Alan Leaman OBE is the new Chief Executive of the Management Consultancies Association, the trade body for the UK’s consulting industry. He joined the MCA from the ABI (Association of British Insurers) where he was Director of Corporate Affairs from 2001-08, representing the industry in high-profile campaigns on flood risk management, savings and pensions, regulation and corporate governance.
Previously he worked for international PR firm Hill and Knowlton and he was, for many years, Chief of Staff to Leader of the Liberal Democrats Paddy Ashdown MP, responsible for speech-writing, media relations and political strategy. He stood for Parliament in 1997.
A regular broadcaster and writer, Leaman specialises in communications and public affairs. He is a trustee of the Lloyds TSB Foundation. He lives in east London with his wife and young son.
Saturday 1 November 2008, 12.15pm Henry Moore Gallery
Bring in the consultants?
"The audience were the stars of the Battle of Ideas - engaged, informed and enthusiastic. As a panellist, I felt both ashamed and educated. Exactly as it should be."
John Street, professor of politics, University of East Anglia