Finance Business Partner – International, Beca
Sally was born in Japan to Malaysian Chinese parents and has spent the majority of her childhood and adolescent years in New Zealand. Growing up in a bilingual household has enabled her to maintain her native fluency in Mandarin Chinese.
Sally is a Finance Business Partner for the International business line at Beca, a multi-national engineering and related consultancy services firm. As the name suggests, her primary duties involve working in partnership with the operating side of the business, adding value by providing insightful financial analysis and acting as an advisor on key financial decisions – these being Financial Performance of Projects, Clients & Segments, Business Line Performance, Budgeting and Forecasting and any ad-hoc queries relating to project or business line financial matters.
Prior to working at Beca, Sally spent a year as the Management Accountant for the local District Health Board and before then, 2 years in London where she contracted in a variety of finance roles in sizeable London real estate organizations. She has also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as a Tax Consultant/Associate in the respective fields of corporate tax reporting, compliance and consulting, addressing tax policy efficiency/administration, financial audit, reporting and forensic accounting. During her almost 3 years at PwC, Sally worked on an extensive portfolio of major clients in industries ranging from real estate, information technology, pharmaceutical, investment, manufacturing and publishing.
Sally is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Taxation from the University of Auckland. In her penultimate year of high school, she was awarded a PwC Aspire Scholarship for her all-round academic achievements and contribution to school and community life. She also represented her school in the semi-finals of the Reserve Bank Monetary Policy Challenge. She held the position of Deputy Head Girl at Westlake Girl’s High School and was awarded DUX in her final year of high school.
When she isn’t working, Sally can be found spending quality time with her family and friends, fine tuning her practical piano skills as a volunteer piano accompanist at the Lady Allum retirement village or checking more countries off the bucket list – to date she has travelled 30 countries and hopes to one day set foot at least once in all 5 continents! She also has an appetite for the outdoors and successfully completed the 50km London to Brighton walk for charity in 2015 where she was placed first in the women’s division. She completed her first ever full marathon run in October last year and will next aim to add an International Marathon to the list.