Evelien Baas

Evelien has a Master of Science in Animal Husbandry from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. 

During her study and after her arrival in New Zealand she has worked as a relief milker on several dairy farms. 

From 2003 she was a shareholder in an equity partnership for a large dairy farm for 4 years, where she was responsible for all reporting to shareholders, financial administration & HR. 

Since 2002 Evelien has reared calves/grazed cattle (supplied mainly by clients) on her lifestyle block until her move to Christchurch in 2015.

Because Evelien has practical knowledge about New Zealand farming systems, she has been creating and maintaining annual cash flow budgets for clients since 2003.

Qualifications: MSc in Animal Science, Wageningen University 1994, Diploma in Public Relations NIMA A 2000, MYOB certified consultant 2011, certified member of the Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers 2016, Xero Certified consultant 2017, Figured certified 2020, New Zealand Payroll Practitioners Association - Certified Payroll Specialist - Level 3 2020.

Carolyn Bentley

Carolyn comes with a wealth of payroll experience and a proactive attitude. 

The proactive attitude proved essential as she picked up the payroll ins an outs very quickly. The planned gradual transfer of payroll to process to Carolyn got accelerated after only weeks by necessity. Carolyn was thrown in the deep end and swam beautifully. 

Carolyn has a son. She loves animals and she has two rescue dogs and a cat that keep her company in her home office. 

Tramping is her way of enjoying the great outdoors and the motivation to stay fit, so she can enjoy her time on the track.

Carolyn joined Farm Office Services in early February 2022.

Donna Godden

Donna started her career working for accountants for about 18 yrs. She moved to work for CRS Software (Farm Focus) for almost 10 yrs. After that, she was a small business owner herself for 5 yrs while doing office work for a number of other businesses.

Donna has two daughters who grew up on a sheep, cattle & deer farm.  Donna has spent her life in the Wairarapa where she still lives now.

She enjoys doing bookwork, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Donna joined Farm Office Services in July 2021.

Gina Lockwood

Gina started working for Farm Focus (formerly CRS Software) in 2014 as phone support and she still does. So she knows all the ins and outs of the Farm Focus software. During that time, she also has been a small business owner.

Prior to CRS Gina was in diverse roles in the Agriculture/Horticulture sectors.

Gina and her partner Alastair live in Otago, have a daughter called Makenzie and added a son to their family in 2022. 

They are originally from the Manawatu, though Alastair's  flying career as an Agriculture pilot, has had them live in Masterton, Southland, and now Otago.

Gina enjoys bookkeeping, spending time with her family, and getting outdoors exploring our beautiful country.

Gina joined Farm Office Services in July 2021.

The Farm Office

Both the name and emphasis of the company have changed since Evelien started the company in 2001, yet the principles are still the same; helping farmers manage their financial administration.

The Farm Office's policy is to be friendly, approachable and create a customised system that works for you. During a set-up or training, we ask lots of questions about your business and how you run the business, to make sure everything is covered. The aim is to set your software up correctly so it works for you and get you confident with your system. We are always available to any of our clients after an initial training or set-up to help by phone or via the Internet until everything is under control. 

Current clients vary from backcountry stations, and dairy farmers on the West Coast and in Canterbury, to farm consultants and agricultural contractors. This variety plus the long-standing relationships with many of the clients are the reasons why we love what we do.

The Farm Office is a gold Farm Focus partner, a silver MYOB partner, and a silver Xero champion partner.

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