Ian Smith - Chair

Ian is a Corporate and Business Services Partner in Bishop Fleming’s Worcester Office, and the relationship partner on a portfolio of owner managed businesses and high net worth individuals.

He is also the Chair of Bishop Fleming. Ian is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser.

Ian has 30 years of experience in working with clients (businesses and their owners and families), providing them with accounting and taxation advice and support, but also helping them define and achieve their strategic goals. Having become an owner manager himself at a tender age, he has enough battle scars from the trials and tribulations of leading a group of people in the direction of a business plan to have some genuine empathy and understanding with our clients. The combination of his accountancy and taxation qualifications, an ability to communicate complex situations in a way people can understand, and a great network means he believes he can add value to clients, and know when to bring in other specialists, from the firm or outside, and who the client would best relate to.

Ian is involved with various external organisations. He is a Governor of the University of Worcester; a member of the Institute of Directors; a member of an ancient trade guild, The Clothiers Company of Worcester and a founder trustee of its Charitable Foundation. He is also a Trustee of three other charities, The Rowlands Trust, The Kildare Trust and Queen Elizabeth’s Almshouses (known as The Six Masters). In January 2014 he was made a Freeman of the City of London.

Ian lives on a small farm in the Teme Valley. He’s a keen golfer at the Worcestershire Golf Club and a passionate fan of walking, woodlands, Scotland, his beloved Morgan, Worcester Warriors and Worcestershire Cricket Club.

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