Our Team

Meet the ATAINZ Leadership Team Supporting Accountants, Tax and Business Advisors throughout NZ

Richard Abel


Richard has been a member of ATAINZ since 2004. He was elected to the board in March 2017. In March 2018 he was elected by the members at the AGM as the Chairperson. Richard has been managing an accounting firm in Nelson since 2000 and currently has 15 staff in his practice.

Amie Lorenzen

Vice Chair

As owner of Figuration Limited, an Accounting, Bookkeeping and Consulting practice in North Auckland, Amie's mission is to grow stronger communities by supporting SME’s with growth and success.

Amie has had a reasonably diverse career background to date, working in finance for both large Corporates and Small Businesses. She holds a Diploma in Travel and Tourism Majoring in Accounting and a Bachelor of Accountancy from Massey University.

Amie's prior board experience includes advisory (in terms of finance, governance, and strategy) to several boards throughout the last 5 years.

ATAINZ mission statement resonates with Amie, she is passionate about supporting the association to empower members (both current and future) to understand the value they can play in their clients’ businesses and is an advocate of recruiting new graduates and up and coming players in the industry, encouraging diversity and longevity of the association.

When not at work you'll generally find Amie on the netball sideline coaching her daughters (11 and 13) or spending time with her family and friends.

Martin Thomas

Board Member

Martin has 39 years of experience with taxation and accountancy and will be a representative in Auckland. He will continue to work as an ambitious collective to increase our membership and front the ever changing tax landscape. He has a staff of 9 in his practice specializing with small business and residential property investment.
There are many strategic challenges and opportunities facing members with new legislation, disruptive technologies and the engine of economic growth very much being driven by the success of our very own business and investment clients.
ATAINZ is uniquely placed to add value across the board for both businesses and citizens of New Zealand. Remembering ‘none of us is as smart as all of us’, as a collective we have the opportunity of developing unparalleled taxation expertise with strength in numbers, and being in a prime position to earn trust as advisors.
Martin joined the board in 2019 and continues to contribute to the board as Treasurer and accelerating the growth and brand of ATAINZ to benefit all of our members.

Lance Green

Board Member

Lance Green – Born and raised in Wanganui originally with a background in Retail, Commercial and Merchant Banking. Decided that Accountancy was a more rewarding career over 30 years ago and since then has been a Senior Accountant, Associate and Director at four Accountancy firms before commencing practicing on his own account in April 2021. His clients are many and varied and involved in many activities from farming, retail, contracting, hospitality and investment. The main enjoyment in the position held is being able to assist client’s growth from small beginnings to a business that has a strong future.

Outside accountancy I am an ardent NZ Warriors supporter from day one in addition to enjoying the DIY lifestyle in a smaller regional city.

Lance & Partner Mary have 5 grown up children together with 8 Grandchildren.

Mike Davies

Board Member

Mike was elected to the Board in 2016. He has served a term as vice-chairperson and is presently the Director of Standards

Lisa Martin

Board Member

Over the last 30 years, Lisa has seen it all when it comes to being in business and has learnt some great lessons along the way. Lisa’s hunger for educating others inspires and excites those around her. It is in her DNA, she lives and breathes it daily. All businesses must have a purpose, get the purpose right, and the success will follow and that is “WHY we do it!”.

Making it her mission to change the way business owners handle their accounts, Lisa started GoFi8ure, a boutique mobile accounting practice in 2002 from scratch. Since then Lisa, with her team, have assisted thousands of businesses by providing efficient, accurate, mobile, and on-site management accounting, software training, tax and advisory services.

Lisa believes that every accounting professional must belong to a membership organisation that supports standards, best practice, education and continuing professional development. Being a passionate member of ATAINZ, when a Board opportunity arose in 2021 Lisa expressed her passion and desire to help educate the accounting industry and join the Board and help spread their mission, purpose, and values. Lisa looks forward to working alongside the ATAINZ Board and members to uphold and promote our amazing profession.

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Andrew Palmer

Board Member

Andrew was voted onto the Board in 2023 after being a co-opted member in 2022.

He is excited about helping the Board go from good to great, as we work towards being the Professional Body of choice for public accountants to the SME market of New Zealand.

Gary Upson


Gary is a qualified Accountant who for the last 20 years has been operating his own event management company running events such as Rally NZ, the Auckland Marathon, Polyfest and Rally Australia. Gary currently operates a retail business in Auckland.

Gary commenced the role of CEO for ATAINZ on a part time basis in March 2017.