Ben Gilmour has been appointed as a director of business advisory firm, Moore Stephens Markhams Hawkes Bay.

Mr Gilmour is a chartered accountant and has a strong background in farming and advises the majority of the firm's rural clients. He is also the firm's resident Xero farming partner and has worked with the Figured team to help promote the software programme to the rural community nationally.

Until the middle of last year Mr Gilmour worked as company secretary for StockX, an internet start-up company based in Hawke's Bay, during which time he assisted with two successful capital-raising projects.

He joined Moore Stephens Markhams Hawkes Bay in 2011 after working with Deloitte and PWC and is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

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"I've been mentored well during my years with the firm and the positive response I've received from the business community on my appointment is gratifying," Mr Gilmour said.

"It's exciting to be shown this confidence and I'm keen to share my expertise to help my clients succeed."