Peter sees the value of not for profit support groups as being the heart of a community. The growth and prosperity of a country is not just defined by the business ventures, and the size of the shopping malls, but by the passionate caring people who organise a group of like-minded people to meet the needs of those requiring empowerment, skills, protection, dignity, and development in some area of their lives.
Beginning as a school kid who loved to volunteer for every fundraising street collection, and now not only providing quality assurance services to the not for profit sector, Peter is himself still a volunteer in community organisations.
This farming boy moved from Kamo High School, to the University of Waikato. Armed with a degree in Business Management he entered into chartered accounting. Everything computers, and auditing was his buzz. By 1990 there was a need to add more people skills to the tool bag so off he went with family in tow to a bible college. After a few years of church work these people skills, and accounting expertise, were brought together to form an auditing practice focussed solely on the not for profit sector.
Peter has had employment in construction, manufacturing, two churches and four chartered accounting firms (Deloitte, Audit New Zealand, Skipper Lay, Alan Fell). He has been a sole practitioner with a certificate in public practice since 2001, and now has been part of forming the Integrity Audit partnership since 2015.
Family life is Sue, 3 children and four grandchildren. Recreation is fishing, camping, biking and tramping.
Integrity has been a strong family value. We stand on 1 Chronicles 29:17 which says, “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.”
- Bachelor of Management Studies – Waikato University
- Diploma in Ministry – Laidlaw College
- Chartered Accountant – NZICA
- Certificate in Public Practice
- Manurewa Baptist church (treasurer)
- Trustee – Urban Neighbours of Hope
- Volunteer – Parafed Auckland
Sholan provides external audit, assurance and risk management and governance advice across a diverse range of Public Benefit Entities. He also has experience at the Governance level having been a board director of the Bank of the Cook Islands and Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund.
Sholan has over 10 years of public accountancy experience after initially joining the Cook Islands Government as a Budget Analyst where he re-designed their Budget Process in 1996 as the Government at the time was being restructured.
In 2001 after completing his Accounting Studies in Australia Sholan joined Ernst & Young in their Audit and Assurance Division, auditing mainly manufacturing and retail clients, as well as some financial organisations. In 2006 Sholan relocated from Sydney Australia back to the Cook Islands to work for the Cook Islands Government initially as the Treasury Operations Manager responsible for the Treasury Division.
A year later he was appointed the Financial Secretary for the Cook Islands Government leading the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management for 3 years. This invaluable experience has provided Sholan with the skills to negotiate at a corporate level as well as the pinnacle of politics, conflict resolution, and strategic management. Still having the desire to get back into audit, after his contract with the Cook Islands Government, he subsequently relocated to Auckland working for a medium sized accounting firm for almost 2 years before becoming a sole audit practitioner for 2 years, and eventually forming Integrity Audit with Peter Conaglen.
Sholan has experience in auditing large companies (Toys R Us, Eaton Electrics Ltd, Ferror Rocher Australia, Alpha Laval, Variety the Children’s Charity, Gazal Corporation, Breville Australia) having worked in Sydney, Australia. In New Zealand his main focus has been on Public Benefit Entities such as Charitable Trusts, Early Childhoods, Clubs, Incorporated Societies, Private Training Enterprise’s, and Churches. Apart from Public Benefit Entities does audits of Foreign Controlled Entities, Sholan has extensive experience in both the For Profit Industry and Not For Profit.
On a part time basis Sholan is currently completing a law degree to compliment his accounting background.
Qualifications and Memberships
- Bachelor of Economics and Management – University of the South Pacific
- Master of Commerce majoring in Accounting – University of Sydney
- Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia (ICAA) since 2008
- Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting (ICAA)
- Member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants since 2011
- Certificate of Public Practice (required to issue audit opinions) since 2013
Sholan is married to Iloga and has a teenaged daughter and son. With his family, Sholan believes in enjoying life to the full with a keen interest in going to the gym, running, rugby league and Union, and basketball. He is also known to enjoy good red wine, watching footy, and spending time with his family.