Move of the month
Charles Coates has joined A T Kearney as a vice president specialising in telecommunications and consumer industries. Coates was previously MD in charge of Eastern Europe with global market research firm AC Nielson.
If you had an extra hour in the day how would you spend it?
Writing letters in long-hand to business and personal friends and acquaintances.
Which company do you most admire?
First Direct: it has made life easier.
What is your greatest professional achievement?
As an engineer in the advance party which built the Balanga Dam in Nigeria a year ahead of schedule.
What is your greatest professional regret?
The status of engineers in the UK.
What is the biggest challenge consultants face?
To get under the skin of big complicated companies without causing an unbearable itch.
What was your last cultural experience?
Living in Prague, attending concerts and exploring the secret fabric of the city and its people.
Which company/organisation would you like to turn around?
The Royal Opera House.
What would you like to be doing in 10 years’ time?
Managing my own international business close to home in Devon.
Which two words turn your stomach?
In conversation with Martin Coyle.
Cambridge Technology Partners has appointed a new vice president for Europe. Wim Vermaak joins the international consulting firm from Baan Investment BV where he was an executive. He will have the remit of expanding the company’s business in Europe.
IT systems and services company, ICL has appointed Eddie Wakelam as operations director for its application and technical consultancy arm. Wakelam joins after 22 years at Logica where he was international resourcing director for Australia and the Far East.
Mike Jackson, a former chief executive of Birmingham Midshires Building Society, has formed his own consultancy company: Results Plus. The firm will concentrate on helping clients build customer- and people-led strategies. The company has signed its first contract with the Human Resource Partnership.
Diagonal Computer Services has promoted two of its senior management within its SAP consulting division, which has been restructured. Chris Chittock, who has been sales and marketing director at the company for the last four years, is promoted to managing director of the SAP implementation division. David Beresford, previously projects director, becomes director of SAP support services.
Consultancy Hornagold & Hills has made Tim Fry an associate at the practice. Fry, who is a chartered quantity surveyor, has been with the company for five years and is currently working on a London Underground project.
Mike Barradell-Smith has been appointed to the board of Channel Dynamics, a consultancy specialising in the design and implementation of effective market engagement strategies. He becomes development director with responsibility for the company’s expansion plans.
Martin Vandersteen, a former managing partner at Andersen Consulting, joins the Best International Group as a non-executive board director. Vandersteen was at Andersen for 40 years, with 13 as UK managing partner.
Consultancy Druid has appointed Sean Snow as business development manager within its manufacturing group. At Druid he is currently managing projects for blue chip companies, providing advice on business and IT strategy. His new role will see him take responsibility for hi-tech projects. Before moving to Druid, Snow was at Systems Union where he was responsible for account management.
Richard Jones moves to Chesterton Consulting as a senior consultant. He joins from Edmund Kirkby and will work with the director of consulting in developing the company’s consultancy business in the North of England.
IT lawyer Dai Davies moves to law firm Nabarro Nathanson as a consultant and head of IT in the north. Davies moves from Eversheds, where he was head of the computer and IT law team.
JM, an IT search and selection company, has appointed Sally Stewart as a consultant to focus on IT recruitment in the technology industry. Stewart joins from McCourt Consultants where she was a recruitment consultant.
The PML group has promoted Mark Enright to associate director of its specialist management consultancy. Enright will continue his existing role of providing commercial management consultancy services while expanding the capabilities of PML in the area of strategic procurement.
Ralph Hepworth has been appointed managing director of UK operations for Knight Wendling, the international metals and automotive consultancy. He joins from P-E International where he was managing director of the consultancy division.
Darren Rhodes joins Forte Software as a technical consultant. He will provide technical consultancy skills to Forte’s UK customers as part of the company’s consultancy team. Rhodes joins from Logsys where he spent two years as a systems engineer.
Deloitte Consulting is adding to its UK Energy practice with the appointment of Pat Breen and Richard Barton. Breen joins from PricewaterhouseCoopers and becomes a partner in the re-engineering for results service line. He has over 18 years’ experience as a management consultant, financial director and accountant. Barton moves from Andersen Consulting and becomes a senior manager in the programme leadership service line.
Entec, an environmental and engineering consultancy, has appointed Vicky Kemp to join its environmental management team. Kemp moves from Cable & Wireless Communications where she managed a corporate policy programme. This included business continuity, risk management and energy management. At Entec she will co-ordinate the development of environmental management services.
Gianni Montezemolo, a director of management consultancy AT Kearney, has joined Norbain as a non-executive director.
Tadpole Technology, the mobile computing company, has appointed Gordon Grosse as customer consultancy manager. He will manage the new UltraSPARC-driven portable Voyagerlli system for Sun computing. Grosse has over 10 years’ experience in hardware and software services.
John MacLeod has joined Eastbourne-based EMC to help it provide support to small and medium-sized companies seeking independent advice. A chartered accountant, MacLeod has wide-ranging financial management experience and specialises in corporate finance, corporate recovery and IT.
Franklin and Andrews, the property and construction consultancy, has appointed five new partners; they are: David Dearden, Graham Hale, Michelle Swales, Tony Venn and Malcolm Weavers.
James Winterbotham has founded a new consultancy, Pundit, which will advise companies investing in India and Indian companies investing abroad. He was formerly with Lazard Brothers’ corporate finance department where he was a main board director.
Ernst & Young has appointed Peter Brady as a partner in the firm’s business risk consultancy practice. Promoted from within the firm, Brady has been with E&Y since 1987. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1990 having previously worked for the Weir Group.
Lew Adams, former leader of ASLEF, the train drivers union, has joined Virgin Trains as a consultant. He will prepare drivers for new trains which are being introduced on the West Coast and Cross Country routes between 2000 and 2002.
Anne Huff, a professor of strategic management at Cranfield School of Management has been elected President of the Academy of Management in the US. The academy is an institution involved in the promotion of academic excellence in management. Huff specialises in strategy reformulation at individual, organisational and industrial level.
Cambridge Pharma Consultancy has appointed a team of five multi-lingual market analysts. The five, each from a different country, will be involved in consultancy work for pharmaceutical companies around the world.
Vincent C Perro, a principal of global management consulting firm, Sibson & Company, has been appointed head of Sibson International, a unit of Sibson & Co. Perro will also continue to head Sibson’s worldwide financial services practice.
Dr Jacqueline Goldberg has joined Z/Yen, the risk/reward management firm, as a consultant. She will combine this role with ongoing research in the voluntary sector as well as private work as a lifestyle consultant.
Synamic, a client/server and Internet solutions provider, has strengthened its board with the appointment of Malcolm Coster as non-executive chairman. Coster has over 30 years’ IT and consultancy experience, including time spent at Unisys and Coopers & Lybrand, as partner in charge of management consultancy services, and a spell with Lorien.
Barclays has partnered with accounting software company Xero to provide businesses with access to transaction data through its direct feed.
Government's estimate of a £400m admin saving from Making Tax Digital is way off - and is instead a huge cost burden, warns Lamont Pridmore chief executive Graham Lamont
Xero unveiled its expanded global partner programme at Xerocon South, the accounting technology conference in Australasia
Accountancy software firm Sage has been hit by a data breach which may have compromised the personal details and bank account details of as many as 300 UK businesses