Our People

Leanne Southey BBS, FCA – Director

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Leanne is from a local farming background and went to Wairarapa College. From there she completed a Bachelor of Business Studies in 1985 from Massey University. She then spent several years with an international accountancy practice.

Leanne has been part of the practice since 1989 and was appointed a partner on Alan Sadler’s retirement in 2002.
Specialty interests include farm accounting, taxation, company and trust structures. Leanne is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Leanne was given the honor of Fellowship to the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand in 2018. Fellowship recognises members who have made outstanding contributions to the accounting profession and the community and is particularly significant as it is bestowed by your peers.

Outside of Southey Sayer,  Leanne is currently  Chair of Masterton Trust Lands Trust, on the Wairarapa DHB board and is Chair of their finance audit & risk committee and was Deputy Chair on the UCOL council until March 2020.

Married with two children who live in Wellington, Leanne is active in squash and a variety of community organisations including Trade Aid & Wairarapa Community Health Trust.

Rebecca (Becks) Sayer BBS, CA – Director

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Becks began at Southey Sayer in 1997 where she spent two years working full time and studying. Becks finished her BBS degree at Massey University in Albany. She then returned to Masterton in 2001 rejoining the firm and gaining full Institute membership in 2006.

Having grown up on a sheep and beef farm in Taranaki Becks has an in-depth understanding of farming. She has developed her skills and knowledge working alongside her clients to help grow their business and enjoys the relationship this forges. Many clients in the retail/commercial sectors have taken up the opportunity to meet with Becks regularly to monitor their businesses more closely in what have been tough economic times. More recently regular meetings have been to monitor results and ensure no tax surprises with the building, forestry, commercial & agri sectors all doing well.

In 2013 Becks took on the role of Treasurer for the Wairarapa Chamber of Commerce. She is now Co-Chair. It is great to have the opportunity to give back to the business community as a whole and to be able to advocate on behalf of businesses on the many issues and challenges they face whilst doing business in the region.

Becks is also a Trustee of the Life Education Trust Wairarapa & Central Hawkes Bay, better known by Harold the giraffe. Our mobile classroom travels the region educating children in most of our schools. They tackle some of the "life" issues we all face such as mental health, health & wellbeing and bullying.

As an avid fan of grassroots rugby and how this brings communities together, Becks jumped at the chance to become an independant Board member of the Wairarapa Bush Rugby Union in 2016.

The final hat Becks wears is as a Director of NZ CA. It is a real honour to be able to represent these very successful accounting  practices on a national stage.

Becks has been a MYOB Approved Partner for more than 15 years now, and has knowledge of most software products out there including Xero. Meaning she can help her clients to both find the software that is best for them, and use it effectively.

Becks is married to Troy and they have a daughter Emily and a son Reuben. Prior to becoming a mother, Becks was a very active cyclist and skier – she can’t wait to get back to these hobbies again soon – including beating her current time in the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

Fiona Cameron AT – Senior Accountant

Fiona joined Southey Sayer in 1998 having qualified as an Accounting Technician and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

She has been a MYOB Certified Consultant for more than 18 years assisting clients with training and installation of MYOB products and the many other software brands our clients use, including Cash Manager Rural, Spotlight and Xero.  Fiona is also a Certified Advisor for these products.

Fiona works with a full range of clients solving their accounting software problems, assisting with their general day-to-day accounting issues and annual accounting and taxation compliance matters.

She has volunteered on the CA ANZ Local Committee and currently volunteers for the Friends of Aratoi.

Outside of Southey Sayer Fiona enjoys gardening, attending the gym and activities associated with her FOA volunteering.  Fiona’s son Luke, is married and lives in Hamilton.

Dayna Scott AT – Senior Accountant

Dayna joined Southey Sayer in 2016 and has since gained her Accounting Technician qualification with Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand of which she is also a member.

Dayna manages the taxation compliance for the Sayer Team clients as well as assisting them on their day to day and annual accounting matters.

She has is an in-depth knowledge of various accounting software systems, namely Xero, BankLink, Cash Manager and Figured.

Outside of Southey Sayer, Dayna and her husband lease a dairy farm in the South Wairarapa. This gives her a great insight into the industry with her hands-on experience.

Rebecca Conole – Practice Manager

Rebecca has been the firm's Practice Manager since 2011. She looks after our people, IT and keeps the office running smoothly. With a passion for software & technology Rebecca also helps our clients with software setup and ongoing support. She has a vast payroll knowledge and can help with queries related to payroll as well.

Rebecca is a MYOB Approved Partner, is a Xero Certified Advisor and is Xero Payroll Certified.

In her spare time Rebecca enjoys horse riding, spending time with her friends & family and provides adoption support for the charity Greyhounds as Pets.