Digital and technology consultancy Mason Advisory has promoted Paul Pugh to CEO.

The former head of consulting will replace current CEO and founder Steve Watmough, who will move into an executive chairman role.

Watmough will support Pugh in growing and developing the Manchester-based business.

The change will also allow him to focus on external roles as vice president of the Management Consultancies Association and chair of the MCA SME committee. 

Watmough is also a trustee of Child Poverty Action Group and a member of the Cabinet Office SME panel. 

Pugh joined the consultancy in 2016 from KPMG and has been responsible for implementing and advising on IT service improvement strategies, IT transformation and providing leadership to the management team. 

“Mason Advisory is a high-performing, well-respected, ambitious company and I’m delighted to be taking on the role of CEO, leading us into our next phase of growth and building on recent successes,” said Pugh. 

“We have a clear strategy for the business – to double turnover in the next two to three years through organic growth, continuing to build the client brand and develop the team, growing our client base, and strengthening our service offering. 

“I’m looking forward to working closely with our customers, colleagues and partners and I’m confident we can achieve our goals and maintain our reputation as a leading player in the digital & technology advisory market.”

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With offices in Manchester and London, Mason Advisory enables organisations to deliver value through digital, data and technology transformation, solving complex business challenges through the intelligent use of IT resources including IT strategy and transformation, sourcing, architecture, cybersecurity, and IT delivery.

It operates in sectors such as finance and banking, legal and law, health, insurance, emergency services, education, retail, government, not-for-profit, and transport.

Watmough added: “I am delighted that Paul is taking on the CEO role – he has a wealth of experience following his 17 years in the industry, and knows our business inside out, having been an integral member of our team for the last six years. 

“He has assisted in the growth of the business in that time and has a proven track record in the consulting industry, developing talent and providing guidance and solutions for clients. This is a natural progression for Mason Advisory and part of our long-term strategy, reflecting the ever-changing business landscape. 

“It’s important to continue to evolve the business to meet the changing requirements of our clients and staff and I know the whole team joins me in wishing him every success at the helm of Mason Advisory.”

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