Stephen Dempsey


Stephen Dempsey

In the corporate sector your role becomes very specialised in a single financial aspect, whereas in small companies you need to be able to do everything that involves finance. It’s an opportunity to input into the full scope of how the business operates.

Core skills

Financial management, reporting, cashflow, forecasting, financial literacy/coaching, business advisory, governance

As Height’s part-time CFO, Stephen's role involves deepening the financial capability within the business, providing strategic financial oversight, and identifying opportunities to strengthen our systems and processes. 

A senior commercial accountant, Stephen spent 15 years in the corporate sector in NZ and the UK before turning his focus to consulting for new businesses with significant growth potential. 

Previously CFO for Williams Land Limited, a New Zealand-based international property developer and private equity fund manager, Stephen now works for high-potential businesses including Height, executive recruitment agency Rothley Partners and several other small and medium businesses. Heenjoys the coaching aspect of his role, which means he is often found working alongside Height team members educating and troubleshooting. 

Stephen has a BCom, Dip Grad from the University of Otago and is a Chartered Accountant of New Zealand and Australia. 

He is a keen swimmer and over the past five years has competed in regular ocean swimming events. He provides pro bono accountancy services for Parnell Swimming Club where his children swim.