Carnie is passionate about the work she does with a particular interest in charitable and non profit organisations, Maori Incorporations and working with clients to grow their businesses.
Carnie has been Practice Manager of Coates Associates Ltd since September 1994.
Gisborne born and bred Carnie was educated at Central School, Ilminster Intermediate and Lytton High School. In 1980, Carnie joined the accountancy profession at James, Harvey & Norman. During a 14 year period, she took over Secretarial and Administration duties for St John and a number of Maori Incorporations and Trusts which are now clients of Coates Associates Ltd.
Family is the biggest part of her life and with partner Ivan Paterson they make the most of the lifestyle Gisborne offers.
Son Euan and his wife Tamera have a young daughter Leila. They live in Gisborne and own Blitz Surf Shop. Daughter Marcia and three children, Liv, Brodie and Hazel live in Hawkes Bay.
Spare time is spent on the golf course, on the beach,walking, cycling and enjoying time with friends and family.