New MD appointed at specialist consultancy

Specialist consultancy, ETL, has announced the appointment of Jonathan French to the position of managing director and executive director of Client Services.

He brings to ETL his strengths in business strategy, operational improvement, and business development. Building on ETL’s prominence in its existing market sectors, he will also help to drive the consultancy’s expansion across the UK and overseas. Commenting on the appointment, he said: “I am thrilled to have been invited to join the ETL team. I hope that my skills and experience can assist in shaping the business as it adapts to an unknown but exciting post COVID-19 future." 

Having originally qualified as an architect, and the holder of a Masters’ Degree in Business, Jonathan French has had several significant leadership roles with other consultancies, including EC Harris and Arup. Most recently he was an executive Board member of Woods Bagot PTY the Australian-registered global practice, where he also held the post of regional chairman Middle East. 

Joining an 80-strong team at ETL, Jonathan’s appointment follows an extensive recruitment process. His appointment is part of a strategy to reshape the executive team roles across three functional areas, with David Philliskirk as the executive director of Commercial & Performance, and Tina Nolan in the role of executive Director of Service Development

David Dean, chairman of the ETL Board, said;;“We’re moving from a position of strength to continue to transform ETL for the future. The decision to hire a new strategic lead for the consultancy was taken before Covid-19, and it is even more imperative today as we emerge from lockdown.  very business will be looking for a strong leadership team, and that’s what we have in place with the new triumvirate.”