Date posted: 16/07/2020 2 min read

Obituary – Jim Hoare FCA, former President of NZ Society of Accountants and CA ANZ life member

A varied and significant commitment to the profession at branch and national level began in 1979.

In Brief

  • Jim Hoare FCA, a former President and Chair of the Disciplinary Tribunal and CA ANZ Life Member passed away earlier this month
  • He was a tax partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • He helped progress changes that led the name change to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand

Jim Hoare FCA, a former President of the New Zealand Society of Accountants and Chair of the Disciplinary Tribunal, passed away earlier this month.

He was named a Life Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand's top honour, in 2011.

Peter Vial FCA, New Zealand Country Head of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand said Jim exemplified selfless commitment to the accounting profession.

"Jim had an exceptional career and still made time to give back to the profession, including taking on some of his membership organisation's most demanding roles."
Peter Vial FCA

His varied and significant service at branch and national level began in 1979. Jim, a tax partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), was Chair of the Auckland branch in 1985-86.

Other roles included Chair of the National Taxation Committee, Chair of the Auckland Branch Taxation Committee and Executive Board member (1991-95).

As President he helped progress changes that followed a strategic review of the Society in 1993 which led to the changes in the governing Act in 1996, and the name change from the Society to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand.

At this time the three Colleges (Chartered Accountant, Associated Chartered Accountant and Accounting Technician) were also created and a more rigorous admissions process introduced, including approved training organisations and the professional competency programmes to gain full membership.

Jim also made his mark in sailing. He was a director of Team New Zealand, led by Sir Peter Blake with Russell Coutts as skipper, which won the America's Cup in 1995. Jim initially got involved in the America's Cup through his association with Sir Michael Fay's unsuccessful NZ Challenge in 1992, having worked at Fay Richwhite & Co from 1988 until 1995.

Jim Hoare FCA
Jim Hoare FCA

Recognising outstanding achievements

Life membership of CA ANZ is bestowed very rarely and the number of Life Members is restricted to 40 at any time.

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