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Amex, Unipart and HM Prison Service join up

Three major organisations have joined the IMC as Affiliate members, adding to a growing list which include Abbey National, J Sainsbury, the Institute of Management, and Business Links London East.

The IMC repositioned itself last year after undergoing a rigorous two-year change programme and opened its doors to all those with a stakeholding in the consultancy profession. Organisational Affiliate membership facilitates corporate membership to non-consultancy firms, while management consultants and practices work towards the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) qualification.

The inaugural meeting for Organisational Affiliates was held on 18 January 1999. The IMC was keen to establish the key objectives of the group and to get feedback from members on the benefits the IMC offers. The focus of interest fell into two categories, firstly standards of practice and training. Members pointed out that they looked to the IMC to develop a rigorous and credible program of Continued Professional Development and support the ethos of life-long learning within the industry. Secondly, productive networking opportunities within the IMC had attracted members.

This meeting marks the beginning of an important two-way dialogue between key consultancy stakeholders and the IMC. For further details please contact Wendy Gerber at

New leadership team takes helm

IMC’s newly constituted Council took up office on 1 January 1999 under the leadership of 1999 president, Richard Popple MBE CMC. The revised governance structure was developed as part of the Institute’s ongoing change programme and consists of just 16 officers and member representatives; the old Council had 30 members. The new body will be more focused and more representative of member groups including Certified Practices and Organisational Affiliates.

President elect, Bob Empson will ensure that the new management board is action oriented, forward looking and externally focused. Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler, FCMC, vice president marketing and sales, sees his priorities for 1999 as developing a better member organisation ethos, involving the membership in recruitment, improving the strategic planning process and initiating contact with Government. Brian Ing, vice president professional, wants to gain wider recognition for the CMC qualification and provide ongoing support for Certified Practices.

Workshops for CMC candidates

A series of workshops are being held around the country to help candidates prepare for the new competence-based Certified Management Consultant (CMC) qualification.

While more rigorous than the old CMC assessment, the new process is more flexible and provides a general consultancy accreditation based on the specific skills and experience of each candidate. Candidates must demonstrate their professional, specialist, management and consultancy skills as well as an understanding of current political, economic, social and technological issues. Their competence is assessed through a professional record, client references, assignment study and interview by qualified CMC assessors.

The workshops will provide practical guidance on preparing the required records and references. Sessions will be led by qualified CMC assessors who have been through the assessment themselves.

Workshops are planned for 13 February in the Midlands, 4 March in London and February/March in Scotland (dates to be confirmed). For details, contact Paul Brown, professional registrar, at IMC.

IMC pilots ?consultancy euro?

IMC has launched details of a new pilot scheme, backed by a series of reports on what has been termed the “consultancy euro”, or the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Framework (CATF) project. By means of a transferable “currency” of credits, management consultants will be able to negotiate with accrediting bodies using a standard system, which will substantially reduce duplication of paperwork, client references and ultimately costs.

A draft framework had been developed using the existing consultancy standards of the IMC, the Management Charter Initiative, the Business Links, the British Accreditation Bureau and some of the larger practices. The framework will shortly be piloted with selected Business Links. For a free synopsis of the CATF project, contact

IMC members join Guild

Five more IMC members have recently joined the Guild of Management Consultants, which was formed in 1992 and promotes charitable, educational and social aspects of the profession in the City of London. Richard Beevers, Francine Collinson, Bob Empson (IMC president elect), Kelvin Hard and Michael Madgwick join other IMC members in the Guild including new master, Keith Burgess, FCMC, of Andersen Consulting. Guild members currently number 125 and are encouraged to give their time and advice to charitable organisations falling within the remit of the Guild’s charitable foundation, which has raised #100,000 to date. The Guild hopes to gain livery company status soon.

Practice forum kicks off at KPMG

The first IMC Certified Practice Forum was held at KPMG, Canary Wharf on 7 January 1999. These meetings give the consultancy firms involved an opportunity to share best practice in the recruitment, induction, training, development and assessment of consultants. There are at present 18 Certified Practices in the IMC, including Lorien, PA Consulting Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Towers Perrin.

Forum delegates agreed to meet three times each year, rotating as hosts for each meeting. The host firm presents on some aspect of consultant development and lead the discussion.

The next meeting will be hosted by IBM and will be held in the spring.

Details of the meeting will be available shortly.


Over two years’ hard work was rewarded in January when BAMCO, the Bulgarian Association of Management Consulting Organisations, was admitted as a provisional member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI), of which IMC is a founder member. Richard Popple, now IMC president, and Paul Brown, professional registrar, visited Sofia in March 1998 as assessors. The standard of candidates was very high and using the IMC’s new competence-based CMC assessment method, 27 were accredited. Accreditation is very important to the Bulgarian consultants as they cope with the privatisation of state-owned enterprises and need to inspire the confidence of foreign investors and aid authorities. The British Council funded the IMC involvement.

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