The Centre has been established by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.
Education is one of the primary objectives of Livery Companies and the establishment of the Centre is the Company’s contribution in its own domain of interest. It is well placed to lead this initiative, with its broad membership from among the management consulting community.
The Centre for Management Consulting Excellence is the community that facilitates the development and sharing of research and experience in management consulting thinking and practice to help practitioners to be better able to serve client need.
Management consulting is a major business in the UK turning over about £9bn pa. The benefits that management consultants bring to their clients are a multiple of this and they have a major impact on UK productivity.
Sharing know-how and commercialising research of value to the practice of consultancy is therefore vital, but there is only limited engagement between academics and among practitioners. The Centre aims, therefore, to identify and share the most important new ideas for management consultants, thereby developing their performance to the benefit of their clients and the economy in general. It will provide a forum for practitioners to share the fruits of their experience and academics to share the results of their research.
CMCE Board Members
Calvert Markham, Executive Director
Calvert Markham is the first Director of the Centre for Management Consulting Excellence, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, of which he was a founder and is a Past Master.
Calvert is a management consultant concentrating on the performance development of consultants and practices. He founded Elevation Learning Ltd which specialises in this area in 1989, since when it has trained thousands of consultants from hundreds of organisations around the world. He is also the author of several books on management consultancy.
He is a Visiting Fellow in the practice of management consultancy at Cass Business School in City University, lecturing there and at other business schools. He is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Consulting of which he was President in 2004, and was for many years a Vice Chairman of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes, chairing the Professional Standards Committee overseeing global standards in management consultancy.
David Peregrine-Jones has an on-going interest in advances in theoretical physics which he developed through work at London Business School into related areas such as financial economics, statistical arbitrage, complexity theory and business modelling. David works worldwide with a range of consultants and business partners. After a career in IBM, he founded The Torus Business Web Ltd, providing a world-class capability for rapid delivery of powerful business models that provide answers to some of the big questions these changes pose. A past-Master of the WCoMC, he is also Chairman of the Richmond Group of Management Consultants.
Dr Bob Harris
Dr Bob Harris has over 30 years’ experience in management consulting – as a partner with EY and subsequently with Accenture – where he led major assignments across all functional areas, primarily in the public sector, and worked directly with a number of senior Ministers. He also contributed to a major internal project to review and update the management consulting methodologies used within the Accenture global organisation.
Bob now plays a lead role in the WCoMC pro-bono programme: he recently co-produced a national study of charity trustees and has overseen pro-bono work with Youth Business International for the past five years.
CMCE Executive Team
Rhonda Best is an independent researcher of strategic growth. With a professional background in finance, Rhonda has over 20 year’s business experience. She is Director at Alexander Bain, a management consulting firm specialising in strategy, and co-founder of Scaleupcrowd, a global community that’s evolving work during the 4th Industrial Revolution. Rhonda is a representative on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the International Trade of Professional Services and has served on the global Council at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and other boards.
Nick Bush is a management consultant who specialises in helping organisations improve their performance through a much greater focus on their customers. With over 30 years consulting experience in strategy and change management across a number of industries including banking and telecommunications, Nick is a founder and director of NextTen, a consultancy which helps organisations build the capability to be genuinely customer-centric. He is also the trustee of two music education charities.
Denise Fellows is an expert adviser and author in charity leadership and governance. After over 20 years leading consultancy businesses in the IT and Telecoms sector, she helped set up the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness. Denise is CEO of the Honorary Treasurers Forum, Chair, Treasurer and Trustee of several other charities and Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School.
Jim Foster has over 35 years’ experience as a management consultant, including 12 years as a Partner at PwC, based in London and New York. He is experienced in assisting organisations in a wide range of business sectors to implement system-enabled business change, and now leads Timeline Consulting, an independent consulting company that specialises in advising and supporting organisations that are implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions. Jim is also a trustee of an educational charity based in East London.
Valentina Lorenzon is an international strategy consultant, mainly focusing on small and medium enterprises and family businesses. Thanks to her active involvement in running her own Italy-based family business within the furniture sector, Valentina also has extensive, first-hand experience in developing a business.
Having lived and worked across multiple European countries, Valentina is a strong advocate of cultural awareness and understanding as ways to increase business success on an international level. She joined the CMCE to oversee its branding and marketing efforts.
Malcolm McCaig is a certified management consultant and board director. He has held senior leadership positions in the consultancy practices of three of the top global accountancy firms. He also led the internal consultancy department of a major UK retail bank, in addition to holding various senior management positions in banking and insurance. He currently maintains a portfolio of chairman and non-executive director roles, mostly in financial services, and is an advisor to a leading private equity firm specialising in fintech.
Chris Sutton is an independent management consultant focusing on business process optimisation in the UK banking sector and pro-bono consulting with charities in developing countries. He has 13 years consulting experience at PwC, followed by 15 years of global management experience at Logica / CGI. Chris holds an MA in Literae Humaniores from the University of Oxford, a six sigma black belt from QAI Bangalore, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Dr Karol Szlichcinski
Dr Karol Szlichcinski has 30 years’ experience as a management consultant, with expertise in strategy, market analysis, business planning, change management and the exploitation of IT. In 2013 he was appointed professor at the University of Silesia School of Management, Katowice, Poland, and held senior academic posts at the university for five years. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, Chartered Marketer and Chartered Psychologist, and has published a book, Financial Network Services, and numerous reports and articles for business and academic readerships.
Rachel Whitehouse is a practising Management Consultant and Strategic Advisor with 25 years+ experience in leadership roles, in blue chip consultancies and as a senior internal advisor. Rachel also has an entrepreneurial skill-set and enjoys building businesses, having taken start-ups from zero to £M’s in turnover, acting in line management and COO roles. Her academic qualifications include an MBA (Cantab) and MA (Oxon). She currently specialises in Business Growth, Robotics and Technology advisory. She leads ‘Showcase’ events for CMCE.
Suzan Whittle has more than 30 years' experience working at Director level. As Director of the Research and Enterprise teams at City University, she led high performance teams to transfer and commercialise academic research and knowledge into Consultancy, Executive Education, and profitable commercial products. Suzan now mixes a portfolio career of management consulting and coaching with a focus on values based, creative problem solving.
Suzan has a Master's degree in Organisational Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire, and a second in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership at Cass Business School.
Andy Wilkins is a management consultant focused on performance development in times of unorder. He is co-founder of Perspectiv LLP in 1997 which specializes in this area, since when it has coached and trained thousands of people from hundreds of organisations around the world in many sectors.
He is Chair of Ladder to the Moon and Senior Honorary Visiting Fellow at Cass business school. He holds BA in Business from London Guildhall University, an associate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a member of the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He is the author of several book chapters and articles on innovation, change and leadership in times of unorder.