Our People

Our success is due to our people, who each share the key qualities that Clarus Consulting seeks to nurture and develop. We are passionate about what we do, driven to achieve results, and enthusiastic about developing people.

Our people have industry experience as well as large consulting firm experience, so they not only know ‘what’ to do, but also ‘how’ to do it. We are often told that we differ from other consultants in that we care not only for the work we do but also for the client and the people we work with. We take pride in leaving behind an empowered organisation who would welcome us back. Our broad network of Associate consultants are carefully selected based on skills and experience, as well as fit to our values. Having a broad network ensures that we can tailor the team to the specific client situation and needs. 

Our Leadership Team

We have a focused Leadership team which sets our strategy, ensures focus on our core capability areas and our values, and ultimately that we are constantly making a real difference for our clients. Our Leadership team is very ‘hands-on’, delivering client engagements, as that is what we enjoy doing, and this maximises the value for our Clients.

  • Mark Croft

    Mark Croft

    Mark is the founder and Managing Director of Clarus Consulting and has over 13 years’ experience working in consulting across various sectors. Having started out in Engineering, he then spent over 8 years working mainly in Retail . During this time he was involved in acquisitions and post-merger integrations, as well as the development of new retailing concepts. He is responsible for looking after our clients in Financial Services, Retail and Consumer Goods, having completed various projects for organisations such as Anglo-American, Barclays, Tesco and Nestlé. Mark has considerable experience working with board level executives and leading major business and IT transformational programmes in the UK, Europe and Gulf States. He has a MA in Information & Electronic Science from Cambridge University.


  • Michael Breeze

    Michael Breeze

    Mike has over 25 years of senior management and consultancy experience as well as considerable expertise as an executive coach. He has held a number of senior positions at MD, Strategy and Operational level with the RAC, Federal Express and Arval PHH. Mike also has a proven track record in leading large transformation programmes and guiding leadership teams through complex periods of corporate change, in wide range of settings, from highly unionised industrial environments to new media marketing operations. As part of the Leadership Team at Clarus, Mike looks after clients in Oil & Gas and Infrastructure, having completed assignments for such organisations as BP, BAA and Thames Water. Mike also leads the Leadership Coaching Service offering


Our Consultants

Our people have industry experience as well as large consulting firm experience, so they not only know ‘what’ to do, but also ‘how’ to do it. We are often told that we differ from other consultants in that we care not only for the work we do but also for the client and the people we work with. We take pride in leaving behind an empowered organisation who would welcome us back. Our broad network of Associate consultants are carefully selected based on skills and experience, as well as fit to our values. Having a broad network ensures that we can tailor the team to the specific client situation and needs. Here is a selection of our Consultants:

  • Jonathan Watkiss

    Jonathan Watkiss

    Jonathan has over 25 years of senior management, programme and consultancy leadership experience. He has held a number of positions at Managing / Functional Director level, where he has consistently delivered sustainable change results in challenging, often multi-location, environments. As a Consultant and Interim, he has led business improvement and other delivery assignments for over a dozen leading organisations across a breadth of sectors. He enjoys taking the lead in complex and urgent situations where he can apply his skills in setting up and leading programmes, in stakeholder management, and in mobilising teams to achieve rapid results. His sector focus covers Support Services, Manufacturing and Media/Communications having worked with organisations such as Brambles, Eli Lilly, Arqiva and Land Rover. He has a BSc in Production Engineering, an MSc in Manufacturing Systems and an MBA.

  • Neil Dennington

    Neil Dennington

    Neil has over 20 years of experience in industry and consulting and has worked for top tier fims across multiple sectors including Financial Services, Chemicals, Telecommunications, Transport and Retail. Neil has a proven track record in helping clients to realise their goals and supporting executives through complex periods of business transformation or restructuring. He has been widely published, particularly regarding individual saving and retirement provision. Neil holds an MBA from LBS in addition to B.Sc and Ph.D in Materials Science.

  • Ian Robertson

    Ian Robertson

    Ian has 20 years of experience in industry and consulting and has worked in numerous sectors including construction, manufacturing, transportation, retail, infrastructure maintenance and utilities. He specialises in business improvement programme design, training and coaching to enable individuals and organisations to deliver step changes in their performance. Ian has a BSc in Mathematics, a Postgraduate Certificate in Design, Manufacture and Management from Cambridge University, is a qualified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer.

  • John Robinson

    John Robinson

    John heads up our Project Support and has over 20 years’ experience providing Document Production, Document Management and PMO support to consulting projects and programmes for global clients in the UK and Europe. John’s experience covers a variety of sectors, including Retail, Manufacturing, Consumer Goods, Telecoms, Energy and Financial Services.

