Sir Michael SnyderBoard of Directors
Michael has led Kingston Smith for the past 36 years as Managing Partner, combining it with the role of Senior Partner since 1990. Over the past year or so, however, Michael has primarily focused on the externally facing role of Senior Partner. During Michael’s time at the helm, the firm has grown from seven partners to its current level of 64, increased its headcount to over 500, reaching a turnover that exceeds £43 million. Michael’s understanding of how growing businesses operate and the aspirations of their owners is invaluable to and highly respected by his clients.
Michael is a well-known supporter of small and medium-sized businesses; having spent many years advising the UK Government on the issues affecting growing businesses as well as sitting on the Small Business Council and Small Business Investment Taskforce. He is particularly adept at finding new ways to help business grow, helping to set up the National Business Angels Network and acting as its chairman between 1999 and 2002. He is the current chairman of GLE Loan Finance Ltd, an alternative source of finance for growing small businesses based in the capital.
Michael’s commitment to the accounting sector is evident through the significant investment of his time providing guidance to key organisations and holding leadership roles. He has served on several Institute of Charted Accountants Committees and is currently the Chairman of the Association of Practising Accountants, a group of senior and managing partners of medium-sized firms of chartered accountants.
Michael is Co-Chairman of the Government’s Professional Business Services Council (PBSC) which is a vital body for the UK’s largest industry sector and Government working together to strengthen the country’s economic position. He has helped to promote the importance of professional and business services in the UK, advising past and present Government leaders.
Michael is an elected Member of the City of London Corporation and has represented the Ward of Cordwainer since 1986. He has chaired several Committees, including Finance, before taking the leadership of the City Corporation as Policy and Resources Chairman between 2003 and 2008. He led a period of considerable reform; the foundation of three academies for the City of London, as well as opening offices in Brussels, India and China. Michael also led the City’s support for the London’s Crossrail project, culminating in a major financial contribution from the City and influencing key players to bring this nationally important project to the starting gate. He was knighted in 2008 for his services for business and for the City of London.
Michael is a long standing Governor and Vice Chairman of Brentwood School and Chairman of the Governors for the City of London School for Girls. He has been a Governor of The London Guildhall University and subsequently of the London Metropolitan University, where he also chaired the Audit Committee as well as being a member of the City Academics Sponsors Trust. In what little spare time he has, Michael enjoys music, gardening and narrow boating.