Alan Leaman OBE is Chief Executive of the Management Consultancies Association. From 1988-93, he was Head of Office for the Rt Hon Paddy Ashdown MP, responsible for media relations, policy advice and acting as Chief Speech Writer. He then worked as Senior Associate Director at Hill & Knowlton (UK) Ltd, before becoming the Director of Corporate Affairs at the Association of British Insurers. He worked at ABI for seven years to 2008.<br /><br />Alan is a graduate of the University of Bristol. He was awarded an OBE in 1999 for public and political services.