Press release:

Chartered Management Consultant Award (ChMC) Passes 500 Milestone

Tuesday 14 September 2021

More than 500 Consultants are now chartered as the new award gathers momentum.

The Chartered Management Consultant Award is recognition that consultants have the skills to deliver the highest standards.

Backed by Consultancies large and small and by stakeholders including Government and purchasers of consulting services.
The Chartered Management Consultant Award (ChMC) has passed a key milestone with more than 500 Management Consultants now Chartered.

To date, 501 consultants have been awarded Chartered status, 1,519 are on the journey, 16 MCA member firms are accredited with a total of 40 MCA members ready to engage. 670 consultants have registered for Experienced Professional assessment as the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) continue to grow the award.

The two bodies came together to create an award that recognises consultants’ commitment to professional standards, continued professional development and ethical and professional conduct. The Management Consultancies Association (MCA), is the trade association for the UK’s leading consulting firms, and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the UK’s leading chartered professional body for management and leadership.

Since the official launch of the award in April, there has been a tremendous interest in Chartered from consultancies, consultants and clients as the award demonstrates expertise, knowledge and a commitment to quality and diversity.

The award has been supported by Government from the outset and representatives from the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) currently sit on the ChMC Oversight Board. Increasingly clients are enquiring about Chartered seeking the assurance it brings them.

Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive of the MCA, said:

Chartered is establishing itself as part of the fabric of the consultancy industry even more quickly than we had anticipated. It is doing so because it recognises expertise and talent and because it is a differentiator. The award recognises the achievements, abilities and experience of consultants – differentiating them from the rest. It marks out the firms committed to quality of delivery, to the development of their staff and it is helping those who engage with the award to attract and retain the best talent.

Increasingly we are also finding that more and more clients are enquiring about Chartered. They want the assurance that their needs are being met by the best in the business and Chartered is helping to give them that vital assurance.”

Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive of CMI, said:

I'd like to congratulate each of the first 500 Chartered Management Consultants. They are all pioneers in embracing this new and important Chartered Award. The management consultancy profession and clients will benefit hugely from having this Charter underpinned by contemporary standards and rigorous assessment.

We at CMI are proud to stand alongside our partners at the MCA in delivering Chartered status and the number of firms and professionals now engaging mean the numbers will scale up very quickly across the industry."

Alan Guthrie, Chief Transformation Officer, Johnson Matthey, added:

The Chartered Management Consultant Award is a fantastic step forward for the industry to promote consistent, high levels of professional competency, something that in turn will enhance the value provided to its clients, like myself and my organization. As a member of the Client Panel, I am excited to be representing the voice of the customer to challenge and provide further development of the ChMC Award as it evolves.

MCA firms that have accreditation and/or assessments are:

Akeso & Co.
Mason Advisory
Mott MacDonald
NECS Consultancy
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
NEL Healthcare Consulting
Cadence Innova
Gobeyond Partners
Unleash and Engage
IBM Services
Inner Circle
Ipsos MORI

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Media contacts:

Antony Quarrell CMI Press Office
Caroline Florence MCA Press Office

Notes to editors

The Management Consultancies Association (MCA): 

The MCA is the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms. For over 60 years, the MCA has been the voice of the consulting industry, promoting the value of consulting to business, the public sector, media commentators and the general public. The MCA's mission is to promote the value of management consultancy for the economy and society as a whole. The MCA's member companies comprise over 50% of the UK consulting industry work with over 90 of the top FTSE 100 companies and almost all parts of the public sector. The UK consulting industry is amongst the best in the world and a vital part of the business landscape. Click to see the full list of current MCA members see link.

Compliance with the MCA's tough entry criteria and adherence to the principles of Consulting Excellence means that MCA member companies are widely acknowledged to provide high quality services to their clients. Many of their achievements are recognised in the annual MCA Awards.

About the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) is the Chartered professional body for Management and Leadership, counting over 163,000 managers and leaders in its membership community. There are currently over 11,000 Chartered Managers and growing.

Backed by a unique Royal Charter, CMI is the only organisation able to award Chartered Manager status - the ultimate management accolade, which is proven to boost individuals’ career prospects, management capability, and impact in the workplace.