International Women's Day: Fiona Welten

Tauranga Business Advisory Services director Fiona Welten shares what she’s proud of and what she enjoys in her role as part of an International Women's Day series profiling some of our female leaders.

Time to read: 1 mins

When I was young, one of my after-school jobs was working for a hairdresser. I did the bookwork along with sweeping the floors, and quickly learned I would far rather deal with the numbers and provide advice to the hairdresser, who was far too creative to be interested in the day-to-day. 

From there I decided to go to university to get a Business Management degree. This gave me a taste of many business facets, but accounting and business advisory came out on top.

I started as a graduate for Murray Crossman & Partners (predecessors to Baker Tilly Staples Rodway in Tauranga). Through the years I have seen changes, but what I want to do inherently is make a difference to my clients and the people I work with. 

I am proud of the legacy I have created, working part-time once I had my children. Having reduced hours and school holidays off left a nice balance of work and family life. Some 24 years ago, I convinced the Directors that there was value to be had from part-time employees, setting the lovely precedent for our current mothers.

There is nothing more satisfying than when I am out socially and people say, “oh you don’t seem like an accountant”. They struggle to wrap their heads around the idea of accountants being cheerful and outgoing! I love my job and love making sure others enjoy their interactions with me.

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