New President to Re-Focus MCA Agenda

Accenture’s Hugo Were elected as President of the Management Consultancies Association…

Hugo Were, a Senior Executive at Accenture with more than two decades of consultancy experience, has been elected President of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), the trade association for UK-based consulting firms.  MCA members represent 70 per cent  of the UK consulting industry, employ around 20,000 consultants and work with most of the FTSE 100 and all government departments.  

With the management consulting industry now an integral part of business life in the UK, Were aims to re-focus the MCA Agenda to illustrate this and the value that the industry brings to UK business life.  

Hugo Were is clear about the role the MCA needs to play:
“Management consultancy clearly adds value to UK business. The MCA supports the healthy growth of the UK consulting industry by demonstrating and promoting both the value that consulting provides to UK businesses and the industry overall as a rewarding career to attract and recruit the best people.”    

During the early 1990’s Were was responsible for establishing the first overseas consulting firm in Poland (for Accenture). Since his return to the UK in 1992, he has led large and challenging IT consulting projects in the UK & Ireland, advising at Board level on IT strategy for financial institutions, utilities companies and the public sector.  He is still involved in many such large-scale consulting projects.

Commenting on his election, Hugo Were said:
“As President of the MCA I plan to focus on ensuring that the consulting industry continues to stay relevant to the ever changing demands of the UK marketplace.  The consulting industry represents a major British success story in its own right and is now an integral part of modern day business.  I intend to communicate this to help ensure the industry is rightfully recognised.

Were has been involved in MCA activity for over six years as Vice President of the MCA and chair of its Value Group.  He also sits on the Finance Committee of the NSPCC where he advises on technology matters. He has a degree in Theoretical Physics from Durham University.  He plays the guitar in his spare time.

Hugo Were will be supported by three Vice-Presidents:

  • Paul Winter, Chief Executive, Corpra
  • Nick Owen, Partner in Consulting at Deloitte
  • David Cox, Managing Director, Business & Technology Consulting Division, Mott MacDonald.

Were takes over the annual position from Andrew Crowley, Vice President of Financial Services EMEA, CSC.

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 2006 estimated at £7.7bn.  MCA members represent around 70% of the UK consulting sector, employ 18,000 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.

For more information, please contact:

David Pippett
DWP Public Relations
Tel: 01225 833745 / Mobile: 07899 798197
Joy Burnford
Marketing Director
Management Consultancies Association
Tel: 020 7321 3994 / Mobile: 07968 762404