Grant Thornton UK has appointed Dave Dunckley as its CEO elect, subject to regulatory approval.

Dunckley will replace Sacha Romanovitch, who stood down in October.

Despite a popular public profile, Romanovitch suffered a difficult few months towards the end of her time as CEO following her internal appraisal being leaked to various media sources, which described her as leading a ‘socialist agenda’ by rogue partners.

Dunckley, who joined the firm in 1998, most recently served on the firm’s Strategic Leadership Team, with the responsibility for growing the firm’s presence in London with mid-market businesses. Prior to this position he led the transactions advisory business in London.

Dunckley said: “I’m delighted to take up the role of CEO and drive our firm forward. I have been with Grant Thornton for 20 years and feel passionately about the big opportunity we have to accelerate our growth. 

“We have a fantastic firm with great clients, exceptional people and powerful propositions.  Our brand is the strongest it has ever been, and we will use this to continue to speak out on big themes that impact our industry and society, driving profitable commercial growth whilst ensuring that we continue to have a strong social conscience.”

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Grant Thornton UK chair of the board Ed Warner said: “Over the past few years Grant Thornton has established a distinctive position in the market, attracting great people to our firm because of what we stand for. 

“Dave's appointment puts Grant Thornton in the best possible position to capitalise on these foundations, helping the firm to grow sustainably. I look forward to working with him to map out the next phase of our future."