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Our people

The people that make Astute Mode tick

Prue McStay - Director, B. Com., CPA

Prue is driven by the need for successful small businesses. Small business success, means so much for the local community and the families they touch. Making business easier, simpler and smarter for business owners is key to the success of the business and its owners. It is what Prue focuses on. Connection with you, the business owner, fosters a deep understanding of your goals and needs and ensures the plans we make together are achievable.

Her areas of expertise include financial control, management accounting, financial accounting, system and process design and implementation, financial evaluation, business advisory, project management and general troubleshooting. Prue has the ability to quickly and accurately identify issues and develop practical solutions for you and your business.

Prue has a B.Com. (Accounting) and is a member of CPA Australia. Her professional qualifications combined with a broad industry experience gained over 25 years ensure that Prue has the expertise and practical skills to understand your business.

Elona Purcell

Elona joined the team in June 2016 as our Practice Administrator and bookkeeper and is now our Client Services Manager – Management Accountant. Elona has exceptional communication and organisation skills and enjoys building relationships with our clients and helping them understand their numbers and achieve their goals.

With a background in office management, accounts and banking, along with being Xero and Spotlight certified, Elona is a great support to all our clients.

When not working you might find Elona being creative; painting, jewellery making, or doing something with fabric or yarn in her studio. She lives in rural Marlborough and loves swimming in the river, walking in the native bush and catching up with her family on her regular visits to Christchurch.

Hannah Leary - Graduate Accountant, B.App.Mgt

Hannah joined Astute Mode in February 2019 as an intern, she was then employed as a graduate accountant. Hannah has a background in office management, sales and marketing as well as administration.
Hannah has a Diploma in Business and a Bachelor of Applied Management with an Accounting Pathway and is working towards becoming CPA accredited.

Hannah is looking forward to developing her accounting career and is especially interested in management accounting and environmental management accounting. Hannah enjoys interacting with clients and her previous experience has given her the ability to easily work with people from varying backgrounds. She is looking forward to helping clients get the best out of their business by providing compliance accounting work as well as advisory services.

When not working Hannah enjoys exploring New Zealand’s outdoors by rafting, camping, tramping and other outdoor activities. She is also loves to sew and is looking forward to matching her shoe collection with new outfits now her degree is complete.

Alena Hood

Alena has been working at Astute Mode since April 2018, she started as our Client Administrator and is now qualified having just completed a Certificate in Bookkeeping which enables her to use her knowledge and understanding to help our clients with their bookkeeping needs.

Alena enjoys communicating with the clients and likes to help take the stress away from businesses by helping them understand more about what the numbers in their business represent rather than just looking a report your accountant has handed you and not knowing how to interpret the numbers or the impact they have on your business.

When not at work Alena can be found with her nose buried in a book or herself in a bookstore buying more books to add to her never ending collection. You can almost always find Alena listening to music and she loves going out and exploring New Zealand and is looking forward to extending that to other places around the world very soon.

Leisa Morris

Leisa joined the team in 2019 as our Practice Administrator. Leisa will make sure you know what, when and how things will happen when you join our firm. Leisa is also an able Bookkeeper and Payroll processor and helps out in this area when needed. Leisa has great organisation and communication skills which will ensure we deliver what we promise to our clients.

Leisa enjoys getting to know Astute Modes clients and what makes them tick, to ensure we can provide the relevant support and services, and that they have a positive experience with us. Her background in tax, administration and accounts, along with being Xero certified mean that she can offer great support to our clients.

In her spare time, Leisa enjoys spending time with her family and trying out new restaurants in the city.