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Management Consultancies Association appoints new CEO
 Alan Leaman has started
work as the new CEO of
the Management
Association (MCA), the
trade association for
UK-based consulting
firms. MCA members are
estimated to represent
70% of the UK consulting
industry based on fee
income, employ around
30,000 consultants and
work with most of the
FTSE 100 and all
government departments.
   Leaman has been the
director of corporate
affairs at the
Association of British
Insurers (ABI) for the
past seven years, where
    Leaman will focus on
developing the MCA's
voice on key issues
through the media, and
directly to government
and private sector trade
associations; and
communicating the value
that consultants deliver
to the public and
private sectors and
strengthening the
Association's position
on professionalism and
   Leaman commented: "I
am delighted to be
joining the MCA at an
interesting and
challenging time for
British business and the
consulting industry.
 Over the last 50 years,
management consulting
has been at the
forefront of business
change – advising
clients in good times
and in bad.
   "Whilst businesses
may already be reacting
to tougher times in the
UK economy by tightening
their belts, consultants
continue to provide
valuable advice on areas
such as cost reduction
and restructuring.
During a downturn, those
businesses which execute
consultants' advice will
ultimately create more
value and more jobs."
   Prior to his role at
 the ABI, Leaman was
senior associate
director at Hill and
Knowlton (UK), holding
responsibility for
public affairs
programmes, stakeholder
relations, research and
policy communications on
behalf of high-profile
clients. From 1988-93,
Leaman was head of
office for the Rt Hon
Paddy Ashdown MP,
responsible for media
relations, policy advice
and acting as chief
speech writer. He was
awarded an OBE in 1999
for public and political
 he established it in the
national media as
Britain's leading trade
association. While at
the ABI, Leaman also
drove a communications
campaign that won
additional funding from
government for flood
defences, and was a
frequent commentator and
spokesperson on both
radio and TV.
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