Our tailored accounting packages have been put together with farms of all shapes and sizes in mind. The services included in your fixed fee package cover everything you need to run your business with total clarity.

The tools and software we provide you with will give you current figures and trends to work with, to make informed decisions for your farming business.

Relationships, trust and communication are at the very core of our company values, meaning your Accountant will be an integral member of your business, who's only a phone call away whenever you need.

As one of your biggest costs can be servicing debt, included in our packages is an independent review of your finance structure. The relationship with your bank and how your debt is structured is crucial to cashflow and business planning, and we are dedicated to helping you find the best possible banking solution.

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Dave Jessep
CEO

Dave was born and raised on a hill country farm in central Hawkes Bay before moving to Marlborough with his family to get involved with Marine Farming and Viticulture where they still have interests.

He founded Sidekick back in 2006, and his infectious enthusiasm has helped him build a company of talented accountants with offices across New Zealand. 

Dave has spent over 20 years in accounting and still loves coming to work every day.

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James Swaney
Director

James looks after a range of commercial and agri clients in both South and Mid Canterbury. A Chartered Accountant, James studied at Lincoln University to gain a BCom majoring in Accounting, Finance and Information Technology

Before his Accounting career, James also spent four years in the automotive industry and much of his childhood on his grandfathers livestock farm based in South Canterbury.

Looking at the big picture, setting goals and helping clients plan to achieve those goals are what James enjoys most about his job.

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Richard Wheeler
Senior Advisor

Richard has over 15 years of Agri Banking experience in Canterbury, South Canterbury and North Otago.

His knowledge of agriculture is current and broad. Richard has successfully helped a range of farming systems from large to small, discover and achieve their goals.

Hailing from a family sheep and beef station prior to attending Lincoln, his roots are firmly grounded in agriculture. Helping farmers succeed is his passion. 

With so many challenges facing farming businesses, Richard is uniquely placed to help you optimise your planning and financial needs. 

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Chloe Lea
Intermediate Accountant

One of our Sidekick Accountants, Chloe has many years of experience in the local accounting industry as well as customer service experience for a large New Zealand power company. 

With both a Bachelor of Accountancy from Massey University and a Certificate in Professional Office Management from Timaru Polytechnic, Chloe has all the tools and knowledge to help our clients. 

When she’s not working with the team at Sidekick Timaru, Chloe enjoys spending time with family, socialising with friends and walking her dog.

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Lea Gibson
Administrator

Helping out with many aspects of administration, Lea ensures all clients and staff are well taken care of. Lea has ten years of working in accounts based roles in both New Zealand and London, as well as 2 years experience working in the accounting industry. 

Helping our clients with everything from payroll and bookkeeping Lea is also the smiley face you’ll see at reception when you come to our office. 

A local from a family farm south of Timaru, Lea enjoys spending her spare time gardening, walking her dog and spending time with her young daughter.