23rd June, 2021, Melanie Harriss
The recent retirement of long-standing team member, Clive Dodds, left a vacancy at Stephenson Smart accountants for someone to lead the firm as Managing Partner - meet Mike Andrews BSc FCA.
Who is Mike Andrews?
Mike was born in King’s Lynn and schooled locally, attending King Edward VII Academy for his secondary education. He then went on to the University of Leicester where he gained a BSc in Economics.
A keen sportsman, Mike was captain of King’s Lynn Badminton Club and also played for the county Badminton team, and the local tennis league.
Mike joined Stephenson Smart as a trainee in 1991 and made partner in 2000. He is responsible for the firm’s audit compliance and practice assurance matters and specialises in audit, corporate structuring and taxation. His responsibilities also extend outside of the company as a director of King’s Lynn Festival Too and a co-opted governor of the College of West Anglia.
Outside of the office Mike still enjoys playing Tennis and Golf and is a member of Hunstanton Golf Club.
He said: “The firm is in the best place I could hope for and all credit to Clive for leaving us in such a strong position. He used the analogy that he had taken Stephenson Smart to base camp and now it was up to me to take the firm to the top – and I like that sentiment.
In the last few years we have expanded more than three times in size. The plan now is to continue our growth; through attracting new clients and further acquisitions, if they fit culturally and geographically. However, it is important that we remain independent and continue to have a personal relationship with our clients.
I am also keen to look at adding more specialist services and areas of accounting expertise to our knowledge base. One area that we know is going to change in accounting over the coming years is the digitalisation of tax, it is important that we develop our internal systems and knowledge to move with this change, to best support our clients.
I am privileged to have a remarkable team of young partners alongside who have great ideas, energy and passion to evolve the firm to the next chapter in its 100-year journey.”
Profile: Mike Andrews BSc FCA
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