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About Alan Leaman

Alan Leaman

Alan Leaman

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.

Alan is a graduate of the University of Bristol. He was awarded an OBE in 1999 for public and political services.

Posts By Alan Leaman

‘Business as usual’ outsourcing is no longer an option for the UK

September 25, 2015 |

Private sector providers will be at the heart of the UK government’s efforts during this Parliament to reduce its fiscal deficit and improve the quality of service to the citizen.

But that means that they must also be prepared to … Read More

The age of digital consulting

November 12, 2014 |

Digital used to be just an adjective. There were digital TVs, digital radios, digital experts and more.

But now digital is clearly also a noun. We are living in the age of digital.

For digital is proving to be huge. … Read More

Consulting: a predictor of economic recovery for the UK

June 9, 2014 | 1

Judging by the MCA’s most recent data (out today) on the UK’s consulting industry, the British economy is growing – and also changing. This is an exciting moment.

First, the growth. In 2013, UK consultancies recorded their highest rise in … Read More

Upping the game: how better practice can boost outsourcing’s standing in the UK…

April 25, 2014 |

Outsourcing has experienced a bad press recently, with unwelcome headlines and much greater public scepticism about whether it delivers improved results. In these debates, particularly in the public sector, facts are often in short supply, and emotion plays a powerful … Read More

Encouraging a culture of evaluation

January 28, 2014 |

More and more buyers of consulting are focussing on the value that they can gain from assignments as they take their buying decisions. Older ways of working are under threat.

At a recent meeting of the MCA’s Consultancy Buyers Forum … Read More

Professional services: a British success story?

July 24, 2013 |

The professional services sector is a “British success story”. Don’t just take it from me. These are the opening words of a new policy statement from Cabinet minister Vince Cable’s business department.

And it was the message he delivered with … Read More

Cutting costs or maximising resources: the future of outsourcing

February 14, 2013 | 2

This column was co-authored by Lee Ayling, Partner, KPMG Management Consulting.

No one quite knows where they are with the economy. Some predictions remain laden with doom, whilst other commentators have begun to hint at signs of recovery.

The truth … Read More

Consultants are at the heart of changes in outsourcing

December 18, 2012 |

Big changes are underway in how both the private and public sectors will see outsourcing in future. And management consultancies are at the heart of these developments.

That was what I learned from a recent breakfast meeting organised by the … Read More

Turning a three-way relationship into a virtuous circle

September 12, 2012 |

“There were three people in this marriage”, somebody famous once said, and it caused quite a stir at the time.

Princess Di’s point, I suppose, was that the intervention of third parties causes more than just a little complication in … Read More

A hard-fought award…

May 31, 2012 |

The MCA Award for the best consulting project related to outsourcing is always hard fought. This year, the winner was Hudson & Yorke, a smaller firm that specialises in providing management consulting services relating to communications technology.

This was no … Read More

Wisdom and foolishness: public procurement and outsourcing

April 3, 2012 |

Despite evidence to the contrary from literature and drama, fools rarely utter wise thoughts. But our common experience is that wise men and women frequently say foolish things.

So perhaps we shouldn’t be too upset or surprised that President Obama … Read More

The outlook for 2012

January 9, 2012 |

A recent report from the MCA (Grace under Pressure: The resilience of management consulting in challenging times) argues that the UK’s consulting industry has responded well to recent economic storms. Indeed, the first half of 2011 saw a healthy growth … Read More

The era of easy assumptions about outsourcing is over

October 27, 2011 |

Gone are the days when there was a natural consensus, never mind zeal, in support of this reform. Now there are more likely to be public doubts – about whether outsourcing can really deliver savings and, perhaps even more importantly, … Read More

Cybersecurity requires organisational leadership

September 26, 2011 |

The onward march of information and technology communications will not be halted.

It is bringing huge benefits to government, to national infrastructure, and to the provision of public services, utilities and financial services. And it has transformed our daily lives … Read More

Delivering public service through social enterprises: the next Big Idea?

August 17, 2011 |

The much anticipated and long overdue Public Services White Paper finally appeared towards the end of July. It left many people with decidedly mixed feelings.

Most interpreted the White Paper as a scaling-back of the government’s ambitions for public service … Read More

Transforming outsourcing

July 18, 2011 |

Just a few years ago member firms of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) were reporting that outsourcing related consulting was enjoying annual growth rates of 48 per cent (Transformational outsourcing: the business model of the future? 2004). Yet our 2010 … Read More