Moore Stephens Markhams Christchurch Director Richard Ineson to retire.

It is with a heavy heart and fond wishes that we farewell Moore Stephens Markhams’ valued Director Richard Ineson, who is sailing into retirement. As Richard’s retirement approaches, we took a look back over his remarkable career.


Those of you who know Richard Ineson will know that Moore Stephens Markhams Christchurch’s influential, multi-skilled director has always charted his own course. While many would have one foot out the door on the eve of their retirement, Richard is still giving 100% – he always has. A man of principles, and a respected and respectful true gentleman, he has always been results-driven.

“Helping your clients achieve a great result is the biggest satisfaction you can get in this industry,” he says.

Taking a shine to commerce back in the third form at Boys’ High while everyone else focussed on science and the arts (including his five brothers), young Richard bucked the trend and went into bookkeeping. “I always knew where I needed to be and that commerce was the right place for me,” he says.

Graduating with a B.Com in 1975, Richard would spend the next three years at Lawrence Anderson Buddle (now PwC). The then newly-minted chartered accountant headed over to London for 5 years, and when he wasn’t working began collecting Jaguars (the cars, some of which made their way back to New Zealand with him) and sailing around Europe and the Mediterranean.

Back in New Zealand, he joined Markhams in 1983 and was made a partner the following year. In 1984 Richard ticked off another milestone, gaining his Public Practice Certificate, before becoming a director and going on to create an enduring legacy.

Acquiring an enormous skillset over the years, before accountancy became more specialised, Richard has overseen the audit section of the firm, all aspects of insolvency and liquidations, and business services. With a career spanning five decades, Richard has seen the industry go from manual entry to high-tech accounting software.

“Technology has certainly changed accountancy over the years. It’s more about interpretations and business advisory now,” he says. He’s not saying the job itself has gotten easier, though! “I do believe now it’s a much harder industry” – this coming from a man who used to have to manually code 120 pages of bank statements early in his career.

Richard credits having had outside interests as the key to obtaining some balance during his often stressful tenure. “The secret to everything is to travel and go sailing, or do the gardening.” An avid and heavily-decorated sailor, he’s still racing 20-year-olds in the Laser and Zephyr classes and beating them (most of the time), and will be heading up to Auckland for the 2017 World Masters Games to compete. As Commodore at the Christchurch Yacht Club, he’ll also be helming its 125th anniversary celebrations this yachting season, while a 3-month European holiday has been planned for the winter. Then there’s finally finding the time to start landscaping at his new house.

“Retirement means I’m finally going to have the time to do the things I’ve been putting off,” he grins.

Richard’s last day at Moore Stephens Markhams Christchurch will be March 31 2017. While Richard will be sorely missed, we wish him all the best in his retirement.

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