How long have you been part of the consulting scene?
I began consulting in 2005 and spent 8+ years with Deloitte Consulting in the Netherlands. Built on the interest I had developed for the industry, I launched an online platform for the sector in Holland, Consultancy.nl. Two years ago we expanded into the UK with Consultancy.uk. Our platforms follow the developments in the industry and today we work with over 140 consulting firms.
Why does the topic/industry fascinate you?
When working as a consultant, I found it fascinating to work with colleagues and clients on advisory projects and large transformations that make an impact on strategies, operations, and people. Plus the culture in consulting is great for personal development: a steep learning curve across topics, and the ability to cooperate with smart and ambitious professionals. My current role allows me to closely follow the value the consulting industry brings to clients; from solving complex problems and transitional changes to innovation and thought leadership – a pleasure to keep an eye on.
As a connoisseur of the industry – what major changes do you expect to see within the industry within the next 5 years?
A continued shift to new consulting models, a further blending of traditional management consulting with the likes of design and technology, and a big push in digital models at a more global scale.
Do you sometimes miss being a consultant yourself?
Of course. To accommodate for our passion for research and consulting our team recently launched an arm which conducts studies for the website and the industry and also on request for clients.