12th July 2022 Share article

CIL appoints senior management team to drive threefold international growth as challenger consultancy

Jon Whiteman appointed as Managing Partner with ambitions to make CIL “the best consultancy to work with, and for,” through new practice areas and geographic expansion.

London, 1st July 2022 – CIL Management Consultants, a strategy consultancy, is planning a global expansion over the next decade under the direction of new Managing Partner, Jon Whiteman, and new Senior Partner, Alex Marshall.

Whiteman and Marshall plan to build on CIL’s strong UK market position, to offer growth strategy services to the underserved mid-market worldwide. This will include broader value creation, advanced analytics and pricing strategy.

CIL’s growth plans involve:

  • A target to treble in size by 2030 to a team of 500 globally.
  • Expansion from three locations – the UK, Europe, and USA – to seven over the next ten years.
  • Immediate launch of a Value Creation practice.

Both Whiteman and Marshall are internal promotions. Whiteman moves into the Managing Partner role after leading the Industrial Products & Services practice. Before CIL, he worked in industry with Crown Holdings Inc., a Fortune 500 company, and in sales and business insight for Diageo. Marshall steps up to Senior Partner from his position as Financial Services and Business Services practice lead.

Jon Whiteman, CIL Managing Partner, comments, “CIL has built an enviable reputation in the UK, which stood us in good stead for our expansion into the USA and Germany. These are the foundations of our future, where we intend to put CIL on the global consultancy stage, broadening our services and expertise to help investors and businesses alike.

“To achieve all this we need great people; the consultancy sector is facing talent challenges like any other. The management teams of the businesses we support are diverse, and I believe the lack of diversity in consultancy isn’t a fair match. By deliberately seeking talent outside of traditional pools of privilege we intend to build CIL into the best consultancy to work with, and for.”

CIL is also investing further in advanced analytics and value creation services to help clients grow in the face of adversity brought about by the stream of macro issues that have affected economies over recent years – from Brexit and Covid through to inflation and disruptive operating models.

“Businesses haven’t seen their plans affected in so many ways, so rapidly, for a long time,” Marshall comments. “Many are entering new phases of investment and their expectations for rapid growth are challenged by a high degree of uncertainty both within and without. For example, most businesses struggle to access and use data as a lever for value. We think that improving this will help them achieve success in the face of these ongoing market challenges.”

Giles Johnson, the outgoing Managing Partner who has led CIL’s growth over the past three years, will remain with the firm as a Non-Executive Director and Senior Advisor to both the Education and Healthcare practices.

Whiteman concludes, “The consultancy sector is a growing space and there’s a whole spectrum of talent and services out there. Where we’ll compete is the mid-market, a vastly different beast to the enterprise-size clients, and typically underserved. This means the type of consultancy they require is different too, and that’s where we intend to shine.”


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