How we evolved


We are Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors with 30+ years’ commercial experience between us and specialist knowledge of the Construction and Property industries – combine this with a serious passion for business, we are really able to help our clients – and yes, we really walk the talk.

While generic “business advice” and accounting helps solve the tax problems, it doesn’t equip you and your business with the tools and knowledge to grow.  Our experience and work within the property sector has given us great insight. We have seen those that have succeeded and those that have failed – from this we are able to consolidate these learnings and assist you.

This modern age has seen technology move at pace.  Success in business, whether financially or just freeing up your time, can be further assisted by embracing technology.  We have a thorough understanding of the processes a business like yours needs, so your business can work like a well-oiled machine.

Team members


Anthony McIlroy - Evolve Accounting
Anthony McIlroy

With a passion for business success, this is Anthony’s drive and focus.

As a regular advisor to the property industry, Anthony holds seminars and delivers talks on subject matters relevant to those industries.  Anthony has spoken throughout New Zealand as a guest speaker at the New Zealand Institute of Architects Annual Practice series about the changes in technology and compliance.

Working as an advisor to a number of Construction firms on the challenges that come with growth – maintaining order and profitability.  In addition to this, Anthony has also had a dedicated role as an accountant and business advisor to Property Investors and Developers.

Anthony has also been involved in the development of a start-up company focused on facilitating transactions in the property development market and was instrumental in the architecture of business operations and a licence from the Financial Market Authority to operate.

“Many people think of accountants as those that work out the tax, and yes this is a part of it but we enjoy a focus on matters closer to business success.  Something as simple as establishing a budget, others as challenging as succession planning, governance or leadership.”

When not looking at the numbers, Anthony can in fact be dabbling in a bit of construction himself,  found most weekends on the tools building, and while he’s not about to give up his day job, has developed a bit of a skill and some might say a love for building.

Evolve Accounting - Sarah McIlroy
Sarah McIlroy

As a Business Advisor and Chartered Accountant, Sarah brings over 15 years of experience to the table.  Wellington born and bred, Sarah made the move to study a Bachelor of Commerce in Canterbury followed by a Financial Accounting role in a large construction company.  This commercial experience was invaluable, giving Sarah specialist construction accounting knowledge and skills.  These skills were further complemented by a move into private practice, from where she was admitted into the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Sarah says “Business has always been my passion, I love the energy you get from meeting business owners – their commitment and drive, it’s inspiring.”  Sarah’s commercial experience has given her a practical “can do” attitude to solving problems “I like to step back from the problem and assess the big picture before stepping in and make the changes, it ultimately comes back to where the client wants to go, the business goals.”

Sarah lives out in Kumeu with husband and business sidekick, Anthony, and their two children.  With a love of the outdoors, and country life, Sarah is often found out at Muriwai walking the dog and tending to the garden and chooks.

Sarah and Anthony make a unique team.  “We both have the same philosophy in helping our clients, but each bring a set of very unique skills, which means we can deliver quality tailored advice to our clients.”