IMD Group welcome new Chairman

August 5, 2019

IMD Group are delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Gaby as Chairman of the Group, following their recent MBO.

Alan was appointed Chairman this month having previously held a number of senior leadership positions in high growth technology and consulting businesses. Alan was Chief Executive of the Data Anaytics and AI business Tessella Ltd where he led the MBO, subsequent growth phase and successful exit in 2015. Prior to this Alan was COO at the European Defence and Aerospace company VEGA Group Plc. Before joining VEGA Alan was Commercial Director of EDS Defence.

Alan has operated in a broad range of industry verticals and has a deep understanding of the Defence sector where he has over 30 years’ experience. Alan remains Chairman of Kinneir Dufort, another high growth professional services business backed by Private Equity.

IMD Group Directors and management are looking forward to drawing on Alan’s wealth of knowledge and experience to drive forward their next period of growth as a leading provider of management consultancy.

IMD complete MBO

August 5, 2019

IMD Group are delighted to announce the completion of an MBO with the support of investment from
Chiltern Capital (“Chiltern”). This is an exciting time for IMD as we embark on the next phase of our plans for growth and build upon the successes of the last four years since the company was founded. This MBO gives IMD the opportunity to work strategically with the talented team at Chiltern and us the next logical step to enable us to build on our early success and push ahead with continued expansion, including opening a London office.

Chiltern has taken a majority stake in IMD and will play an active role in supporting our current management team to continue driving growth. The company focus on investing up to £15 million of equity in growing businesses with ambitious management teams which will benefit from strategic, financial and operational support, and which have the potential for significant growth and value enhancement.

Dean Taylor commented: “IMD is on the next stage of its ambitious and exciting growth plan and Chiltern have provided the investment and strategic advice to help us on the path to achieve our vision. We look forward to the next phase in IMD’s journey, supported by the professional advice and assistance from Chiltern.”

Thomas Holroyd, Investment Director at Chiltern, added: “Dean and Graham have achieved a tremendous amount with IMD over the last four years. We are delighted to be supporting such an experienced team with their plans to grow the company, expand the consultant base, and diversify into adjacent sectors.”

Thomas Holroyd and Alex Sheffield of Chiltern will join IMD’s Board.

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IMD Group awarded G-Cloud 11 Supplier Status

July 23, 2019

IMD Group are delighted to announce our recent approval as a G-Cloud 11 supplier within the UK’s CCS G-Cloud Framework. IMD has previously enjoyed approved supplier status within previous iterations of the UK Government’s G-Cloud Framework. We’re happy to announce our status has been updated and we are now a fully approved G-Cloud 11 2019 supplier.

Live this month, G-Cloud 11 is the latest version of the UK Government’s cloud-based services procurement platform. Designed to simplify the procurement process for government departments and public sector bodies seeking new cloud-based services, it places at their disposal a one-stop shop of approved suppliers who are already signed up to a government framework agreement and removes the need to run a full tender or competitive procurement process.

The G-Cloud framework allows IMD to deliver a wide range of services to any public sector organisation looking to implement technology and software updates for digital projects. Confirmation of our status as a G-Cloud 11 supplier is instrumental in driving forward our mission to help our clients to redefine their business strategy, transform their structures and operations, and deliver complex change.

IMD Group already delivers consultancy services to a wide variety of both private and public sector organisations and across our growing team of consultants, we can offer a wealth of experience and understanding of the specific requirements of the public sector. Our services deliver an extensive range of benefits, from streamlining operations and improving efficiency levels, to increasing customer satisfaction and developing new areas of opportunity.

Visit the G-Cloud 11 Digital Marketplace here and view IMD’s list of services here. Or if you would like to find out more about IMD and its partnership with G-Cloud 11 and how IMD capabilities can support your organisation’s operational or digital transformation goals, please do contact us via email, or call 0117 949 1500

IMD Get Creative – Graffiti Style!

June 7, 2019

Following a jam-packed quarterly review of the company’s performance and a look at some pretty exciting stuff in the pipeline (watch this space!), Team IMD embraced its Bristolian roots last Friday when they were treated to an excellent graffiti workshop, run by Colette and Rob from Graft. (

Graffiti Tour


Starting with an inspiring tour of some of Bristol’s most famous street art, including amazing pieces by Banksy, Nick Walker, Stik and Alex Lucas, the IMD team was suitably inspired to create their own graffiti tags and some street art of their own.

The results? Well, you can judge for yourselves…

Graffiti Workshop

Graffiti Team Photo

At IMD Group, we believe that hard work should be rewarded, and that having fun is part of the job!


