About Us

At BW Miller Dean, our Directors have over 80 years of experience between them, backed up by a team of qualified and skilled Accountants, Bookkeepers, Tax and GST Specialists, and Business Advisors, all working to help our clients with their enterprises.

We pride ourselves on building relationships based on trust with our clients through personal, individual attention, and always being available to help our clients.

Our services range from core compliance (Accounts and Tax), to Virtual Bookkeeping, to Business Advisory Services for businesses in every stage of the lifecycle. We can even act as a Virtual CFO for businesses who don’t require one full time but do require that level of financial management.

We work with enterprises of all shapes and sizes: small and large businesses, sole traders, partnerships, contractors, NGOs and membership organizations, and Trusts.

We are a member of NZCA, an association of independent Chartered Accountants, which means we have resources and support from affiliates all around the country.

We’re here to help you achieve the lifestyle you desire from your business

Meet our Team, helping you and your business!

John Little - Director

BCA CA (PP)

After completing my studies at Victoria University I joined BW Miller Dean (40 years plus ago), which in those days was known as Miller Dean and Partners. I am currently involved with business development and compliance work working with a range of clients.

I enjoy the varied work which includes mentoring clients and growing their businesses as well as helping them through their life’s issues. Clients appreciate what we do –  a client once said he remembered what I said to him the first day we met, and it’s been his lifesaver! I’ll tell the story in one of our future newsletters.

I live in Strathmore with my wife Julie. In my spare time you’ll find me at Peka Peka, at a barbeque, involved with my church, walking my dog, travelling or at social events.

Some words of wisdom I live by are: “Treat Clients with respect, most know the finer points of their business better than you. But assist them with solving their problems and looking at the bigger picture e.g. new ideas or concepts because they are so involved in their day to day operations.”

Without a supportive team at BW Miller Dean, we would not be able to provide the services to our clients – work I love doing

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Peta Walker - Director

I’ve been a Director in an Accounting firm for over 20 years. I love working with clients to help them run their business well and achieve the lifestyle they want from it. This includes helping them understand why they are in business and what they want to achieve from it. To do this well, I believe we have to do the same in running our business.

In my spare time you’ll find me travelling, working on our lifestyle property or spending time with our adult children and granddaughter. Or Pete and I are working on our long term goal of walking the whole 3000kms of the Te Araroa walkway- in small pieces. We’ve done approx. 650kms so far, seeing some fabulous parts of the country.

My best advice to people would be: Live life to the full. Have goals and work towards making them happen, both personally and with your business. If you’d like to get in touch with me, you can email me at peta@bwmillerdean.co.nz

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Clayton Webb - Director

I am a Wellingtonian born and bred and I’ve been an Accountant in Public Practice in the Wellington region for over 15 years. I especially enjoy the business aspects of accounting and working with a diverse range of mainly small to medium size businesses.  It is greatly satisfying helping clients to identify and then meet their own goals.

Outside of work I am married with two young sons. When not playing with the boys or involved in their sport I play social squash and, if time allows, the occasional round of golf.

Since an all too premature end to my playing days, I am a keen side-line rugby fan for Ories, Wellington, the Hurricanes and the All Blacks. I have also recently started playing the round ball game for a Tawa Masters team.

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Jan Robertshawe - Accounting Manager

I have been working in Accountancy practices and the private sector for over 25 years.  I enjoy working with clients as they grow their businesses.

Away from work I’m kept busy with 2 teenagers. I enjoy spending time in the garden and creating in my kitchen.

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Gary Miller - BAS Manager

I moved to Wellington in January 2019 from Cape Town, South Africa, where I ran my own accounting firm for 18 years. I joined BW Miller Dean in January 2019 and am looking forward to assisting the firm to grow and strengthen its relationships with its client base.

I enjoy meeting new clients, helping them structure their affairs correctly from the beginning, in order for them to achieve their desired wishes and goals. I constantly like to test the processes that have been in place - to ensure that they are still relevant and appropriate to the ever changing economic situations that businesses find themselves.

When not at work, I enjoy mountain biking, running and spending quality time with my family. I have a passion for classic cars and hope to soon be able to get my own cars restored and on the road.

I joined BW Miller Dean in the role of Practice Manager in May 2019 after 14 years in the building and construction industry.

My role is primarily focused on looking after our finances and employees - including billing, debtors and payroll. I enjoy developing processes that make a job run more efficiently.

When I am not at work I like to spend quality time with my husband and two daughters, and I play the trumpet and trombone with various music groups around Wellington.

Debbie Preston - Accountant

I have been working in Chartered Accountancy practices for 33 years and have been with Miller Dean for 22 of those.

I have two daughters, aged 23 and 18. My interests include squash, DIY, animal husbandry and anything to do with family. I live on a lifestyle block (12 acres) which keeps me busy in my spare time.

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Nicki Skelton - Accountant

I have worked in the accounting industry for over 30 years in a variety of roles in both the private and public sector.

I am married to Greg with two young adult children.

Originally from Christchurch but having also lived in Greymouth, Alexandra and Timaru we have lived in Wellington since 2009. We enjoy the mix of city and country life that the Wellington region offers.

