Andrew Chamberlain, Managing Director

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

Before establishing Consort Strategy in May 2016, for 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, I was a member of the senior management team at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges, where as Head of UK Programmes I 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 I 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.

Jimmy Brannigan, Associate Consultant (Governance)

For 25 years, Jimmy has supported good governance, business development, social responsibility and sustainability across a wide range of private and public sector organisations, helping boards and senior management to integrate social considerations into business models and activities.

He has supported many organisations in taking the steps needed to turn policy into practical action and has supported organisations throughout Asia, South and North America, Australia, Europe and Scandinavia. As part of his work he focuses extensively on strategy development, training, engagement activities and reporting. Examples of his experience include:

  • Development of One Planet Leaders, a global CSR training programme which he delivered for WWF International for 5 years to over 100 corporations in Nepal, Brazil, China, Switzerland, France, and the USA;

  • Development and delivery of the NETpositive Engagement Tool™software package and business system for universities[1], designed to enable the development of excellent supplier/business engagement;

  • Strategic capacity building for the Board and senior management of IKEA (Stockholm);

  • Strategy training for the senior management team at Macquarie University (Sydney);

  • Supporting the integration of strategic approaches to business planning for the Board and senior management team at Lafarge (Paris);

  • Working with the Scottish Building Federation to support Scottish construction SMEs to improve business performance; and

  • Working as an external director of leadership programmes for Vitae (7 years), specialising in the development of transferable skills for 3rdYear PhD students moving from academia into the corporate sector.

Jordan Fleming, Associate Consultant (Membership Systems)

Jordan started out life as a degenerate musician and, for his sins, ended up as a respectable businessman. He’s still slightly confused, but a far happier man.

Jordan brings creative flair and an uncanny ability to spot new opportunities for his clients – which makes him a good candidate to invite out for lunch.

Jordan and his team at Gamechangers  specialise in designing, building and integrating bespoke business systems using the Citrix Podio Platform. This includes provision of comprehensive membership management systems, incorporating membership, financial and event management with student support, CRM, and marketing & communications platforms.