About UpTraining

Our Vision

To empower others to be the best version of themselves; adding value to lives and heart to businesses.

What We Do

Coach accountants and bookkeepers to be highly valued advisers.

Useless Trivia:

My favourite colour: Purple

My favourite word: it used to be congruent, now it is “curious”!

My favourite food: is out of my garden

My favourite movie: Dirty Dancing, because it has brought me so much joy and connection and amazing memories of watching this with my gorgeous little nieces ….they’re no longer little!

My favourite place: My heart home is Long Beach, Russell, NZ

About Simonne

I just love people.  For as long as I can remember, I have been really curious about why it is we do what we do.  What makes us tick as such.  This has led me down a lifelong path of self-discovery.  Facing my demons, unpacking my monsters and looking in the mirror.  I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way that have supported my growth and learning.  With 25 years in the accounting industry and 8 years teaching Business Management at several tertiary institutions, I am completely besotted with my industry and work with Accountants and Bookkeepers.  The reason is two-fold.  I love my industry.  It is misunderstood, significantly important to our whole economy and demanding.  Secondly, I want to make an impact.  I want to know that my being on this planet mattered.  The best way I know how to do that is by impacting my industry at such a level that it ripples.  If I can help you understand you and others, lead with CORE Confidence, help you to show up better for your team, your clients, your family….and most importantly yourself!  If I can help you to sleep, reduce stress, improve creativity, live a better life, as well as increase your business results, well how would that feel?  What a ripple we together can make in our world! 

That’s my rant really, but if you’d like to know my certifications and blah blah, read past this paragraph….. if it supports you in deciding to work with me, fabulous.  Of course it says all the things you expect to read, so here are a few of the not so great.  I am an in time person, which means I tend to show up just in time…..love me anyway.  I am informal, so I tend to have a bit of a laugh and share my world with you which also is informal….love me anyway.  I couldn’t care less about most material things but I love the freedom money provides in being able to provide for my family, continued learning, contribution and travel….love me anyway.

Read on if you’re bored. 😊

I work with you to identify and remove barriers that are impeding attainment of desired goals and outcomes.

As well as mindset, I ensure structure and processes are positioned for growth and flexibility in a dynamic world – to work smarter not harder. Additionally, having worked within the accounting industry the last 25 years, knowing and understanding the numbers is vital to your success and clarity.

I am an empathetic listener with a passion for people and processes. I use multiple proven structured and measurable methodologies to get results.  Quite frankly I have way too many certifications and well, if that’s your thing, no judgement and here is a list of SOME of them outside of accounting, that support me to do the work I do.

An Extended DISC Practitioner, Certified Graduate Ultimate Coach, Certified Adult Educator, LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitator, NLP Master Practitioner, Strategic Business Coach, and Zenergy Facilitator, I get results by listening and supporting you with an accountable, measurable approach. Delving into the grey matter we will work on how to get the best out of you and your resources.

My real passions are people and processes, with my absolute drive being to empower others to be the best version of themselves; adding value to lives and heart to businesses. I work in and with the whole person; considering the whole picture. Leaving work at home and home at work is an archaic ideal. We are whole and human – s@%t happens. I support you to wade, wallow and wash off….and have fun doing it!

A member of The NZ Association for Training & Development I am bound by the NZATD Code of Professional Practice.

Outside of small business, my interests include travel, anthropology and psychology, particularly why we do what we do; movies, reading, anything in on or around the ocean, sports, health & fitness, & socialising with friends & family.

Industry Testimonials

I approached Simonne Liley because Mark from The Gap has highly recommended her. Before working with Simonne, I didn’t have the confidence to convince the potential clients to buy my services; I had difficulty charging the price that I deserved; I struggled to get more leads.

Simonne helped me by working on my mindset and fundamentally changing my thinking. She helped me to stay focused and always reminded me the result I wanted to get. She offered all the support and encouragement that I need for success.

The result was incredible. I was well on track with my 90 days’ plan. I had massively increased my confidence level. I am charging the right price and I am getting more clients.

Simonne is a very tough but yet caring coach, which I really appreciate. She made me accountable for the things I said I would do, but she also shared my journey with me, the ups and downs.

I found the experience very eye-opening and satisfying. I couldn’t believe I can achieve so much in 90 days. I look forward to working with her in the near future.

I would recommend Simonne to anyone who wants a transformation of their personal life and business life, and want to achieve their true purpose.

Tracy Liang

Director, Target Accounting Service

Simonne’s skills are the perfect complement to an accountant’s. As a professional trainer and business development specialist, she expertly helps clients in areas of real value, but that are often a bit far from the core skills of accountants.

Simonne has helped my practice better serve our clients. At the same time, she has allowed me to focus on the areas where I can add the most value. Our clients are happier and so am I.”

Robb MacKinlay

Director, MacKinlays Accountants

I have worked in the same office space for an extended period of time with Simonne where she was Practice Manager & Consultant for a busy Auckland CBD Chartered Accountancy firm.

Her professionalism was always evident, however what did impress me was her ability to communicate and subsequently obtain the buy in from a diverse group of accountants to the technology changes and upgrades that she was developing within the practice.

My practice, a niche insolvency and restructuring firm, recently had need of Simonne’s forensic skills in analysing a Xero file in a complex insolvency assignment that was suspected of being corrupted.

I engaged Simonne as a Xero specialist to provide a report identifying the areas of risk and where there was a potential for ‘leakage’ to have been buried. The work and resulting report that Simonne provided was succinct and provided a clarity as to the specific areas of the Xero file that further forensic work was required.

The work is ongoing and I will likely be engaging Simonne for further forensic work drilling down on those risk areas. I highly recommend Simonne as a highly competent professional who is also a great communicator.

Chris Horton

Director, Chris Horton Associates