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Barbara Souster - Accountant

I am now in my thirteenth year working at BW Miller Dean, and enjoy the daily challenges and the opportunity to assist clients.  Previously I had travelled and lived with my husband and family in various cities in NZ, England and the USA.

We have three adult children, and five grandchildren, three of whom now live in Sydney, so there will opportunities for travel to spend time with them.

I grew up on a dairy farm in the far north and would love to get back on the land.

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Robin Williams - Accountant

I have 15 years’ experience as an accountant. I originally started work at BW Chartered Accountants when my children were small. On leaving BW I gained more experience at other accounting firms. With the merger I am back again with the BW team.

I enjoy meeting clients and getting to know them and their businesses well. My role here involves preparing financial statements and tax returns for clients as well as any other additional work that adds value to the client and their business.

I live in Tawa with my husband Richard and my grown up children. In my spare time I enjoy travelling and socialising with our friends.

 

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Sarah Jones - Accountant

I joined BW Miller Dean in September 2017 as an accountant with several years of experience. I really enjoy getting to know clients and their businesses well. My role includes preparing financial statements and tax returns, as well as other accountancy work.

Originally from Invercargill, I studied at Otago University and now live in the Hutt Valley where I love the many walking tracks nearby. In my spare time I enjoy exploring the Wellington region, catching up with friends over a coffee, trying new recipes, bush walking and swimming.

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Tiffany Yap - Accountant

Originally from Malaysia, I moved to New Zealand more than 5 years ago. I completed my Master’s degree in December 2016 at Victoria University of Wellington, and joined BW Miller Dean in May 2017.

Prior to starting my career in a Chartered Accountancy firm, I gained experience in both commercial and non-profit organisations.

I really enjoy working closely with clients, getting to know them and their businesses, while providing high quality advisory services. My role involves preparing monthly and annual financial statements, tax returns, tax planning, and associated advisory works. Currently, I am studying towards becoming a Chartered Accountant.

During my spare time, you will see me hanging out with friends, swimming at Freyberg pool or working out in the gym. I also enjoy volunteering for different charities as I love helping and meeting different people.

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I joined BW Miller Dean Limited in January 2019.

Prior my career in an accountancy firm, I gained several years of experience in commercial industry. I completed my post graduate diploma in business enterprise at Southern Institute of Technology.

My experience and study have given me a good understanding about New Zealand business practice and taxation. My primary roles are preparing financial statements, tax returns, tax planning and other accounting services. Working closely with clients and providing accounting needs for their business is the part of my role I enjoy most.

Originally from Indonesia. I love to cook for family and friends in my spare time. Travelling and getting to know local custom and culture is something that I am passionate about.    

Chloe Armstrong - Bookkeeper

I joined BW Miller Dean in March 2017 as a Bookkeeper. My role involves looking after clients’ day to day bookkeeping, payrolls and PAYE, FBT and GST returns.

For the last two years I have been working in banking while finishing my study but needed a new challenge. I’m excited to learn more about the business world and how I can help make our clients’ lives easier.

In my spare time I enjoy exploring new spots in and around Wellington and spending time with family and friends.

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After many years’ experience as a personal assistant or executive assistant, I started doing basic bookkeeping for my husband’s consulting business. The bug bit me and I became keen to learn more, so I enrolled with The Career Academy and completed the Certificate in Bookkeeping. I also became and remain a member of the Institute of Certified New Zealand Bookkeepers.

I enjoy the support and cooperation I receive from directors and colleagues at BW Miller Dean, and I love the exposure to accounting as well as bookkeeping. I am excited about the opportunity to help clients in a variety of businesses so that they can focus on their core activities. I can assist with all bookkeeping functions including GST, PAYE and FBT returns, and day-to-day bookkeeping requirements.

Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two daughters and dog: hiking, dog walking, boating, watching movies and travelling. I also enjoy horse-riding, reading, trying new recipes and writing.

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Pete Walker - Office Administrator

Hi, I’m Pete and I am the Office Administrator at BW Miller Dean and am married to a Director – Peta.

We live in Makara on a Lifestyle property and love living in Wellington because it is such a fabulous city. We travel every year but always enjoy coming home.

I still play rugby for my Golden Oldies team – the Ngati Toa Jugglers. Peta and I love walking / hiking and continue our quest to walk the Te Araroa walkway – in many stages.

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Saroj Parsotam - Workflow Co-ordinator

Hi, I’m Saroj. I have recently  joined BW Miller Dean as the new Workflow Co-Ordinator.

My career backgrounds are quite diverse, from being a cafe owner/operator, to banking and property management.

The team here is full of amazing people, who are very knowledgeable at what they do.

Out of work I enjoy going to the gym, cooking and DIY projects around the house.

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I joined the team at BW Miller Dean in mid 2018 as Executive Assistant. 

I have over 15 years experience in assistant and support roles in the public and private sector, in both New Zealand and the UK.

Originally from Central Otago, my partner and I moved to Wellington in 2011, we have a 4 year old daughter who keeps us busy.

In my spare time I enjoy exploring the great outdoors of the Wellington region with my family, creative arts, renovating our home and cooking for family and friends.