The Public Sector Working Group is made up of members of the MCA who help public sector organisations to become more effective and more efficient by improving how they operate, reducing costs and changing the way they do their business.
Small, medium and large firms are all engaged by government, both at a national and local level, to support projects which require people with expertise in digital technology, supply chain, logistics, procurement and in delivering major government projects. The consulting sector provides multi-disciplinary capabilities and senior experience very quickly to support government and has helped deal with complex negotiations around data, infrastructure and procurement at pace.
All MCA member firms used by government have been procured through competitively tendered Crown Commercial Service frameworks which evaluate bidding firms against quality and cost criteria. As part of these contracts, consultancy firms are required to upskill civil servants and transfer knowledge to increase capability for the future.
The group meets regularly to discuss the key issues affecting the public sector that impact the consulting sector and to assist with messaging for press releases. The group has recently been involved in helping develop the Government Playbook which provides guidance on when consultants can add the most value and how government can be a more effective client of consultants to ensure excellent results for society are delivered.
The group meets regularly to discuss the key issues affecting the public sector and how they relate to consulting and to assist with media messaging. Guest speakers from across the public sector, including from Cabinet Office, the Crown Commercial Service, the Ministry of Defence, the NHS, and more are regularly invited to give updates on their respective areas.
The MCA’s role is to establish the UK consulting sector as critical to the UK economy and society. Our role is to promote greater public and business understanding of the range and depth of consulting and to enhance public trust in consulting through Consulting Excellence.
The elected Chair of the Committee is Andy Lethbridge, who is a Global Head of Consulting & Head of Central Government Consulting at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence.
Our next Pubic Sector Working Group meeting will be held in person and you can find all the details here.