MCA Elects new President

Jan Gower, a Partner and Vice President at IBM, has been elected President of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), the trade association for UK-based consulting firms.  MCA members represent around 70% of the UK consulting sector, employ around 30,000 consultants and work with more than 90 FTSE100 companies and most government departments.

With the management consulting industry now an integral part of business life in the UK, Gower will be driving forward the MCA’s new strategy to illustrate this and the value the industry brings to UK business life.  

Jan Gower has twenty five years consulting experience, mostly working with public sector organisations. Her work has focused on transformation, particularly enabling change through the introduction of new major systems and smarter ways of working. Prior to joining IBM Global Business Services, she worked for Coopers & Lybrand, Andersen Consulting and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
Commenting on her election, Jan Gower said:

“I am delighted and privileged to be elected President of the MCA.  I know that 2009 will be a challenging time for our clients and many of our members, and I recognise that demonstrating that our industry is a positive force for the UK economy has never been more important.”

Speaking about Jan Gower’s election, Alan Leaman, Chief Executive of the MCA, said:
“We are delighted that Jan Gower has been elected as President of the MCA.  She will be a dynamic leader and will play a great part in pushing forward our new strategy.”

Jan Gower takes over the annual position from Hugo Were, a Senior Executive with Accenture and will be supported by three Vice-Presidents:

  • David Cox, Managing Director, Business & Technology Consulting Division, Mott MacDonald.
  • Pat Newberry, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Paul Winter, Chief Executive, Corpra


For more information, please contact:

Hilary Downes
Press Officer
Management Consultancies Association
Tel: 020 7321 4810 / Mobile: 07943 805594
David Pippett
DWP Public Relations
Tel: 01225 833745 / Mobile: 07899 798197

About the Management Consultancies Association

The MCA was formed in 1956 to represent the consultancy industry to its clients, the media and government.  Management consultancy is an increasingly important industry for the UK economy with management consultancy revenues for 2007 estimated at around £8bn.  MCA members represent around 70% of the UK consulting sector, employ around 30,000 consultants and work with most of the FTSE100 and all government departments. Eight of the top ten UK-based consulting firms (by consulting fee income) are members.        

The MCA supports its member firms with a range of services including events, publications, interest groups and public relations. The Association also works with its members to attract the top talent into the industry. The MCA provides advice on the selection and use of management consultants and is the main source of data on the UK market.