Lauren Crichton

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SME Financial’s resident mainlander Lauren Crichton joined the company in 2016 after making the move north from Christchurch. 

At SME Financial Lauren is in charge of assisting clients with annual accounts and tax returns, and providing training and advice in Xero.  

While at Victoria University in Wellington Lauren studied both accountancy and commercial law, but it was the accounting industry that drew her in – “it just made sense,” she says. 

After graduating in 2013 with a BCA she returned to the Garden City to work for a Chartered Accountancy firm before the bright lights of Auckland – and SME Financial – beckoned.  

Lauren is now studying to become a qualified Chartered Accountant – a programme that takes up a considerable amount of her free time outside work. When she does have some downtime Lauren likes to spend it socialising at one of Mt Eden’s numerous cafes and restaurants, and practising yoga.