MCA Announces Appointment of New Chief Executive Tamzen Isacsson

The MCA (Management Consultancies Association), the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms, is pleased to announce it has appointed a new Chief Executive, Tamzen Isacsson. The MCA is the voice of the consulting industry in the UK, a sector which is a vital part of the economy, worth around £10bn and creates £60bn worth of value added to the UK economy every year. The MCA has a wide membership base and its members include Deloitte, EY, PwC, IBM and KPMG as well as many niche specialist consultancies. The current Chief Executive Alan Leaman OBE will be stepping down after 10 years as Chief Executive and leaves the organisation in a healthy and robust position, ready to face the many challenges the sector is facing. 

The new appointment comes at an important time in the history of the MCA and for the wider consulting sector which is rapidly changing and becoming more demanding and diversifying. The UK consulting sector is globally competitive and MCA members play a significant role in finding solutions for revolutionary digital changes sweeping through industry as well as advising on key areas such as operations, human resources and strategy. The current MCA board seeks to enhance the profile and influence of the membership body, the MCA, so it can promote the positive impact consulting is having on the economy, private sector businesses and public services. 

The MCA is also currently working on a drive to enhance the professional recognition of the consulting sector through the creation of a new chartered qualification. The MCA together with the Chartered Management Institute are creating the “Chartered Management Consultant” award, as a badge of recognition for the skills, knowledge and professionalism of management consultants. The Privy Council has given the greenlight for the Chartered Management Consultant award to be developed and it is hoped this will elevate the professional status of consultants working in the UK.

Tamzen Isacsson has held a number of leadership positions in membership and partner organisations and she has worked to raise the profile and reputation of the Nobel Prize, the UK automotive sector and has helped to promote the capital city of London globally. She has regularly been interviewed as an industry spokesperson on media outlets in the UK and globally and has worked as Director of Communications and International for the automotive trade association, SMMT, and prior to that as Head of Media and PR for London & Partners, the Mayor’s promotional company for London. She has also worked in Stockholm on the management team for Nobel Media, the official media company for the Nobel Foundation, which spreads information about the Nobel Prize to a global audience. Her career started at the BBC where she worked for 10 years as a journalist with her last role as Programme Output Editor on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. She worked as a senior producer in the BBC Washington bureau and has travelled extensively across the world covering breaking news and in-depth investigations.

Announcing the news Howard Scott, President of the MCA said, “We are pleased to have appointed Tamzen Isacsson as the new chief executive for the MCA, at a key time for the organisation and the wider consulting sector. MCA members, through the Consulting Excellencescheme, proudly represent the highest calibre of consulting services available in the UK and we look forward to continuing to promote the voice of the sector in the months and years ahead. 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.”

Tamzen Isacssonsaid: “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. I am delighted to be leading the MCA at this important time of transformation and I look forward to working with members and the MCA team to champion the positive role that consulting has on society, business productivity and the wider UK economy. 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.” 


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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 60% of the UK consulting industry, employ around 45,000 consultants and 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. To see full list of current MCA members see link –

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.

Howard Scott, Consulting Partner at PwC, is President of the MCA. He has over 20 years’ experience in management consulting where he focuses on helping financials services organisations change, particularly in how they deliver best outcomes for their customers. 

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