London: Chris Cooper, founder and head of Challenge Consulting, the award winning Hertfordshire-based management consultancy, has been elected President of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), the trade association for UK-based consulting firms. His term will last from 2014 until 2016. Cooper takes over from Aimie Chapple of Accenture.
Cooper has been heavily involved in MCA activity in recent years as Vice President. In 1998 he established Challenge Consulting — now one of the UK's leading specialist change and transformation consulting firms. Challenge won the Best Change Management firm award in the 2013 MCA Industry Awards.
Cooper began his consulting career nearly 25 years ago with Touche Ross. After five years with Touche working across Public and Private sectors, he had spells with BDO Stoy Hayward and OASiS as Practice Head.
Chris Cooper said, "It is an honour to be asked to serve the MCA as its President. I am privileged to take over from the excellent work of Aimie. I look forward to working with her, the rest of the board and our members in further projecting the value and contribution our industry makes to society."
Alan Leaman, CEO of the MCA, said, "Chris takes on the Presidency at an exciting time as we continue to rapidly grow our membership and increase our industry influence. Chris is an ideal choice as our new President as he has experience of both working in a large firm, and running a smaller specialist consultancy. I'm certain he will provide a huge contribution to ensuring we continue to grow our role and influence."
Chris Cooper will be supported by three Vice-Presidents:
- Steve Cavanagh, Head of Business and Professional Improvement, Mott MacDonald
- Kirsty Birks, Group Business Director, Propaganda
- Matt Watt, Partner, EY