Westpac 2013 Outstanding New Member of the Year

The Westpac 2013 Outstanding New Member of the Year Award recognises the rising stars among new members of the profession.

Ben Richmond CA winner of the Westpac 2013 Outstanding New Member
of the Year Award


Ben Richmond CABen Richmond CA is passionate about the value accountants provide to clients, and enjoys dispelling stereotypes about the profession. He studied at the University of Canterbury, gaining a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting Finance and Information Systems in 2009. Since then he has gained a good mix of corporate, public practice, governance and small business experience and is working toward his goal of leading an entrepreneurial start-up and gaining global experience.

Earlier this year Richmond joined Xero NZ as a sales and product specialist. Xero’s General Manager New Zealand Amanda Armstrong says he made himself indispensable within weeks of joining the company, quickly contributing to the business.

Prior to Xero, Richmond was Senior Group Accountant at Telecom, where he was recognised for his technical strength, strong work ethic and pragmatism, making him a vital member of the company’s award-winning external reporting team. He played a pivotal role in establishing the Telecom Foundation, Telecom’s charity vehicle. He was a staff elected trustee on the Foundation, driving staff engagement in a number of the Foundation’s programmes.

Judges described Richmond as a clear thinker focused on delivery, and on empowering others. They noted his desire to contribute to young people through his involvement with the Young Enterprise Trust, where he helps coach and mentor students as they develop business and leadership skills. They were impressed by Richmond’s energy and networking skills, and the way he has successfully converted his accounting background to an entrepreneurial focus.

In his spare time Richmond enjoys long-distance triathlons, water skiing, squash and travelling. Earlier this year he was involved in the State Epic 10km swim challenge and has completed the Oxfam 100km charity walk fundraising challenge.


Aimee Gray CA – Principal, Stuarts Ltd
Jayne Hyslop CA – Financial Accounting Manager, Foodstuffs Co-operative Society
Ben Richmond CA – Sales and Product Specialist NZ, Xero Ltd


About the award

The winner is chosen for their effective leadership and outstanding contribution to the success of their employer, their clients and the accounting profession. Winners receive national recognition for themselves, their employer and some great prizes.

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