Date and time: 31 March @ 12:00 UTC
Duration: 60 minutes

The opportunity to bring together innovative thinking with applied sciences capability and breakthrough technologies to improve the lives of patients is hugely energising according to Hilary Thomas, PA Consulting Partner in Healthcare and Life Sciences.

Please join us on 31 March to the new edition of the Conversations Series with leaders powered by the #FutureLeadersForum to hear more from Hilary Thomas who will be our special guest.

•    Why is a patient-centric approach important?
•    What innovations and healthcare industry trends are motivating change in the consulting market?
•    How to make the consulting experience a success when coupled with a medical, scientific and academic career?

The conversation will be led by Francois Kriel, a consultant accredited by the Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches South Africa and a member of the Future Leaders Forum.

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About the Guest Speaker 

Hilary Thomas is a Partner in PA Consulting, a consultancy bringing ingenuity to life, serving in its Healthcare and Life Sciences practice. She applies her extensive medical experience to support PA’s clients at all stages of the Life Sciences value chain. Her expertise also helps to shape thinking across a number of areas of Digital Health, Decentralised Trials, and Product Innovation.

She is a senior, credible clinician with particular expertise in oncology and medical management, having been an acute trust Medical Director and Professor of Oncology at the University of Surrey. Hilary Thomas is motivated by having positive impact for patients and in her consulting career her team’s approach to transforming Quality of Care has benefitted patients in over 30 countries across infectious diseases, immunology, oncology and several rare diseases. She was an elected member of the UK medical regulator, the General Medical Council, for nine years. 

Previously she was Chief Medical Adviser at KPMG for over a decade and has worked globally across many therapeutic areas to better understand patient experience and how it might be improved, enhancing outcomes and access to innovative medicines.

About the Faciliator

Francois Kriel is accredited by the Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches South Africa with specialisation in the areas of change management, data privacy and digital transformation.

As a director at Kriel & Co, he leads a dynamic team experienced in facilitating digital change at several high-profile organisations in a variety of sectors. Kriel & Co has formed a multi-disciplinary change management affiliation with the tech law department of top-tier law firm ENSafrica. This unique combination of leading attorneys and consultants aims to support the digital privacy era in line with legislation while fitting the practical needs of any size organisations committed to protect data and personal information.

Francois Kriel is a Leadership Committee Member of Privacy Officers Africa and supports Stellenbosch University as guest lecturer in digital transformation to business management honours students. He is an advocate for collaborative leadership, mentorship and LGBTQIA+ inclusivity.

About the ICMCI Future Leaders Forum

The ICMCI Future Leaders Forum brings together young consultants from all over the world in a structured effort to boost the conversation about the future of management consulting. It offers a platform to exchange views about the profession and to coalesce knowledge to the benefit of clients and consultants while growing a strong international network and developing leadership skills in the global arena.


Thursday, March 31, 2022 - 14:00 to 15:00