I have recently had the privilege of being mentored by Russell as I stepped up in my career into a finance director role. He brought to the challenge a real effort to get to know me, a structured plan and a wealth of experience. Over the year it was clear to me that Russell is motivated out of a desire to pass on his skill set, particularly where it will enable organisations to further develop their finance function.
Over the year I came to appreciate the times we spent together as I often left the meetings with a much better idea of future steps I should be implementing. Russell does not beat around the bush where risk is involved; rather he addresses it head on with the intention of mitigating it wherever possible.
Working to a structured framework enabled us to monitor progress and sign off specific areas as they were covered. Russell did a lot of work behind the scenes ensuring sessions ran smoothly and that we were covering what needed to be covered.
I would strongly recommend anyone wanting to advance their financial skill-set to consider the opportunity of employing Russell’s services to assist them in doing so.
Finance Director, Christians Against Poverty NZ
I have no reservation in recommending Russell as a committed, capable, hands-on accountant that can operate at many levels in an organisation. He is personable but tenacious and can be relied upon to deliver what he promises. Read more...
B. Comm, ACIS, IOD, ATAINZ, CPA NZ
Edenperichprewett - Business Specialists & Accountants (Auckland)
Russell managed the finances for a major 1.5M capital project and also helped grow Zeal’s overall income by 50% in just two years. Russell has a unique set of skills and a strategic mind that make him a significant asset to any company or group looking to implement any significant accounting changes in their organisation. He is also a great steward of finances and is always happy to muck in and support the organisation in whatever way he can.
I personally enjoyed the time I had working with Russell and would gladly recommend him for any financial role. Read more...
CEO - Zeal Education Trust (Auckland)
As a small business owner-operator, dealing with Russell from Equilibrium has proven invaluable to my business. Having a trusted and exceptionally competent person dealing with my finances has freed me up to focus on my business fully. His mentorship and advice has also helped my business to perform better. I would absolutely recommend his services to anyone who wishes to have peace of mind on the financial management of their business.
Director - Go Time Communications Ltd (Auckland)
I've recently engaged with Russell for his services and his input was priceless. What we all need in our lives are paradigm shifts in our own thinking to make the correct changes to enable change and success - Russell was a great catalyst and provider for this. I couldn't more highly recommend Russell as he provides the facts, insights, structures & encouragement to further your potential.
Director, Inspire Films (Auckland)
Russell has a great work ethic and I have found to him to be very studious. He relates well to people while at the same time being professional. Russell is great at financial, management and even marketing problem solving, which has no doubt resulted from his vast experience in the area management accounting.
Associate at Business Like NZ Ltd (Auckland)
The success of the implementation is due to Russell being very understanding and supportive in working with me to make sure that I am well trained and confident in using this software. Read more...
CFO - Raukura Hauora O Tainui (Auckland)
Russell worked independently when required and was proactive in identifying and implementing improvements to the process and controls. His combination of IT and accounting knowledge was of particular help in this regard. Russell added considerable value not only to the finance team but also in recommendations to the IT and operational areas. Read more...
Business Unit FM - Woolworths Financial Services (Cape Town)
Russell was known for his attention to detail when it came to financial management although he also demonstrated great skills in managing people. It was a pleasure working with Russell because he was hardworking and very trustworthy.
While I was Chairman of the Board of Mentor Healthcare I regarded Russell as the reliable chief operating officer.
National Scout Council at South African Scout Association
Russell is one of the most level-headed people I have worked with when it comes to financial management and forecasting. He was meticulous in planning and accommodated all possible scenarios. He had a penchant for the conservative route although he was careful to maintain a fair risk/reward approach - a great asset in the small business and entrepreneurial environments where managing risk is important.
In a nutshell, Russell is a hardworking, meticulous and very bright problem solver with soft skills to manage staff and build strong business relationships with stakeholders.
Consultant on alternative asset insurance solutions
I highly recommend Russell as a candidate for employment. Russell is well qualified and experienced and has excellent communication skills. In addition, he is extremely organized, reliable and has excellent computing skills. Russell can work independently and is able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done. He is flexible and willing to work on any project that is assigned to him. Russell was quick to volunteer to assist in other areas of company operations, as well. Russell would be a tremendous asset for your company and has my highest recommendation.
Academic Manager at College of Cape Town