IMD are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Chris Mountain to the role of Director of Business Development. Chris is a senior business development and sales executive with a depth of knowledge and experience in both public and private sectors. He has led the development of strategy and key campaign plans for a number of businesses from tier 1 suppliers to SME and managed some very successful sales teams.
Chris comes from a military background having served a full and successful career with the Royal Corps of Signals. He is driven by finding the best possible solution for customers through open and honest dialogue. He has delivered success for companies in key customers including the Met Police, Ministry of Justice, UK Home Office and ISS Corsham.
When not at work Chris enjoys playing golf to a reasonable
level and following Chelsea, Bath and England Rugby.
On his appointment, Chris said “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Dean Taylor and IMD Group , renewing some old relationships and developing new, in a company that is full of talent and ambition. I look forward to making a real difference for both IMD and our customers.”
CEO of IMD Group, Dean Taylor commented, “We are all delighted to have Chris join the team. In particular, I am very pleased to be working with such a talented professional again. Welcome Chris.”
IMD Succeeding Together Podcast – listen to Episode 4, now available!
October 15, 2019
Join Tony Purpuri, a Principal Consultant at IMD Group, as he shares details of the recently published ‘APM – ACostE Estimating Guide’ (to which he contributed), including how it came about, the team behind it, its purpose and a description of the content. Could this new Guide become a key tool to helping you in your role?! Listen here and find out!
can purchase the APM – ACostE Estimating Guide from the APM or ACostE online book shops.
IMD recently held their first QRM since their MBO was completed last month. It was great that both the Group’s new Chairman, Alan Gaby and Tom Phipps (Partner) and Thomas Holroyd (Investment Director) from our private equity backers, Chiltern Capital were able to join the growing IMD team.
CEO Dean Taylor welcomed no less than 6 new members of staff to their first QRM at Armada House before Alan outlined his background and gave an interesting insight into the role of a Chairman. Despite quipping that Chairmen were often described as being “a bit like a bidet – no-one really knows what they’re for but they add a touch of class”, it was clear his experience would add significant value to the Board and great to hear his real commitment to IMD’s continued success. Thomas Holroyd, from Chiltern Capital followed this with a presentation about what had attracted them to IMD Group and how they would be working with us going forward. It was great to hear that IMD are the fastest growing company in their portfolio!
After a recap on the company Vision and Mission and a session on Company Themes led by Sam Crowder, three newly formed committees gave a short presentation on their work so far. First we heard from Andrea Thresh on Diversity and Inclusion, followed by Steve Martinez on Sustainability and last but by no means least, Portia Tew and Jo Foreman of the Mental Health Committee took the team through mindfulness and relaxation exercises, which all agreed were most illuminating.
The QRM was followed by a fun afternoon for the whole team at Cooking It! Cookery school, where they enjoyed a team building interactive cooking experience! This certainly lived up to its description as “a fun, fast paced activity” whatever your skill level! The teams soon got stuck into producing a “Tapas Galore” menu of tasty delights, including chicken croquetas, Tortilla de Patata with chorizo, Catalan meatballs and Chorizo bread with Romesco sauce. Vegetarian food lovers learnt how to make Spanish Courgette omelette and Escalivada, with Olive bread and vegetarian alioli. And for those with a sweet tooth, churros with chocolate sauce completed the menu. All the delicious dishes produced were then shared by the teams, with plenty of leftovers to take home to lucky family members!!
Episode 3 of IMD Succeeding Together is available now!
October 15, 2019
In Episode 3 of the IMD Succeeding Together Podcast, we talk to Simon Harrison, a Principal Consultant at IMD Group and a specialist in risk management. Simon shares his risk management knowledge and expertise, and talks through some of the main Dos and Don’ts of effective risk management.
