First group of Management Consultants achieve prestigious Chartered Award

The first group of management consultants from across 10 firms have been granted Chartered status and presented with their certificates at a ceremony in London. This key milestone has been achieved in the pilot phase of the development of the Chartered Management Consultant Award (ChMC) which has been created in a joint partnership between the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), the trade association for the UK’s leading consulting firms, and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which was appointed by the Privy Council as the Awarding Body. The initiative has been developed for the purposes of setting and maintaining the highest standards in the management consulting profession and creating an award which recognises consistent and high levels of professional competency and achievement.

As part of the pilot stage, 11 management consultants achieved Chartered status after a robust independent assessment process. The successful candidates work for a diverse range of leading consulting firms, including IBM, PwC, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, EY, KPMG, PPL, Arcadis, Mott MacDonald, Atkins and Gobeyond Partners. All of these firms, large and small, have been involved in building and shaping the ChMC award with the CMI and MCA.

All 10 firms have also worked towards securing professional accreditation for their firms’ in-house consultancy training programmes against the Management Consulting Competency Framework. This accreditation provides additional confidence that their in-house training is rigorous and has been benchmarked against an independent professional standard.

The Chartered Management Consultant Award is underpinned by the Management Consulting Competency Framework. This gives individual consultants the opportunity to benchmark their development and capabilities against an independent professional standard. The framework looks at personal and professional development as well as knowledge and understanding in a number of areas, including clients & markets; industry & sector specialisms; stakeholder & relationship development; operational delivery & strategy, analysis & insight. All are underpinned by values, ethics and behaviour.

The second wave of the pilot is already underway with a number of firms participating, including 11 MCA member firms. The award is expected to be fully launched in September 2020 and will be open to all firms and individuals interested in achieving the highest professional standards required for Chartered status.

Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive of the CMI, added:

The launch of the Chartered Management Consultant Award heralds a new era for management consultants wanting to attain professional recognition of their leadership qualities, and will give clients greater confidence in the services they’re buying. Practitioners earning Chartered status will benefit from showing that they’re at the top of their profession, putting them in pole position in their organisations. CMI is especially pleased to see the first wave of recipients of the Chartered Management Consultant Award (ChMC) and we congratulate them on achieving this mark of excellence.

Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive of the MCA, said:

Our members are proud of the high standards of professional development and achievement of their people and we are pleased that for the first time this is being recognised through the Chartered Management Consultant Award (ChMC). We have made great progress in the pilot stages of developing this award and over 1500 candidates from 10 firms are starting on the route to Chartered this month. Ultimately, our aim is to secure greater recognition for the professionalism of management consulting and ensure that it is valued and respected by the industry, as well as by clients seeking professional and qualified consulting support.

The first recipients of the Chartered Management Award (ChMC) are:

Louise O’Sullivan, IBM

Alice Black, EY

Nigel Slater, KPMG

Scott Rodham-Boyd, Mott MacDonald

Russ Dickinson, Gobeyond Partners

Greg Bradley, Arcadis

Gary Mitchell, Atkins

Andy Lethbridge, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Charles Newhouse, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Simon Morioka, PPL

Howard Scott, PwC and MCA President

Gary Mitchell, Atkins Management Consultants, who received ChMC, said:

For clients, knowing that a Chartered consultant has met a benchmark of excellence helps showcase the value of their investment and contributes positively to the building of a strong relationship.

Zoe Bennion, Associate, Business Transformation, Arcadis and is currently hoping to become Chartered later this year, added:

To continue to deliver exceptional value, we need exceptional talent that are inspired by the potential to grow and develop, and who can offer our clients and our industry outstanding quality and professionalism. The opportunity the Chartered Award has brought has acted as a catalyst to evolve our learning programme into an inspiring growth and development journey that is aligned to the competency framework. Chartered award is a positive differentiator.

Further information on ChMC can be found on CMI’s website here.

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Photo caption:

The first group of management consultants who have been granted Chartered status or who are on the journey towards achieving the professional accreditation are joined by the Chief Executive of the CMI Ann Francke OBE and the Chief Executive of the Management Consultancies Association Tamzen Isacsson. The first ever group of 11 management consultants from 10 MCA firms received their award certificate at an event in Central London in January 2020.

In the photo are:

Tamzen Isacsson, MCA Chief Executive

Ann Francke, CMI Chief Executive

Howard Scott, PwC and MCA President

Louise O’Sullivan, IBM Global Business Services

Tracy Jackson, EY

Nigel Slater, KPMG

Michaela Fester, KPMG

Scott Rodham-Boyd, Mott MacDonald

Reema Shah, Mott MacDonald

Russ Dickinson, Gobeyond Partners

Vishnu Sivakumar, Gobeyond Partners

Simon Morioka, PPL

Greg Bradley, Arcadis

Holly McEwan, Arcadis

Gary Mitchell, Atkins

Grace Newman, Atkins

Andy Lethbridge, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Charles Newhouse, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Media Contact:

MCA – Caroline Florence ( 0207 645 7959)

CMI – John Kaponi ( Tel: 0207 421 2743)

Notes to Editors

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.

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