West Auckland accounting firm appoints new Managing Director

Newly appointed UHY Haines Norton Managing director Sungesh Singh (second from left) with (from left) fellow Directors Andrew Scott, Erin Gibson, Grant Brownlee, Mark Foster and Bhavin Sanghavi (Photo Supplied)

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Auckland, August 21, 2022

UHY Haines Norton has announced the appointment of Audit and Assurance Director Sungesh Singh to the role of Managing Director.

After 18 years leading the firm, former Managing Director Grant Brownlee felt the time was right for fresh perspectives.

“Sungesh Singh has the drive and commercial acumen to effectively lead the firm through an ever-evolving environment. His empathetic style combined with his determination to deal with challenges in a fair and considered manner will hold him in good stead.”

Highlights and Opportunities

Sungesh’s career at UHY spans more than 27 years and he has experienced many career highlights and opportunities. Promotion to Partner at 36 years old, being entrusted to develop an audit division for the firm (now the biggest audit firm in West Auckland and among the largest in New Zealand), appointments to influential positions within organisations such as Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and author of auditing publications with CCH New Zealand are among the many high points.

Sungesh Singh, Managing Director UHY Haines Norton (Photo Supplied)

Sungesh is also grateful for the travel opportunities that his career has provided him.

“I have travelled the world through UHY,” he said.

“What I have learned from travelling has been instrumental to me both professionally and personally. Other cultures, countries, and different norms – it has all expanded my horizons and my understanding of people and culture. I’ve been able to bring that back into UHY, which is a multicultural, diverse team.”

Career Challenges

There have, of course, been career challenges along the way too. For example, public sector audits have been a large area of growth for the firm but raised capacity issues in a market where experienced auditors are already in high demand.

Sungesh and his team strategised to find a way to meet filing deadlines whilst maintaining the top-quality service their division prides itself on. The solution was a combination of tapping their contacts, attracting the right people, and using international affiliations.

Outgoing Managing Director Grant Brownlee greets his successor Sungesh Singh (Photo Supplied)

The result? Being amongst the largest public sector auditors in New Zealand and achieving growth in an uncertain market when many firms were simply trying to survive.

Sungesh describes his leadership style as ‘thoughtful, open, transparent and inclusive.’

“It is the start of a new era,” he says, “Where we have Board members with fresh perspectives and a great balance of opinions, knowledge, and experience. We have wonderful people here across the whole firm that I genuinely love being around and spending my working hours with.”

Digitalisation and upskilling

Sungesh predicts that digitalisation will be one of the biggest challenges for the firm in the next few years, as is the case across so many industries. Staff upskilling and development will be a future focus too.

And outside of work, what is important to Sungesh?

“Family – my wife and two sons,” he says, “as well as trying to keep healthy, having a balanced sense of spiritualism and a healthy level of curiosity to learn new things.”

Although his spare time is not always plentiful, he is an avid reader and loves to cook authentic recipes from scratch. Cooking on a weekend alongside his family is one of his favourite ways to relax and unwind. Although he stopped playing sports a few years ago, he is still an enthusiastic spectator of cricket, rugby and squash. And of course, he also loves spending time with his best mate Prince, a 5-year-old Tibetan-terrier-Maltese-cross bundle of craziness.

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