Fellowship award for Waikato accountant


A leading Waikato accountant has been awarded a fellowship for outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession by CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand).  

Leean Bedwell, managing director of Cleland Hancox Chartered Accountants has served on the CAANZ branch committee and local leadership team, and is known for her commitment to community organisations, including chairing the True Colours Children’s Health Trust and acting as treasurer for the Clarence Street Theatre Trust.

CAANZ awards its Fellow status only to those who have demonstrated outstanding contribution to the accountancy profession.  Bedwell was conferred the honour 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, Bedwell is actively involved in a variety of Waikato business networks.

Leean Bedwell 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, and Dey, Reilley, Stewart, taking up a full-time position with the latter in 1998.  They merged into Cleland Hancox Chartered Accountants in 2000, and eight years later Bedwell became a director and shareholder of the company, taking over as managing director on Ray Hancox’s retirement from the role in 2016.

Hancox said Bedwell was “totally committed to the firm from the outset….she has assisted with the growth of the firm, practice management and development.” 

Her 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 Māori trusts.  

Cynthia Ward, CEO of True Colours Children’s Health Trust, said Bedwell “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”.


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