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Richard Stannard
Richard was educated at Gisborne Boys High School followed by a BBS at Massey University.  He commenced at work in Wellington at Hogg Young Cathie & Co in 1982 and then moved to Richardson McKissock, becoming a Chartered Accountant in 1984. Richard has travelled extensively overseas gaining experience with chartered accountants in Perth, Australia and companies in London. Richard returned to Gisborne and joined Graham & Dobson in 1990 and became a principal of the firm shortly thereafter. 

His client base consists mainly of a number of long standing farming clients.  He also operates an investment planning service as an Authorised Financial Adviser. As well, he advises on the structuring of business operations to best suit each client's situation.  Richard is married with three daughters, has a keen interest in swimming, tennis, skiing and laser sailing.

Barbara Johnstone
Barbara was born in Hamilton but moved to Gisborne at age two. Educated in Gisborne (Te Wharau School, Ilminster Intermediate and Lytton High School) followed by a BMS at Waikato University. Commenced employment with KPMG Peat Marwick in Tauranga in 1986 gaining experience in auditing. This time included secondments to Melbourne, Australia and to Philadelphia, USA. Barbara travelled to the UK on her OE, gaining more audit experience but travelled quite a bit.  On her return to NZ, she worked as a School Auditor for one year before moving to the commercial world for five years - as an Internal Auditor with New Zealand Insurance then a Financial Accountant with Lowe Walker NZ Ltd.

Barbara joined Graham & Dobson on returning to Gisborne in October 1997, initially employed as an Auditor/Accountant. She started specialising in company work in 2001 and became a principal in 2004.  With a mix of audit clients and commercial accounting clients Barbara has also been treasurer of some local sports clubs, and her interests include travel, animals, cross stitch and other handcrafts.

Debbie Barwick
Debbie was educated at Wairoa College and Lytton High School followed by a BBS at Massey University. Debbie commenced employment with Brown Webb & Co in Hastings gaining valuable experience in auditing. In 1983 Debbie returned to Gisborne and began working for Graham & Dobson, becoming a principal in 2004.

Debbie has a mix of clients including many farming and commercial clients and is responsible for human resources at Graham & Dobson. Debbie is a past BOT member of Ormond School and assists various non-profit organisations. She is married to a local farmer and has three children; their various interests keep Debbie busy outside of work.

June Hall
June started with Graham & Dobson in 1988, with a year away in 1991. She was made an associate in 1992 and a principal in 2004. Her client base is mixed including farming, commercial and trusts.

David Quinn 
David was born in Oxford, New Zealand, and moved to Gisborne at the age of 9. He was educated at Lytton High School. In 1969 he commenced employment with Graham & Dobson, with a 3 year break which included one year's experience with Tansley & Witt in Zimbabwe. David became a principal in 1982.

His client base consists of viticulturists, horticulturists, cropping and livestock farmers, together with a variety of commercial enterprises. He has a very good knowledge and wide experience with company and trust structures.

Having been in Gisborne now for over 50 years, David considers he can call himself a local, and it is definitely home. He is always promoting the region to friends and acquaintances, especially the family summer holiday spot of Anaura Bay. The district is truly his paradise.

David has 4 children with a 15 year spread in ages. He is a past BOT member of Central School where all four children attended. His other interests include the vineyard his family has a share in and has taken up golf when his regular squash games at the Waerenga-A-Hika Squash Club became less regular,

Having spent most of his life saying golf was a stupid game he would never play it just proves the old adage of never saying never. He is a member of the Patutahi Golf Club where they quickly recognised his talent to be a committee member, something that didn't go unnoticed at the Waerenga-A-Hika Squash Club either where he was head hunted for the role of treasurer at that club. As luck would have it he now enjoys the game of golf.

Client in the Spotlight

Roberts Tree Surgeons Ltd

Paul and Kelly Roberts started their business Roberts Tree Surgeons from scratch 12 years ago. Today the company is a strong team of 10 full time staff. Roberts Tree Surgeons are the one-stop shop for tree removal, tree maintenance and tree planting.

The majority of their work is tree and garden maintenance of private clients and large infrastructure clients...

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Meet our Team

Callum Thompson

What is your current role at Graham & Dobson?
Audit Manager

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Married to Tracey, with two dogs...

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What our clients say...

  • Parihohonu Station has been involved with Graham and Dobson since the early 1900s. They have proved to be of great value, producing a high standard of quality work, are trustworthy, astute, and approachable any time at all. The staff are very friendly and will bend over backwards for us. We always recommend this long established firm unequivocally.

    Avianne and Nigel Faram

  • We are grateful for the enormous amount of support the staff of Graham & Dobson provide. They have demonstrated a high level of understanding, knowledge and financial direction and deliver a consistent service in structured, efficient timeframes. This is a company with high integrity and strong values focusing on providing the utmost levels of customer satisfaction.

    Gisborne Stroke Support Group Inc.

  • Graham & Dobson helped me start my own business in 2007. Without their help and support the process would have been a lot harder. They offer excellent on-going support and advice.

    Karl Platten - Lawns Plus Ltd (GreenAcres)