Our people

The people that make Astute Mode tick

Prue McStay – Director, B. Com., CPA

Prue has a B.Com. (Accounting) and is a member of CPA Australia, one of the largest and most respected accounting bodies in the world. Her professional qualifications combined with a broad industry experience gained over 20 years ensure that Prue has the expertise and practical skills to understand your business.

Prue’s background includes extensive work with one of Australia’s largest retail companies, telecoms, online/web-based, health and recruitment industries. 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.

Elona Purcell

Elona joined the team in June 2016 as our Practice Administrator. Elona has exceptional communication and organisation skills which she uses to ensure that we deliver what we promise to our clients. When you join us at Astute Mode, Elona will take care to make sure you know what, when and how things will happen. With a background in office management, accounts and banking, along with being Xero certified, Elona is a great support to all our clients.

When not working you might find Elona being creative; jewellery making, painting, or doing something with fabric or yarn. She also spends time with her children and enjoys walking or biking many of the tracks that we have in Canterbury.


Michelle Mohan

Michelle joined Astute Mode in September 2016. She fulfills the Management Accountant role at Astute Mode.

Michelle was born and breed in Christchurch, completing her BCom at Lincoln University too long ago to mention!  She has over 20 years’ experience in financial roles, including banking, office management, credit management, and finance management in a variety of SMEs.

Michelle prides herself on her strong financial acumen and ability to analyse financial information, this in turn ensures she adds value every step of the way in her relationship with her clients.  Michelle is passionate about finance and business working very much in partnership with her clients.

When not at work Michelle is extremely busy with her two pre-school children, by far the most challenging role she has ever had. She is renowned for her baking and enjoys spending time with friends, family; she is always keen to combine this with checking out one of the many new cafes and restaurant’s popping up in Christchurch.