  • Asutosh Yagnik

    Asutosh Yagnik

    Asutosh has over 20 years of experience in industry and consulting, gained with a range of companies from start-ups to global blue chip companies in the UK and overseas. During this time he has worked across several industry sectors including Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Telecoms and Not-for-Profit, with clients including Barclays, Bank of Ireland, Pfizer, Merck and Vodafone. His main areas of expertise are business transformation, operational process improvement/re-engineering and lean, change management and executive coaching. Asutosh is passionate about helping clients implement practical solutions that deliver measurable and sustainable business benefits. He is a Chartered Chemist, Chartered Scientist and holds a BSc in Chemistry, an MPhil in Biotransformations in Medicinal Organic Chemistry and a PhD in Computational Chemistry and Rational Drug Design.

  • Ross Williamson

    Ross Williamson

    Ross is an experienced business leader with broad experience at Functional Director and Partner level. In over 27 years of experience of shaping, leading & delivering successful business change programmes for clients internationally, he has worked for top tier firms across a range of sectors including financial services, manufacturing, aerospace, defence, professional service firms, life sciences and healthcare. His recent clients include the NHS, e.on, Kleinwort Benson, AstraZeneca, Qinetiq, Nationwide, Legal & General and Pfizer. His special areas of expertise include leading business transformations, designing change programmes and guiding organisations through restructuring while building organisation engagement and delivering results which sustain. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management, a Chartered Engineer and holds a BSc in Production Engineering and an MSc in Information Systems Management.

  • Justin Maloney

    Justin Maloney

    Justin is an effective Management Consultant with 20 years experience in major programme and project management, change management, business process design & improvement, and new product development. His track record has been developed within multinational and fast growing management consultancies, and in manufacturing management roles, covering a wide range of sectors, industries and countries. He has a pragmatic & effective approach to strategy delivery, bringing together the best of a wide range of disciplines & techniques to achieve sustainable results. He has an MSc in Managing New Product Development and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering.

  • Steve Davies

    Steve Davies

    Stephen has over 20 years experience, 10 years of which has been in consulting. He has held senior functional and programme roles leading both small and large teams in the UK and overseas.  He has delivered in high pressure situations and has turned around projects in compressed timescales during periods of structural, systems and regulatory change in multi-stakeholder environments, including several shared service centres. His main areas of expertise are business process re-engineering, change management and systems implementation. Stephen’s past clients have included Virgin, Disney, News Corporation, MTV, RSA Insurance, Lloyds TSB and Barclays. He has CIMA/CGMA and CISA Management Finance and IT Auditing professional qualifications and is a PRINCE 2 Practitioner.

  • Matt George

    Matt George

    Senior level marketing consultant with extensive consumer & b2b experience gained at a number of FTSE 100/250 companies. Prior to his consulting career, Matt has held senior positions in broadcast technology and home entertainment companies including BT Vision, BskyB, Flextech Television and UK Gold Broadcasting. Consulting engagements include Sky Germany, Ladbrokes, and  Equinix . Matt has and maintains deep knowledge of the UK Pay TV market and was directly involved with the pioneering launches of TiVo, Sky+, Sky HD and BT Vision. His expertise covers brand strategy & development, customer acquisition & retention, CRM, content marketing (linear & IPTV), product management & strategic change programmes.

  • Halvor Knoph

    Halvor Knoph

    Halvor has over 6 years of experience from top tier management consultancies. He has worked across a number of industries and in several countries, including the Nordics, Middle East, and South Africa. His experience includes several projects for private equity clients, as well as business improvement, change management and post merger integration projects. His most recent focus has been on strategy in the telecoms sector. Halvor holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and a MBA from London Business School.

  • Steven Pressland

    Steven Pressland

    Steven has extensive experience working as a technical business analyst across a range of specialisms within the financial services industry. His ability to understand the bigger picture while maintaining an attention to detail has meant that clients have entrusted Steven to deliver both detailed solutions and shape technical strategy. Clients include Barclays and RSA insurance where most recently he was responsible for designing data warehousing solutions for technical price models. Steven has both an BSc (hons) and MSc in Multimedia Systems.

  • Colin Grunes

    Colin Grunes

    Colin is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ experience, providing a broad range of Document Production, Document Management and multifaceted support to global consulting projects in multiple locations and environments. Colin’s experience covers a wide variety of sectors. As well as his consulting background, Colin also has a professional background in software development, multimedia and graphic design.

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