Partner Mick Lumsden retires

Mick Lumsden, Partner at the Moore Stephens Peterborough office hangs up the abacus this week after 27 years with the firm. 

Mick qualified as an accountant in 1990 joining Cushing Fairburn Wardle (which later merged into Moore Stephens) the same year. Mick was made a partner in 1997 and became staff partner for the firm in 2001. 

Mick joins an illustrious rostrum of people who have chosen to retire this year, including HRH Prince Phillip, Usain Bolt, John Motson, Brendan Foster and Jessica Ennis-Hill. 

Said Mick: “2017 is definitely the right time for me to step away from accountancy. I believe it is important to avoid going on too long – which would involve letting people down as mistakes crept in.  Additionally, taking early retirement gives me opportunities to do other things.

 It has been an interesting and challenging journey, and although I’m very much looking forward to my retirement, I will miss both colleagues and clients.  I’m touched that many of my clients want to keep in touch after my retirement – I’ll be meeting up with some of them on the golf course in future.  I won’t however, miss alarm clocks, timesheets or the A14!”

Mick continued: “I have particularly enjoyed my role as Staff Partner.  Over the years I’ve been able to play a part in moulding a number of family friendly policies at Moore Stephens including the introduction of flexible working, which has enabled us to retain some really great people.  Being involved in the recruitment and development of junior staff, shaping trainees and seeing them bloom and do well has also been hugely rewarding. I shall be watching with interest to see how our current trainees progress.”

Senior Partner Dickon Sandbach said: “Mick has made a tremendous contribution to the firm over the past 27 years especially as Staff Partner where his patience and understanding have been invaluable.  He has had a very special relationship with his clients, and he will be much missed by all. We wish him the best of luck in his retirement, and look forward to hearing about how his handicap has improved on the golf course!”