With today being World Mental Health Day 2019, Sam, one of our team of highly skilled and much valued consultants, has decided to share his story. Like most people who have suffered some form of stress, anxiety or depression, you wouldn’t know it if you met him. We’re so proud of Sam for sharing this and immensely grateful for all he brings to our team…
Outside, it is a gloriously sunny day. I look out of the office window and across to the tree-lined street beyond. New pale green leaves flutter in the summer breeze. But for all I care I could be sat in a prison cell. Every minute another intrusive, unwelcome thought, warped and wrong, creeps into my mind. I can’t concentrate and I certainly can’t get on with my work. I am surrounded by people, but my only wish is to be left alone. I don’t want to talk.
I have an anxiety disorder which, at the time this happened, was undiagnosed. When it was bad it would consume every facet of my life. It was all I could think about at home, at work, in the car, playing sport – anywhere!
A month after this, I tentatively walked into a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) session and took the first step towards getting back to being happy-go-lucky me… and today I couldn’t be better!
Fortunately for me, my boss at the time had also had similar issues in the past and was able to point me in the direction of some great self-help resources. However, it became clear that that wasn’t enough, and so he persuaded me to seek professional help.
I’ve been very fortunate but, sadly, there is still a huge stigma around mental illness. It is perceived by some as a weakness, particularly when experienced by men. We may be living in more progressive times, but there is still an expectation by many that, as blokes, we need to be seen as “strong” and not show our emotions. I am guilty of buying into this notion myself, as I felt like a complete fraud walking into the doctor’s surgery, surrounded by physically sick people. However, it was absolutely the right thing to do.
As I sit here writing this article, I have almost deleted it 10 times, fearful of what some people, friends, colleagues or clients might think. This is a classic example of the effect mental health stigma has, and another reason why initiatives like World Mental Health Day are so important. I want people to know it is okay to recognise when you are not okay; it is not a weakness. Whether it’s you, your colleague or a family member, nobody should be judged.
Although I no longer work for the company where I was first able to get help, I recognise I was really lucky to have their support. This is also something the company I have now moved on to recognises and that is why we’re proud to announce that IMD Group have signed the ‘Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health’, an initiative supported by the NHS. Find out more at www.mindfulemployer.net.
As employers and managers, we have a special responsibility to be there for our teams. Not only to support and listen, but to ensure we set a healthy example, like leaving work on time, using our full holiday allowance, having down time and asking for help if our workloads get too much.
There is support out there if you, or anyone you know, needs it. Here are just a few sites you can visit:
IMD Group have this week welcomed a new Bid Manager to their team following the appointment of Amy Gilbey.
Amy is an experienced Bid Professional with a background in Bid Management for complex high value Private and Public Sector New Business opportunities (£15m TCV+). She has successfully delivered complex multi-disciplinary client proposals that have engendered a high win rate and a subsequent track record of on-going strategic and management effect.
During her career Amy has been instrumental in each organisation she has worked, affecting positive change across a range of industries including IT, Public Health (NHS) and the Third Sector. Amy is passionate about supporting organisations in their CSR efforts with a particular focus on Mental Health. in her spare time she can be found practicing yoga, playing tennis and reading a good book!
Amy says “Joining IMD Group at this pivotal time for the company represents a great opportunity to work alongside and learn from a group of very talented individuals, as well as being able to contribute to IMD’s continued success and excellent market presence. I look forward to being a part of the bright future the company has and our exciting new ventures ahead”.
CEO of IMD Group, Dean Taylor, said,” We are very lucky to have Amy join the team at IMD. Amy’s bid management experience will help the company tender for more complex opportunities as the business enters its next phase of growth.”
Episode 2 of the IMD Podcast out now!
September 17, 2019
Episode 2 of the IMD Succeeding Together Podcast is out today!
In Episode 2, we go behind the scenes at IMD’s learning and development facility, Bristol Management Centre (BMC) for a closer look at the Bristol Executive Management Programme (BEMP), now also known as the CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management & Leadership. This is BMC’s highly regarded, MBA-level 3-week business and management course and you can hear all about how the course is structured and what makes it so popular. In the podcast, we outline the key areas of benefit which delegates tell us they derive from the course, whether they’re resettling from the Armed Forces, attending from public sector organisations or among looking to improve their commercial and business management skills in the private sector.
