Steve Le Page had already completed his first year of training with PwC when the first IBM PC was invented. Technology has developed at an ever greater rate since then. And so has the financial landscape that has evolved in the Channel Islands over the last three decades. Lateral, innovative and visionary thinking feeds the best R&D departments. We’ve also seen these qualities in Steve, enabling him to deliver great support for both PwC and the Channel Islands, through times of unprecedented market development and reform. As a firm we’re hugely grateful for the immense contribution he’s made to the CI and the PwC network. Now its time to thank him for all he has done and wish him all the very best for the future as he retires from PwC.
Steve retires from the firm at the end of September 2013, after dedicating 33 years to PwC. He started his career in Guernsey in 1980 as a trainee accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, and was admitted to the partnership in 1994.
During his career with PwC Steve has undertaken many influential roles both within the firm and in the wider industry. Within PwC, before becoming Partner in charge of the Guernsey office from 1999 – 2007, he had been head of tax in Guernsey, then being appointed head of the assurance practice and the Guernsey office in 2004. Steve went on to become Territory Senior Partner for the CI firm in 2007. He steered the firm through the financial crisis and post-crisis reform and supported many local businesses with the challenges that followed. He has also served on a number of industry bodies, as Chairman of the Guernsey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants from 2005 – 2007, President of the Guernsey International Business Association from 2007 – 2009 and was a Member of Guernsey Finance Sector Group from 2005 – 2010.
In his professional career Steve has been auditor or advisor to many key businesses and organisations in the Channel Islands. Throughout, Steve has embraced change and challenges with calmness and clarity. In his Senior Partner role he steered the firm with conviction into a new era of regulation and opportunities for the islands. At the same time he delivered global programmes in the CI, evolving the culture of the firm to better serve our clients and updating our visual brand to reflect our value and client focused offering. Under his leadership we also moved into new offices in both islands, providing a working environment for staff and clients that meets their needs and reflects their value.
Steve’s integrity and insight have brought great success to our clients, our people, our firm, and the PwC network. Steve attributes these successes to the experiences and opportunities provided by the CI firm and PwC network, but most importantly by our people, our clients and our local community.
His immediate plans include a number of non-executive directorships, some consulting work, pro bono work for the States of Guernsey and a Chairmanship with a local charity. As a new chapter opens for Steve we can be sure he will continue to play an important part in the business community in Guernsey. No doubt you will give Steve your best wishes and make plans to keep in touch for the future.