About Us – Connect Outsourcing

About Us

We’re passionate about helping Kiwi accounting firms to thrive through the changes and challenges facing the industry. That’s why we’re on a mission to become New Zealand’s pre-eminent trusted provider of top-quality, reliable outsourced accounting services. We take care of the bread and butter work to help you get back to what’s important: growing both your clients’ business and your own.

Our Kiwi Office

Our New Zealand team, based in Auckland, is in daily contact with our Mohali offices and senior accountants regularly travel to India to conduct training. We are led by Greg Rathbun, a respected chartered accountant with 30+ years’ experience.

Our Mohali office

Our team in India is based in Mohali Northern India, and is managed by our senior accountant and customer solutions manager Shiv Kumar.

We have a dedicated resource of qualified accountants at our offices. In many ways our offshore operation in Mohali runs like a New Zealand CA firm, with junior, intermediate and senior staff.

Mohali has many international sporting venues consisting of a magnificent cricket stadium, hockey stadium, golf course and the newly built Mohali International Airport. All our team are cricket mad and we are really grateful that cricket matches happen in the evenings or we would never get any work done in the office!

Staff turnover is low because working and living conditions are excellent there are valuable career advancement opportunities and we pay above award wages. Mohali is considered one of the best places to live in Punjab and is developing rapidly as the IT Hub for the state.

Our capabilities

  • Proficient in Xero, MYOB, AO/AE, APS, Figured and CCH
  • We have 600 + accountants trained to NZ accounting standards
  • Partnered with over 50 + accounting firms in NZ
  • We work with many different industries and understand farming compliance work
  • We have completed over 50,000 tax returns for the 2016/17 tax year

Meet The Team

Greg Rathbun

Greg helped establish Connect Outsourcing in 2007 when he was a director in a mid-sized chartered accounting practice. Now Greg devotes much of his time sharing his knowledge on outsourcing to Connect clients. He believes whilst the chartered accounting industry is in massive change this can deliver better outcomes both for CA’s and their clients.

Edward Hayes

Ed brings a wealth of experience to Connect Outsourcing. With a background in sales and marketing for a major corporate brand Ed managed the technical sales team for over fifteen years.

Over the past four years Ed has helped Connect position itself as the most trusted outsourcing solution for NZ accounting firms.

Ed is passionate about helping NZ accounting firms position themselves to better serve their clients and make more profit as the accounting landscape changes.

Michaela Pilbrow

Michaela joined our team in 2017 to help us provide excellent service to our clients. She has a genuine passion for helping people and is always willing to offer a listening ear. Michaela is a certified accounts administrator and has a diploma in digital design. With a combination of creative thinking and great communication skills, Michaela is an integral part of our team.

Shiv Kumar

Shiv is a qualified accountant with a Masters degree in accounting from Chandigarh University. He has worked in the accounting and auditing fields for over 21 years, with the last 8 at Connect. Shiv is dedicated to helping our clients with all their resourcing and compliance needs. He loves to work closely with you to understand your business processes and then present advice and strategies to meet your goals.

Shiv is originally from the beautiful Himalayas, and now lives in Chandigarh with his two young children. His passions are playing cricket, watching movies, and listening to music.

Don't just take our word for it - read our client case study from Marion Garlick on the benefits of choosing Connect after 8 years of outsourcing.

"Our firm have been outsourcing for 8 years and enjoyed a competitive advantage over our peers. the connect team are a seamless extension of our in-house team and always great to deal with."

Marion Garlick
Gilligan Sheppard