Originally from Southland, Gaye completed her Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree at Otago University. Initially she combined employment and study, working for a large Invercargill accounting firm.
In 1988 Gaye relocated to Tuapeka West to marry local farmer Nigel Cowie and joined Shand Thomson. Gaye particularly enjoys working with dairy, sheep and beef farmers and she and husband Nigel farm 371 hectares at Tuapeka West running 4,800 sheep and beef stock units.
Although Gaye's main focus is in agri accounting and advisory services, she also has expertise in education, accident compensation, and goods and services tax. She takes a special interest in taxation matters and also fits in mentoring our accounting managers and graduates who are pursuing professional qualifications.
Gaye has a passion for working with rural people and is a facilitator for Agri-Women's Development Trust and the Red Meat Profit Partnership. She advocates for rural women, particularly seeking to increase recognition of the positive contribution they make to farming businesses.
Gaye is currently Chair of Tuapeka Community Health Company and Deputy Chair of Clutha Development Inc, an economic development agency. She spent nine years on the Clutha Valley Primary School Board of Trustees with eight years as Chair, and was Deputy Chair and Chair of the finance committee of the Telford Rural Polytechnic. Gaye also chaired the St Hilda's Collegiate School Board of Proprietors until very recently, successfully leading a number of building projects.
Gaye's community service was recognised recently when she was awarded a Fellowship with Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.
Gaye and Nigel Cowie have four adult children (Bridget, Becky, Adam and Meg). In her leisure time Gaye enjoys travelling to see them, supporting Nigel on the farm and being a Marriage Celebrant.
- Agri Accounting & Advisory