January 17, 2019

Key People

Jonathan VE Kennerley, CA (cpp) – Director
Email: jonathan@kco.co.nz LinkedIn

Jonathan has been involved in the accounting industry his entire life, thanks to his father running his own practice.

With degrees obtained in both Accounting and Music from the University of Auckland, he started his full-time accounting career with a lengthy period at KPMG (one of the “Big Four”) where he developed a high level of professionalism and accounting expertise.

Apart from an invaluable three year stint in London – where he worked as a Project Manager in Risk Analytics with a major European bank – Jonathan has focused his career on public practice tax and business advisory services. As such he has accumulated many years of in depth experience and expertise in these areas.

A key strength of his is the ability to provide understandable, transparent and prompt results in an industry known for it’s complexity; his strong and long-standing relationships with his clients are testament to this.

Jonathan is a bit of a gym and health fanatic, is a serious cricket buff, and a member of both Mensa NZ and the Northern Club.

He lives in Mt Eden, Auckland with his wife and five children.

Peter Meads, B.Com – Consultant
Email: peter@kco.co.nz LinkedIn

Peter has over 40 years of commercial experience in a wide range of industries both in New Zealand and overseas. He ran his own successful accounting firm (Property & Business Accounting Limited) for nearly 20 years, building up a sizeable and loyal client base due to the excellent service the firm provided.

With the aim of ensuring that his client base were well catered for in the future, in mid 2021 Peter merged his operations with Kennerley & Co where he now works 3 days a week.

Like Jonathan, Peter is also a cricket fanatic; however he also has many years of first class and other high level cricketing experience – he still regularly represents New Zealand in the national over 60s cricket squad. He is also the current long standing treasurer of Grafton Cricket Club.

Keith Manson, CA – Consultant

Keith has 25 years of accounting and senior financial management experience within the corporate sector, and has been a Chartered Accountant since 1977.

Keith set up his firm (Keith Manson Chartered Accountants Limited) in 1997, and built it up into a successful and well regarded accountancy practice.

The keys to his success were his extensive accounting and financial management experience, combined with his strong client relationships and high attention to detail.

He officially retired from general accountancy work from 30 October 2020, with the knowledge that his clients from his former practice are now well catered for at Kennerley & Co.

Keith remains available as a consultant to Jonathan.

Kushal has a Masters in Professional Accounting from the Auckland University of Technology, and is a Provisional Member of CAANZ.

Kushal A Patel, M.Com, M.Pa – Accountant
Email: kp@kco.co.nz LinkedIn 

He has been an integral part of the firm more or less since the firm’s inception and like Jonathan, has also been exposed to accounting his entire life – his father is the Professor of Accounting at a prestigious university.

He finds great satisfaction in assisting clients with their accounting and taxation needs, whatever they may be. His intellect and broad range of accounting and tax related knowledge – including payroll, GST and income tax – make him a great asset to the firm.

A skilled cricketer, he has played semi-professionally in the UK, and continues to play competitively here in Auckland.

Angelique Henri, CA (cpp) – Senior Accountant
Email: angelique@kco.co.nz LinkedIn 

Angelique is a highly experienced Chartered Accountant. Her efficiency, attention to detail, and excellent communication skills have endeared her to her clients, many of whom are very longstanding.

After an enjoyable stint of over 10 years at Gilligan & Co Chartered Accountants, she joined Kennerley & Co upon Allan Gilligan’s retirement and the merging of the two firms.

Angelique has expertise in a wide variety of accounting software, and on a broad range of tax issues. As such she is up for a challenge and ready to assist clients whatever their accounting or tax related requirements.

Outside of work Angie enjoys spending time with her family, including her two children.

Victoria Dickens, B.Com – Senior Accountant
Email: victoria@kco.co.nz

Victoria qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 and has been involved in public practice accounting since 2004. Before that she had a career in auditing, as well as a 5 year stint in banking in London.

Her calm and measured nature along with her high level of expertise have led to her building up a loyal client base over the years.

Victoria loves the outdoors and is a keen skier and hiker. She lives locally (to the extent she usually walks to the office) and works Monday to Thursday, so as to maximize her family time with her husband and two daughters.

Julie Massey, B.Com, BA, MSW – Senior Accountant
Email: julie@kco.co.nz

Julie is more than just a senior accountant – she has a Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics and German) and a Masters of Social Work, along with her Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), all from the University of Auckland.

She started her accounting career in 2008 working part-time whilst studying, moving to a full-time role upon graduation in 2010.

Julie lives in West Auckland with her husband, 2 preschool-age daughters and their dog.

Andrew was raised in Auckland and graduated from the University of Auckland with a B.Com degree majoring in Accounting and Information Systems in 2011, as well as a Graduate Diploma majoring in Commercial Law in 2012.

Andrew was admitted as a full member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2021.

Andrew Barua, CA – Senior Accountant
Email: andrew@kco.co.nz LinkedIn

He finds great satisfaction in assisting a wide range of clients with their general accounting, tax and accounting systems needs.

An avid sports lover, Andrew is particularly keen on cricket and NFL; more recently he has taken up golf.

Sam was born and raised in Auckland and obtained his degree in Finance and Accounting from the Auckland University of Technology.

Samuel Clark, B.Bus – Accountant
Email: sam@kco.co.nz

His sharp mind and easy going manner make him an ideal team member, and he takes great care to ensure all his clients queries and issues are dealt with in an efficient and stress-free manner.

Sam is experienced in and involved with a wide range of accounting work, and is always endeavoring to further his knowledge and expertise in anything accounting and finance related.

Hunter joined the team fresh out of University, and comes highly qualified in that he has successfully run his own businesses, and held positions of significant responsibility in other related areas.

In addition to this, he has a degree in Business (majoring in accounting) from the Auckland University of Technology – where he was also Vice President of the AUT Accounting Association.

Hunter is highly motivated and exceptionally personable; as such he is a great fit for the team and a great asset to the firm.

Hunter Waihape, B.Bus – Accountant
Email: hunter@kco.co.nz Linkedin

He is currently working towards becoming a full member of the institute of Chartered Accountants.

Laura has been a mainstay of the firm from it’s inception, and provides all of the firm’s IT, website and systems support.

Laura Kennerley, B.SE – IT & Systems Support

With a life long hands-on interest in information technology coupled with a degree in Software Engineering from Massey University, she is more than qualified for the role – a role which has only steadily increased as the firm has grown in size.

On top of this, her time is primarily consumed by the care of her (and Jonathan’s) 5 young children.