor netball. I enjoy community involvement and am currently on the board of the Te Awamutu Rugby Sports & Recreation Club Inc.

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Jinine Carmichael
Business Manager

I originally started working for Merv and Sue in 1996. After a short break I returned to work with Merv and Lance in 2013 as Administration Manager with a bit of accounting in the mix. I am now Business Manager at gfa Chartered Accountants and am loving the change of role and am loving working with the amazing team that we have. 

I grew up in Pirongia and moved to Hamilton in 2000. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my partner, children and family and I am kept busy with kids sports and activities,   playing netball, catching up with friends and a little bit of travelling now and then.  

 

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Pamella Shaw
Accountant - BMS, CA

 

I started working with Merv and Lance in November 2010.

In 1995 I completed a Bachelor of Management Studies Degree at Waikato University. After completing my degree I worked for a rural Chartered Accounting firm in Matamata for 15 years. I grew up and still live on a dairy farm in Cambridge. I enjoy walking and netball and spending time with friends and family. I have a daughter Shayla, who is very involved in the horse riding sport of Mounted Games. I spend a lot of time outside of work involved in the administration of this sport in NZ.

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Nada Milne
Accountant

After 18 years at another local accountants I started with Merv and Lance in October 2017 seeking a new and exciting challenge. 

I am married to Jamie and have 3 children, Bailey, Tyson and Raegan and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and travelling.

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Kerry Castle
Accountant

 

I  have been working with Merv and Lance since March 2008 after working 14 years at a CA firm in Browns Bay.  I have 30 years experience in Chartered Accounting and do monthly reporting, GST and annual accounting work.

I have two adult children, a daughter in Waiuku and a son in Cambridge and I have four grandchildren. 

I have lived in Cambridge since 2008 and have recently got a poodle puppy which is taking up most of my spare time at the moment.  I enjoy cross stitching, knitting, other forms of embroidery and reading.

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Sandra Hancock
Accountant - BMS, CA

I have been working with Merv & Lance since September 2015. A combined 15 years of experience after working in three other accounting practices in Te Awamutu and Otorohanga.

I grew up on a dry stock farm at Otewa near Otorohanga, completed a Bachelor of Management Studies degree at Waikato University and became an Associated Chartered Accountant in 2007.

My husband Shane and I live at Pukeatua on a dairy grazing support farm. Outside of work we have many interests, including our Bengal cat Lou Lou, travelling and spending time with family & friends.

 

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Aimee Turner
Accountant - AT

I started working with  Merv, Lance and the team in October 2017 as an accountant and have been working in the accounting industry for over 10 years in other local accounting firms 

I recently qualified as an Accounting Technician through CAANZ. 

I am married to James and we have two very energetic boys Vincent 6 and Rory 4. I love spending time with my family and friends, playing netball, walking and going to the movies.

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Caitlin Forster
Accountant

I started working with Merv, Lance and the Team in July 2014, taking up a trainee accounting role. I am looking forward to the new challenges and learning from such an experienced team.

Previously I worked for three years at a local chartered accountancy firm in a clerical role.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing netball and travelling.

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Devonee Lunt
Business Plus Ltd

I started working with Merv and Lance in June 2005 when I moved from Rotorua to Te Awamutu.

I run our Payroll Bureau and Administration Service, do PAYE & GST preparation and filing for our clients, provide assistance with employment related matters. I am a trained and approved Business Partner for MYOB EXO Employer Software and I am also XERO certified.

My spare time is taken up by my husband and our two children, Dylan and Olivia

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Kathryn Johnston
Business Plus Ltd

I started working with Merv and Lance in January 2018 after working in business banking for ten years and in business administration for nine years. I stopped working to start a family with my husband and we have three children who keep us very busy and highly entertained.

I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors, usually at my husband's family farm or at the beach. I coach gymnastics and aerial arts and enjoy running and martial arts

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Sue Gyde
Receptionist /PA

I have been working as Receptionist with Merv since we started in Practice in 1992 and I have been Merv's PA for the last few years.  I enjoy working with our team and particularly enjoy my role as receptionist meeting & greeting the clients and doing the best I can to look after them.

I was born in Te Awamutu and have always lived in the area until we moved to the Mount in 2009. We commute back to the office in Te Awamutu four days a week. We enjoy a busy lifestyle spending time with our sons Terry, Hayden and Tyler, socialising with family and friends and jogging or walking to keep fit.

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Patricia Cleal
Receptionist

I joined the team as receptionist, in 2017 after working in the hospitality industry for the past 11 years.

I grew up in a small village in the Netherlands and have been in New Zealand for 6 years, moving here with my husband, who wanted to move back home to NZ after living in London for 6 years.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my husband and our son James. We are currently busy with a big renovation project on an old house just outside of TA. When we get some spare time we love going to the beach, fishing, going for walks and we travel as much as we can.

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Linda Brown

Receptionist

I recently moved to Te Awamutu at the beginning of 2018, not knowing that I would join such a fine team here at gfa. I have been working in the hospitality industry for over six years, so coming into an accounting firm was a drastic change, but a good one at that.

 I was born in South Africa and moved to little Otorohanga in 2001. I moved around New Zealand for several years only to meet my husband back in the town I originally moved to. We now have two beautiful kids, Braedyn and Evie-rae, who keep us on our toes.

 When we have spare time, we quite enjoy having family gatherings, enjoy an African braai (bbq), visiting the beach and spending quality time with the kids.

 

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Sarah Beeson
Administrator

I have been working with Merv & Lance for the past two years in Administration. Prior to this I have worked for a local accounting firm processing GST and PAYE.

I grew up on a drystock farm in the Waikato then travelled overseas. Over the past 11 years I have lived in Te Awamutu, with my husband Dan and our two boys Lucas and Riley. Outside work I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. We love the outdoors so if the sun is shining we will be out walking, riding our bikes, fishing or at the beach.

I am really looking forward to the challenges GFA will throw my way and learning from a very experienced team.

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Haley Fielder
Administrator

I started working with Merv and Lance in 2015. However I have been involved in the social functions for the many years  as I am married to Lance.

I am Te Awamutu born and raised and we have three lovely children, Annabelle, Max and Fletcher. In my spare time I enjoy taking the kids for bike rides, walks and other forms of outdoor exercise, going out for meals and shopping!

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Meet The Team

Mervyn Gyde
Director
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Lance Fielder
Director
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Jinine Carmichael
Business Manager
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Pamella Shaw
Accounting Manager
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Nada Milne
Accounting Manager
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Kerry Castle
Accountant
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Sandra Hancock
Accountant
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Aimee Turner
Accountant
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Caitlin Foster
Accountant
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Devonee Lunt
Business Plus Ltd
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Kathryn Johnston
Business Plus Ltd
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Sue Gyde
Receptionist /PA
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Patricia Cleal
Receptionist/PA
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Linda Brown
Receptionist
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Sarah Beeson
Administrator
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Haley Fielder
Administrator
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