I’m a New Zealander, married to a Scot and for 30 years I have been living in Glasgow – this lovely old, friendly, indomitable, moist Scottish City.
I qualified as a Chartered Accountant after training with Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC) in New Zealand and London. I specialised in Corporate Recovery work and was involved in receiverships and intensive care work on behalf of banks and institutional lenders.
In my early 40’s I took, what seemed at the time, a big career shift and moved into economic and social regeneration work and was Finance Director for Govan Initiative Ltd in Glasgow for several years. Around 16 years ago I set up my own consulting and accounting practice in the West End of Glasgow. We largely support clients within the charitable and third sectors but also provide accounting services and advice to small business clients.
I love my work largely because of the people I meet within the third sector – ‘salt of the earth’ folk who are trying to build flourishing communities and make our world fairer and more just. One of the things I especially enjoy is meeting a new client whose financial systems are in a shambles and who need help! I still find great fulfilment in ‘bringing order from chaos’ – implementing and bedding in new accounting systems and training the client.
As well as being a Chartered Accountant, I am a Fellow of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners and I have a BA in Modern History.
I am married to Janet who is a retired GP. We met when she went to NZ for a working holiday after graduating from Glasgow University. We have three adult children, David (who manages the practice), Kirsty who is a primary school teacher and Jonny who is studying for a Masters in Psychology in Edinburgh.
I enjoy cycling most days (visiting clients or simply to get around), reading, relaxing with friends and hillwalking in Scotland and NZ. I am very happy to call Scotland my adopted ‘second home’, but I love getting back to New Zealand my ‘first home’. I attend Cairns Church of Scotland and enjoy theology and thinking about the extent to which the religious and spiritual sphere plays a part in our lives. I just love feijoas, a NZ fruit with a distinctive sweet, juicy, aromatic flavour.
I serve on a number of charity boards including The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, the Preshal Trust and the Endrick Trust. I am also a voluntary treasurer and trustee for the Glasgow Night Shelter for Destitute Asylum Seekers and visit the shelter every Tuesday evening to befriend the guests.