New Chair announced for Young MCA

The Young MCA has announced Phil Hanson as the new Chair of the Young MCA which is a professional network for consultants starting a career in management consultancy from MCA member firms.

Phil Hanson from Curzon Consulting will take over from Josh Hutchison from Moorhouse from December 2019 following an election by young consultants. The appointment of a new Chair comes at an important time for the Young MCA which is rapidly growing its membership base and is developing new regional networks across the UK. In 2019 the Young MCA delivered over eighteen events, including four regionally and over 500+ Young MCA members attended events across the country. The network, supported by Lorraine Nicolson Events manager from the MCA, also runs training and development workshops throughout the year and recent topics for events have covered big data and AI, to negotiation skills, mental health awareness and unconscious bias.

The Young MCA, as a group, aims to engage and develop the young consultant community, whilst also shaping the future of the industry. Members of the Young MCA also get involved with numerous university engagements across the UK promoting consulting as a profession. Young Consultants from MCA firms regularly appear on panels at career events across the country and discussing the life of a consultant and future career opportunities.

In addition, the network also provides opportunities for consultants to get involved with corporate social responsibility work with teams built across member firms. With over 150 hours of volunteered time on projects, Young MCA consultants provide valuable improvements and advice to non-profits all whilst developing their own skills and networking with peers. The Young MCA also has a school leavers network which provides a specific network for those joining the industry as apprentices, school leavers and trainees which is a growing community in the sector. Last year 580 trainees, school leavers and apprentices joined the consulting sector in the UK.

New Chair, Phil Hanson, joined Curzon Consulting in April 2018 and has worked across a broad range of service lines including Financial Services, Construction and Infrastructure. Prior to consulting, he spent 19 months at Amazon after spending time in the Army. An active member of the Young MCA, Phil has valuable insight into apprenticeships having overseen an apprenticeship scheme and understands the challenges of non-traditional routes into consulting.

Phil Hanson, Incoming Young MCA Chair, said:

“I am delighted to take up the position of Young MCA Chair. I value the important role the organisation plays in attracting the best talent to the industry, supporting its members and inspiring and developing them. I also recognise the significant opportunity that exists to continue to grow and build on the excellent work the Young MCA is already doing, enabling it to engage in more ways with an even wider member base.

Consulting is changing rapidly and I intend to ensure that through the Young MCA, young consultants’ voices are heard, helping them evolve to meet the needs of the clients and industries they serve.”

Josh Hutchison, Outgoing Young MCA Chair, added:

“Over the course of the past year, the Young MCA has hit a number of significant milestones, building on an already strong reputation. Looking ahead, the youth association now strives to further address challenges with diversity and inclusion across the industry, providing fair and equal opportunities for all. These are initiatives and achievements that I am incredibly proud to have been part of, and which simply would not have been possible without the support of the association and its members.”

Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive of the MCA, said:

“The Young MCA is an important part of the MCA and supports professionals joining the consulting industry in MCA member firms. 2019 has been a busy year for the Young MCA with new communication activities, a record number of events across the UK and a growing membership base. We are delighted to have welcomed 13 new member firms this year into the MCA and one of the key benefits for firms is the access their young consultants get to events through the Young MCA.  We look forward to building on this success in 2020 and the years to come. I would like to thank Josh Hutchison for all his hard work in supporting the Young MCA as Chair and welcome Phil Hanson on board in his new role.”

Further information on the Young MCA can be found here.

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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.