The episode has been produced in partnership with the Officers’ Association (OA).
As a management consultancy with a difference, our podcast is founded on the belief that our people are our greatest assets. We aim to cover a broad range of topics and will discuss personal experiences, lessons learnt and best practice, amongst many other things.
Whether you’re a client, prospective, employee, partner – or simply stumble upon our show – you can enjoy informative, valuable and useful content across a variety of subjects on a regular basis. Look out for forthcoming episodes, due to be released fortnightly.
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We hope you enjoy the show!
Trailblazing Engineer joins IMD as Junior Consultant
September 16, 2019
IMD this week welcomes another new member to the consultancy team, as part of the company’s current drive for growth. Georgina Burnett joins the company as a Junior Consultant, a role in which her experience to date will be invaluable.
Georgina originally comes from a military background, having spent the first 5 years of her career as a Royal Engineer, specialising in welding, fabrication and blacksmithing. Due to being one of the only female engineers at the time who specialised in that area, she was one of a select few invited to Buckingham Palace in February 2014 for an event to celebrate women in engineering. Her career was cut short due to injury and since then she has worked for companies in both London and Maidstone as a project co-ordinator. These roles opened up the opportunity to work with a multitude of project managers and clients and enabled her to develop a wide range of project management, data analysis and reporting skills.
In her spare time, Georgina enjoys extreme sporting challenges such as 300k road races, spartan runs and triathlons. Her latest achievement was being placed 4th in her category at the Hampton Court Triathlon and her next challenge is training for IRONMAN 70.3!
Georgina commented “I am very excited to be embarking on a new career with IMD Group” and Dean Taylor, CEO of IMD Group responded “I am delighted that Georgina is joining IMD Group. We very much welcome ex members of the Armed Services to IMD who bring fantastic skills and experience into the corporate world.”
IMD welcome new Group Financial Director
September 11, 2019
IMD are delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer Cloke as Financial Director of the Group. Jen joins IMD Group shortly after the recent successful completion of IMD’s MBO, which was supported by investment from Chiltern Capital.
Jennifer was appointed Finance Director after previously holding a number of senior leadership positions in consulting and manufacturing businesses. Jennifer qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Andersen before moving into industry. She has held senior finance roles in the recruitment sector at Capital Consulting and Alexander Mann Solutions before moving into the consulting sector as a Finance Director for SME and start-up businesses. Most recently Jennifer has been working in a commercial M&A role at Corin Group plc, a high growth, leading global orthopaedic business. Jennifer has a breadth of financial experience after over 20 years working with both UK and Global businesses.
Jennifer says “I am thrilled to be joining IMD Group at the start of this new chapter. It is an exciting opportunity to work with such a successful company and an inspirational group of people as well as influencing the future success of the business.”
CEO of IMD Group, Dean Taylor said “I am thrilled to have such an experienced Financial Director joining the Board at IMD Group. Jennifer brings the skills, drive and professionalism that will help IMD Group on the next phase of its future growth.”
Principal Consultant appointed for London office
September 11, 2019
IMD are pleased to announce their latest appointment of a Principal Consultant to their London office, with Ryan Parry joining the company this week. Ryan is an experienced consultant in Portfolio, Programme & Project Management. Ryan began his career in Management Consultancy with BMT, gaining a range of experience in the Security, Defence and Energy sectors over a 7-year period.
Ryan’s most recent challenge has been associated with supporting the Metropolitan Police Service’s HR Directorate to improve Programme and Project delivery through his contributions as the Portfolio’s Head of Programme Delivery. Prior to this Ryan led a large Learning & Development change programme, again, on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service.
On his appointment, Ryan commented “This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a excellent team who have strong ambitions for future development and growth. I look forward to supporting IMD develop our service offering in new and existing markets and establishing trusted relationships with our clients”.
Dean Taylor, IMD Group CEO said, “We are delighted to have Ryan join IMD Group in our London office. His experience of providing strategic programme advice to the Metropolitan Police will be invaluable as we continue to offer our services within the Justice and Blue Light sector.”