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Jim Johnstone  |  Principal  |  Director

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, benchmarking 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 (now Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand) recognised his community and professional 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 now almost spans three decades.  He has also served two terms as a director of Clutha Health First.

Jim's commitment to supporting voluntary community ventures includes securing funding for the many health projects he 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 also involved in agri governance and is currently a director of several large privately owned farming businesses and a quarrying company.

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.


Specialist Fields

  • Farm Management
  • Sector Benchmarking
  • Health Sector
  • Agri Governance
  • Agri Business

New Associate

We are pleased to welcome Tim Bathgate as an Associate.  With agri and business qualifications and over six years' experience with the firm, Tim is a great fit in our agri, forestry and business team.

Tim joins Carolyn Mills as the latest additions to the Shand Thomson advisory team.


Our advisors have a proud history of supporting community organisations.  The Clutha Foundation, Clutha Recreation Centre and Owaka Museum are just a few of the entities that we are passionate about.

Fellowship Award

Gaye Cowie was recently awarded a Fellowship by Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand.  The fellowship recognises Gaye's significant contribution to the agri community.  Read more in our Autumn 2019 newsletter.


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