Today we pay tribute to Doug Edwards, father of Hamish Edwards our Xero co-founder and Chairman of RightWay accountants, who passed away last night. Doug was a huge influence for Xero in his usual quiet and humble way.
Doug had 50 years of service to the accounting profession. In the early days he was head boy at Wairarapa College and attended Victoria University where he was pretty talented on the basketball court – captain of the NZ University Team. He went on to become a Partner at Markhams (now KPMG) before starting his own practice. Everyone who knew Doug could only describe him as a true gentleman that has had a profound impact on the accounting profession as well as Xero.
Back when they were still Edward’s Accounting, Doug gave Hamish the reigns of the family practice to implement all his crazy ideas. Many of those ideas led to Hamish meeting Rod and were ultimately the basis for co-founding Xero.
Kirk Jackson, one of our first developers who worked on the early design of the Xero accounting engine, often asked Doug for advice:
“When we first started software development at Xero, Doug was a great sounding board for ideas. He was also good at giving honest feedback with a warmth and smile that made it easy to receive.”
Always with a twinkle in his eye and a kind word to say Doug turned up to all the Xero events he could. We’ll all remember the pride on his face when his son Hamish was on stage. Doug was the proudest of Dads and we all felt that pride as part of the Xero family.
In many ways, the presentation Greg Sheehan (RightWay CEO) will give at Xerocon today on Hamish’s behalf really started with Doug.
We’ll miss him.