Toby Smith died on the 21st July 2015 at the age of 33 of cancer.
It's hard to explain what a deep and profound impact the loss of Toby has had on this firm.
He was such an exceptional person, with incredibly positivity and love of people. He changed and effected so many people for the better in this firm. His gift wasn’t just that he was so positive as a person, it was the fact that he made others so positive. It is unsurprising therefore how he became so close to so many in the firm, not to mention he was the Son of the one of the Senior Partners and husband of another Partner who trained in the firm with them.
As you can imagine, in family business such as ours, his loss had a huge impact on the collective consciousness of the firm and it has taken some time for us to gather ourselves up and find a way we can honour him.
What became clear was a deep wish to keep his spirit in the firm alive.
Hence The Toby Smith Awards were established.
The Inaugural Event was held on the 24th August 2017 at the Queens Eyot in Bray.
This event was a celebration of Toby’s life and as part of this, the company decided to create an award for a member of staff who best represented Toby’s Values – his integrity, positivity, and incredible spirit of comradery and hard work.
Nominations were made by each and every staff member and everyone within the firm was eligible to be nominated.
The Award Event was held on a beautiful evening at a location on the River Thames, a main part of the event was dragon boat racing with 2 rival teams ‘Team Oury’ vs ‘Team Smith’ in a best of 3 competition, with Team Oury being the victors this year but a title that will surely be hotly contended for in the future ! Much as it was felt the Smith Team should win, Toby had an excellent sense of humour and one just wonders if he tipped the balance the other way just to irritate his dad….
An Oury Clark bake off and egg and spoon races were all part of the fun.
The culmination of the evening were the Awards themselves – not only the Toby Smith Award, a number of different awards were bestowed upon staff members for various accolades (from ‘best dressed’ to ‘most on time’– the list goes on).
The Toby Smith Award itself was shortlisted to 11 members of Oury Clark and was very deservedly won by Paul Pleace. Paul Pleace has been with the firm since 1974 and is instrumental to the training offered to all our trainee chartered accountants at Oury Clark and is always available to help and support all staff. He is incredibly kind and patient and loved by everyone at the firm.
Drinks and dancing finished off a wonderful celebration.
The highlights of this fabulous and memorable event can be viewed here.
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