The promotion of a new partner is a special moment for the person involved and for the whole Mark J Rees family. So, to be announcing the making of not one but two new partners is cause for double celebration.
From December 1, Matt Vice and Phil Bott expand the number of our partners to eight - and all eight have come through the ranks at Granville Road.
Both originally from Leicester, Matt and Phil have a combined 38 years of service at Mark J Rees where they each achieved chartered status. Matt has been with us for 23 years, after joining aged 18 as a trainee. Matt, who lives in Stoughton, said: ”When you start out in this career, becoming a partner is what you like to imagine could happen. It's really rewarding that it's happened here at Mark J Rees, having joined as a teenager and I hope it's hugely encouraging to our trainees and juniors of today.”
Phil joined us 15 years ago after graduating from Birmingham University. He progressed through the practice from trainee. Phil, who lives in Syston, said: ”Being a partner has always been an aspiration. That level of progression has always happened here. All the partners have done the same which is a hallmark of Mark J Rees.”
As well as continuing to expand their client portfolios, both new partners will take on practice responsibilities alongside existing partners Stewart Collier, Richard King, Paul Hollinshead, Mark Harrison and the most recently promoted partners Andy Turner (2008) and Wes Scales (2012).
Matt will spearhead cloud accounting at Mark J Rees and lead our liaison with the UK & international accounting network HCWA. Phil will develop our specialism in advising not for profit organisations, including charities.
Stewart Collier said: “Both Matt and Phil are totally dedicated to their clients and to the practice. They are so focused on their clients' needs and always have been. Everyone in the firm can see what the new partners have achieved and will know that with commitment and hard work they too can progress and could one day be partners.”
Everyone at Mark J Rees sends you every good wish for Christmas and the New Year! Our charitable donation, in lieu of sending cards this year, will benefit Steps, Leicestershire Conductive Education Centre in Shepshed.