Strathmore's Roundtable Biography for
Michael J. Lowe, C.B.E.
|Michael J. Lowe, C.B.E.|
|Biography||Born in Wolverhampton on January 6th, 1936, Michael did well at school. His school Career's Master suggested that he become an accountant. He became an Articled Clerk with Howard (Bob) Tranter at his firm of Chartered Accountants in Oakengates. He then embarked on a successful career in accountancy. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1960, he worked for six months with the DuPort Group as the Assistant Financial Controller. At the same time, he continued work for Bob Tranter. He became the senior partner in the company in 1982. The firm became one of the largest in Shropshire and had contracts with many companies nationally and internationally. Michael's voluntary and charitable work spanned more than half a century. When asked who had most influenced his life, Michael's reply was "Bob Tranter." Michael was singled out for all his outstanding service to education, training and business support by being awarded a CBE in the 2001 New Years Honours List. Michael served as a Justice of the Peace for 30+ years. In addition to voluntary activities, he also found time to be President of the Rotary Club for Ironbridge, Chair of the Board of Telford FM Radio, Chair of Maxell Educational Trust, President of the Shropshire Society in London, President of the Shropshire Male Voice Choir. In 2002, he was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Shropshire. Nowadays, Michael does a small amount of accountancy work; he is still involved in auditing as well as overseeing a number of jobs and does a lot of charity accounting as well. Much of his spare time when not playing sports is taken up with his charitable and voluntary interests which are numerous. He says that it is good discipline for him to get up in the morning and go to the office. When asked for what he would like most to be remembered, Michael said that it was when, as High Sheriff of Shropshire, he was able to introduce Citizenship Awards to recognize the good that is done by young people in Shropshire. He feels passionately the need to have the people of Shropshire focusing positively on young people and their achievements in all areas. This reveals much about Michael Lowe, a man who has devoted his life to voluntary service for Shropshire, Telford and Dawley.|
|Current Organization||Tranter Lowe|
|Type of Organization||Chartered Accounting firm|
|Major Product||Accounting and financial services|
|Area of Distribution||National/International|
|University/Degree||Institute of Chartered Accountants|
|Born||Wolverhampton, United Kingdom|
|Honors & Awards||Commander of the Order of the British Empire; Paul Harris Fellow, 1992 and presented with an award for Community and Vocational Work, Rotary Club of Ironbridge, 2006; Appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as High Sheriff of Shropshire, 2005-06; In recognition of services to the County over many years has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Shropshire to support Lord Lieutenant in the work that he does|
|Affiliations||Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants; Chartered Institute of Taxation; Licensed Insolvency Practitioner & Member, Society of Practitioners of Insolvency; International Tax Planning Association; Fellow, Royal Society of Arts; Shropshire Chamber of Commerce; Secretary, Anstice Memorial Working Men's Club, 1963-present; Rotary Club of Ironbridge, 1968-present; Trustee, Severn Hospice; Chair, Telford FM Radio; Chair, Maxwell Education Trust; Honorary Auditor 1967-78, Treasurer 1978-87, Chair, 1987-2002, President, 2002-present, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust; Chair of the Governors, Telford College of Arts & Technology, 1997-present; Chair of the Trustees, St. Georges Public Recreation Ground, 2010-present|
|Hobbies & Sports||Hockey, community service|
|Children||Philip Mark, David John|
|Spouse||Janet Emily Clemson|
|Married||July 11, 1959|
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