Introducing Transitional Board Member - Kevin Matthews

Kevin was born and raised in Devonport and has lived in Devonport all his life apart from 4 years in Ulverstone when he and his wife Vicki were first married. One of a family of six children, he attended Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School and then St Brendan’s College and attended Don College in years 11 and 12.

At the end of year 12, Kevin was employed as a trainee accountant by local firm Layh Hart Room & Hyland and completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1983. In 1989, Kevin started his own accounting practice as a sole practitioner, operating out of his Forbes Street office, with Vicki as his office manager. Then in 1998, Kevin’s practice merged with Launceston based accounting practice, Camerons Accountants, with Kevin becoming the Devonport principal of the firm. Camerons at that time was the largest locally owned accounting practice in Tasmania, and for a number of years was listed in BRW’s top 100 accounting practices in Australia.

After 17 years as a principal of Camerons, and 43 years in the accounting industry, Kevin retired in 2015 and he and Vicki are enjoying plenty of golf, bushwalking, and travel. Their son Jackson lives in Devonport and daughter Riley is in the 3rdyear at the University of Tasmania in Hobart.

Kevin has been a sportsman for all of his life, playing cricket and football with Devonport, squash, baseball, and tennis, along with a lifelong love of golf, to which he was introduced by father Brian and grandfather Frank when he was six years old. Kevin has been a member of the Devonport Golf Club since 1985 and since retiring has finally managed to get his handicap into single figures. His proudest achievements in golf have been his 3 wins in the Torquay Cup, the club’s handicap match-play competition, following in father Brian’s footsteps, who won the cup twice.

Kevin also served as a board member of the Devonport Cricket Club for 20 years, is a current Rotarian with local club Devonport North, and joined the Board of the Devonport Golf Club 2 years ago, transitioning onto the Devonport Country Club Board. He believes that the future of the Devonport Country Club is a very exciting one, providing members and the Devonport area with sporting and social facilities unsurpassed in Tasmania.

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