Gate One achieves key milestone with hire of 50th consultant

18 May 2016 Consultancy.uk

Gate One has hit a special milestone this month. The London based consultancy, established three years ago, has hired its 50th colleague – Rosie Wakeling – who joins from Accenture.

Founded in 2013, by Simon Dennis, Tim Phillips, David Holliday and Alex McEvoy*, Gate One is a management consultancy that specialises in business transformation services. The firm, based at London’s South Bank, has grown strongly over the past three years, growing its ranks to around 25 professionals in 2014 and just under 40 consultants and staff by the start of this year. Testimony to its growth, the firm was earlier this week named one of UK's top 100 startups by Startups.co.uk (for the third year in a row), this year ranked 15th.

On the back of a growing portfolio of clients, Gate One has continued the growth momentum in 2016, and, beginning this month, the business advisory achieved a major milestone with the addition of Rosie Wakeling – the move marks the firm’s 50th recruit. “A special milestone for us,” says Simon Dennis, co-founder and Director of People and Talent at Gate One.

Wakeling started her career in 2012 with Accenture, and during her three and a half year period at the global consulting firm she has contributed to a variety of engagements, including large scale business transformations, post-merger integrations and system implementations within the Government, Chemicals, Mining and Pharmaceutical industries. Wakeling’s focus lies on human capital topics (change, organisation design, learning & development) and project management.

Gate One celebrates 50th hire in under three years

Commenting on her move to the boutique firm, Wakeling says she was particularly attracted by Gate One's “innovative and pragmatic approach to transforming their client's businesses.” She adds: “I am extremely excited to be part of a consultancy that truly partners with their clients and values integrity and excellence so clearly. Gate One will offer me fantastic client opportunities.”

Wakeling is also Gate One’s first hire at Consultant level – to date, Gate One’s team consisted of highly experienced consultants, ranging from Senior Consultant to Director level. The addition of Wakeling coincides with Gate One’s introduction of the new grade – targeted at consultants with roughly three years’ experience at top tier (global) consulting firms – the company has developed a structured in-house development programme for all Consultants. The new scheme marks, according to Dennis, a significant step forward in the firm’s People strategy, a move he believes will add diversity in the firm’s consulting team and will foster greater devolvement of leadership and people development skills across the firm’s ranks.

Earlier this year Gate One added former Oliver Wyman consultant Joanna Osbourne and former Deloitte advisor Amandine Shaw to its team.

* Prior to launching Gate One, Simon Dennis and Alex McEvoy served among others Moorhouse and Deloitte, David Holliday previously worked for Moorhouse and Accenture while Tim Phillips worked for Molten and Moorhouse.

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