Big four firm gets new boss for South West region

Accountancy firm Deloitte has appointed a senior partner to lead its team in the South West.

Dave Tansley will lead a team of over 2,300 people in the South West and South Wales.

Tansley, a consulting partner, vice chair, and elected member the Deloitte North & South Europe board, will take over the role from Lizzie Hill, who is moving to the firm’s Cambridge office.

A chartered engineer who spent his early career as an engineering officer in the Royal Air Force, Tansley joined Deloitte as a consultant in 1994 and has since worked across many industry sectors – both in the UK and internationally.

Currently lead for infrastructure, transport and regional growth in the firm’s government and public services team, he has been based out of Deloitte’s Bristol office for the past six years.

 Tansley’s vision for the future growth of the business across South West and Wales, will initially focus on innovation, technology and talent.

He is taking the helm at an exciting time for the firm as he will oversee Deloitte’s move to a new, sustainable office at Finzels Reach in the heart of Bristol, as well as spearheading Deloitte Wales’s strategy as the nation reimagines and transforms its industrial base.

Dave Tansley said: “South West and Wales has a vibrant innovation economy which will be a key driver of growth in the future.

“As practice senior partner, I want to help create inclusive opportunities and benefit society in areas such as the development of new enabling technologies and the acceleration of energy transition, which are both regionally significant and nationally and globally important.

“There is great opportunity in both the South West and Wales. In the South West, there is a wealth of emerging, high growth companies who are innovating and breaking new ground to solve the big problems of the present and future. Couple this with the reimagining of the industrial base in Wales and we can pinpoint areas of growth in the short and long term.

“Retaining and nurturing talent is a priority and we will continue to evolve our collaborations with universities, research organisations and the wider innovation ecosystem to make an impact that matters to our clients, our people and wider society.”

Tansley is a board of governor for University of West England, a member of the governance board for the Institute of Coding, a mentor in Residence for the UWE Team Entrepreneur Programme and has recently been invited to take up a role on the Industry Advisory Council of the National Composites Centre.