Managing partner Stephen Gee to leave after 31 years at consultant

Stephen Gee

John Rowan and Partners managing partner Stephen Gee has announced his retirement after 31 years at the firm.

Gee (pictured) joined the then fledgling consultant, set up by John Rowan, in 1985 after starting his career as a QS with Cyril Sweett. He has been managing partner for the last 14 years.

Gee is to be replaced by deputy managing partner Gurpal Virdee, who has been at the firm for 14 years.

During his career, Gee has worked closely with major clients including electronics retailer Dixons and several London borough councils. Last year the Liberal Democrat activist stood unsuccessfully against Conservative MP and current transportsecretary Chris Grayling in his Epsom and Ewell constituency at the general election.

Gee said: “After 14 years as managing partner I have decided to retire from John Rowan and Partners. All good things must come to an end and it’s time for me to take on some new challenges.”

Ian Blacker, chairman at John Rowan and Partners, said: “Stephen is widely respected across the industry and I’m sure you will join me in wishing him well for his future.”

Gee added: “I have every confidence that the business I formed with John Rowan all those years ago will continue to prosper and at its heart have the same values, spirit and ethos that makes it such a great place. I’m sure John would be very proud of the business and how it has developed, as am I.”