Tamzen Isacsson succeeds Alan Leaman as MCA Chief Executive

19 November 2018 Consultancy.uk

The Management Consultancies Association of the UK has appointed a new Chief Executive, as it prepares for a 2019 wrought with complexity for the consulting industry. Tamzen Isacsson takes the reins from Alan Leaman, who exits the role following a decade at the head of the industrial representative body.

As the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms, the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) has been its industry’s collective voice for more than six decades. Its members make up more than 60% of the UK consulting industry, and employ roughly 45,000 professionals, while working with more than 90 of the leading FTSE 100 companies and the vast majority of the public sector.

The UK’s consulting industry is worth around £10 billion at time of writing, and remains one of the world’s largest mature markets, behind the US and the collective European Union economies. However, Britain’s faltering withdrawal from the EU has caused a tumble in the value of the pound over the past two years, along with major uncertainty surrounding the economic future of the nation and slow economic growth. This, balanced with the need to address a shrinking talent pool, digital disruption, and clients scaling back their spending, means that the consulting industry is entering a complicated period in its history.

As the MCA prepares to face what may be a challenging few years for the UK consulting industry, the organisation has been fortifying its structure with the appointment of a host of new experts to its leadership team.  Earlier in the year, this saw the group appoint Howard Scott, a Consulting Partner at PwC, as its new President. This was followed by the addition of three new board members; Kate Spalding, Greg Bradley and Mark Palmer, who joined the 14-strong team, led by Scott, and including former President Howard Tollit, an Executive Partner within IBM Global Business Services.

Tamzen Isacsson succeeds Alan Leaman as MCA Chief Executive

Now, following the decision of Chief Executive Alan Leaman to stand aside after 10 years at the helm of the MCA, the entity has named his replacement as Tamzen Isacsson. According to the MCA, the communications expert inherits an organisation in a healthy and robust position from the out-going Leaman, with its members now contributing an estimated £60 billion in added value to the UK economy.

Over the course of an expansive career, Isacsson has held a number of leadership positions in membership and partner organisations. Most recently, this saw her work as Director of Communications and International for the automotive trade association, SMMT. Prior to that, she also served as Head of Media and PR for London & Partners, the Mayor’s promotional company for the UK capital. Elsewhere, Isacsson also worked in Stockholm on the management team for Nobel Media, helping to raise the global profile of the famous Nobel Prize, after commencing her career with the BBC, spending 10 years as a journalist at the broadcaster with her last role as Programme Output Editor on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Commenting on the news, MCA President Howard Scott stated, “We are pleased to have appointed Tamzen Isacsson as the new CEO for the MCA, at a key time for the organisation and the wider consulting sector… Our industry is facing many rapid changes in both business operations and technology and we, as a board, are committed to building the strength and impact of our industry body to serve the interests of our growing membership base and to help attract the best talent into our sector.”

In-bound CEO Isacsson herself remarked, “The UK consulting sector can proudly say it is one of the best in the world, helping to deliver substantial business growth and supporting tens of thousands of jobs in companies across the UK…  We will work together to enhance greater understanding of management consultancy as a profession and continue to actively promote the significant economic impact the sector has on all aspects of business and public services. Trade associations like the MCA play a key role in bringing together businesses in periods of great political and economic change, and by all accounts, 2019 looks set to be yet another busy year.”

Related: UK consulting industry grows by 5%, but faces challenges.


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.