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UCL CONSULTANTS LTD APPOINTS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR
4 February 2013
Roger de Montfort joins as new head from Global Professional Services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Roger de Montfort, former international consulting partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, starts has started work as the new Managing Director of UCL Consultants Ltd.
As Managing Director, Roger – who is a graduate of UCL with a degree in Latin and Greek – will lead UCL Consultants with the aim of a major expansion of the university’s consultancy activities with public and private sector clients nationally and internationally, in order to increase the impact of UCL’s world class research and to broaden opportunities for knowledge exchange.
Roger joins UCL Consultants from global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers where he has been a partner for the last 14 years, gaining a wealth of experience bridging management consultancy and corporate finance and in establishing and leading consulting practices both in the UK and overseas.
Beginning his career as a chartered accountant with the firm, Roger also brings deep experience of working with the public sector to the role. He has co-authored a PwC report on delivering public services and has spoken at conferences and authored articles on public sector reform.
UCL Consultants – which is a wholly owned subsidiary of UCL – supports national and international organisations gain access to the leading-edge expertise from the university. It has direct links to UCL’s academic staff and has, to date, delivered nearly 1,000 consultancy projects worth over £35 million.
The appointment builds on the historic link between the two institutions – UCL and PricewaterhouseCoopers – with Edwin Waterhouse, one of the original founders of the firm Pricewaterhouse, which preceded it, having graduated from the university in the mid-19th century.
Commenting on his appointment, incoming Managing Director of UCL Consultants Roger de Montfort said:
“Having worked closely with a wide range of public and private sector organisations across my career, it is a privilege to become head of a company which brings UCL’s world class expertise to national and international clients.
“I’m looking forward very much to taking the work of UCL Consultants forward in support of UCL’s strategy and leading the organisation into an exciting new chapter.”
Professor Stephen Caddick, Vice-Provost (Enterprise) at UCL, added:
“Roger’s appointment comes at a critical time, especially as UCL aims for a dramatic increase its enterprise activity over the next few years.
“Expanding and recognising the opportunities for our entire academic staff to offer consultancy, and build stronger links with business and industry, are vital.”
“I am delighted with Roger’s appointment and look forward to an exciting new era for the company.”