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More than just bean counters

The Team


Meet the team at TCL Accountants.

Professional Staff

Angela Hobden – Director

I am a Public Practice Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University. TCL Accountants Group Limited is the third accounting practice I have owned, having previously had businesses in Whangarei and Awanui. I have 49 years accounting experience in public practice, large and small manufacturing businesses, local government and trustee companies. I have been in the Manawatu region for many years and enjoy assisting our clients to be the best in business that they can be. Outside of work I am involved with the Mid Central Governance Group for Mana Whaikaha and enjoy rose growing, reading and visiting my family. Xero Certified

Trish Gee – Contractor

I am a Chartered Accountant, a current member of CAANZ/NZICA and a Xero Certified Advisor. Prior to joining TCL in April 2018 as a Contract Accountant, I worked in Wellington, Whanganui and Marton. I have over 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, working with small to medium sized businesses. In addition, I currently work closely with a School Bursar in our region, my role is to oversee the accounting and reporting functions of the school and to meet the Boards, Ministry of Education and Charities Commission requirements. I have an open friendly approach to clients and love assisting them with their daily tasks, any issues they may have and of course, meeting their tax obligations. Outside of office hours, I enjoy walking (having completed 3 marathons, a number of half marathons and 10kms events), travelling and exploring new places and spending time with my husband Martin, our two children, extended family and friends. Xero Certified

Nadine Higgins - Contractor

I am a Chartered Accountant, a current member of CAANZ and a Xero Certified Advisor. I previously worked at TCL accountants in 2014 – 2016 while I was studying at Massey University. I moved to Hamilton in 2016, where I completed my Chartered Accountancy at Deloitte. I returned to Palmerston North and the TCL team as a contractor in 2021. I particularly enjoy working with small to medium businesses, not only assisting with tax obligations and compliance, but I also have a particular interest in management accounting. In addition to my role at TCL, I currently work as the Finance Officer at a Not For Profit Organisation. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my partner and our 2 fur babies. I enjoy staying active by going to the gym, swimming and playing tennis. I also enjoy baking and am a volunteer with GB Baking Palmerston North.

Kate Nicholson - Junior Accountant

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting and with a minor in Commercial Law and Taxation) at Victoria University and working remotely from Wellington. I will be at my desk in the Palmerston North office during term breaks and holidays. I am hoping that accounting work will reinforce what I am studying and that I can provide the practice with up-to-date information on current trends from university. Xero certified

Administration Staff

Michele Thompson – Systems Coordinator

I have fifteen years’ experience in logistics, managing both client and supplier relationships for organisations in Palmerston North and Wellington and have completed a Graduate Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management through Massey University. I have brought my systems management expertise and passion for database organisation to the group. Xero Certified

Michele Tan – Accounts Officer

I am an Accounting Technician and have been with the firm for eleven years, coming from a six year banking background. I am the ‘go to’ person for GST, PAYE, Xero and also have experience with MYOB. I’m passionate about helping your business grow. Xero Certified