Elizabeth Irvine-Cadman


  • July, 2016


  • MA Biology by PhD Management, University of St Andrews
Elizabeth Irvine-Cadman

Elizabeth Irvine-Cadman

Associate Consultant, Teneo Consulting


I joined Teneo shortly after completing my PhD at the University of St Andrews. Whilst I greatly enjoyed both my research and teaching, I felt that in the longer-term I would enjoy more the team-working nature and the fast-paced environment provided by consultancy. Consulting offered the varied and intellectually stimulating career that I was looking for, and Teneo the supportive and professional organisation through which to foster ongoing professional and personal development.

What is the best part of your job?

The project-based nature of the role and the diverse work of the firm foster a sense of constant and ongoing discovery and learning. Given my background, this is important to me and something that I prioritised when making the transition from academia to consulting. Secondly, the staffing cohort are very invested in both our work and in cultivating a friendly and supportive culture, which I think helps us to feel engaged with the firm as a meaningful place of work.

What is the most interesting project you’ve done in the last 12 months?

Rather than pick out a single project, I think it is the variety of projects that I have completed that has been most interesting for me. My project trajectory includes both UK and international projects (Tel Aviv), covering a wide range of project types and industries. For instance, I have recently worked across: software, rail franchising, consumer insurance, domain names, cyber security, in-patient child and adolescent mental health care, primary care, consumer products, and lotteries.

What are you involved in beyond project work?

I currently serve on the Consulting Best Practices internal team as the Communications sub-team lead. This has afforded me opportunities to enjoy real ownership of longer-term ‘knowledge management’ projects and to help shape firm-wide processes and practice. I have also previously served on the Recruitment team.