Meet the team

WooHoo has some pretty amazing people working behind the scenes. From accountants to team leaders - working hard to make sure everything we do is as smooth as possible.


Cilla Hegarty

Cilla Hegarty

Founder & CEO

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Cilla's run her own accounting business for the last 12 years, was a finalist in the 2014 Women of Influence Awards, and a finalist in both the HER and Next Businesswoman of the year awards in 2010.

In 2011 Cilla was awarded the coveted title of HER Businesswoman of the Year and in 2012 she was honoured with Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year 2012 New Zealand Services Category winner.

She founded NZ Tax Refunds Ltd in 2008, and her infectious enthusiasm and vision has helped her build a company with talented, committed staff.

Aaron Hegarty

Aaron Hegarty

Director

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Aaron has a background in property development and finance. With his wife Cilla he has established a number of successful family-operated businesses.

Aaron is a car enthusiast and enjoys spending time on his ’67 Pontiac Firebird and retro Mustang. Once a keen runner (you’d have to be to keep up with Cilla), Aaron now focuses on cycling and spending time with Cilla and their three daughters.

Gabrielle Purchas

Gabrielle Purchas

Managing Director

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As Managing Director, Gabrielle is responsible for steering the WooHoo ship, keeping the team focused on our vision, to make tax affairs fast, fair and friendly. Gabrielle has a background in management, and has nearly finished her MBA from Maquarie Graduate School of Management.

Gabrielle has a passion for travel, and enjoys going on new adventures. She's a bit of a foodie, and can be known to hunt out the latest and greatest cafes or restaurants.

Charlotte Nevill

Charlotte Nevill

Chief Financial Officer

Claire Jones

Claire Jones

Continuous Improvements Manager

Phil van Bussel

Phil van Bussel

Digital Marketing Manager

Kylie Keown

Kylie Keown

Communications Manager

Natasha Gopal

Natasha Gopal

Team Leader

Ainsleigh KH

Ainsleigh KH

Trust Account Manager