The MCA (Management Consultancies Association), the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms, is pleased to announce it has appointed a new Chief Executive, Tamzen Isacsson.

The MCA is the voice of the consulting industry in the UK, a sector which is a vital part of the economy, worth around £10bn and creates £60bn worth of value added to the UK economy every year. The MCA has a wide membership base and its members include Deloitte, EY, PwC, IBM and KPMG as well as many niche specialist consultancies. The current Chief Executive Alan Leaman OBE will be stepping down after 10 years as Chief Executive and leaves the organisation in a healthy and robust position, ready to face the many challenges the sector is facing.

The new appointment comes at an important time in the history of the MCA and for the wider consulting sector which is rapidly changing and becoming more demanding and diversifying. The UK consulting sector is globally competitive and MCA members play a significant role in finding solutions for revolutionary digital changes sweeping through industry as well as advising on key areas such as operations, human resources and strategy. The current MCA board seeks to enhance the profile and influence of the membership body, the MCA, so it can promote the positive impact consulting is having on the economy, private sector businesses and public services.

The MCA is also currently working on a drive to enhance the professional recognition of the consulting sector through the creation of a new chartered qualification. The MCA together with the Chartered Management Institute are creating the “Chartered Management Consultant” award, as a badge of recognition for the skills, knowledge and professionalism of management consultants. The Privy Council has given the greenlight for the Chartered Management Consultant award to be developed and it is hoped this will elevate the professional status of consultants working in the UK.