Ann Cooper-Smith is an experienced chartered accountant, having successfully worked with SMEs for over 30 years. She is a creative thinker with an entrepreneurial business approach.

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Ann is pragmatic and down to earth, probably because she was brought up on a South Otago sheep farm.  A client recently called her a “straight shooter”.   She believes it is important to embrace technology, keep learning, think strategically, set goals, reflect daily, eat healthily, and keep fit.  Personal goals she has recently achieved include running her first marathon, learning to ride a motor bike and purchasing her own Harley Davidson Slim S.

Grey Lynn locals are likely to see Ann running in the early morning before work or walking her miniature schnauzer in the evenings.   She also enjoys snow skiing, travelling to different countries, as well as chilling out with her husband, friends and extended family.

After graduating from Otago University Ann moved to Auckland to work for an international chartered accounting firm for 10 years. Although profoundly deaf Ann then started her own chartered accounting business.  Starting a new business, with no clients and no hearing (she had a successful cochlear implant operation in 1996), against the odds the business grew and thrived.  

Having started businesses from scratch and raising two sons, she personally understands the challenges of limited resources and effective time management.

Ann founded StreetSMART, an Auckland chartered accounting business, before launching the fresh thinking chartered accounting firm Q2 Ltd in 2017.  Q2 Accountants work strategically with NZ businesses and their services go well beyond traditional accounting and tax.

Ann is currently chair of the Penrose Business Association and a board member of Northern Cochlear Implant Trust.  Other volunteer positions she has held include honorary treasurer of the Auckland Property Investors Association, honorary auditor of Alberg Ski Club, treasurer for Altrusa Manukau Area and Auckland Computer Society.

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