Danny McCance 9 Aug 2019 01:24pm

Movers and shakers

A round-up of the latest appointments, promotions, board moves and resignations

Fair4All Finance

Sacha Romanovitch has been appointed as CEO at Fair4All Finance, an organisation aimed at financial inclusion.

In 2015 Romanovitch became the first woman to lead a top six UK accountancy firm. In a surprise announcement in October last year she stood down, a number of weeks after a group claiming to represent 15 partners at the firm leaked her performance review to the press.

Romanovitch joined Grant Thornton in 1994 before moving to the London office in 1996 where she gained significant experience working with larger listed companies both on audit and public reporting. Following a sabbatical during 1998 she returned to London in 1999 and was appointed partner in 2001. Shortly afterwards she became office managing partner of the London audit and tax practice.

An advocate for increased social mobility within both the profession and wider business, Romanovitch is chair of the Patron Group for Access Accountancy, the profession-wide initiative to increase diversity.


Mark Thompson has been appointed in the Big Four firm’s forensics team.

Thompson is currently chief operating officer at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), where he joined in 2004 after leaving KPMG. He held a number of senior positions at the crime agency, including head of proceeds of crime and interim director.


Nancy Muhoya Nganga has been appointed as managing partner at the Big Four firm’s Kenyan practice as well as the leader of the East Africa cluster – the first woman to be appointed to these roles.

The Kenyan certified public accountant has been with the firm for 16 years and has served in a number of senior roles. Most recently, she led assurance services in EY East Africa and was responsible for an unprecedented expansion in its business.

In 2016, she was picked as one of Business Daily’s Top 40 Under 40 Women, an annual award that recognises exceptional young businesswomen both as game changers and inspirational role models for future generations.


Luke Bath has been appointed as a partner at the chartered accountancy and business advisory firm, effective immediately.

Bath, ACA, joined Alliotts in 2011 and qualified as a chartered accountant with the firm. Last year, he was appointed as an associate. In his new role he will manage a team of business service specialists and work with a range of clients from start ups to large private equity firms.

Grant Thornton

Joanne Brown has been appointed as partner to lead the firm’s public services offering in Scotland.

Brown has more than 18 years’ experience within audit and assurance and joined Grant Thornton in 2015, having most recently been a director of the public sector assurance team. Previously, she spent more than eight years at Big Four firm PwC where she was a director in the government and public sector team. Brown is a certified public finance accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Hill & Smith Holdings

Alan Giddins has been appointed as chairman of the board of the infrastructure holding group and will succeed Jock Lennox, effective 1 October.

Giddins, FCA, joined the Hill & Smith board in October 2017 as a senior independent director and has since been a member of the audit, remuneration and nomination committee. He is managing partner and head of private equity at 3i Group, which he joined in 2005, as well as a member of the executive committee. Prior to this he spent 13 years advising in investment banking, having qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1990.


Tony Peake has been appointed as global leader of the government and public services practice at the Big Four firm.

Peake, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, has been with PwC for 30 years. He is currently lead partner for defence at PwC Australia. Between 2012 and 2018 he was national government and public sector leader and also prior to this spent four years as COO.