"Scouting to me was the springboard for personal development.”
- John Leece
John Leece has been a Director of Boroughs Chartered Accountants since 1979 and specialises in business advisory services, including all aspects of corporate financial strategic advice, mergers, and acquisitions. His experience includes roles in auditing, accounting services, and taxation advice.
John is a member of the World Scout Foundation and has served as Honorary Treasurer of Scouts Australia. He established a travel fund for Scouts to go to Nepal to work on a reforestation program, and was Coordinator of the "Spirit of Australia" South Pole expedition in 1997-98. In 2002 he flew the Scouts Australia flag at the North Pole when frostbite prevented Peter Treseder, former Assistant Chief Commissioner of Australia, from achieving his goal of flying the flag at both Poles.
"In its unique way, Scouts enables youth to be given responsibility for their own decisions, with progressive sequential challenges as skills develop. These challenges for me were tackled as a small team, with one person (the eldest) being the leader, showing the way and teaching his younger mates. This developed independence and confidence and was coupled with outdoor activities, mainly in the bush, with every new adventure being greater and more challenging than before. Accomplishing each challenge provided the inspiration for the next," John said.
“The thrills of the experience continue to inspire me today to reach new goals in creating opportunities for my fellow man, so he/she will be inspired by these ambitions. Essentially, one fundamental remains as the crux to all of this, and that is the support received from my Scouters and parents. Despite the risks and their fears, they encouraged us through wise counsel, guidance and leadership, to go out as young people with our peers to make our own decisions, to find our own paths, to climb the peaks, canoe the rivers and to meet adversities - physical and mental - so that our reward was to return, each in our own small way, triumphant (albeit often exhausted)."
John has given extensive service to the accounting profession particularly as a member of the New South Wales Divisional Council of the Australian Society of CPAs and of a number of Expert Panels and Professional Committees, including the joint committee between Government and the profession. He has been involved with the reconstruction of a mining company, the establishment of a venture capital business in the zinc air refuelling cell market, and arranging consortiums and associated financing for infrastructure projects.
He is also a Justice of the Peace and a registered liquidator, as well as being a Fellow Member of each of the major accounting bodies in Australia. He has advised traditional land owners of their rights in Native Title claims and is a Patron of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In June 2000 he was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for services to the community.