MCA Launches Economic and Business Advisory Group

The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) has announced a new member initiative, the Economy and Business Advisory Group. The announcement comes as the Association today (22 October 2008) launched its Dealing with the Downturn campaign, which will highlight the action that organisations and companies need to take as they face the most difficult economic circumstances in at least a generation.

Hugo Were, President of the MCA and a member of the new Group, said:
“Our industry has an enormous amount of knowledge and expertise on the economy and business that we are now determined to mobilise. The MCA will be a clear and consistent voice in favour of action that responds effectively to the challenges in the market but also helps organisations to take advantage of the opportunities that recovery will bring.

“This group brings together some of the best and most able people in the country. We will advise the MCA on current economic and business trends in all sectors of the economy. Management consultants are as close to the heartbeat of the UK economy as anyone and it is vitally important that our voice is heard, particularly over the coming months.”

Members of the MCA Economy and Business Advisory Group include:  

  • Caroline Firstbrook, Accenture
  • Tim Lloyd, Alsbridge
  • Andrew Smith, KPMG
  • Ian Stewart, Deloitte
  • Mark Thomas, PA Consulting
  • Hugo Were, Accenture


For more information, please contact:

David Pippett
DWP Public Relations
Tel: 01225 833745 / Mobile: 07899 798197
Stephanie Henderson
Head of Communications
Management Consultancies Association
Tel: 020 7321 3991

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.