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Meet our team

Leigh Johnston  CA (PP)


Leigh heads up the HJL team and has been working as a Chartered Accountant since qualifying in 1987.  

A seasoned expert in all things accounting, Leigh specialises in financial coaching, profit improvement, succession planning, trusts and ownership structures. Over the years he has trained hundreds of students in accounting and bookkeeping through our "Accounting made easy" training courses.

When he's not working Leigh enjoys spending time with his wife of 32 years, Jean, his three daughters, eight grandchildren and Cooper, his cheeky chocolate Labrador. Leigh's also a bit of an action man and loves nothing more than going to the gym, fishing, kayaking, swimming or walking the hills around the Hutt Valley.

Helen McEwen  BBS CA

Client Manager

Having spent over 20 years working in accounting, Helen has bucket loads of experience and is a Chartered Accountant who prides herself on turning "bean counter" speak into English. 

Helen is a black belt in taxation matters and enjoys working with small businesses and helping clients implement new financial systems.

Prior to joining HJL in 2008, Helen spent 10 years at an accountancy practice in the Wairarapa where she worked closely with local farms, societies and clubs.

Helen has two boys and loves anything fantasy or sci-fi.  She enjoys reading, puzzles and solving those tricky, hidden object computer games.

Tania Cribb BBA

Client Manager

Tania has over five years' accounting experience working in London and Wellington.  An all-round accounting whizz, Tania enjoys working closely with clients and building long-term relationships

During her spare time, Tania enjoys keeping fit, playing netball and hanging out with her husband and their two children.

Jean Johnston

Practice Admin