Our Team

The team at Grange Associates Ltd has been together for a number of years now. We each have knowledge of all our clients and aim to deliver professional yet personal attention.

Jack Brian - Director
Gael Hotchin - Associate
Abbey Allpress - Accountant

Jack Brian - Director

Jack Brian has been successfully advising clients for more than 25 years. He is a general practitioner with strong experience in taxation, business structures and reporting systems. He tends to work directly with business owners and much of his assistance is provided at the strategic level.

During his career in accounting, Jack has worked in large international accounting firms in New York, London and Auckland. He has also been a partner of a midsized Auckland practice. But most of all Jack enjoys the personalised relationships that can be developed in a smaller practice. Hence he established Grange Associates Ltd in 2006.

Jack graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1982 and shortly thereafter moved to Auckland to commence his career. From there he spent time overseas before returning to Auckland in late 1987 when he became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand. In 1989 he obtained a Certificate of Public Practice and began practicing on his own account in 1990. Many of his original clients are still with Grange Associates Ltd.

Jack’s practicing style is casual yet thorough with a strong focus on providing solutions to his clients' needs.

His main leisure activity is off road motorcycling where although he competes in cross country and enduro he accurately describes himself as a “moving spectator”.

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Gael Hotchin - Associate

Gael Hotchin helped Jack establish Grange Associates Ltd in 2006. She is currently obtaining her Certificate of Public Practice and will soon become a director of Grange Associates Ltd.

She has almost 30 years accounting experience in Auckland and London, within both commerce and public practice. Gael has worked with Jack since 1993.

Gael has a strong interest in computerised accounting systems. Over the years she has installed and maintained many systems using all the common accounting software brands. She also has a strong auditing background and has responsibility for completing our audit assignments. These include commercial, legal and real estate trust accounts and charities.

For fun, Gael reads, travels and even has her own dirt bike.

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Abbey Allpress - Accountant

Abbey joined Grange Associates in 2008 as a senior accountant, after previous experience in larger accounting firms in Auckland and Hawkes Bay.

She has enjoyed the transition to the smaller firm of Grange Associates Ltd, and the ability to provide a more personalised approach to clients.

Abbey has taken an interest in website design and built this website for Grange Associates Ltd.

Out of the office, Abbey enjoys travelling, going to stand-up comedy shows, reading and walking.

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