Our Team

Meet the brains behind this business.

Our Team

Meet the brains behind this business.

Our Team

Meet the brains behind this business.

Vanessa Leighs (CA)

MANAGING DIRECTOR

I am an experienced chartered accountant and business advisor with 10+ years of experience spanning multiple industries including technology, entertainment and financial services.

As a problem solver and strategic thinker, I enjoy working with start-ups and small businesses. My approach is to work with a client to provide clarity about real financial performance and to integrate this into a holistic view of the business so a broad range of business objectives can be achieved.

Areas of specialisation include;

• Tax and accounting
• Cash-flow forecasting
• Business structure
• Workflows – how to get good outcomes with smart technology
• R&D incentives and grants
• Trusts

I also have a passion for music and play the violin on a casual basis with Orchestra Wellington.

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Vanessa Leighs (CA)

MANAGING DIRECTOR

I am an experienced chartered accountant and business advisor with 10+ years of experience spanning multiple industries including technology, entertainment and financial services.

As a problem solver and strategic thinker, I enjoy working with start-ups and small businesses. My approach is to work with a client to provide clarity about real financial performance and to integrate this into a holistic view of the business so a broad range of business objectives can be achieved.

Areas of specialisation include;

• Tax and accounting
• Cash-flow forecasting
• Business structure
• Workflows – how to get good outcomes with smart technology
• R&D incentives and grants
• Trusts

I also have a passion for music and play the violin on a casual basis with Orchestra Wellington.

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Vanessa Leighs (CA)

MANAGING DIRECTOR

I am an experienced chartered accountant and business advisor with 10+ years of experience spanning multiple industries including technology, entertainment and financial services.

As a problem solver and strategic thinker, I enjoy working with start-ups and small businesses. My approach is to work with a client to provide clarity about real financial performance and to integrate this into a holistic view of the business so a broad range of business objectives can be achieved.

Areas of specialisation include;

• Tax and accounting
• Cash-flow forecasting
• Business structure
• Workflows – how to get good outcomes with smart technology
• R&D incentives and grants
• Trusts

I also have a passion for music and play the violin on a casual basis with Orchestra Wellington.

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Paras Shah

STRATEGIC ADVISOR

What I have learned over last twenty two years working as a trusted advisor, an organisational change agent or a volunteer is that:

“It’s all about improvements. Incremental or Revolutionary.”

As a trusted advisor and change agent, I have successfully enabled many organisations large and small to navigate their business and technology transformations.

My practice areas include:

• Technology risk advisory
• Technology governance advisory
• Technology assurance and audit
• Strategic planning advisory
• Organisational change enablement
• Regulatory, legislative or contractual compliance advisory, and
• Technology management

I am an active contributor to the peak industry bodies at international, regional and local levels to guide you with the latest knowledge, trends and changes that could affect your business.

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Paras Shah

STRATEGIC ADVISOR

What I have learned over last twenty two years working as a trusted advisor, an organisational change agent or a volunteer is that:

 

“It’s all about improvements. Incremental or Revolutionary.”

 

As a trusted advisor and change agent, I have successfully enabled many organisations large and small to navigate their business and technology transformations.

 

My practice areas include:

  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Technology risk advisory
  • Technology audit and assurance
  • Data Governance and Information Lifecycle Management
  • Organisational change enablement  

 

I am an active contributor to the peak industry bodies at international, regional and local levels to guide you with the latest knowledge, trends and changes that could affect your business.

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Paras Shah

STRATEGIC ADVISOR

What I have learned over last twenty two years working as a trusted advisor, an organisational change agent or a volunteer is that:

 

“It’s all about improvements. Incremental or Revolutionary.”

 

As a trusted advisor and change agent, I have successfully enabled many organisations large and small to navigate their business and technology transformations.

 

My practice areas include:

  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Technology risk advisory
  • Technology audit and assurance
  • Data Governance and Information Lifecycle Management
  • Organisational change enablement  

 

I am an active contributor to the peak industry bodies at international, regional and local levels to guide you with the latest knowledge, trends and changes that could affect your business.

