Position: Managing Director
Eric Kench has been involved in accountancy since 1972. Qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1977, he has always been firmly committed to working in public practice and has demonstrated this commitment by practising in small and medium firms within the Thames Valley, eventually founding from scratch the Henley-on-Thames office of Kench & Co in 1982.
Heavily involved in the activities of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Eric was President of the Thames Valley Society of Chartered Accountants in 1987-88 and was a member of the ICAEW General Practitioner Panel from the early eighties, serving as Vice Chairman from 1999 to 2004. Earlier that year Eric was elected Chairman of the newly created ICAEW Practice Society, a position he held until 2007. As a result, he also became a member of the Institute's Council, a position which he held until 2008. He currently sits on the Institute's Learning and Professional Development Board.
Every successful professional needs recreation for balance and since 1970 when he obtained his Private Pilot's Licence, Eric Kench has chosen flying. It offers, he says, a challenge and a different perspective on life, requiring, however, the same discipline and accuracy that he applies daily to the management of his business. Now owning a share in a Piper Arrow, Eric regularly flies extensively in the UK and abroad, using his aircraft for business trips whenever the opportunity arises. Eric describes practising in Henley-on-Thames, the town where he grew up, as a "happy coincidence".
With the support of the rest of the team, Eric manages to balance the dual responsibilities of looking after clients and running the firm, ensuring that it continues to grow and develop to meet the changing needs of clients in the ever more demanding world of finance.