Cynthia Forbes


Bachelor of Management Studies, Chartered Accountant

"It's really important to clients that I'm very hands-on with their audit. The audit team here has been together since November 2008. We use the latest technology and we are a strong technical team."

I have built a strong solid audit team at McGregor Bailey.  I like to think I make the audit process easy for clients. They feel comfortable asking questions and will always get a simple and straightforward answer. I am flexible and while we've always got deadlines to meet, I try and take the pressure off them as much as possible.

My team and I assist personal and general business clients from a range of entities including not-for-profits. While audit is my specialist activity, I also have a select group of clients to whom we provide a range of accounting and taxation advice.

I started my career in what was one of the big eight accounting practices, Ernst and Young. More recently I have been involved in smaller accounting practices of between two and seven partners.  It's given me a good overall understanding of all accounting and audit issues which enables me to offer a very comprehensive service.
I have been involved with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants before it became the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.  These roles included Chairperson of the Auckland Branch, a facilitator of the professional competency programme for graduates and Chair of the Public Practice Special Interest Group.

Outside work I am a keen athlete although now spend more time encouraging my son. I also love to travel. My current focus is on Spanish-speaking countries having lived in Spain briefly and enjoyed learning a new language.


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