Lara was born and educated in Taihape before joining Ryan, Thomas & Co in 1994.  Lara temporarily left Ryan, Thomas & Co in 1998 to raise her two children along with her husband, Barry Maher, in Mangaweka.  Lara came back to the team in 2010 and has since undertaken various roles, specializing in IRD payroll and administration services.  In her spare time, she is a keen gardener and she also completes the administrative duties and runs the Xero accounting programme for her family Trucking and Transport business.