The Management Consultancies Association has elected Claire Kennedy, Joint Managing Director of PPL, as a Vice-President of the trade association. With Kennedy’s appointment the MCA’s 16-man strong Board consists of a President, three Vice-Presidents and twelve board members.
Claire Kennedy began her career working in communications, first as a lobbyist with Westminster Strategy and later working in Corporate Social Responsibility with Ketchum Communications. Kennedy subsequently decided to focus her career on the public sector, and trained through the National Graduate Development Programme to become a Public Sector Manager in Local Government. After her training she worked at Croydon Council, where she ran the Transformation Programme at London Borough of Lambeth. After three years at the Council, 2007 at the time, Kennedy decided to – together with Simon Morioka – found PPL.
Eight years since, PPL has grown to an established consulting firm in the UK. The consultancy currently has a team of ~35 staff, and a track record in transforming health and social care services across London and within the UK. Kennedy herself has over ten years’ experience working at the heart of the public sector improvement agenda - managing change projects across multiple service areas,
In 2013 Kennedy joined the MCA Board as a board member, and now roughly two years later she has been elected a Vice-President. “I am delighted to have been elected as Vice-President, and look forward to continuing to make a positive impact within a profession that makes a real difference within the UK economy", comments Kennedy on her new role. Kennedy will work together with the MCA’s two other Vice-Presidents – Steve Cavanagh (Mott MacDonald) and Matt Watt (EY) – to support Chris Cooper, Managing Director of Challenge Consulting and MCA President.
Alan Leaman, CEO of the MCA, says Claire’s move coincides with “an exciting time for the industry”, relating to the buoyant outlook and the fact that the MCA currently finds itself amidst the development of its Consulting Excellence programme, an initiative geared at promoting high standards in the consulting industry.