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   Matt Dunham
Tributes to a dear friend of us all
   It is with a very heavy heart that we share with you the very sad passing of Matt Dunham.
Matt will have been known by very many of you, either through the many senior roles he had over a very bright career, over a cheery pint at our many dinners and events across Liverpool and Manchester, or perhaps sharing a bike ride or a football match.
Matt, one of the North West’s leading insolvency and restructuring practitioners, passed away suddenly aged 55 on Sunday 12th July, and leaves a wife, Sue, and their two children.
Matt had over 30 years’ experience in
the sector during which time he advised
on many high-profile cases including the charity Kids Company and was administrator of Bury and Barnsley Football Clubs. A former North West Chair of the insolvency and restructuring trade body R3, he was also a frequent commentator in the media on insolvency issues.
Matt began his career with the big four firm EY, actually Arthur Young at the time, and then was a partner at RSM Robson Rhodes, BDO, Grant Thornton and Smith & Williamson before setting up Liverpool- based Dunham Dean Advisory with former EY colleague John Dean in 2017.
An expert on football finance, he advised more than 30 football league and non- league clubs on solvency issues. He was a
respected expert witness and more recently was advising the Forever Bury group on
its campaign to save the club. Last year he gave evidence to the Parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee as part of its investigation into football club administrations. Matt was also retained by the English Football League (EFL) to advise on sporting sanctions.
He also advised owner-managed and family businesses and many not-for-profit organisations on restructuring and helped to save the national adoption charity, the British Association for Adoptions and Fostering.
He was a keen cyclist and a season ticket holder at Wigan Athletic. Since 2018 he had also been a Trustee of the Liverpool and Merseyside Theatre Trust, which includes the Everyman Theatre.
John Dean, partner at Dunham Dean, said: “Our thoughts are with Matt’s wife, children, family and friends at this incredibly sad time.
“Matt was widely-respected for his pragmatic approach and had an ability to guide clients through complex issues in a clear and concise way. I know that he will be greatly missed by so many people both personally and professionally.”
Our Editor, Martyn Best worked with Matt at EY, and had a friendship of over 30 years with him.
“Matt was always great company, and fun and engaging to be with. My last “serious” experience with him was at our Liverpool Society annual dinner before Christmas, and we certainly enjoyed a glass or two. He had a great career, and always seemed to enjoy all his assignments – especially the football ones, where he certainly made his mark.
“He’d have been distraught at his Wigan being in the position they are, and they certainly acknowledged Matt with a great 8-0 win the other night. Matt will be very much missed.”

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