Gaylene Findlay

Gaylene Findlay

Advisory Principal

Franchise | Māori Business | Not-for-Profit | Retail


Gaylene joined BDO Taranaki in 1998 after 14 years working in various supply and finance roles with Contact Energy. She was appointed as Principal of BDO Taranaki in 2011 and is also a member of the Māori Business Strategic Sector group. 

Gaylene has worked with many small-medium businesses and not for profit organisations in mentoring and coaching roles throughout her accounting career. She enjoys getting out from behind the desk to understand her client's business and what they need to reach their goals. As a Business Advisory partner, Gaylene’s interests are business planning, budgeting, management reporting & software & systems. 


  • Chartered Accountant (Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand)
  • Bachelor of Business Studies

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • New Zealand Institute of Directors
  • Australian Centre for Family Business – Accredited Family Business Adviser

Community Involvement 

  • NZ Business in the community mentor
  • Judge for the TSB Chamber of Commerce Business Awards
  • Past Trustee for Frankley Primary School & New Plymouth Girls High School
  • Past board member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce
  • Various positions held on Taranaki Sporting and not-for-profit organisations (current Treasurer and Officer for North Taranaki Sport & Recreation Inc)