The partners at Thomas Westcott are deeply saddened to announce the death of our fellow partner, Matt Portman, aged 35, who has passed away whilst on holiday with his family.
Matt joined Thomas Westcott in 2004 when the firm merged with Beer Aplin and he completed his Chartered accountancy training with our firm, qualifying in 2007. He became a partner in 2012 and during this time worked at a number of Thomas Westcott offices before taking full responsibility for the running of our Honiton office and many firm wide areas of management responsibility.
Matt was also well-known in the business community and was treasurer of the Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce.
Shona Godefroy, deputy managing partner, said: 'Our partners and team at Thomas Westcott feel a huge sense of loss. Matt had achieved so much for someone so young, he was made a partner from a young age and this reflected his truly outstanding contribution to the firm. He was an excellent accountant, showed a great interest in all aspects of our business and a true interest in people; both his clients and his team. He had many management responsibilities across the practice and he dealt with everything with vigour. He also had a wonderful sense of humour and warm personality, someone who was always smiling and happy to help others. He will be very much missed by us all and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family'.
Nick Smy, a member of the firm's management board who worked closely alongside Matt commented: 'Matt's contribution to the firm was extremely significant, it was a privilege to work closely with him. He was respected and valued by clients and his team, such an extremely bright and engaging young man who did so much across the whole firm. We will miss him immensely'.