IMD Group welcome Simon Harrison

May 3, 2019

Simon Harrison imageIMD Group are delighted to welcome Simon Harrison as a Principal Consultant. Simon has extensive experience in project management and project controls and will also be heading up the P3M and Project Controls Capability at IMD. Starting his career as a Project Manager in UK Government, Simon also has a wealth of consulting experience in the public and private sectors.

Simon has taken on some exciting roles throughout his career, predominately within Defence, including when he was the Civilian Armoured Vehicle Capability Project Manager where he delivered a number of complex, multi-million pound projects. Simon was extremely proud to deliver vital capability to the front line under very demanding timescales and requirements. Simon was also a Project Controls lead during the major DE&S transformation where he implemented P3M principles in the Maritime domain. Simon enjoyed taking the DE&S staff on the journey through transformation and seeing the significant improvements to the culture and behaviours across the whole team. Simon has also gained some fantastic experience outside of Defence including working on the Bloodhound Super Sonic Car project. Simon is extremely passionate about working with people and adding real value to help them to achieve their goals and objectives. Simon’s experience and his relentless energy and enthusiasm will be a real asset to IMD as they continue their impressive growth.

Upon joining the team, Simon said, “I have been very impressed with the achievements of IMD so far and the excellent work they deliver. I am thrilled to join them during this exciting time and am looking forward to growing the P3M and Project Controls capability as IMD continues to build on their strong reputation in existing markets and expand into new ones.”

IMD Group CEO Dean Taylor commented “We are delighted to bring such an experienced and well respected Portfolio, Programme and Project Management professional into IMD Group as the Head of P3M Capability. Simon has joined us at a key time in IMD’s growth as we expand into London and new markets”.

IMD Group announce new Senior Consultant

January 30, 2019

Steve Martinez Senior ConsultantIMD Group make an exciting start to the year with the appointment of new Senior Consultant Steve Martinez. Steve brings a wealth of Project & Programme Management, Engineering, and Cost Estimation experience and expertise to IMD Group.

A chartered engineer and qualified project manager Steve joins us after 12 years in UK Government.

Steve gained his experience across a host of wide ranging projects including; battlefield infrastructure, armoured vehicles, line of sight communications as well as supporting the world’s most advanced sonar system. Steve says of his project experience “the chance to work on such a range of technologically advanced, complex equipment projects and programmes in the highly regulated defence environment has put all of my skills to test and allowed me to refine them along the way”.

Most recently Steve has provided strong leadership in the delivery of a high value in-service support programme that successfully maintains enduring requirements for Royal Navy (RN) equipment, supported across all ships and submarines. A key MoD efficiency challenge, this significant negotiation focussed on delivering end to end support with a key strategic supply base spread across the UK. This was just one of the many critical roles undertaken by Steve that required his ability to process detailed technical, operational and support information and manage specialist teams at the same time. Steve adds “I am very proud of the team’s combined success and I’ve been consistently impressed by level of dedication to delivering clear benefits to the customer”.

As IMD continue to win key strategic wins within the public sector market this is the ideal time for someone of Steve’s calibre to join the team:

“This is an exciting opportunity to be part of such a dynamic team with clear aspirations for rapid yet sustainable growth” says Steve, “I am really looking forward to utilising both my management and engineering skills to help grow the Company as it emerges into new markets.”

IMD Group’s CEO, Dean Taylor commented, “We are delighted to continue to attract talented consultants with great public sector experience to the Group. Steve’s drive to succeed and in depth experience will hugely assist IMD’s growth into the Department for Work and Pensions and the Home Office.”

IMD Group sponsor 5RIFLES Rugby!

October 19, 2018

IMD Group and Bristol Management Centre are delighted to have agreed to sponsor the new season strip of the 5 RIFLES Rugby Team. The team plays in the Army Championship 1 League, which sees them face some of the best rugby sides in the British Army. The 5 RIFLES side also provide the mainstay of the Infantry team that plays in the Corps competition. A strong finish last season means the team are well placed to compete for a place in the major units Premiership League this season.

5 RIFLES is a Regular Infantry Battalion based in Bulford Camp, Wiltshire and consists of around 600 Riflemen who deploy on training and operations worldwide.

Dean Taylor, Managing Director of IMD Group said “We are delighted to support grassroots rugby and in particular to give members of our Armed Services the opportunity to enjoy sport.”

The 5 RIFLES team are pictured below at the start of the season, with coach Matt Pallas. We are looking forward to seeing them in action in their new strip – watch this space for an update!

