Over the years, John has established an enviable group of successful clients, including commercial businesses, professional practices, investment and family trusts, farming enterprises and not-for-profit organisations. He enjoys close involvement with his clients and helping them develop and improve their operations, often with a “hands on” contribution. Designing the most suitable structure, targeting both simplicity and (tax) effectiveness is one of John’s strengths. He has seen a client grow from a backyard garage to become an international company with which he has been alongside for the last 26 years, and has enjoyed the value of well designed, workable structure for its New Zealand and overseas operations.
John qualified as a chartered accountant in Wellington in 1976 and made the move to Hastings to start work with McCulloch Butler & Spence. He later joined Brown Webb and assisted in the merger of the two long-established firms as BWR – Brown Webb Richardson Limited.
John is now a semi-retired consultant, focusing on specialised client requirements and trust matters, freeing up time for more visits to his Taupo bach and regular visits to family in Wellington with his wife Gail.