Our people: Phil Stevenson
Meet Phil Stevenson, a Deloitte Private partner specialising in tax in our Dunedin office. He explains what adds the most value for SME clients and what surprises him in his role.
How long have you been at Deloitte and what is your role Phil?
I’ve been at Deloitte for 17 years. I am a partner specialising in tax but I also provide a range of other advisory services to my clients.
What is it you enjoy most about your role?
I love the variety of what I do. I work with a lot of great people across a number of different industries. Every day is different and that’s great.
Where do you see yourself adding the most value for SME clients?
I think it is really important to focus on the things that are going to make a difference to the client so I like to bring a point of view and make recommendations.
A key area where Deloitte can add value is that we can draw on our experiences of the wider team. There’s not much that we haven’t seen before and we can use that experience to help our clients.
What surprises you when people come to you for advice?
I probably find this more humbling than surprising, but it is the complete trust in taking on board the advice that they are given. This means that it is really important that we are always at the top of our game and give the best advice that we can.
If you weren’t in professional services, what would you be doing?
Like anybody who spends most of their working lives indoors - something outdoors! Luckily I like what I do, so it isn’t something I have given a lot of thought to.
What does your ideal holiday look like and which country is it in?
My ideal holiday would involve a mixture of big city hustle and bustle and getting out into the country side as well. I would love to go to New York for the hustle and bustle then travel through Canada after that.
Emily McLean works in the Deloitte marketing team and closely with Deloitte Private. She loves telling the stories of those individuals and businesses leaving their mark in New Zealand's SME space while delivering news and insights to help business owners grow their companies.