5 RIFLES Rugby Team

New Junior Consultant for IMD

October 17, 2018

Chantal Appleyard (Small image) (2)IMD Group’s current phase of growth has seen the further appointment of Chantal Appleyard as a Junior Consultant. Chantal joins IMD from an artistic background, having spent the first decade of her career as a professional musician! During this time she enjoyed a varied experience, performing both nationally and internationally with a variety of established artists. In addition to performing, she continued to excel academically and pursued a PhD in opera studies after being awarded a Masters in Music, which she hopes to return to at some stage in the future.

In pursuit of a change from the arts, Chantal began her career in Defence as a Commercial Officer with the Ministry of Defence. This leap enabled Chantal to transfer her skills and consolidate her creative and intellectual capabilities for the corporate environment. She successfully gained a strong foundation in Commercial through her time in Land managing and sourcing contracts for Soldier Training and Simulation Programmes. During this time, Chantal managed multi million pound contracts, including FATS5 frameworks and LTPA contracts, through the development and implementation stages of procurement. Having spent time working as a Civil Servant, Chantal was keen to develop her Commercial and corporate experience further through consultancy and is looking to build upon her skills and experienced gained in the public sector. As she joins IMD, Chantal is looking forward to contributing to the team and hopes to continue building upon their achievements.

Managing Director, Dean Taylor commented “We’re delighted to welcome Chantal as a Junior Consultant at this time of rapid expansion and are confident that she will prove to be a great asset to the Group and our clients.”

Managing Consultant joins IMD

October 9, 2018

Sam Crowder imageIMD Group are delighted to welcome Sam Crowder as a Managing Consultant. Sam joins IMD with a wealth of management experience from across the defence, justice, infrastructure and professional service sectors. Starting his career at Thales as a Systems Engineer, Sam has taken on many roles over the last 10 years including Training Lead, CLS Manager, Engineering Manager, Data Director and even Head of Marketing.

This varied experience confirmed to Sam that what he really enjoys is getting stuck in and supporting different teams as a managing consultant, as he has since 2016. One of his recent roles was leading the End of Concession programme for the Severn Crossings Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Concessionaire . This saw the two iconic Severn Bridges transfer ownership and operations back to the public sector. Sam says “I really enjoyed leading the EOC programme, I am immensely proud of what we achieved both in terms of the transfer of an IT and payment system used to handle millions of pounds worth of payments and the handover of the complex maintenance operations required to keep the two bridges open year-round. And we did it all with a small team, a few Kanban boards and some agile project management.”

Sam has had the chance to work on some land mark projects, programmes and portfolios over the years including the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA – now Air Tanker), Team Complex Weapons (Portfolio), UK VLF and LF Communication System Refresh, New eLoran Navigation System, Handover of the Severn River Crossings and the Metropolitan Police Transformation Directorate Portfolio.

On joining IMD Group, Sam commented “ I am really excited about joining the IMD team. It is such an exciting time for the company as it looks to consolidate existing markets and grow into new ones. The proactive can-do attitude of the business and my new colleagues matches my ethos exactly and I cannot wait to get working with the team in order to make a real difference for our clients.” Managing Director, Dean Taylor added “ We are delighted that Sam has joined IMD Group. His skills and experience gained across both the private and public sector will complement the exceptional team we have in the Group and help IMD achieve its fast, but sustainable growth aspirations. We are delighted to be able to attract and offer great career opportunities to highly experienced consultants such as Sam”

IMD Group welcomes new Senior Consultant

October 4, 2018

Antony ThompsonIMD Group are delighted to have welcomed Antony Thompson as a Senior Consultant. Antony spent much of his early career serving with the Royal Marines. His various roles and responsibilities have included analysis, planning and project work. Upon leaving the Armed Forces, Antony used his experience and consolidated his skills for the corporate environment by successfully gaining globally recognised project, risk and change management qualifications during resettlement. He began his career as a management consultant with Capita, before joining the team at IMD last month.

Antony comments “After spending the majority of my adult life wearing a lettuce suit, polishing my boots and writing orders I decided I was due a change. That change came in the form of project management and PMO. I was a little unsure as to what I wanted to do when I left, but being the type of person I am, I figured it would make good sense to conduct the following courses PRINCE 2, APM PMQ, MoR and Change Management. It turned out to be a good decision. Quickly, I found myself working as a consultant in London, shaping the PMO space on a £5bn government portfolio, which was really exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and knew I had transitioned into something which utilised all of my skills from the military and equally something I knew I could add value in. So from frontline operator; to analyst; to Officer; to management consultant. I’ve enjoyed every minute and I am excited for the future within IMD.”