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Centre for Management Consulting Excellence

About CMCE

Education is one of the primary objectives of Livery Companies and many have of course set up and supported their own schools over the years. The establishment of the Centre for Management Consulting Excellence by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants follows this tradition and does this within our own domain of interest.

Management Consulting is a major business in the UK turning over about £9bn pa. The benefits that management consultants bring to their clients are many multiples of this and consequently they have an undoubtedly major impact on UK productivity.

The rationale for establishing The Centre is that the performance of management consultants depends on their skill in mediating the best thinking into application in their clients. Consultants have access to a very large amount of thinking about management but, without considerable effort, have real difficulty in identifying the most important new ideas and finding out about them. Likewise, on their own, they have little insight or input into the direction of academic research.

The Centre has therefore been set up to provide an independent and authoritative practitioner source, identifying the most important new ideas for management consultants, thereby developing their performance to the benefit of their clients and the economy in general. It will provide a forum for the exchange of thinking between practitioners sharing the fruits of their experience and academics sharing the results of their research.

WCoMC is ideally placed to lead this initiative, with its broad membership from amongst the management consulting community. Having launched this as a landmark project in November 2016, a Core Group of members has been working hard to turn this concept into a sustainable reality, publicly announcing The Centre's formation at the Change Lecture in May 2017.

The first Director of The Centre is Calvert Markham, a Past Master of WCoMC and Visiting Professor in the practise of management consultancy at Cass Business School.

The presence of The Centre will be manifest in an interactive web site that will facilitate exchanges among those involved and act as a repository of IP. There will also be a programme of events, which has started with the Urwick Lecture, which was held on 11 September 2017.

For more information about The Centre and its activities, please visit its web site at