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Harry McDermott

Associate Director

Harry is a professional services entrepreneur, an accomplished senior-level trusted advisor, and an accredited STEM Ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).

 

Value to clients

Harry has spent most of his 30-year career in the management consulting industry, where he has experienced the internal and external worlds of small, medium and large (Big 4) consultancies. He has operated across the full consultancy grade structure from junior, to practice leader, to Partner/Board Director to Founder/CEO. Harry successfully navigated the 12-year lifecycle of his own consulting business from founding, to start-up, to survival, to growth, to sale and integration into a larger parent group, to shareholder value realization and post-M&A earn-out. At heart, Harry is a creative entrepreneur who is keen to offer the benefit of his experience to ambitious, growing consultancies.

 

Experience

Harry’s 30 year career spans Europe, North America and Asia. He graduated as an Electronic Engineer (Trinity College Dublin, 1986) and commenced his career working for Siemens in Germany and China. Following a full-time MBA (Trinity College Dublin, 1991) he landed a position in London’s vibrant consultancy scene just as the Internet was emerging as a disruptive transformational force. From there he built his career in the technology advisory space working with international blue-chip B2B buyers and suppliers of complex IT infrastructure.

Harry is a strategic thinker with a core competence in Digital Technology, Telecommunications and IT (Strategy, Sourcing and Service Management). He has helped clients to structure and negotiate some of the largest and most complex technology contracts in sectors such as financial services, pharma, food and drink, FMCG, government, telecoms and media, utilities.

In 2006 Harry founded his own niche consultancy firm (Hudson & Yorke) which he sold in 2015 to Solucom in Paris (since rebranded as Wavestone). He was retained as UK CEO by the new owners in order to manage the transition and integration into the parent group. Upon completion of earn-out he formally exited the business at the end of 2017. He was appointed as an associate of Equiteq in 2018.

 

Other things about Harry

  • Harry is passionately interested in space science and technology and successfully completed the Open University CertAPS course in Astronomy and Planetary Science
  • He is a Grade 8 guitarist and loves to play blues, rock and funk; he also dabbles with a harmonica
  • Harry is a dedicated multisport athlete with accolades spanning athletics, duathlon and triathlon; he is a world championship medallist (Australia 2015) in masters sprint duathlon
  • He is Chairman of a London investment syndicate and a Limited Partner in two tech funds.