Kate Spalding, Greg Bradley and Mark Palmer join MCA board

16 May 2018 Consultancy.uk 3 min. read
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The Management Consultancies Association has added three new members to its board as of its spring 2018 AGM. Kate Spalding, Greg Bradley and Mark Palmer will now work with the 14-strong group to set out the overall strategic direction of the representative body of the UK’s consulting industry.

As the MCA prepares to face what may be a challenging few years for the UK consulting industry, with Brexit and a talent shortage resulting from an ageing population on the horizon, it has appointed three new members of its board. Kate Spalding, Greg Bradley and Mark Palmer have joined the 14-strong team, led by newly appointed President Howard Scott, of PwC, and including former President Howard Tollit, an Executive Partner within IBM Global Business Services.

Kate Spalding, Greg Bradley and Mark Palmer join Board of MCAKate Spalding has been an ever-present at Atos Consulting, since the firm’s 2002 purchase of KPMG’s former consulting arm in the UK. Spalding had been a consultant with the Big Four firm since 1989 – but in the 16 years since she has risen to the rank of Partner and was made Head of Public Sector Consulting at Atos at the beginning of 2018.

Greg Bradley of Arcadis has been with the firm since 2011, after EC Harris – where he had worked since 2010 – was acquired by the engineering firm. Bradley has since become a Partner at the consultancy, as well as the leader of its Business Advisory practice. Prior to 2010, Bradley also spent over three years with IT services consultancy Accenture at the firm’s Asset Management practice leader for EMEA and Latin America.

Mark Palmer has been with OEE Consulting for almost 17 years. He joined in the summer of 2001, and has since become Managing Director at the firm. Previously he spent nine years with French business Valeo, where he eventually became Management Development Director, having worked for a number of year in Paris and Le Mans.

Having been at the heart of the UK consulting industry since 1956 the 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, and employ an estimated 30,000 consultants.

The organisation’s membership works with more than 90% of the FTSE 100 – along with nearly every arm 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 economy – which may see the industry challenged in coming years.