Our Team is Working for Your Business
Principal – BCA, CA, ACIS, ACCM, NZDip Bus, Dip Mgmt, ATAINZ
Ben is a qualified New Zealand chartered accountant, and has been the principal of Long + Cowan since 1999. He has extensive knowledge in management accounting and secretarial management, with almost 50 years of accounting and administration experience in New Zealand and overseas. This experience includes public and corporate accounting practice, and audit work. Ben is solution-focused and committed to helping you improve your business performance. Ben is also a member of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce.
On a personal level, Ben is keen on car trialling, and classic cars, and is a life member of The Harbour Capital Car Club. In his leisure time Ben also enjoys looking after his lifestyle block. He has a passion for helping others less fortunate than himself, and was involved with Skylight as a trustee for many years. Skylight is a charitable trust providing specialised support for those facing tough situations of loss, trauma or grief.
Laura Trang Tran
Accountant – CPA (associate member), Xero accredited
Laura joined Long + Cowan as a graduate accountant. She was excited at the opportunity to apply the knowledge she had gained during her time at Victoria University.
Laura is a Xero certified advisor. She looks after our clients’ accounting and taxation obligations, and attends to financial statements and tax returns.
Numbers are Laura’s thing. In her leisure time, she loves to play Sudoku and enjoys catching up with friends over a meal. She’s the one to ask about the best places to eat around Wellington.
Office manager – Xero accredited
Karin has had 30 years' experience working in accounts for a variety of industries in New Zealand and overseas. For 20 years of this time she has been employed in office manager roles with a strong customer service focus. Joining the team at Long & Cowan as our office manager was the perfect fit.
Forming good working relationships with our clients, Karin endeavours to make their work as stress-free as possible by assisting them with their specific requirements so they can focus on doing what they do best. As a small business owner herself, Karin understands the pressures many of our clients experience.
During her leisure time, Karin enjoys a social game of tennis. A mother of three grown-up children, Karin values the importance of family above anything else.