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Outsource magazine: thought-leadership and outsourcing strategy | April 16, 2014

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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

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 |

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