Geoff Hopper retired as Senior Partner of the Firm with effect from 1 April 2008 and now acts as a Consultant.
He continues to work closely with clients providing business support, giving them the confidence to grow their businesses and this has always been Geoff's prime interest even from the early days of becoming a partner in 1968. Since then he has been involved in the growth of the firm which, has established Baines Jewitt as one of the largest practices in the Tees Valley. This included acting for some of the largest family companies in the region and he still continues to be involved with many of these businesses today.
Whilst his playing days are over, his hobbies include ongoing memberships of Stockton Rugby Club and Durham County Cricket Club. When not supporting these clubs he can be found taking his own exercise, walking in the Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District.
Howard Murray joined Jewitts in 1958, known in those days as Jewitt Sparrow & Swinbank, as an articled clerk. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1963, gaining 15th place nationally in the intermediate examination, thus earning a place as a C U Peat prize winner. He was appointed a partner in Jewitts in 1971, later became senior partner in the firm and retired to become a consultant at the end of March 2007.
Howard has been a member of various committees of the Teesside Branch of the Northern District Societies of Chartered Accountants, including former secretary and chairman. His specialist areas of expertise include tax planning, especially capital gains and inheritance tax, personal financial planning and family business advisor.
He is married to Margaret, who also works for the firm, on a part-time basis, and they have a daughter and a son. Both Howard and Margaret are long standing Middlesbrough FC supporters and in addition, Howard is a regular visitor to Murrayfield to support his fellow country men, when they play rugby against "the auld enemy".
Howard has been a member of Thornaby and Yarm Rotary Club for more than 20 years.