We welcome our new Wanganui accountants – Francis D’Souza and Tristan Stephens

Experienced accountants Francis D’Souza and Tristan Stephens recently joined the Moore Stephens Markhams Wanganui office, marking the third time the pair have worked together at the same firm.

Francis and Tristan started at the Wanganui office at the same time and have a similar life story, having moved to the region from Auckland and Melbourne respectively, coincidentally finding themselves working alongside each other at the same practice.

Francis has been working as an accountant for the past 12 years and became a chartered accountant in 2015. At Moore Stephens Markhams, he works across a variety of industries, in financial statement preparation, compliance and tax matters. He says arming clients with the best information so they can make decisions for their businesses, is a role he enjoys.

“Assisting clients with advice and information that will help them create value for their business is very satisfying. I also look to streamline the processes within their business and help them with all the areas of financial management and taxation they have to navigate, especially when they’re not familiar with them,” he says.

When he’s not helping clients with numbers and business planning, Francis spends his time with family and friends and has spent many years on the football pitch as both a player and manager. He also enjoys other sports including volleyball and snowboarding and is a keen traveller, having recently spent time in Europe, the US and Mexico.

“I really enjoy working with the Wanganui team – they’ve all been really helpful. They’re a great bunch.”

Tristan recently returned to accountancy – a career he has worked in for the past two decades – after taking a break to work as a business manager for a charity. An Australian by birth, he and his family moved to Wanganui in 2006 from his home in Melbourne, Australia.

Tristan provides a wide range of services to clients including compliance, tax and financial management. He also provides support for principal Nicola Gibbons.

“The best part about my role is helping people. Knowing you’ve helped them no matter who they are, large or small, individuals or high-level corporate business. My experience over 22 years means I’ve worked across many industries and handled a broad range of financial management,” he says.

Tristan says creative pursuits balance out his work with numbers. “I have a large family and spend most of my leisure time with them, but when time permits, I love listening to jazz, especially John Coltrane and Chet Baker. I’m also an avid reader with a wide range of topics – from philosophy and English literature to detective novels and art criticism. It’s a lifetime hobby.”

Both men are enjoying all that the river city has to offer. “There are very kind and humble people here in Wanganui,” says Tristan.

“House prices are reasonable, you don’t have to travel too far to get to things and my friends and family are here,” adds Francis.

“The city has everything you need.”