- Graham Crombie FCA, inaugural Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Board of Directors passes away
- His involvement with CA ANZ and its predecessor bodies spanned decades
- His death is keenly felt among members, in the New Zealand business community and in his Dunedin community
Graham Crombie FCA who was the inaugural Chair of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) Board of Directors, leading the organisation through the merger with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia to form Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) passed away in Dunedin this month.
Graham's involvement with CA ANZ and its predecessor bodies spans decades. He was an active member of the Otago branch for many years and went on to become a national Councillor, and then President of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2008.
Following his presidency, Graham became the inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors of NZICA. He continued in this role to lead NZICA's merger with the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia to create CA ANZ in 2014.
Since then Graham kept actively involved with the organisation through his wide member networks.
"Graham's death will be keenly felt through the membership, through the New Zealand business community and particularly in the Dunedin community where he spent most of his working life."
"Those who have worked with Graham will remember him as a larger than life character, with a sharp mind, a sense of determination and an infectious optimism. His impact on our profession has been significant. Graham will be greatly missed."
Outside of CA ANZ Graham has had a distinguished career in public practice and more latterly with both public and private sector directorships, including Deputy Commissioner, Southern District Health Board; Chair, Innovative Health Technologies (NZ) Ltd; Director, Surf Life Saving New Zealand; Chair, Otago Museum; Chair, Dunedin City Holdings Ltd; Chair New Zealand, Genomics Ltd; Chair Action Engineering Ltd; Trustee, Arai Te Uru Kokiri Centre Charitable Trust; Trustee, Orokonui Foundation; and President, St Kilda Brass, to name a few.