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An update on all things IC | August 2016.

Dear Member,

Welcome to this special edition of the IC newsletter. We are delighted that so many of you have told us that you find the IC quarterly updates on all things consulting useful.

I am referencing this as a special edition, as it falls outside of the usual quarterly update. We know that there has been some discussion on the value of membership and a call for further information on development of the Chartered Management Consultant award. For this reason we thought it would be useful to provide an update on the latest progress here.

Membership is seen as a hallmark of the value that you, as an individual consultant, place on continuous professional development, underpinned by your subscription to an ethical code of practice and access to networking, events and mentoring. These are powerful indicators to your clients, employers and wider publics of your professional identity, providing reassurance of your professionalism and integrity.

But we also understand the need for a higher profile, status and recognition of your membership both within the profession and the wider business community. I have no doubt that the new Chartered Management Consultant award will contribute significantly in our efforts to achieve this and, as you will see in this edition, there are some positive signs towards this long-term ambition becoming a reality.

In our previous newsletter we brought you the news that two UK members, Calvert Markham and Dr Simon Haslam, have recently been accepted as members of the Academic Fellow panel which will help us ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of academic developments in our profession. Please read the ICMCI press releases which provide further detail on Calvert and Simon’s well-deserved achievements. We also bring you news of an IC website refresh as well as other important updates, including the IC’s attendance at the recent ICMCI Eurohub meeting which took place in Bonn, Germany in July.

We thank you for your continued support for the IC and welcome any feedback you may have. Please contact us via membership@iconsulting.org.uk.

Kind regards,

Simon Bowen MBA FInstLM, CMgr FCMI

Director of Member Engagement


We have kept you up to date on our lengthy quest to gain approval to award ‘Chartered Management Consultant’. Just to recap, our formal submission was made to the Privy Council Office back in November 2015. Having maintained contacts with BIS advisers, we are now more confident that the various sticking points are closer to resolution and anticipate a status update from Privy Council advisers in September.

Find out what activities the ChMC Steering Board, led by Martin Cook CCMI, CMI Board Trustee, are focusing on here.


IC Website

We are delighted to announce that work is currently being undertaken to integrate the IC website within CMI web environment, which will enable us to constantly refresh and update content for our IC members. We will be migrating the existing areas of the IC website across to the new platform which will retain IC’s brand, but provide a refreshed look and feel as well as an enhanced member experience.

Consultancy Thought Leadership

We are working with our Insight and Research team to provide consultancy themed thought leadership which will provide leading insight into the world of consultancy. This is an ongoing project which may involve our IC membership more details will be provided in future newsletters.


Thursday 15th September 2016 (now closed)

We have been working with our IC Champions in the regions to develop consultancy focused events and are pleased to announce our West Midlands Regional Board will be hosting the 'Engage or die ... the real perils of an unengaged workforce' event. Join Nigel Girling, Director of The National Centre for Strategic Leadership, Babington Group as he explores:

  • Why engagement is a competitive survival issue
  • How leaders can engage their colleagues
  • How engaging leadership skills can be developed and enhanced


The annual meeting of the European members of ICMCI took place in Bonn, Germany, last month. Our UK representatives, Simon Bowen, CMI Director of Member Engagement, Jeremy Webster, member of ICMCI Board, and Simon Haslam, UK ICMCI Academic Fellow met with colleagues from around Europe to discuss new initiatives and to contribute to the design of new products and services.

More International events will be coming up starting in October with the final plenary meeting of the ISO 20700 project in Beijing and the ICMCI Annual conference in Toronto, at which the Constantinus International 2016 consultancy awards will be presented. The IC are delighted to have submitted an entry from one of our members to the awards and await the judge’s decision. Previous IC winners include Silver medal winners, The Beech Consultancy.

Updates on these events will be in the next issue of the newsletter.


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