Steve Hayes
Managing Partner - Audit & International Contact Partner


Steve is an Audit Partner within the Auckland Central office. Steve has been with RSM since 2002 and is the International Contact Partner for audit and assurance clients.

Steve's employment background includes time spent with Brown Woolley Graham a predecessor firm to Grant Thornton, where he honed his audit skills working on diverse commercial and government sector clients.  These included manufacturing businesses, credit unions and public sector entities amongst others.  After this experience, Steve spent four years with Ernst & Young before leaving for the commercial sector as a finance manager.  Steve returned to Chartered Accountancy in 2001.

With a strong technical focus yet personable presentation style Steve is regularly sought after to provide training in such areas as Assurance and IFRS.  Recognition of his considerable skills in this area have seen Steve present for RSM both locally and internationally, as well as for other chartered accountancy groups such as the NZ CA network.

Further demonstration of Steve's commitment to training and improving the technical understanding of others is that he is current chair of the Auckland CA ANZ Audit Special Interest Group, a role he has held for a number of years.

Steve has a real passion for audit and assurance, and believes that his experience can make a difference and add value to RSM clients.  He believes that by reviewing client systems and internal controls we are likely to identify opportunities to reduce risk and improve our clients’ business results. 


Steve graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Commerce.  Steve is a Qualified Auditor, Chartered Accountant and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).  Steve is also an Approved Auditor of the Office of the Auditor-General in New Zealand.   


Steve is married to Val and has two children.  His spare time is currently spent supporting his sons in their education and sporting pursuits, and partaking in his own favorite pastimes of travel and drinking good red wine.



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