Steve Sutton BA FCA
Steve has always felt that Kent provides many different challenges. It has a very long history and a deep-rooted culture, yet has always been influenced by its closeness to Europe and the wider world. The businesses are wonderfully varied: from agriculture and education through medicine, law and manufacture to tourism and technology.
Therefore as Senior Partner Steve has continued to see Canterbury as the base for office and regulatory work, providing a well trained, dedicated staff. Having maintained his interest in education, Steve believes it is crucial to provide training for both professional and clerical staff to maintain the health and vigour of the practice.
At the same time, visiting the clients is essential to understanding each business. Steve’s continued links in London require him to spend two days a week in the city visiting various clients as well as regular travelling throughout the Southeast and the wider UK. His overseas travel has included business trips to the Bahamas, America, Greece, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland and Ireland. He sees this as a vital part of the routine and a valuable part of maintaining a broad economic perspective.
Steve was born and educated in London. He earned a degree from Leeds University and then completed a Certificate in Education. However, Steve decided on a career change and was seconded to Ernst and Young to train as an accountant. After qualifying, he joined Burgess Hodgson in 1972.
When the firm moved from its offices in Charing Cross down to Canterbury in 1976, he also relocated. He became Partner in 1979 and took over as Senior Partner in 1993 when Len Hodgson retired. Since then, Steve has developed the practice to the 20 Partners and more than 150 members of staff we see today.
Steve is married with three grown up children, and lives just outside of Canterbury in Bridge. When not busy with his growing family – Steve now has seven grandchildren – he still finds the time (and energy) to play five-a-side football for Burgess Hodgson, and regularly supports the 11-a-side Saturday team.