Our People

Leanne Southey BBS, CA – 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. 
Speciality interests include farm accounting, taxation, company and trust structures. Leanne is also a member of the Institiute of Directors.

Outside of Southey Sayer,  Leanne is currently Chair of Masterton Trust Lands Trust and Deputy Chair of both Wairarapa DHB & UCOL. 

Married with two children who live in Wellington, Leanne is active in squash and a variety of community organisations.

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 15 years assisting clients with training and installation of MYOB products and the many other software brands our clients use, including Cash Manager Rural and Xero.

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 volunteers on the CA ANZ Local Leadership Team and Friends of Aratoi acting as the chair of the LLT and the treasurer of the FOA.

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. Dayna looks after tax for the Sayer Team as well as working with clients on the day to day complance of their business and preparing annual Financial Statements.

Dayna is a Xero Certified Advisor, BankLink Gold Certified Specialist and is a Cash Manager Rural Specialist.

Outside of Southey Sayer, Dayna and her husband run a dairy farm in the South Wairarapa. This gives her a great insight into the industry with her hands on experience as well as compliance knowledge. Dayna has two children, one at university and one off to university next year. 

Rebecca Conole – Practice Manager

Rebecca has been the firm's Practice Manager since 2011. She looks after our people, IT and general office needs. 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 family and is the Regional Coordinator for the charity Greyhounds as Pets.