Elixirr strengthens UK team with 3 senior advisors

19 March 2015 Consultancy.uk 3 min. read
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UK-based consultancy firm Elixirr has added three new senior advisors to its team. Katie Gillett and Emily Farrimond join from Accenture, while Herbert van der Raad transfers from Infosys.

Elixirr is a mid-sized management consultancy that focuses on strategy execution. In recent years the firm has been growing quickly – founded in 2009 by five consultants the business advisory now boasts a team of 70 across offices in the UK (London), Ireland (Dublin), South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town) and Saudi Arabia. On the back of its expansion path, and the quality of its service offerings, Elixirr last year was voted UK’s ‘Best New Consultancy’ by the MCA.


To meet growing demand in the market, Elixirr’s leadership have in recent months added three senior members to its team. Emily Farrimond joined from Accenture, where she worked for more than ten years, in her last role as a Senior Manager. Prior to that, Farrimond worked for KPMG and IBM GBS. During her 16 year career, she led and contributed to several large-scale business and technology change programmes, with a focus in the Financial Services. At Elixirr, Farrimond will leads the firm’s UK Retail Banking and Wealth Management industries. Farrimond has an MBA from Durham University.

Herbert van der Raad joined Elixirr from Infosys, where he led the Transformation Strategy Consulting team in the UK. Prior to that, he was a Manager at Capgemini Consulting (and its legal predecessor Gemini Consulting), the management consultancy practice of IT-giant Capgemini. Van der Raad focuses on supply chain and operational excellence, with the majority of his engagements in post-merger, carve-out and globalisation contexts. He in addition has extensive experience partnering with organisations to shape their future-state operating model and the transformation journey required to achieve it.

Katie Gillet, Emily Farrimond and Herbert van der Raad

The third addition, Katie Gillett, also made the move from Accenture. Gillett was a Senior Manager at the firm, working across the Retail and Digital Customer practices. During her career she has worked across multiple retail sectors in the UK and Australia. Recent work includes working with a leading European electrical retailer to establish a new global B2B business and defining the IT strategy to support the digital transformation of a leading UK home retailer. At Elixirr, her focus will primarily be on helping clients to operate seamlessly in a multi-channel and digitally-led consumer environment.

In a statement, Elixirr – which recently rebranded from Elix-IRR – states it is “delighted” with the new recruits, highlighting the “wealth of expertise” they bring to the firm’s Retail, Manufacturing and Financial Services practices. Gillett, Van der Raad and Farrimond have all been appointed as a Principal.