MHC appoints Barry Simpson as new Head of Talent Acquisition

14 November 2018 3 min. read
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IT and technology consultancy Mansion House Consulting has hired a new Head of Talent Acquisition, as the firm prepares to attract new staff in a competitive labour market. Barry Simpson was most recently a Director with staffing company Optimum.

Amid a multitude of intersecting issues, the recruitment of new talent by consulting firms has become a major headache in recent years. Getting new people on board is now a much larger issue than it used to be on the back of flourishing demand for management consultants, low unemployment, an ageing population and increasing restrictions to cross-border labour movement. On top of this, consultants that previously remained at their firm during harder economic times are now transitioning and moving around more freely, leading in part to consulting getting more competition for talent from large tech firms and start-ups, as some consultants may prefer to work in a smaller and more entrepreneurial environment.

In this environment, an effective talent acquisition strategy can make or break a firm when it comes to planning for the future. To that end, Mansion House Consulting (MHC) has hired a new Head of Talent Acquisition to move the firm forward. Barry Simpson brings more than 28 years of experience in the sector to his new role, and also becomes a Managing Director with MHC.

MHC appoints Barry Simpson as new Head of Talent Acquisition

Based in MHC’s London headquarters, Simpson will now develop the firm’s global consultant acquisition strategy to meet growing demand in its specialist consultancy service lines of cyber security, payments, infrastructure, ecosystem monitoring and delivery assurance. The international business and technology consultancy focuses exclusively on the financial services sector, specialising in change management

Having commenced his career in Technology Recruitment in 1990 at a start-up business of 4 people, Simpson initially worked as a specialist recruiter within the financial markets. After eight years with MSB International, during which time he became part of the Executive team and scaled the business to over 2,700 IT and business specialists working across the globe, supported by a headquartered team of 200, he moved on in 2000. Since then, Simpson has worked with successful IT recruitment business Optimum, where he has been a Director for the past 18 years. 

Commenting on the new hire, MHC’s CEO, Gerard Kenny said, “I am very pleased that Barry has agreed to join MHC; he has extensive experience of leading high-volume growth in the consultancy business.”

Simpson himself added that he was “very pleased to be here. I hope to make a difference to what is already a great company.”

Over the course of nine years in business, MHC has transitioned from its English roots to being an international consulting player. Earlier in the year, this expansion drive saw the firm open its second and third office in the UK. Sheffield and Manchester added to the firm’s established London head office – taking MHC’s global footprint to 18 operations hubs across four continents.