Alex Steele Principal
Alex has over 47 years in the accounting profession and became a partner at Hogg Lawson in 1981. Alex began his career as an audit specialist before moving into business services. Through working predominately in tax and business advisory for the past 40 years, Alex maintained his audit qualifications and provides his services as an audit specialist when required.
Alex has built a reputation as being a trusted consultant for his clients, who contact him first to help them solve wider issues in their businesses.
“Because I have an intimate knowledge of my client’s affairs and the structure of their business I can, if necessary, put together a team of specialists to help resolve my client’s issues.”
Alex also offers to attend his client premises, rather than have them come to Hogg Lawson’s office, as he believes this provides insights into their business.
“Unless you walk around the client’s premises, understand their working conditions, and see how they operate, it can be very difficult to give them true and meaningful advice.”
Bachelor of Arts (Accountancy and Finance) – Heriot Watt University Edinburgh
Fellow – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCAANZ)
Member – Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (CA)
Commissioner for Declarations
Registered Company Auditor
Registered SMSF Auditor
Whilst Alex’s opinions are highly valued at work, at home it’s a different story, as he is seriously outnumbered by his wife and two grown up daughters. Other than his family, Alex’s passions are sport and, like any true Scott, single malt whiskey.
“I can think of nothing nicer than watching a game of Rugby Union with a glass of whiskey in my hand.”
Alex is also a keen golfer, though he never admits that he does it badly and has gallantly undertaken to teach one of his daughters to play.
When talking to Alex you will still hear his distinct Scottish accent.
“People might not remember my name but they do remember the accent. Its amazing the number of people who I’ve met over the years who remember me by my accent.”
Alex has embraced all aspects of Australian culture since arriving forty years ago. He loves a weekend at the beach and is very proud of his barbecuing skills. In addition to mastering cooking medium and rare steaks for his family, Alex continues the British tradition of a Sunday roast. All be it that he cooks his roasts on a barbecue.