Fel­low­ship awarded by ac­coun­tancy pro­fes­sion

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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.

Leean Bed­well

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