Kathy Kelliher is the owner of Office Management Solutions Ltd and has been running this successful business for over ten years. Kathy grew up in Te Anau and went to Fiordland College. Economics and Accounting were her favourite subjects and when she was introduced to computers, she found she had a real talent in working with Accounting Programmes. A natural progression was The National Certificate in Business Computing at Otago Polytechnic where she learnt many skills in working with computers in business. From work experience in Te Anau while studying, her first job began working alongside the company accountant and learning from her expertise. A job in Central Otago opened the door for many possibilities, including travel to Ireland with then boyfriend, now husband. Running her own business in Ireland gave Kathy the confidence to come back to Alexandra and start up her own business OMS and she hasn’t looked back. Kathy has two daughters with Husband Gary and lives and works from their farm in Springvale, Alexandra.
Fiona Kissel has been with Office Management Solutions since 2006, providing accounts administration and payroll services. Much of the work these days is in the cloud on various internet based accounting software programmes which means that more is done from the OMS office, but Fiona still travels to clients own offices on a regular basis and for other clients, just visits for troubleshooting or upgrading and training in software. You will see her out and about in the red OMS car. Fiona started work in Christchurch as a survey draughtsperson and moved to Alexandra with her husband Bruce in 1995 for a change of lifestyle. In Alexandra, Fiona initially secured work with local survey firms before changing to legal work at Bodkins. While working as a secretary at Bodkins Fiona completed her Legal Executive Certificate through the Open Polytechnic. Following on from Bodkins Fiona worked for a local mortgage broker as the office manager and added payroll, bookkeeping and HR work to her office skills. The opportunity to work for OMS out and about looking after clients was an offer too good to refuse and Fiona loves the variety of work that comes with a range of clients in different types of businesses. Out of work Fiona teaches yoga classes a couple of evenings a week and enjoys good walks in the fabulous Central Otago environs.
Linda Walker has been with Office Management Solutions since 2015 and is normally in the office three mornings a week, providing payroll accounts processing. The variety of the different clients makes each day an interesting challenge and keeps the grey matter active! Linda grew up in Auckland and her early career was spent in secretarial roles in business, including AHI Industries and Fletcher Holdings. After a break for children, Linda returned to the workforce doing temping for various companies before helping run the family business of home computer retailing and also as correspondence research genealogist for Auckland Public Library. A major sea change saw Linda and her husband leave the big smoke for a year of adventure around NZ in their motorhome before settling down in beautiful Alexandra. Many more years of office administration and payroll have followed, with Office Management Solutions now utilising Linda’s wide experience. Linda has a varied range of extra-curricular activities, including walking groups, embroiderers’ guild, choir, the buddy programme, dinner club and craft group.
Maxine McDowall joined the Office Management Solutions team in 2017 as the Computer Tutor which gives her the opportunity to get out and about to meet people and pass on her computer knowledge. Maxine was born and bred in Dunedin, and after finishing school Maxine started work as an administrator before heading to The Otago Polytechnic to study computing which lead to her becoming a Computer Trainer at Computing 4 Free for 9 years. Maxine then spent the next 5 years as a Personal Assistant before her husband David secured a job in Central Otago in 2016 which is when they made the move to sunny Springvale, Alexandra where they live with their daughter Emily and son Ryan. In her free time, Maxine enjoys renovating the family home, outdoor activities and is a member of the Central Otago Cake Club.