VCFO is the only specialist virtual finance function for growth-oriented businesses, investment funds and private investors.

Since 2006 we have been helping our clients by developing and implementing tailored and cost-effective solutions for their businesses, domestic investments, foreign investments, and wealth funds, and by guiding businesses successfully through the challenges of national and international growth.

The VCFO Difference:

Our service style – ‘your business is our business’ – every step of the way.

Simplifying complexity, distilling out what matters from what doesn’t.

Our people work like you want your staff to – give great advice; be timely in response and be great communicators.

Meaningful help, clear outcomes, confident decision making – all in a no-nonsense style.

A reliable, trustworthy and experienced hand to turn to.

All within your budget constraints using flexible billing and being pragmatic with our deliverables.

Our work is our passion. We love what we do; our clients love what we do.

VCFO

Our Team

Andy Archer

Director

Andy is a vastly experienced, pragmatic taxation expert who deals with busy people to solve their personal and corporate taxation issues, and to identify and capture opportunities. This includes domestic, outbound and inbound businesses, with a specialty in trans-Tasman ventures. Matching this, Andy brings his strong personal and business acumen to provide commercially aligned outcomes, with an emphasis on how to create and build value for owners. Prior to joining VCFO Group, Andy was a senior partner at Ernst & Young with leadership roles in international tax and managing key accounts. His client serving experience has been within financial services, investment banks, private equity, property, utilities, primary resources, and privately owned businesses in diverse fields. Andy also has a long track record in leadership and advising within the Not-for-Profit sector, more recently with NZ National Parks & Conservation Foundation, and Diabetes New Zealand Inc. Andy is a member of CAANZ, Impact Investing, and International Fiscal Association, and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree and Diploma in Accounting from VUW.

Andy Archer

Director

Roger Hatrick-Smith

Director

Roger is a Chartered Accountant although for most of his career he has been advising businesses and owners on how to solve problems, beat the odds and get ahead. When working with clients his primary focus is you the owner and what you can and could achieve with your business. Often it’s your main investment so he encourages his clients to think about how to build value, how to get it right and the right time to look to exit. Roger owns a start-up company himself and has investments in more established businesses so he knows what it’s like. Roger has assisted businesses across most industry sectors from retail, manufacturing, services, real-estate as well as many start-up companies across IT, Biotech and primary resources sectors. Prior to founding VCFO Group Roger was a partner in Ernst & Young in charge of the Entrepreneurial Services and Transaction Advisory service lines.

Roger Hatrick-Smith

Director

Randolph van der Burgh

Director

Randolph’s global experience in financial services, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, group restructuring and international tax planning spans 30 years. Before merging his business into VCFO Group, he was an international tax partner at Ernst &Young advising clients in sectors ranging from financial services, investment banking, private equity, wealth management, insurance, property, mining, dairy, forestry, FMCG, IT, retail, to entertainment. He sits on the board of several private investment groups and is a private venture capital investor. Randolph is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (First Class Honours) degree from Victoria University, Wellington.

Randolph van der Burgh

Director

Claire Dilks

Associate Director

Claire started her tax career in the UK and since migrating to New Zealand has enjoyed over 15 years corporate tax experience in New Zealand with a 2 year secondment to Australia. Prior to joining VCFO Group, Claire worked at EY and more recently at Baker Tilly Staples Rodway. She is a highly regarded tax practitioner whose clients respect and trust her deeply for the way she understands their commercial constraints, working closely with them to find workable tax pathways and solutions. Claire has a particular knack and interest in taking complex tax concepts and communicating these to her clients in a readily accessible way. Claire is experienced across a wide range of business sectors including retirement, aged care, property, banking, finance and charities. Some of Claire’s specialties include the tax paradigm of private companies and their owners, financial arrangements, land transactions, charity tax and compliance, international tax, M&A transactions, structure consulting, tax effect accounting, Inland Revenue liaison and dispute management.

Claire Dilks

Associate Director

Richard Chew

Associate Director

Richard is a chartered accountant qualified from PwC who has been recognised in the NZ CFO awards. He is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University. Richard joined VCFO with more than two decades of senior management experience in sectors ranging from media, entertainment, advertising, marketing, retail, property and fintech. He has held positions as CFO and senior commercial finance roles at Les Mills, Allpress Espresso, Fox Sports, R&V, FCB and 90 Seconds where he has achieved significant investments from various Venture Capital funds and investors. Richard is on the Board, Director and advisor for several start ups and NZX listed companies across media, franchise and tech sectors on their growth journey.

