Date posted: 11/08/2020 2 min read

Obituary – Michael Fenton FCA

Member left his mark on his profession and community.

In Brief

  • Life Member Michael Fenton FCA passed away earlier this month
  • He made significant contributions to his profession, notably with the Council and Professional Conduct Committee
  • He spent all of his career in Invercargill

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Life Member Michael Fenton FCA passed away earlier this month.

Michael was made a Life Member, CA ANZ's highest honour, in 2002 in recognition of exceptional professional achievement and contribution to the profession. He became a member in 1960 and was conferred as a Fellow in 1989.

He practised as a Chartered Accountant all of his career in Invercargill becoming a partner in the practice then known as Gilfilan Morris which became part of what is now KPMG.

Michael made significant contributions to the then New Zealand Society of Accountants (NZSA) in many roles. He was active in the Southland Branch, serving on the branch Committee, including as acting as Chair. He was a Councillor for 12 years and also served on the NZSA Executive Board.

Michael also served on the Professional Conduct Committee, including two terms as Chair. Other roles included membership of the Continuing Education Committee, the Company and Securities Law Committee, chairing the CA College Committee and sitting on the NZICA Executive Board.

As well as serving the Institute and his firm, Michael had a number of high profile directorships in the Southland business community, including Director of the Southland Building Society.

He was also a prominent regional and national sports administrator. Michael was the Vice President of the New Zealand Squash Rackets from 1974-1976 and President from 1977-1979. He was New Zealand's representative on the International Squash Rackets Federation (now the World Squash Federation).

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