Nadun Muthukumarana elected President of the MCA

27 March 2020 4 min. read
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Deloitte Partner Nadun Muthukumarana has been elected President of the Management Consultancies Association. Having been a member of the group’s board for eight years, he will now lead the 18-person collective which represents the broad interests of all of MCA’s 70 or so member firms.

As the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms, the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) has been the industry’s collective voice for more than six decades. Its members make up more than 60% of the UK’s £11 billion 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.

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 new President.  Working in collaboration with Chief Executive Tamzen Isacsson, Deloitte Partner Nadun Muthukumarana has been elected to help lead the MCA as its members contend with pressures resulting from Brexit, the coronavirus, and a global economic slowdown in 2020.

Nadun Muthukumarana elected President of the MCA

Isacsson said of the news, “Having worked closely with Nadun over the last year to build and improve the services provided by the MCA I am delighted that he has been elected President. At a key moment for our industry Nadun will be a powerful advocate of the sector and I look forward to working with him in supporting and championing our MCA members across the UK.”

The MCA President is elected from amongst the members of the MCA Council to serve a two-year period, and works with the MCA Board to direct and supervise the work of the trade association. Muthukumarana takes over the role from Howard Scott, the PwC Partner who has led the organisation for the past two years, amid a sustained period of significant change and transformation for consultants and their clients.

Muthukumarana has worked in consulting for over 20 years, focusing on technology transformation projects. Having spent two spells at Deloitte, totaling 12 years, he currently leads the firm’s data analytics and cognitive AI projects within the transport and public sector industries. Throughout his time with the Big Four firm, Muthukumarana has held various leadership roles focused on promoting diversity and inclusion within consulting, while also serving as an MCA Board member for over eight years, acting as the lead board member for diversity.

Commenting on his election, Muthukumarana, said, “Consulting makes a significant contribution to the UK economy and plays a vital role in transforming society, growing industries and strengthening communities. The industry serves a necessary purpose in helping companies respond to risks and opportunities in the market. Our skills and expert advice will be called upon during what is undoubtedly a challenging business environment... In the year ahead, it will also be imperative that the consulting industry works together to strengthen business resilience and maximise the opportunities new technologies bring.”

MCA Board
Muthukumarana will be supported by three Vice-Presidents; Claire Kennedy of PPL, Nigel Slater of KPMG and Greg Bradley of Arcadis, while outgoing President Scott will remain on the team.

The rest of the MCA Board is made up of Guy Sorrill of Sysdoc; Phil Hanson of Curzon Consulting, who is also Chair of the Young MCA; Charles Newhouse of BAE Systems; Lucinda Peniston-Baines of The Observatory International; Rob Walker of EY; Mark Palmer of Gobeyond Partners; Ally Robson of NECS Consulting; Kate Spalding of AtosKerry Hancock of Mott MacDonald; Chris Robson of Akeso & Co; Steve Watmough of Mason Advisory; and Rob Smith of PwC.