Fellowship awarded by accountancy profession
Leean Bedwell, managing director of Cleland Hancox Chartered Accountants Ltd, has been awarded a fellowship for outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession by CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand).
Leean started her first accountancy role in 1984, after a year of study at Wintec. She joined Cleland Hancox in 2000, becoming a director and shareholder in 2008.
Leean has served on the CAANZ branch committee and local leadership team, and is known for her commitment to community organisations throughout the Waikato, including chairing the True Colours Children’s Health Trust and is treasurer for the Clarence Street Theatre Trust.
CAANZ awards its fellow status only to those who have demonstrated outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession. Leean was conferred this honour last week, for her service and participation, with distinction, to CAANZ and her services to the community.
As managing director of Cleland Hancox Limited Chartered Accountants, with branches in Hamilton and Morrinsville, Leean is actively involved in a variety of Waikato business networks and organisations, and is known for her unstinting commitment to a range of community organisations and initiatives.
Leean began her career at then Ward and Harvey Chartered Accountants in 1984, having completed a full year of study at Wintec.
From 1987-1989, while parenting her young children, she worked variously for Wally Jones, Chartered Accountant, and Dey, Reilley, Stewart Chartered Accountants, taking up a fulltime position with the latter in 1998. When they merged into Cleland Hancox Limited Chartered Accountants in 2000, Leean stayed on as senior accountant and manager. Eight years later she became a director and shareholder of the company, taking over as managing director on Ray Hancox’s retirement from that role in 2016.
Ray Hancox describes Leean as being “totally committed to the firm from the outset . . . she has assisted with the growth of the firm, practice management and development”.
Leean’s main areas of professional interest include advising on business structures, accounting systems, strategic planning, governance and tax planning for a wide range of clients, with a particular interest in agriculture and health sectors. She is also secretary to some large charitable and Ma¯ ori trusts.
Cleland Hancox Limited co-director Helen Yates notes that Leean is “devoted to her work, and uses her skills and expertise to empower her clients to reach their goals”.
Ray also states that Leean is “unstinting in her commitment to the community organisations she has relationships with”.
Cynthia Ward, CEO of True Colours Children’s Health Trust that Leean chairs, says Leean “has provided skilled oversight of the trust’s financial development and in her governance role has been instrumental in providing advice and guidance in the trust’s overall development”.
Leean is a willing and regular supporter of many local charity events, including encouraging her staff to join in such events as the annual Relay 4 Life, quizzes and other fundraisers for various charities, and the office’s annual bake sale to raise funds for True Colours.
She is a strong believer in giving back to the community, and is a firm supporter of the many sponsorships that Cleland Hancox Limited have take up, including recently, the Morrinsville Jazz Festival, Hamilton Operatic Society and the Hamilton Garden Arts Festival.
Her co-directors agree that she has very much earned the award of fellow, and wish to join her staff and clients in congratulating her on this achievement.