Freddie Leech, Tamara Kelly and Chloe Mulligan join Managementors

25 October 2017

Managementors, a consulting firm headquartered near Reading, England, has added three new professionals to its team over recent months. Freddie Leech joined as a Consultant, while a duo of First Class Bournemouth University graduates, Tamara Kelly and Chloe Mulligan, have both joined as Trainee Management Consultants.

UK-based independent business operations consultancy Managementors has confirmed the hire of three new professionals, as it continues to grow its team. The firm works in partnership with clients to deliver customised solutions that resolve their most significant performance challenges, while aiming to leave a lasting legacy of performance improvement.

The announcement of the new appointments follows hot on the heels of the company’s move from their previous home of seven years in Bramley, Hampshire, relocating to a larger, more modern office development in Theale, near Reading – due in part to its direct transport links to London, aiding the firm’s engagement with clients old and new in Europe’s financial capital. Now the firm has turned its attentions to bolstering its consulting team with fresh talent.

Freddie Leech has been added to the Managementors team as a Consultant. Working alongside the rest of the operations team, Leech will focus on delivering benefits on-site to clients through tailored programmes.

Having graduated from the University of Bristol with a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, the new consultant carried out multiple roles within Engineering and Operations at BG Group, both in the UK and Australia. Following the takeover of the consulting group by Shell, Freddie was selected for transfer to the oil giant’s head office in the Netherlands, in The Hague, working as part of the corporation’s in-house consulting group for clients in Europe and North America.

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Speaking on his new challenge, Leech said, “I am looking forward to joining the Managementors team as a Consultant, giving me exposure to multiple industries outside of my current experience in Energy Engineering. Having spent my career working in Operations, I am keen to combine that knowledge with the Managementors methods in providing clients with the capabilities to achieve a step change in performance that can be built upon continuously.”

Chloe Mulligan meanwhile arrived at the Managementors team as a Trainee Management Consultant, having graduated from Bournemouth University this summer, where she achieved a First Class BA (Honours) Degree in Business Studies with Project Management and Operations. Her course included a placement year, which she spent with Virgin Media as an Analyst and went on to win “Intern of the year” for her contribution to the business.

Mulligan commented, “I am enthusiastic to start my career with Managementors. The company’s proven ability to succeed and its supportive graduate scheme gives me huge motivation to professionally develop. I’m looking forward to growing with the company by progressing and broadening my knowledge to support a successful career in consultancy.”

Tamara Kelly – a fellow Bournemouth University graduate holding a First Class BA (Honours) in Business Studies – has likewise become a new Trainee Management Consultant at the firm. Her placement year in industry was spent working within the sales and marketing division of a luxury vehicle manufacturer, where she predominantly focused on product development.

Kelly explained her excitement on beginning life at the group, “I am looking forward to starting my career as a management consultant through the graduate opportunity offered by Managementors. The outstanding knowledge and expertise of the team, and achievements of the company will enable me to develop myself and progress my career within the company.”

“We are confident that [these new team members’] experience and drive, we will see her thrive at Managementors, adding further value to the team,” a Managementors statement said of all three hires.

The series of hires reflect a broader trend within the UK consulting industry, with traineeships becoming increasingly leveraged in order to boost diversity in the professional services world. Earlier in the Autumn, Mazars added 195 trainees to their British operations in order to benefit from social mobility, while Big Four firms KPMG and EY both scaled up their apprenticeship intakes – with KPMG’s increasing by 40% this year alone.

Meanwhile, the new team-members at Managementors also follow the addition of Robert Walker to the Managementors team earlier this year. Walker, a Master in International Business, having obtained a post-graduate degree from Hult International Business School, joined the firm as a Trainee Management Consultant. During his Masters, Walker had been involved in consulting projects in London and New York.


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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.