RSM Partner Lloyd Kirby was introduced to the North Harbour Club by former Club Patron Peter Menzies, as a result of his involvement in Rotary and Takapuna Beach Business Association initiatives. Fellow RSM partner Lyle Irwin joined on the recommendation of former trustee Ngaio Merrick, also as a result of Rotary connections and local fundraising ventures.
Global international audit, tax and consulting group RSM then took on corporate membership, then a sponsorship, with fellow Auckland North branch partners, Emily Xu and Carl Cachopa, also getting involved with the Club's work. Carl sits on the Club's membership committee and is part of its NeXt emerging leaders initiative.
Carl Cachopa and Lloyd Kirby
Lloyd says, “We’re all proud North Shore residents (although Lyle has recently moved across to the dark side) and are invested in our youth, their futures and being part of an organisation that provides equal opportunity and initiatives for any who wish to be the best they can be.
“There are some amazing stories and achievements. It is always satisfying to hear about, experience first-hand and be involved in these successes through North Harbour Club.”
Collegiality, networking, experiencing and sharing the successes of North Harbour beneficiaries and participants are some of the positives for RSM, says Lloyd, who sits on North Harbour Club's sponsorship committee. “Fun events are a great part of the satisfaction as well,” he adds. “The AIMES Awards are always a highlight. Business Excellence Breakfasts are a good chance to mix and mingle and hear from great speakers. The lunches are entertaining, with great food. It’s hard to pick a favourite event, when the mix is so good that we can pick and choose.”
Birkenhead resident Lloyd feels there’s an intangible drive and ambition that exists in the North Shore area that he loves. “We are lucky, we live in a beautiful part of Auckland. There are amazing ocean and bush walks, villages like Devonport, Birkenhead and Northcote, plus the beautiful Bays. It’s full of character and great food, great sports and community venues, the community is small enough that you get to know a lot of people, like a large village. There is a feeling that anything is achievable, which the North Harbour Club supports strongly.”
RSM mascot Lyle Irwin on Takapuna Beach
The benefits of being involved in the Club are many varied for Lloyd and his Albany based Auckland North team. These include the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community as well as networking with fellow Shore businesspeople. RSM has had a presence on the North Shore for over 23 years and is continuing to enjoy strong growth.
Lloyd says, “As a firm, we are constantly evolving. We now have three Auckland offices, 19 partners and 160 in our team. On the North Shore, we have expanded and increased our team and specialties within it, although a lot of the same faces are around from our inception on the Shore, where we’re 23 years young.”
Lockdown has been weathered well by the RSM team, and one member of the Shore crew in particular is hoping for summer 2021/22 to be more plain sailing, Lloyd shares. “Lyle is about to get married… that is, if these darn lockdowns allow!”
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Lyle Irwin and Carl Cachopa at the recent North Harbour Club Bastille Day Fundraising Dinner at Regatta Bar & Eatery
Thanks to the ongoing support of our fantastic sponsors