Who We Are
Director - BBS, PGDip Professional Accounting, Diploma in Management, CPA (PPC)
Ann-Maree has owned and operated Sterling Accountants since 2010 and has been working her accounting magic for over 25 years. As a fellow small business owner, she is perfectly placed to understand the challenges of running and living with a business.
Experienced in all industries and sectors, she has a wide and diverse portfolio of clients who benefit from her expertise in compliance and business mentoring. Ann-Maree really wants to get to know you, your business and what makes you tick. Working together to put in place your business and lifestyle goals, Ann-Maree has a focus on bottom line profit - she wants you to work smarter, not harder!
When Ann-Maree isn't at the office, free time is filled up with music, cooking, reading and family. She loves spending time with her daughter and husband. Ann-Maree is incredibly passionate about Jazz and singing and recently returned to the Hagley Jazz School for further study where she is especially enjoying the performance aspect of the course.
Michelle was born and bred in Christchurch, completing her BCom at Lincoln University too long ago to mention! She has over 20 years’ experience in financial roles, including banking, office management, credit management, and finance management in a variety of SMEs.
Michelle prides herself on her strong financial acumen and ability to analyse financial information, this in turn ensures she adds value every step of the way in her relationship with her clients. Michelle is passionate about finance and business working very much in partnership with her clients.
When not at work Michelle is extremely busy with her two young children, by far the most challenging role she has ever had. She is renowned for her baking and enjoys spending time with friends, family; she is always keen to combine this with checking out one of the many new cafes and restaurant’s popping up in Christchurch.
Sarah followed the numbers through the legal, SOE and corporate sectors until she found her place at Sterling Accountants. She has a real affinity with numbers and her penchant for detail means she is a perfect fit for our office. One of our vibrant client managers, Sarah has worked with a wide range of clients in many industries, however, she is especially great with sole traders, rentals and all tax compliance.
Sarah LOVES computers and is our office computer guru for software and programming issues. She is always looking for a quicker, better way to do things and will always manage to spot a time saving solution or option.
Sarah is a devoted mum of four boys which doesn't leave much time for other activities. When they are older and child car seats are a distant memory, she plans on taking a big trip on her motorbike and rekindling her passion for salsa dancing. When enough sleep is granted, she is a "Collector of Trivia" and her cake decorating talents are envied by many.
Olivia James has been involved within the bookkeeping and accounting industry for over 14 years working in the public and private sector both in the UK and New Zealand.
Olivia’s background as a paediatrician has given her a strong eye for detail and an enthusiasm for immaculate accounts and order. She enjoys using cloud-based technologies to make clients lives easier by saving them time and reducing their carbon footprint. In 2021 Olivia commenced a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Finance at Massey University.
Her favourite part of the job is helping clients succeed. She strives to not only assist with your accounting and taxation requirements but also work with you to meet your business and lifestyle goals.
Olivia has a husband and two beautiful children. On the weekends you will most likely catch them at one of Christchurch’s fantastic children’s playgrounds or at the beach.