Steve Dando, group financial controller at Punch Taverns, is to take on the role of acting finance director from the start of next month. The move means Phil Dutton, whose resignation from the role of finance director at the pub group was announced last November, will leave the business at the end of this month rather than in March, as previously stated. Dutton, who gave no reason for his departure, stepped down from Punch’s board in December at the company’s AGM. Dando joined Punch in 2003 as chief accountant and was promoted to his current role in 2009. He previously held senior roles at Courtaulds and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Ian Wilson, a non executive director at Punch since 2007, is to step down from his role as he is relocating to Switzerland with his company Amcor.