Howard Scott succeeds Howard Tollit as President of the MCA

27 April 2018 4 min. read
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The Management Consultancies Association has announced the election of its new President. Following a poll carried out by the UK consulting industry’s representative body at its AGM, PwC Consulting Partner Howard Scott has been selected to succeed the outgoing Howard Tollit.

Having been at the heart of the UK consulting industry since 1956 Management Consultancies Association (MCA) has worked to promote the value of management consultancy to the economy and society for more than 60 years.

The MCA's member companies make up roughly 60% of the UK consulting industry, employing around 30,000 consultants and working with more than 90% of the FTSE 100 – as well as almost all parts of the public sector. Each year the MCA surveys its members to assess the size of the UK consulting market, which remains one of the world’s largest. Most recently, this saw the representative body for management consulting firms in Britain estimate that the sector had seen growth of 5%, reaching a value of £9 billion, despite pressures from Brexit and poor productivity in the UK economy.

Howard Scott and Howard Tollit, MCA

The professional services sector still faces significant uncertainty in the coming years, however, as consultants remain unsure of their access to Europe after the conclusion of Brexit. Meanwhile, the 5% growth reported by the MCA last year was a significant mark-down from 2015’s 8%, suggesting that clients of management consultants across the UK are tightening their belts, and reigning in their consulting spending.

As the MCA prepares to face what may be a challenging few years, it has appointed Howard Scott, Consulting Partner at PwC, as its new President. In his new role, Scott will lead a board of 14 people. Scott was elected to succeed incumbent President Howard Tollit at the industry representative body’s recent AGM. Tollit, an Executive Partner within IBM Global Business Services, remains on the Association’s board.

Inbound President Howard Scott is known as a hands-on consultant, and today concentrates on advising insurance companies for PwC. He brings a total of 20 years’ experience in management consulting to the top of the MCA, having been with PwC
 for 13 of those years respectively. He has held various roles during his tenure with the Big Four firm, focusing chiefly on helping financial services organisations change, particularly in how they deliver best outcomes for their customers. He has also spent periods leading its Consulting Risk Competency as well as its Insurance and Investment Management consulting business.

Following his electoral triumph, Scott said he is incredibly excited about his new role as President of the MCA, adding, “I'm passionate about how the consulting industry can be a force of good in the economy. But I also recognise that the industry is on the cusp of significant transformation itself as it changes to continue to be relevant to our clients. The MCA is at the heart of that change. Our campaign, "The Year of Disruption", acknowledges the changes that clients and consultants are going through. Talent is a subject close to my heart - developing talented consultants will always remain a top priority for consulting firms so I am equally excited to be working alongside the Young MCA."

Alan Leaman, CEO of the MCA, said, “Howard is a tremendous addition to our team and we are looking forward to working closely with him. He brings the perspective of the major consulting firms and combines this with a passionate interest in and commitment to the wider industry. Above all, Howard is determined to ensure that consulting delivers the best possible outcomes for clients and wider benefits for our country.”