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ISSUE 26 SUMMER 2020
We have had a number of personal tributes sent to Chartered ONE, and you can also read many more on LinkedIn here
Tributes and memories of Matt Dunham from his friends and colleagues
    TOBY WILSON
The term ‘stunned’ is absolutely appropriate as we digest the news of Matt’s death.
Those of us who made the transition from Robson Rhodes to Grant Thornton in 1997 had the great privilege of being a colleague and partner of Matt at two firms. At each he was both a great professional companion and a wonderfully warm and down to earth friend.
He was a man that managed to deal with the difficulties of very challenging business situations while never losing his natural compassion and approachability, building lasting friendships with the most senior and most junior of colleagues.
Even though I moved back to East Anglia seven years ago (where we both originally hail from) I would regularly get a text suggesting a coffee while he was in the neighbourhood. As I have been in contact with other former colleagues it is a shining tribute to Matt that I was not alone; most refer to recent contact and fun times (often on or near to a bike).
I and they are fortunate to have counted Matt as a fellow traveller (whether on two wheels or not). He was a man that lived and worked in the right way to the right values.
NEIL STURMEY – PARTNER, GRANT THORNTON
Matt and I had lots of coffee and beer chats and meetings over the years, with most of them not being on the passion for our profession, but on our shared passion for old tractors.
He always had time for everyone he knew and met – young and old - and would never forget anyone. Matt was exceptionally well liked by all, and I will miss him.
SARAH TEAL – PARTNER, SHOOSMITHS
Such heartbreaking news, and my deepest wishes to sue and all of Matt’s family. He was such a lovely man.
GRAHAM BOND – PARTNER, RSM
I had known Matt since we were together at Arthur Young. He was very well respected by colleagues and the wider
business community alike and would always make time to have a coffee and
a chat. My thoughts are with his wife, children and family at this sad time. The world will be a sadder place without him.
BEN GILBERT, CORPORATE SERVICES SENIOR MANAGER, MHA MOORE AND SMALLEY
Matt was a consummate professional. Well respected in his field, a joy to be around, simply put a really nice fella.
I’m proud to have known Matt and always immensely enjoyed his company whether that be in a professional setting, sharing a pint or the occasional kind invite to watch Wigan Athletic. Matt will be sadly missed and my condolences go out to his family who he always spoke so warmly about when met up.
ADRIAN ROGERS – PARTNER, KNIGHTS PLC
I’ve known Matt for probably 12+ years, initially from insolvency work in my days
at Brabners, but mainly as a friend whose seat at Wigan Athletic is 5 yards from mine and from many a social bike ride that ends with a beer.
He had a great knack of bringing people together, both professionally and socially and he is, and will be, greatly missed!
GAVIN JONES, PARTNER, HILL DICKINSON LLP
This is a great loss. Matt was a truly genuine and popular person, always interested
in what you had to say and he had an overwhelmingly positive view of life which makes it that much sadder that it has been cut short.
On a personal note I shall miss my annual bike rides with him. He had a particular habit which bemused me, often riding in a difficult high gear to make himself work harder - always up for a challenge.
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