What will our Institute be like in 2020 onwards?
We are a community of about 5,000 people. It may surprise you that we are a younger
community than we have ever been. Yes, some like me are elderly dinosaurs, but we now
have a very large body of young people. Thanks to our collaboration with the academic
world, notably Coventry University, our affiliates now number 3,000. Our task now is to
retain them when they complete their courses, and to do so we are building a set of career
qualifications. We already have CMC, but in 2020 ChMC will become available.
Our vision is for ChMC to become the standard for the management consultancy industry.
The pilot programmes begin in September this year, with mid-sized and large firms, and the
main launch will be in autumn 2020. We intend to make the qualification open to individuals
in the IC by mid-2020.
We need to change, because professional bodies everywhere have declining membership,
but we have the opportunity, thanks to ChMC, to expand greatly. We will continue to carry
out the traditional functions of a professional body:
- CPD is supported by a range of physical meetings and webinars, and by the body of
knowledge of Consulting Direct;
- we defend members interests, most recently by proposing changes to the new tax rules
that will come into force in 2020;
- we now have our own journal, producing thought leadership, and practical help for
We have some major tasks to come, particularly that we need to get much better at social
media. Overall, however, as we approach 2020 our Institute is healthy and active.