Nadun Muthukumarana, a consulting partner at Deloitte, has been elected President of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), the trade association for management consultancy firms in the UK.
Nadun has worked in consulting for over 20 years, focusing on technology transformation projects. He currently leads data analytics and cognitive AI projects within the transport and public sector industries. While at Deloitte he has held various leadership roles focused on promoting diversity and inclusion within consulting and has served as an MCA Board member for over eight years, acting as the lead board member for diversity.
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.
The new President takes over at an important time for the trade association and the consulting sector as the industry is focused on supporting private and public clients across the country as they respond to the impact of the Coronavirus.
Nadun takes over the role from Howard Scott, Partner PwC, who led the organisation for the past two years during a period of significant change and transformation
Commenting on his election, Nadun 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.
We must attract people from a wider range of backgrounds to join the profession. By working together as members of the MCA we can build an inclusive culture that will enable every consultant to thrive in their role.
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. Digital transformation will continue to play an essential role in boosting productivity across the UK, and for this to happen every firm must be equipped with a technology-savvy workforce.
I am honoured to be announced as the new president of the MCA and look forward to working closely with association members to drive quality and standards within the industry.
Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), said:
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.”
Nadun, who takes over from Howard Scott of PwC, will be supported by three Vice-Presidents: Claire Kennedy of PPL, Nigel Slater of KPMG and Greg Bradley of Arcadis.
The MCA itself has experienced a rapid increase in growth in members over the last 16 months as it seeks to strengthen the MCA membership base and represent the diversity of firms working across the UK. The body has delivered a higher media profile on behalf of the sector, publishing key reports and surveys and is heavily engaged in promoting its work to the private and public sector. Last year over 80 member committees and working groups were held across the sector with over 2000 engagements with members.
In recent days the MCA has launched a number of workshops to support consulting firms during the business disruption caused by the Coronavirus. Over 120 firms have participated in events so far which have covered topics such as client relationships while remote working, mental well-being, effective governance of projects, and how to keep momentum with the consulting projects pipeline.
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The Management Consultancies Association (MCA):
The MCA is the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms. For over 60 years, the MCA has been the voice of the consulting industry, promoting the value of consulting to business, the public sector, media commentators and the general public. The MCA’s mission is to promote the value of management consultancy for the economy and society as a whole. The MCA’s member companies comprise over 50% of the UK consulting industry work with over 90 of the top FTSE 100 companies and almost all parts of the public sector. The UK consulting industry is amongst the best in the world and a vital part of the business landscape. See the full list of current MCA members.
Compliance with the MCA’s tough entry criteria and adherence to the principles of Consulting Excellence means that MCA member companies are widely acknowledged to provide high quality services to their clients. Many of their achievements are recognised in the annual MCA Awards.