Forbes is a friendly team of experienced accountants, delivering a highly-personalised service to our many happy customers. Because we are a small company, when you partner with Cynthia Forbes, you deal directly with the accountant handling your audit and accounting requirements. This close working relationship gives you the security of knowing your accounts are being looked after by experts you can trust.
Bachelor of Management Studies, Chartered Accountant
“It’s really important to clients that I’m very hands-on with their audit. We use the latest technology and we are a strong technical team.”
I like to think I make the audit process easy for clients. They feel comfortable asking questions and will always get a simple and straightforward answer. I am flexible, and while we’ve always got deadlines to meet, I try to take the pressure off them as much as possible.
My team and I assist personal and general business clients from a range of entities including not-for-profits. While audit is my specialist activity, I also have a select group of clients to whom we provide a range of accounting and taxation advice.
I started my career in what was one of the “big eight” accounting practices, Ernst and Young. More recently, I have been involved in smaller accounting practices of between two and seven partners. It’s given me a good overall understanding of all accounting and audit issues which enables me to offer a very comprehensive service.
I have been involved with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants before it became the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. My roles included Chairperson of the Auckland Branch, a facilitator of the professional competency programme for graduates, and Chair of the Public Practice Special Interest Group.
Outside work I am a keen athlete, although I now spend more time encouraging my son. I also love to travel. My current focus is on Spanish-speaking countries, having lived in Spain briefly and enjoyed learning a new language.
Svetlana (Lana) Petrukhina
Bachelor of Finance, PGDBA, Diploma in Financial Reporting ACCA
I’m experienced auditor in both internal and external fields.
I started my career with Tax Authorities in Russia and, more than 10 years ago I moved to the audit field. During the course of my life, I was involved in the auditing of a range of industries and company sizes. As well as providing external auditing and tax advice, I spent some time working as an internal auditor, so I can understand a company’s processes from the internal perspective.
I love auditing and accounting as well as I love to bring additional value to the clients. I also like when I can simplify the processes or make them more effective. I believe that auditing may be an easy thing to undertake and not stressful neither for a client or an auditor.
Outside work I am keen on travelling and dancing. Also, I’d love to spend my time with my lovely daughters and support them to reach success in different areas. I dream to visit South America and Antarctica as well as I’d like to learn Spanish and improve the yachting skills.
Diyana and her family arrived in NZ in 1996. Diyana with a Bachelor of Business degree from University of Economics Varna, Bulgaria. Her major was accounting and finance. She is a member of CAANZ.
Diyana is an experienced, focused, analytical, results-driven, accountant who works accurately under tight deadlines. She believes by keeping up-to-date with taxation legislation and financial reporting standards she can help the clients to achieve their goals.
Outside of work Diyana likes walking, spending time with family and friends, cooking and travelling.
Bachelor of Commerce – Majoring in Accounting and Finance
I am a recent graduate from the University of Auckland with a degree in Accounting and Finance. I am currently studying to become a member of the CAANZ under the mentorship of Cynthia Forbes.
I have been involved in various types of audits giving me the experience and knowledge to meet a client’s specific needs. I believe that strong communication between a client and auditor is the most important element to maintain, as this makes the auditing process more efficient in meeting deadlines.
Outside of the workplace, I am a keen and avid sportsman with a particular interest in basketball and rugby. I love going out to watch movies and spending time with friends, also I am fluent in Korean.