Grant Thornton UK LLP has announced the appointment of Dave Dunckley as its CEO for a second term.
In line with the firm’s membership agreement, the partnership voted for Dave to serve a second four-year term from December 2022.
Dunckley began his career at Grant Thornton in 1998 and was first appointed as CEO in December 2018, having held a range of leadership roles in the firm since becoming a partner in 2006.
Within his first term as CEO, the firm said it has gone from “strength to strength”, despite the uncertain trading environment caused by the UK’s departure from the EU and disruptions from the global Covid-19 pandemic, amongst others.
Under Dunckley’s leadership, the firm has renewed its focus on its core markets, enhanced its approach to quality and united its people behind a shared purpose of ‘doing what’s right ahead of what’s easy.’
According to Grant Thornton, its focus on its people recently saw Dunckley acknowledged as one of Glassdoor’s Top UK CEOs and the firm recognised as a top 10 employer for working families in 2021.
The firm also added its financial performance has also seen “significant improvement” under his leadership. Its 2020 accounts showed “strong” performance throughout the pandemic, on the basis of foundations laid in years prior. Grant Thornton expects to publish even stronger financial performance figures for the year 2021, when its accounts are finalised in the coming weeks.
Dunckley said: “I’m immensely proud of what the firm has achieved over the past few years and the real momentum we’ve generated moving forward. The renewed sense of confidence and pride in the firm is something I know is shared amongst all our people and I’m honoured to be in a position to lead the firm in its next phase of growth.”
Imogen Joss, independent chair of the partnership governance board at Grant Thornton UK LLP, added: “Since joining Grant Thornton’s board in 2017 and more recently taking on the role of Chair, I can see the immediate, material impact of Dave’s leadership on the firm not least on the strong culture of the firm and the outstanding results achieved.”