McGregor Bailey is a friendly team of experienced accountants, delivering a highly-personalised service to our many happy customers. Because we are a small company, when you partner with Cynthia Forbes, you deal directly with the accountant handling your audit and accounting requirements. This close working relationship gives you the security of knowing your accounts are being looked after by experts you can trust.
Bachelor of Management Studies, Chartered Accountant
“It’s really important to clients that I’m very hands-on with their audit. The audit team here has been together since November 2008. We use the latest technology and we are a strong technical team.”
I like to think I make the audit process easy for clients. They feel comfortable asking questions and will always get a simple and straightforward answer. I am flexible, and while we’ve always got deadlines to meet, I try to take the pressure off them as much as possible.
My team and I assist personal and general business clients from a range of entities including not-for-profits. While audit is my specialist activity, I also have a select group of clients to whom we provide a range of accounting and taxation advice.
I started my career in what was one of the “big eight” accounting practices, Ernst and Young. More recently, I have been involved in smaller accounting practices of between two and seven partners. It’s given me a good overall understanding of all accounting and audit issues which enables me to offer a very comprehensive service.
I have been involved with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants before it became the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. My roles included Chairperson of the Auckland Branch, a facilitator of the professional competency programme for graduates, and Chair of the Public Practice Special Interest Group.
Outside work I am a keen athlete, although I now spend more time encouraging my son. I also love to travel. My current focus is on Spanish-speaking countries, having lived in Spain briefly and enjoyed learning a new language.
Alpa is an experienced chartered accountant. She has been a member of the Forbes team since graduating from Auckland University in 2004.
Her responsibilities include auditing a large number of organisations (including many not-for-profits) and the management of our monthly and annual accounting work.
Alpa is always looking for ways to help people, and she believes by keeping up-to-date with taxation legislation, financial reporting standards and auditing standards she can help our clients to achieve their goals.
Outside of work Alpa enjoys the outdoors, playing indoor netball, watching sports and spending time with family and friends.
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