Schooled in Timaru, Jim completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce at Lincoln College, and subsequently also completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Otago University. He joined Shand Thomson in 1991 after spending three years in a large Dunedin accounting practice and seven years in the rural sector, principally in the area of rural finance.
Jim became a partner of the practice in 1999. He is widely recognised for his work in the agri sector - as a pioneer and leader in key performance measurement, bench marking and improvement metrics for farming businesses and for his wise and practical approach to farm succession solutions. Jim's broad agricultural expertise was acknowledged with his appointment to the Institute of Chartered Accountant's primary sector committee where he served for five years. The Institute has also recognised his community and institute contributions by awarding him Fellowship status in 2006.
As a result of large scale health sector reforms, Jim has been involved with assisting a number of community owned organisations to successfully take over and maintain the provision of health services to rural communities. He continues to have a significant involvement with these organisations which almost spans two decades and is currently a director of the Clutha Community Health Company which provides health and hospital services to the wider Clutha community.
Jim's commitment to supporting voluntary community ventures includes securing funding for the many health projects has has worked on and The Catlins community multi-purpose museum, cultural centre, library and visitor information centre. He was the inaugural chair of Sport Clutha (three years) and served on the Rosebank Primary School board of trustees (nine years).
Jim is married to Susie and they have four children, Holly, Hanlin, Connor and Bridget. Jim is a keen sports follower, particularly rugby and tennis, and enjoys taking part in his childrens' activities.
- Farm Management
- Sector Benchmarking
- Health Sector