Danny McCance 22 Nov 2018 04:33pm

Movers and shakers

A round-up of this week's appointments, promotions, board moves and resignations

Grant Thornton

Dave Dunckley has been appointed as CEO of the UK’s fifth-largest accountancy firm, and will succeed outgoing CEO Sacha Romanovitch, whose term ended under controversial circumstances.

Dunckley has been at Grant Thornton since 1998 after moving from Rawlinson and Hunter. He became partner in 2007 and appointed to the strategic leadership team in 2018.

Romanovitch stepped down in a surprise announcement last month, despite having one of the highest approval ratings for a chief executive in the UK this year.


Caroline Fleet has been appointed as a tax partner at the mid-tier accountancy firm, based in London.

Fleet, ACA, has more than 20 years’ experience working within tax and professional services, and before her recent appointment was partner and head of property tax – and before that director – at consultancy Gabelle, where she spent almost five years. She spent more than 11 years at Big Four firm KPMG where she became associate tax partner after spending time as both a senior manager and tax manager.

Previously she was a trade and industry adviser, assisting MP Norman Lamb of the Liberal democrats and spent more than two years as a tax manager at PwC. She’s a regular tax speaker giving lectures to ICAEW, Chartered Institute of Taxation, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Institute of Financial Accountants members.

Saffery Champness

Dianne Petit-Laurent has been appointed as a new corporate partner in the Manchester officer of the mid-tier firm, effective immediately.

Peter-Laurent, FCA, joins from Big Four firm Deloitte, were she spent more than six years, first as a senior manager and then becoming a director. She previously spent four years at mid-tier firm Mazars as a senior manager after qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2005.

PA Group

James Goode has been appointed as chief financial officer of the Press Association parent company.

Goode, ACA, was previously group chief operating officer at London-based sub-Saharan African development conglomerate Lonrho, where he spent more than five years. Prior to this he spent six years with telecommunications company BT where he was vice president of group corporate finance and later finance director of service delivery for BT operate. Goode spent four years as a senior executive in transaction support at Big Four firm EY. He qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in 2000, where he spent more than 3 years.


Sarah Turgoose has been appointed as a private client partner in the mid-tier firm’s Southampton tax team.

Prior to her appointment she was a senior manager at Deloitte, where she spent more than five years. Previously she spent more than 10 years at Baker Tilly (now RSM) as associate director.


Stephen Akers has been appointed to lead the London insolvency funding practice of the litigation finance provider, effective immediately.

Akers, ACA, has more than 30 years’ experience in insolvencies and restructuring and prior to his appointment was a partner at Grant Thornton for 16 years, and partner at Deloitte for 15 years. He is a fellow o the Association of Business Recovery Specialists (R3), and a licensed insolvency practitioner.