Chartered Accountants, Ponsonby, Auckland, Johnston Associates, New Zealand | KEY PEOPLE
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Rick Johnston

Rick has over 30 years accounting experience with 12 of those years as a partner with Grant Thornton, a large international accounting practice. Rick has in-depth experience in business re-organisation, and structural alignment of entities to accommodate the needs of owners. Rick is a trustee and director for various clients and acts as an advisor in this capacity.

Willy Johnston

Willy is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years accounting experience in New Zealand, initially with Spicer & Oppenheim as well as 3 years as a partner with Christmas Gouwland Limited. Willy also has 3 years “Offshore Company & Trust” experience in the Cook Islands & British Virgin Islands. Willy specialises in business structuring, operations management and financial management for an extensive list of clients ranging from professional athletes, to general business entities, to Iwi organisations. Willy is a Government appointed trustee of National Pacific Radio Trust and is also a member of the UNITEC Business Advisory Board.

Logan Granger

Logan has worked as a Chartered Accountant for over 18 years and became a partner in 2006. Logan’s clients cover manufacturers, distributors, property development, real estate, forestry, retail, hospitality and restaurants, bloodstock and general business. Logan and his team also work in the area of business valuation, due diligence, business sales and acquisitions, proposals for bank funding, management buyouts or obtaining funding for working capital. Logan likes to ensure that clients develop internal processes and systems to grow their business in a managed and structured way. He is currently working across new products within Xero and their add-on Partners that help businesses with their reporting and management.

Rupit Kshatriya

Rupit is a Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years experience having worked at a senior level with Grant Thornton prior to joining Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants Limited. Rupit manages a broad range of clients in a variety of business sectors such as hospitality, medical professionals, horticulture, property investors, IT industry, insurance and Iwi organisation. He has been involved in a number of business valuations, financing proposals with the banks, business due diligence, and advising clients on the sale or purchase of a business. Rupit completed a Bachelor of Management Studies in Accounting & Information Systems with Honours.

Heather Webster

Heather started her working career as a Nurse and qualified as a New Zealand Registered Nurse. After a stint of working in the USA as a nurse Heather returned to New Zealand and completed a Bachelor of Commerce at Auckland University. Heather has over 25 years accounting experience, working for 18 plus years in Business Advisory Services for Public Accounting Practices and 7 years as CFO for the NZ operation of a Global Marketing company. Heather has significant experience in all areas of Business Advisory and has recently been focussing on clients in the following sectors, Hospitality; Engineering; Law; Public Relations, and Beauty professionals. Heather has in-depth knowledge of overseas entities operating in New Zealand and New Zealand businesses expanding into overseas markets. Due to her work in this area Heather has built up a network of overseas contacts. Heather also has a particular interest in mentoring women in business and promotion and development of sustainable business practices.

Ashwin Kumar

Ashwin completed his tertiary qualification at Auckland University and is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), with extensive experience across a variety of accounting and business advisory roles, having worked in both Commercial and CA firms.

Beginning his career as an Auditor he has gradually ventured into a Business and General Taxation Advisory Role across a variety of business sectors. Using his experience in Audit and Accounting Ashwin delivers robust solutions at both an internal practice level and externally to clients.

Ashwin is a fan of open communication and is committed to forming close partnerships with his clients with an aim to use his expertise to add value to each specific situation.

Outside of work, Ashwin is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys travelling with his family. For almost a decade he also volunteered his time working as a Treasurer for an Electorate of a Major Political party in NZ. Ashwin has great passion for flying planes and is known by his friends, colleagues and family as “Captain Ash”.