Richard Chew

Associate Director

Juliet van der Burgh

Senior Manager

Juliet is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in business services, project management and managing finances for HNW individuals. She has worked in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, including management positions on a £2bn London Underground project and with a New South Wales retail chain. Juliet specialises in private client services and fund accounting. She is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration degree from Victoria University, Wellington.

Juliet van der Burgh

Senior Manager

Phil Gore

Associate Director

Phil has a deep understanding of the film industry from working as a production accountant in NZ and Australia for 10 years. Since 2008, Phil has specialised in film industry work with Pieter Holl & Associates, and now with VCFO. He has a close working relationship with the NZ Film Commission through his numerous NZ Screen Production Grant vetting and grant applications. Phil also has a close working relationship with producers and NZ production accountants and presented at various industry courses for producers and production accountants. He is a Board member (and Treasurer) of the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand. Phil has separately been an accountant and adviser to a portfolio of entrepreneurial clients and their businesses

Phil Gore

Associate Director

Pieter Holl

Principal

Pieter is widely recognised as the leading tax adviser to the screen production industry. He has specialised in advising international and domestic film production companies for 20 years. Pieter has a close working relationship with the NZ Film Commission and has assisted the NZ film industry with submissions and changes on the New Zealand film grants and incentives regimes. Pieter is a Board member of Film Auckland Inc. and a founding trustee of the NZ Children’s Screen Trust. Pieter is also a highly respected taxation adviser to the retirement village sector and to many private company businesses and owners. Prior to joining VCFO Group, Pieter owned and managed his own tax and accounting business, Pieter Holl & Associates, for 17 years.

Pieter Holl

Principal

Diana Petrie

Associate Director

Diana is a Chartered Accountant with considerable experience from grass-root businesses to larger companies, from primary industries to manufacturing, construction, education, hospitality, entertainment to retail. Having successfully operated her own business Diana has a first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by owners and their businesses. Diana works closely with business owners to support and help them identify, plan and achieve both of their business and personal goals. People and relationships are the key to business success for Diana, and she believes that strong relationships between owners, their team, customers and suppliers is essential to improving profits and growth. Just as importantly she assists the businesses to be less dependent on the owners by improving processes and internal systems. This in turn creates the vehicle for the ultimate exit plan and also frees up owners time allowing them to pursue personal and lifestyle goals.

Diana Petrie

Associate Director

James Hickmott

Senior Manager

James is a senior manager within the Virtual-CFO side of the practice who provides full financial and commercial support and advice to a broad portfolio of some truly exciting businesses. Clients of James include venture capital start-ups and mid-cap, domestic capital raising businesses, offshore expansions, acquisitive investors, growth story companies (full M&A), JV’s and partnerships. James is highly accomplished at building financial models to support valuations and business forecasting for clients. James currently manages our business development team which provides accounting services such as monthly accounts, management reporting, budget analysis, cash flows & forecasting. James is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Business from AUT, Auckland.

James Hickmott

Senior Manager

Adam Neoh

Associate Director

Adam leads the firm’s client services team that delivers compliance accounting, tax and secretarial services across an extensive portfolio of businesses at VCFO Group. His team undertakes regular accounting tasks for our clients as well as year-end accounts and reports, tax and corporate compliance work. Adam and the taxation practice work closely together to devise different ways and better outcomes for businesses and business owners. You will benefit from Adam’s very considerable experience dealing with and helping all manner of investors, business variations, and sell downs. Adam is CPA qualified and outside of business his passions include badminton & travelling.

Adam Neoh

Associate Director

Megan Brown

Administrative Manager

Megan assists with the management of the practice and is a key point of contact for many of our clients. Megan is responsible for client communications, making sure we deliver on our promise to our clients and the efficient running of the office.

Megan Brown

Administrative Manager

Kim Johnstone

Practice Manager

Kim is our practice manager and key point of contact for many of our clients. Kim is responsible for client communications, making sure we deliver on our promise to our clients and the efficient running of the office

Kim Johnstone

Practice Manager

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