B2E Consulting continues growth with George Elkington and Ines Beck

11 April 2018 Consultancy.uk 4 min. read
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B2E Consulting, a company specialised in interim consulting, has made two appointments. Former Big Four partner George Elkington has been named Director of Business Development, while former KPMG’er Ines Beck has been hired to support the business development and client service teams.

Founded in 2004, B2E has developed a unique business structure, creating a consultancy modelled on the gig economy. The firm hosts a ‘consulting community’ of over 20,000 high calibre independent consultants, who work for themselves, but can rely on B2E for roles and support. As of late 2017, B2E merged the Resourcing and Consulting wings of its business, allowing the firm to deliver an end-to-end consulting offering to clients. Now, as the firm looks to compete with similar networks, such as Eden McCallum, Talmix, and recent UK arrival, Comatch, B2E has sought to further develop its consulting offering, the firm has completed two new appointments.

George Elkington has been appointed as a Director of Business Development at B2E. Elkington boasts extensive experience from his time working with a number of the consulting industry’s top names, having honed his skill-set as a Senior Executive/Partner at IBM, Accenture, and Big Four professional services firm Deloitte. He will also be well equipped for life at the gig economy consultancy, having provided part-time support to B2E Business for the past 2 years.

Following his graduation from Cambridge University with an MA in Engineering and Management, Elkington commenced his consulting career with a decade at Andersen Consulting – then a Big Five professional services firm – rising through the ranks to Associate Partner before leaving to join Deloitte. During his eight years at Deloitte, Elkington became a Partner in the Energy, Utilities and Infrastructure marketplace, as well as being the UK lead Partner for the Energy sector, responsible for Deloitte Consulting’s global relationship with Shell, among other key clients.  Upon his exit from Deloitte, Elkington enjoyed a series of senior positions in the Software as a Service space, including becoming the Managing Director of NorthgateArinso’s background-check business.

B2E Consulting’s Founding Principal, Tony McNeill , who has known Elkington for three decades, said, “I am delighted that George will be joining B2E Consulting on a full-time basis. George will be a key figure as B2E Consulting grows and more and more clients benefit from our uniquely flexible consultancy model.”

George Elkington and Ines Beck

Remarking on his latest engagement, Elkington added, “I am really excited to be joining B2E on a more permanent basis from January. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping the business part time as it has grown over the past 2 years and can see plenty of further potential as the transformation consulting market continues to adopt alternative delivery models and some concepts of the gig economy.”

Ines Beck’s arrival has bolstered the expansion of B2E’s consulting operations. Beck has joined the firm as a consultant, to strengthen B2E’s core team, which largely consists of former Big Five employees (from EY, Deloitte, PwC, KPMG and Accenture). Ex-KPMG staffer Beck commands 15 years of experience in planning and implementing large scale business change programmes. During her career, she has worked globally across a number of industries including, telecommunications, media, energy and the pharmaceutical sector.

Most recently, Beck occupied an interim position with Capgemini’s Global Digital Operations for over one year. Prior to this, she also fulfilled contract roles with Virgin Media and Data Morphosis, following a four year stint with KPMG. Beck joined the firm in 2009, and became a People and Change Manager there, before exiting in 2013. Before that, Beck had again completed a number of contract positions, working with Openreach, Virgin and BT, following another lengthy stay at a major consulting firm. Beck spent five years with Accenture, vacating her role as a Human Performance Manager in 2007.

Speaking on her latest engagement, Beck commented, “I am absolutely delighted to be joining B2E Consulting, a business transformation consultancy operating on a ‘gig economy’ basis. Having thoroughly enjoyed working as an independent consultant with B2E in the past, I am excited to now be ‘on the other side’ and use my consulting experience to help identify, engage and work with our high calibre consultants to help meet the needs of our clients.”

Tony McNeill added, “The appointment of Ines adds another 10 years of Top Tier consultancy experience to our internal team. We are delighted to have Ines on board as we continue to expand the business.”