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Susie Johnstone  |  Principal  |  Director

Growing up on a sheep and beef farm in Owaka, Susie returned to South Otago to join Shand Thomson in 1983. She was invited into the partnership in 1995.

Agribusiness, IT and systems advice, and governance are Susie's areas of interest and she enjoys helping develop and support a wide range of small to medium size agribusinesses and public sector entities. She particularly enjoys working with farming families on their day to day financial and taxation issues and helping them with intergenerational and structural succession.

A continuing interest in IT, systemisation and organisational management is fostered by involvement in the day to day management of the practice and also extends to some governance roles in the public sector.  This often focuses on Finance, Audit and Risk and she currently is a member of the Office of the Auditor General's Audit & Risk Committee and the independent chair of both the Dunedin City Council's Audit and Risk Committee and the Southern District Health Board's Finance Audit and Risk group. 

Susie recently retired from the REANNZ Board, an organisation responsible for the provision of an advanced high capacity internet service to the NZ research community and she is a trustee of the Clutha Foundation. She retired from the Council of Otago Polytechnic after serving four terms and has also served on the boards of Southland, Otago and Southern District Health Boards, Tourism New Zealand, the New Zealand Blood Service and the New Zealand Hockey Federation

Susie is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, and a Justice of the Peace.  She is a past winner of the New Zealand Young Chartered Accountant of the Year and was New Zealand's inaugural independent appointment to the amalgamated Australasian Institute Governance Committee.

Susie is married to Jim and they have four children; Holly, Hanlin, Connor and Bridget.  Family life involves following their sporting pursuits, occasionally going to the gym, and  involvement with the Anglican church.


Specialist Fields

  • Systems
  • Education and Health
  • Agribusiness
  • Succession & Relationship Property Resolution

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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