Joe is a Professor of Management Consulting and a consultant to the consulting industry. He has advised companies such as McKinsey & Co., IBM, Deloitte and KPMG on innovation and helped numerous small consultancies grow successfully.
Joe's research on the consulting industry has been published in the world's top management journals, and his books with Oxford University Press are the best selling textbooks on the topic globally.
Joe has taught and coached over 2,000 executives and MBA students on management consultancy and helped hundreds of students gain places at leading consulting firms. Joe's work has been recognised in an award from the British Academy of Management, several University prizes, and he was recently made the first Academic Fellow of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes. Joe has worked in a variety of different consulting roles, started three of his own firms (one of which was sold in 2007) and has worked with all the major consulting industry associations.
Simon is a Chartered Director and works with around 500 senior leaders and directors each year. Simon co-owns the market and social research firm FMR Research Ltd, whose work has been cited in Westminster and Scottish Parliaments.
Simon is a double-finalist in the Institute of Consulting's UK ‘Consultant of the Year’ awards and is Chair of the Academic Fellows panel for the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes. He is founding editor of the academic publication, the Management Consulting Journal.
Simon is a Visiting Fellow at Durham University Business School and teaches consulting skills at management schools. He is Strategy Programme Lead for the Institute of Directors and runs workshops on business strategy. Simon is the author of ‘Consulting Skills for Social Researchers’ (published by Policy Press) and ‘Strategic Decision Making’ (written with Dr Ben Shenoy and published by Kogan Page) and joint author of handbooks on Leadership and Strategy for the Institute of Directors.
Martin Williams is an expert in professional service marketing. After starting his career as an IT consultant, Martin joined a boutique management consulting firm in London. Over the following decade he fell in love with consulting, working with clients in a diverse range of market sectors including financial services, public sector, transport, and newspapers to list a few. His consulting career also took him across the globe from North America to the Far East.
After two decades he realised the only bit he hated about consulting was having a boss (!), so he struck out on his own. Yet for all his knowledge of and experience in consulting, and despite the blue-chip clients he had, he soon realised that running a consulting business is a very different beast to working in one. Investing tens of thousands in outsourced marketing services, he learned the hard way that few marketers understand what it means to market in the context of a professional services firm. This is where his focus now is – helping consulting firms to design and implement effective marketing strategies.