Peter Cox Founder and Managing Director
Peter started his career in accountancy in 1962 after his parents had talked him out of being a cruise liner purser, a school teacher or even seeking a career on the railways.
He qualified with Chantrey Button & Co, became a Partner there in 1972 and helped that practice grow to what has now become Chantrey Vellacott.
During his time with his former firm, one of Peter's main achievements was his contribution to the financial management and controls of Watford Football Club in the heady days of the Elton John/Graham Taylor partnership. This even included running the London Marathon in 1989 and raising £3,500 (at 1989 prices) for the Club!
In 1997 Peter founded Thomas Cox & Co where he was able to pursue his passion for outstanding customer service. Thomas Cox & Co., Chartered Accountants, quickly built a local reputation for innovative client service and by 2013 their top 40% of clients were showing annual growth rates of 20%+ even through the banking crisis economic downturn. In October 2013 Peter sold the practice with retirement in mind. However, the lure of providing outstanding client service and a passion for creating and then protecting client wealth has proved too much and Crystal Clarity Consulting was thereby born.
Peter is married to Yonna and has three children – Wendy, Gareth and Victoria – all of whom, despite some questionable parenting techniques, seem to have grown up into model citizens. In 2014 we became grandparents for the first time in October with the birth of Thomas.
Recent notable personal achievements have included taking part in a fundraising trek to Annapurna in the Himalayas and playing on Mike Gatting’s team in a cricket match at Lords.
Like his mother, Peter has inherited a love of cars and feels immensely privileged to own a 1995 Bentley Brooklands, which, when it is not in storage, does the odd wedding and the annual trip to South Wales to visit Yonna’s brother.
Peter loves to travel and, whilst health and mobility permit, he and Yonna are intending to complete their circumnavigation of the world by sea. There are only two sectors left – New Zealand & Australia and Singapore to India; the first is happening in 2015 and the last leg is already booked for 2016.