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.”

IMD Group renews sponsorship of Bath Rugby star

September 14, 2018

Semesa Rokoduguni and IMD Group MD, Dean Taylor

Semesa Rokoduguni with IMD Group MD, Dean Taylor

IMD Group are delighted to have renewed their sponsorship of the hugely talented Bath Rugby winger and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Lance Corporal Semesa Rokoduguni (Roko) for the 2018/19 season.

Now in his seventh season with Bath Rugby, Semesa opened his scorecard for the new season in the local derby match against Gloucester at the weekend, scoring a great try just before half time, which kicked off Bath’s fight back to a 31 -31 draw from 21-0 down.

This fantastic start to the season is a sign he is back and eager to repeat his early success of last season, when he notched up an impressive seven tries in seven Premiership games in the first two months. Although a shoulder injury put him out of action for the rest of the season, he still managed to take equal second in Bath’s top ten try-scorers for the 2017/18 season. To add to this accolade, he won the Bath Rugby supporters’ 2017/18 Try of the Season poll for a magnificent finish against Saracens in great win over the two-time European champions in Round Two of the Aviva Premiership.

Ben Wells, Chief Commercial Officer at Bath Rugby commented on the renewal: ‘It is great to see Rocco fit and firing after recovering from his shoulder troubles last season. He is a class act on and off the pitch and we are fortunate to have IMD Group renew their association with him. We are really looking forward to a successful season and hopefully Rocco will play his part in that.’

Managing Director of IMD Group, Dean Taylor commented “Given Semesa’s experience of the Armed Services alongside that as a professional sportsman working in high performing teams, he was once again first choice for IMD Group’s sponsorship. Everyone at IMD’s learning and development facility, Bristol Management Centre, through which many Armed Services delegates pass during resettlement to the civilian workforce, as well as those involved in our consultancy team are looking forward to following his progress throughout the season.”

Award for IMD Cost Consultant

August 8, 2018

Cost Consultant receives AwardIMD Group was delighted to hear recently that that our Cost Consultant, Richard Cousins, has been awarded a Commendation in the category of Best Technical Presentation by the Society for Cost Analysis and Forecasting (SCAF). Richard delivered his presentation entitled “Integrated Cost and Scheduled Risk Analysis” to a SCAF Workshop at the end of 2016, before joining IMD, but received news of the Commendation award last month, so we are pleased to celebrate this with him. Richard is a diligent and highly valued member of the IMD Cost Management consultancy team and it’s great to see him achieve this well deserved recognition.

A copy of Richard’s presentationr can be found on the SCAF website:

Richard’s knowledge and experience in Combined Cost-Schedule Risk Analysis is part of the wider capability offered by IMD Consultancy. For further details of IMD Group Consultancy Services, please contact Richard Massey via

IMD Group welcomes new Junior Consultant

July 3, 2018

Megan Dance - ne Junior ConsultantIMD Group are delighted to have welcomed Megan Dance to their consultancy team. Megan, who takes up the post of Junior Consultant, began her consultancy career in 2015, working as a junior project manager and consultant for Step5 Group. She brings to IMD her experience of working in a major programme to deliver the new Police Standard Operating Platform to the Metropolitan Police Service. Megan held a number of responsibilities and was principally concerned with project controls and planning. Most recently, she has worked with the Ministry of Defence to consider all aspects of in-housing TAFMIS which was delivered and accepted. Megan is very excited to have joined IMD Group’s consultancy arm and looking forward to contributing to the team.









IMD Group are thrilled to to be supporting the Emergency Services Career Transition Programme.

February 27, 2018

ESCT Workshop

IMD Group and Bristol Management Centre are delighted to be supporting the development of a formal Emergency Services Career Transition (ESCT) programme. Although this will initially be centred on the police, it is hoped that in due course it can be rolled out to all emergency services personnel looking for support in transitioning to a new career.

Working together with the teams at State 21, (a Management Consultancy founded by former police officers), SVGC  and Leaving the Police we are looking to develop and champion a formal ESCT programme that will initially be centred on the police and will be supported by the relevant policing organisations and hopefully others from the private sector.  Whilst the Armed Services appear to have a slick operation in place to support their leavers into new career related roles, our discussions and research to date appears to suggest that the provision of support offered to police officers, staff and the wider policing family, differs, depending on where you are serving.

On Wednesday 21st February, IMD Group hosted an ESCT seminar at Bristol Management Centre, jointly organised with State 21 along with colleagues from SVGC and Leaving the Police. The event was very well attended by stakeholders from various police forces, policing bodies, staff associations and private organisations.

The consensus was that a more formal structure and set-up was required for police leavers to help to prepare them for the next stage of their working life and that some work should be done to create and propose and ultimately pilot such an outcome.

We plan to provide updates on progress and it is our joint aim is that this team, working together, will do whatever we can to provide a way forward for the wider policing family as they eventually move on to other professions, be that prior to, or on retirement from the service.

IMD Group welcomes new Senior Consultant

November 2, 2017

linkedin_editedFor the last six years Andrea has been part of the Responsible Designer Project team working on the Hinkley Point C nuclear energy development, where she was responsible for schedule and documentation management in their UK branch. She is no stranger to large scale infrastructure projects having also provided previous Project support to the Southmead Hospital development in Bristol and the King’s Cross Station redevelopment in London. Andrea is joining our P3M and Project Controls team where she can share her expertise.




IMD Group welcomes latest recruit; Senior Consultant, Kelly Ring.

October 3, 2017

Kelly PictureAfter graduating with a 2:1 in History from the University of Oxford, Kelly began her career in fundraising, working as a consultant for the last seven years. She has worked on a wide variety of projects for several high profile Arts and Education charities in the UK and US, helping to raise millions of pounds in the process. Most recently, she managed a 24hour multi-channel fundraising campaign with two Oxford Colleges, raising 155% of the initial target.