Altran launches engineering and consultancy practice: Altran Consulting

09 September 2016

Altran, as part of its Altran 2020. Ignition strategic plan, has launched a new engineering and R&D consulting business line, Altran Consulting. Christopher Miles, formerly Vice President of Consulting Services at Foliage, a subsidiary of Altran, will take the lead of the new business line. Miles reports directly to Pascal Brier, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Innovation at the firm.

Altran Consulting is targeted at creating solutions for the firm’s clients related to a range of technical and R&D related issues, initially focusing on Foundational Transformations; Innovation & Design; and Disruptive Technologies & Solutions.

The new business line will not be built from scratch – Altran will bundle its consulting expertise and resource base from across its range of other service lines. The new unit will be be led by Christopher Miles, who currently works at product development Foliage, a subsidiary of Altran acquired in 2014, as Vice President of its Consulting Services.

Altran Consulting

Dominique Cerutti, Altran Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has tasked Miles with "bringing together the best-in-class global industry and technology expertise of Altran into a unified set of practices.” Miles will report to Pascal Brier, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Innovation.

Prior to joining Altran, Miles was a Director of Engineering at ESA Biosciences, Associate Director of Software at Affymetrix and Director of Software Engineering at Advanced Bionics. Earlier in his career h worked for Nellcor, Digital Systems and NASA Ames Research Centre, where he started his career in 1989.

"I am delighted that Christopher Miles has been appointed as Altran’s Vice President Consulting Services", comments Cerutti. "With over 25 years’ experience in the research, design, development and management of complex, software centric solutions and products, Christopher’s broad depth of systems thinking, organisation development, strategic and tactical experience and hands on skills allow him to support clients at any stage of their product development lifecycle. His customer experience and achievements will be valuable assets to take Altran to the next level as we sharpen our value creation models.”

Miles says that he is “very excited” about his new role, and the opportunity to help drive the next phase of the Altran 2020. Ignition strategy. "I am looking forward to collaborating with some of the world’s leading industry and technology experts in order to provide high-value consulting services to our clients.”

Recent acquisitions
As part of its Altran 2020. Ignition strategic plan the firm has made a number of acquisition in recent months, including merging US-based product innovation firm Synape into its Cambridge Consultants subsidiary and the acquisition of software engineering firm Lohika.


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Fast growing consultancy Step5 rebrands for next growth phase

18 January 2019

Innovative transformation consultancy Step5 has completed a rebranding of its corporate identity as it looks to push forward with rapid growth into a fifth successive year. CEO Howard Dickel told why the change in image is so important, and how the consultancy as a whole has grown in recent years.

Step5 was established in 2010 by co-founders Clive Fenton (current Chairman) and Jim Berrisford (incumbent COO). In 2014, the firm’s present CEO Howard Dickel joined, a year before Step5 hit £1 million in turnover. Building on that, for the past four years Step5 has enjoyed growth of more than 30%, and now boasts more than £1 billion in programme budgets managed and an expanding team of over 60 consultants.

Dickel took up the top job at the company last year, and is now keen to kick on from the firm’s recent success, particularly after Step5’s recent rebranding. The new brand identity was developed with creative agency gt&i, and aims to capture the essence of the business today. Step5’s CEO believes this essence is “quietly confident, with an inner strength”, thanks to a diversity of unique skills among the firm’s talent, enabling Step5 teams to constantly innovate and surprise clients. According to Dickel, the rebrand marks the next stage in the company’s development, supporting Step5’s aim to compete on a world stage.

Fast growing consultancy Step5 rebrands for next growth phaseExplaining the firm’s new identity further, Dickel told, “High value, high cost strategic consultancy provides insight but leaves the challenge of implementation.  Step5’s strength lies in bridging the gap.  We work closely with our clients to develop and deliver complex business transformation projects and get failing projects back on track.  In the words of our new strapline: Together we can.”

Step5 is one of the UK’s fastest growing business transformation consultancies, and as with many new competitors in the professional services sector, aims to offer clients an alternative to the Big Four. As is the case with other firms looking to do this, Step5 differentiates itself from the quartet’s ‘impersonal’ approach by working to develop a trusted partner relationship with clients and drive change from within companies.

Long-term ambitions

In order to tackle this challenge, Step5 remains on the look-out for forward-thinking individuals, whether already working in the sector or looking for something new. In the long term, its ambition is to grow within the private sector, and in particular the FTSE 250 companies, and to reach its target of £20 million in turnover by 2020.

Among clients already tapping into Step5’s services are the Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, Barclays, Experian, Serco and Sopra Steria, among others. As well as building a reputation in the private sector, Step5 consultants have worked on some of the UK’s most challenging public and private sector initiatives – including the £1 billion recovery of the spine programme for the NHS and management and delivery of all telecommunications for the London 2012 Olympics.


According to Dickel, recent engagements are particularly encouraging for the firm moving forward. Lately, the firm supported a leading bank’s move into the £32 billion UK motor finance market, and worked to deliver a complex organisational transformation programme for the world’s leading information services company to better support its strategic goals and deliver savings across all services.

Dickel added, “We also transformed an internal IT function for a European leader in digital transformation, including people, process, operating model and market positioning. This has provided them with a robust, industry best practice function that delivered savings across the company and increased the internal IT capability from an Application, Infrastructure and Management perspective.”

Reflecting once more on the rebrand, he concluded, “Step5 offers clients an alternative to the Big Four consultancies – and it is recognised by its clients as the people who make complex business transformation projects happen... Step5 has grown and developed over the years. The company has come a long way and now it’s time to transform itself to reflect that.”