 

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Xero partnership

 

We utilise the power of cloud technology to provide the best efficiency and value for you.

 

 

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  • Access to real-time financial information through-out the year
  • Cost efficient financial reporting
  • Cash-flow management
  • Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Automated invoicing
  • Less money and time spent on bookkeeping and manual spreadsheets
  • Automation of manual small business accounting tasks
  • Ability to work remotely – wherever you have an internet connection!

You can benefit from a discount on your subscription with 5th Consulting through the Xero partner pricing model. Our team also has Xero certified advisors so you get the expertise and experience to help you get the most out of your subscription.

Xero is easy to use and beginner friendly and has simple dashboards that provide relevant information in real-time. Its customer reviews rank significantly higher than other similar products, making it a popular choice.

We show you the best set-up for your business and then assist with the implementation so you are ready to hit the ground running.

We can do the following on-boarding requirements for you:

  • connect your bank accounts
  • set up your chart of accounts
  • add your logo
  • add your customer lists
  • upload your balances from previous and current financial years
  • provide training and support.
We provide short training courses so you can learn how to use Xero and do your own bookkeeping basics with confidence. As our valued customer, you will receive Xero consulting and ongoing customer support for your account.

Have a question?

Here are some answers to our most commonly asked questions.

5th Consulting provides bookkeeping and compliance services at great prices that are great value for money, so we can focus on creating value for your business in other, more strategic areas. Our advisors have backgrounds spanning diverse fields such as; finance, marketing, information security and risk.

At it’s most basic, you’ll need to manage bank reconciliations and stay on top of invoicing and bills. Most people opt for a cloud-based solution (like Xero) as this allows you to automate everyday business tasks, get up-to-date financials and run your business from anywhere.

You’ll need to choose the structure that best suits you. The most common are sole trader, partnership or company, with each structure offering different benefits and consideration. 5th Consulting can help you make the right choice.

The biggest response by far is that Xero is easy to use. We like Xero for this reason as well, because we can teach our clients how to use the software quickly.

We have other options available for you if you’d rather not use Xero – please get in touch so we can show you.

Yes, we are. Please click here to read our privacy policy.

Have a question?

Here are some answers to our most commonly asked questions.

5th Consulting provides bookkeeping and compliance services at great prices that are great value for money, so we can focus on creating value for your business in other, more strategic areas. Our advisors have backgrounds spanning diverse fields such as; finance, marketing, information security and risk.

At it’s most basic, you’ll need to manage bank reconciliations and stay on top of invoicing and bills. Most people opt for a cloud-based solution (like Xero) as this allows you to automate everyday business tasks, get up-to-date financials and run your business from anywhere.

You’ll need to choose the structure that best suits you. The most common are sole trader, partnership or company, with each structure offering different benefits and consideration. 5th Consulting can help you make the right choice.

The biggest response by far is that Xero is easy to use. We like Xero for this reason as well, because we can teach our clients how to use the software quickly.

We have other options available for you if you’d rather not use Xero – please get in touch so we can show you.

Yes, we are. Please click here to read our privacy policy.

Have a question?

Here are some answers to our most commonly asked questions.

5th Consulting provides bookkeeping and compliance services at great prices that are great value for money, so we can focus on creating value for your business in other, more strategic areas. Our advisors have backgrounds spanning diverse fields such as; finance, information security and risk.

At it’s most basic, you’ll need to manage bank reconciliations and stay on top of invoicing and bills. Most people opt for a cloud-based solution (like Xero) as this allows you to automate everyday business tasks, get up-to-date financials and run your business from anywhere.

You’ll need to choose the structure that best suits you. The most common are sole trader, partnership or company, with each structure offering different benefits and consideration. 5th Consulting can help you make the right choice.

The biggest response by far is that Xero is easy to use. We like Xero for this reason as well, because we can teach our clients how to use the software quickly.

We have other options available for you if you’d rather not use Xero – please get in touch so we can show you.

Yes, we are. Please click here to read our privacy policy.

Want to know more?

We’re happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

 

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Want to know more?

We’re happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

 

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Want to know more?

We’re happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

 

Contact Us