New managing director to strengthen operations and boost ETL expansion


Jonathan French takes on target markets including the UK and Middle East

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

French brings to ETL his strengths in business strategy, operational improvement, and business development and will be building on ETL’s prominence in its existing market sectors as well as helping to drive the consultancy’s expansion across the UK and overseas.

Commenting on his 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."

Originally qualifying as an architect and holding a Masters’ Degree in business, French has had several significant leadership roles with other consultancies including E C 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 for the Middle East.

There he was responsible for curating a collaborative executive team, who worked together to create a strong business across the region achieving significant growth during challenging trading conditions.

Joining an 80-strong team at ETL, his appointment follows an extensive recruitment process.

And his hire is part of a strategy to reshape the executive team roles across three functional areas, with David Philliskirk as the executive firector of commercial and performance; Tina Nolan in the role of executive director of service development; and as executive director of client services and managing director, French will work to grow ETL’s client base.

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.

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“Every business will be looking for a strong leadership team, and that’s what we have in place with the new triumvirate.”