Simon Kent

Simon is 32 years old and Derby born and bred. Despite enjoying his school years at Murray Park in Mickleover, Simon became unsettled at college and decided to leave a couple of weeks after starting his A Levels.

With his original plans of working in a bank looking unlikely, in 1994 Simon applied for an office junior position at Malcolm H Preece. Despite being told the position had been filled, Simon was approached by the firm’s Taxation Manager, Jenny Watson, who offered him an assistant position within the firm. Over the next 11 years, Simon progressed from Taxation Junior to Partner when the practice subsequently became Malcolm H. Preece & Co on 1st June 2005.

Outside the office, Simon enjoys football, cricket and socialising with friends.

Interesting Fact:
Simon obtained the top mark in the world at the sitting of the ACCA Paper 7 Taxation Exam in June 1999.

About Us

Malcolm Howard Preece started our practice back in 1989 when he broke away from another firm of chartered accountants, starting out with 10 members of staff. The practice quickly built up a strong reputation in Derby and the surrounding areas and grew over the next 7 years until there were 30 members of staff making it one of the largest sole practitioners in the UK at that time.

Due to ill health, Malcolm decided to reduce the size of the practice and in 1998 sold approximately two thirds of the business. However, Shane Mosley and Simon Kent then took a more hands on role by being placed in charge of their own portfolio of clients, with the intention of them becoming partners in the future.

In November 2005, Malcolm took retirement from the day-to-day running of the business and assumed the consultancy position that he still holds to this day. It was at this time that Shane and Simon became partners. At the age of 65 and having practiced in Derby as a qualified accountant since 1971 Malcolm has excellent knowledge of the construction industry and has many contacts in both commercial and residential property development and therefore he can offer expert advice in these areas.

Today, the practice makes it a priority to work with clients on a professional, yet personal basis throughout their business life.

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