Gaylene Findlay

Gaylene Findlay

Advisory Principal

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



Gaylene joined BDO Taranaki in 1998 and since 2008 she has been focussed on growing the firm's advisory services, developing and leading a team to support clients in this area.

Today BDO Taranaki has an enthusiastic and skilled Advisory team covering a wide range of services to help clients achieve their potential. This includes business planning, budgeting, software and systems.

Gaylene has been a member of the BDO Taranaki Management Group since 2002 and was appointed Principal in January 2011.

Gaylene has worked with many small to medium- sized Maori owned businesses as a mentor for the Te Puni Kokiri Maori Business Facilitation Service since 2009.  She is also a member of the BDO Māori Business Strategic Sector group and the BDO Family Business Strategic Sector group, and is an accredited Family Business Adviser.  



  • Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Chartered Accountant (Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand)
  • Accredited Family Business Adviser (Australian Centre for Family Business)
  • Institute of Directors
  • Bachelor of Business Studies

Community Involvement 

NZ Business in the community mentor

NAICA registered workplace mentor

Taranaki Chamber of Commerce board member

Member of the judging panel of Chamber of Commerce Business Awards

School Board of Trustees Frankley School, New Plymouth