A Life-Time in Management Consulting

A Life-Time in Management Consulting

Aug 26, 2020 | Our Events

Speaker Meeting 27th August at 06.30pm

A life-time in Management Consulting

Assignments: Abattoirs to xylophones (electronic); Rostrum cameras to crushing machines; best wool worsted to shrink wrap! Marketing, machining, matching, merging recruiting, restructuring, refinancing………Is there any trade that a management consultant does not get involved in?

Listen, learn, contribute.

A life involved with Livery – so how come Management Consultants got involved in the ancient rituals of 800 years of City guilds? Do they represent a gold standard or are they at sixes & sevens?

What is a ‘Modern’ Livery Company? In the middle ages Trade Guilds controlled most UK trade – is that the case today?

Quality justifies good prices but requires relevant high skills, product control and good service

Listen, learn, contribute.

The Rotary Club of London (RCL)

A Club with an illustrious history – First chartered club outside USA. 300 members at its peak. Prince Philip is an honorary member. Now part of District 1130 which has c 1200 members of which RCL is only 10%. Dealing with the present challenges, and weekly Speaker meetings. What of an uncertain future? What changes to secure, and develop?

Listen, learn, contribute.

Common Themes and any universal truths – does all change yet remain the same? Is our knowledge finite? Breaking out of traditional moulds? Scary or exciting?

About the Speaker

David is A Shropshire Lad. He was taught Science by his father at a Livery Company School; Higher Education was as a General Electric Company sponsored apprentice doing a Business Studies degree at Lanchester College of Advanced Technology, then qualifying as a Management Accountant. These formative experiences dogged the rest of his life. He worked for blue-chip firms in the Midlands and South Wales and capitalised on his industrial experience by joining a City of London Management Consulting firm. He spent the next 40 years living in, and working in and from, London; as an employed senior consultant and later director of his own consulting firm.

Always involved in voluntary activities he was an elected and then co-opted Council Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) where he was Chair of their Consultants Group. He was an early joiner of the City Guild of Management Consultants founded in 1993 and became Master of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants in its 25th year. He is a committed supporter of the Federation of Small Business and as their City representative, engaged with the Lord Mayor of London focusing on Business Ethics and ‘Proper’ Apprenticeship Schemes. He revived the (then) 100 year old Shropshire Society in London, and is a committed supporter of charity, with a special interest in prostate cancer research, through Livery, Rotary and Freemasonry.

In the mid 80’s David helped establish a greenfield robotic business and then acquired his own business (with a onetime consulting client) supplying dentists’ drill bits worldwide including setting up distributorships/businesses in France, Holland, Spain, India, Mongolia, Australia and USA. Unfortunately, not many orders during lockdown.

In July David became President of the Rotary Club of London, the first President in 119 years to be inducted virtually and is working to continue its development through its 120th year.