Andrew Chamberlain, Managing Director

My credentials as a dynamic professional and transformational leader have developed over 10 years working at senior executive and board levels.

Before establishing Consort Strategy in May 2016, for nearly five years I led the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) as its first Chief Executive. As an ex officio member of the company’s Board of Directors and their principal advisor, I was the author of ARMA’s Strategic Plans. In addition, I oversaw all facets of day-to-day activity, engaging with a broad range of stakeholders to develop and lead on delivery of the organisation’s objectives. As the de facto head of operations, I led the professional staff, translating strategic objectives into annual operational plans, responding to the diverse needs and expectations of the company’s stakeholders and ensuring the effective and efficient use of resources. I had lead responsibility for business development, directing on a suite of new initiatives including development of the world’s first professional qualifications in research administration ; provision of the ARMA Awards; and publication of The Protagonist, the UK profession’s first trade magazine.

In the years that I led the organisation, levels of engagement increased significantly, with individual association membership more than doubling, retention levels increasing from 45% to 75%, and the organisation’s turnover tripling.

Before joining ARMA, Andrew was a member of the senior management team at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, where as Head of UK Programmes he led on the development and delivery of a variety of high-profile initiatives, including the Universities and Colleges Climate Commitment for Scotland; the Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) project; and the UK Green Gown Awards. Prior to this he spent several years working on education and environmental policy development at the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Government in Edinburgh and the Ministry of Education in Wellington, New Zealand.