PublicCo, a management consultancy that focuses on UK’s public sector, has in recent months bolstered its leadership team with two senior hires: Bill McHugh and Anne Gregory.
Bill McHugh is an experienced justice professional with extensive experience in senior roles as CEO of probation areas, Regional Offender Manager and through various high level secondments to the Ministry of Justice. He has in recent years led a number of national transformation programmes and initiatives, and was centrally involved in Transforming Rehabilitation, having scoped this within Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and successfully implemented it as CEO for the West Yorkshire Probation CRC. McHugh has also contributed to international work; helping to establish the Turkish Probation Service.
Anne Gregory has extensive expertise across all aspects of the business development cycle, with a focus on the public sector. She has held senior business development roles at Newcastle College Group, the education, training and employment organisation, and Intraining Group, the skills provider. Gregory has a strong track record in achieving high value contract wins with major government departments, including Department of Work and Pensions (Work Programme £100 million contract win), Skills Funding Agency (£60 million win), Welsh Assembly Government (£20 million win) and Skills Development Scotland (annual £10 million win), as well as Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence.
McHugh, who joined PublicCo in Q2, has been appointed a Justice Director, while Gregory, who joined in Q1, has been named Director of Business Development. Other senior professionals at the firm are Stephen Martin (Director) and former KPMG advisor Joel Featherman (CEO).
PublicCo was founded in 2011 by Chris Melvin – he currently serves as Executive Chairman. The advisory firm is a joint venture with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to tackling disadvantage and promoting social inclusion.