The first group of management consultants from across 10 firms have been granted Chartered status and presented with their certificates at a ceremony in London.

This key milestone has been achieved in the pilot phase of the development of the Chartered Management Consultant Award (ChMC) which has been created in a joint partnership between the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), the trade association for the UK’s leading consulting firms, and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), which was appointed by the Privy Council as the Awarding Body. The initiative has been developed for the purposes of setting and maintaining the highest standards in the management consulting profession and creating an award which recognises consistent and high levels of professional competency and achievement.

As part of the pilot stage, 11 management consultants achieved Chartered status after a robust independent assessment process. The successful candidates work for a diverse range of leading consulting firms, including IBM, PwC, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, EY, KPMG, PPL, Arcadis, Mott MacDonald, Atkins and Gobeyond Partners. All of these firms, large and small, have been involved in building and shaping the ChMC award with the CMI and MCA.

All 10 firms have also worked towards securing professional accreditation for their firms’ in-house consultancy training programmes against the Management Consulting Competency Framework. This accreditation provides additional confidence that their in-house training is rigorous and has been benchmarked against an independent professional standard.

The Chartered Management Consultant Award is underpinned by the Management Consulting Competency Framework. This gives individual consultants the opportunity to benchmark their development and capabilities against an independent professional standard. The framework looks at personal and professional development as well as knowledge and understanding in a number of areas, including clients & markets; industry & sector specialisms; stakeholder & relationship development; operational delivery & strategy, analysis & insight. All are underpinned by values, ethics and behaviour.

The second wave of the pilot is already underway with a number of firms participating, including 11 MCA member firms. The award is expected to be fully launched in September 2020 and will be open to all firms and individuals interested in achieving the highest professional standards required for Chartered status.

Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive of the CMI, added:

“The launch of the Chartered Management Consultant Award heralds a new era for management consultants wanting to attain professional recognition of their leadership qualities, and will give clients greater confidence in the services they’re buying. Practitioners earning Chartered status will benefit from showing that they’re at the top of their profession, putting them in pole position in their organisations. CMI is especially pleased to see the first wave of recipients of the Chartered Management Consultant Award (ChMC) and we congratulate them on achieving this mark of excellence.”

Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive of the MCA, said:

“Our members are proud of the high standards of professional development and achievement of their people and we are pleased that for the first time this is being recognised through the Chartered Management Consultant Award (ChMC). We have made great progress in the pilot stages of developing this award and over 1500 candidates from 10 firms are starting on the route to Chartered this month. Ultimately, our aim is to secure greater recognition for the professionalism of management consulting and ensure that it is valued and respected by the industry, as well as by clients seeking professional and qualified consulting support.”

The first recipients of the Chartered Management Award (ChMC) are:

Louise O’Sullivan, IBM

Alice Black, EY

Nigel Slater, KPMG

Scott Rodham-Boyd, Mott MacDonald

Russ Dickinson, Gobeyond Partners

Greg Bradley, Arcadis

Gary Mitchell, Atkins

Andy Lethbridge, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Charles Newhouse, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Simon Morioka, PPL

Howard Scott, PwC and MCA President

Gary Mitchell, Atkins Management Consultants, who received ChMC, said:

“For clients, knowing that a Chartered consultant has met a benchmark of excellence helps showcase the value of their investment and contributes positively to the building of a strong relationship.”

Zoe Bennion, Associate, Business Transformation, Arcadis and is currently hoping to become Chartered later this year, added:

“To continue to deliver exceptional value, we need exceptional talent that are inspired by the potential to grow and develop, and who can offer our clients and our industry outstanding quality and professionalism. The opportunity the Chartered Award has brought has acted as a catalyst to evolve our learning programme into an inspiring growth and development journey that is aligned to the competency framework. Chartered award is a positive differentiator.”

The original article can be found here.

Further information on ChMC can be found at www.mca.org.uk
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