It is with heavy hearts, extreme sadness and deepest sympathies that we inform you that our Chairman and Director Murray Wyatt passed away last Friday, 23rd July 2021.
Murray has been instrumental in growing and developing Morrows across his 35 plus years and has seen many changes across the firm. For those who worked and knew him, he was a larger than life personality who always enjoyed sharing his stories and knowledge with others. Murray was a mentor and a friend to many and will leave a lasting legacy. Murray’s ability to think strategically and develop strong working relationships enabled Morrows to expand and grow and provided opportunities to clients, Morrows Directors and staff.
As Director and Chairman of the Morrows Group, Murray was recognised amongst peers as an expert in Family Governance and Intergenerational Wealth Transfer. Murray specialised in providing advice in complex cases and blended families and utilised the legal, accounting, and wealth management resources.
Murray entered the profession as a practicing accountant in 1972 and commenced with Morrows in 1985. He gained a breadth of experience in wealth planning, retirement consulting, and SMSFs. This led to his appointment as Chair of CPA Australia’s Superannuation Centre of Excellence, a position that he has held for nine years. Murray has also represented the industry at a national government level and developed and implemented superannuation policies and legislation.
Murray was the recipient of the CPA Australia Henry Fox Award. Recipients of the Award must hold an FCPA designation, and:
- “be held in high standing by public practitioners for professional competence and ethical behaviour, and;
- [be] a contributor who has produced a positive impact to the membership in their area of influence, and/or;
- be a major participant in the development of policy changes to public practice.”
This award is a testament to Murray’s professional upstanding within the profession.
Murray appeared before the Australian Senate Select Committee on Superannuation and had been an expert witness representing the accounting profession. He has also been a member of the Superannuation Advisory Committee, which was established by the industry and the Australian Tax Office to advise the Government on high-level superannuation issues.
Murray regularly presented on retirement and planning issues for CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Taxation Institute of Australia, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Ltd, and other professional bodies. He was actively involved as a Divisional Councillor of CPA Australia and a former member of the CPA Australia Public Practice Committee Victoria and the National Retirement Savings Centre of Excellence.
As a group, we will connect together and support each other. Our strength of relationships with each other will ensure that what Murray was instrumental in building, continues to thrive and is an enduring legacy.
Murray will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with his wife Margaret and his sons Malcolm and Jason and their families.
With deepest condolences and sympathy.
Alistair Hamblin, Graeme Marks, Laurel Moulynox and Neil Yeoman
Directors of Morrows Group