About our PEOPLE
We believe that the success of any business comes down to setting goals and planning. We’re the experts in this and can monitor your progress. Gone are the days of meeting with your accountant on an annual basis; you’ll be working with us throughout the year and you’ll have access to the team as required.
Chief of Ideas
Jamie is a born and raised southerner with a love for the outdoors, family and helping others. The son of a local tailor and clothing manufacturer he has grown up around small to medium businesses. With 2 other accountants in the family it was a natural progression to this industry.
His accounting journey began in a traditional top 12 accounting practice 26 years ago. His work included a wide and varied selection of medium enterprise and nationwide corporate audit clients. From here he worked in a nationwide corporate environment for 11 years which covered all aspects of business operations. Here he learnt that the world can be a harsh place and that not everyday can be a success and the world doesn’t work on a 9 to 5 schedule. Dealing with a significant number of customers and suppliers he sensed that there had to be a better way to help small to medium sized business owners operate and achieve their goals. From this Cross Group was born.
Kate Bunting is our Senior Accountant at Cross Group. She has been with Cross Group since March 2020. Prior to that she spent the first 10 years of her career working in a large accounting firm servicing agricultural and rural industries, as well as a variety of small-to-medium businesses.
Kate was born and raised in Invercargill. She graduated from Otago University in 2013 with a BCom and a DipGrad, and in 2014 she became a Chartered Accountant.
In her spare time, Kate likes to keep fit, go for walks with her lunatic dog, spend time at the family crib in Kingston, and enjoys a good Netflix binge. Kate is involved with football outside of work, including playing (when she's not injured...) and coaching. She is currently involved with the Southland United Academy and coaches the Southland United 14th Grade Girls.
Miread started working at Cross Group in 2012 as an accounting and marketing assistant. In 2014 she left to start a family. She returned in 2017 after a stint in a media company. Miread achieved her Accounting Technician certification in 2020. Miread continues to learn and develop her skills in HR, marketing and administration. Miread enjoys spending time with her family and pot plants.
Ruby joined the Cross Group team as our administrative assistant in 2019. After spending the first four years of her working life living in Europe and the UK Ruby settled back in New Zealand in 2015. Ruby first started back working in real estate then going on to start her family. When finishing maternity leave she was ready for a change and loved the small close knit team of Cross Group.
Carla is our Junior Accountant. Carla has been working at Cross Group since November 2020. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s degree in commerce, majoring in accounting through Open Polytechnic. Carla grew up on a dairy farm in Ryal Bush. She loves helping out her parents on the dairy farm and enjoying family time in Central Otago.