McCombe on board for Hydrock

Engineering design consultancy Hydrock has hired former KPMG partner and board member Ronnie McCombe as its non-executive chairman.

In the role, McCombe will work with Hydrock’s existing board to drive forward the next stage of growth, the company said.

Hydrock, which has North West offices in Hale and Manchester city centre, added that his experience of working with innovative and fast growth companies, as well as his knowledge of acquisition programmes, is expected to bring great value as the company continues to extend its UK and international footprint.

Chief executive Brian McConnell said: “We are delighted to have attracted someone of Ronnie’s calibre to our business.

“With his track record in executive management, his knowledge of consulting and people businesses and his experience of growing multi-disciplinary client service teams, he will be a real asset to us both around the boardroom table and also into the business as we continue to establish ourself as the advisor of choice with our clients.”

McCombe added: “In a consulting business, the importance of people and culture cannot be underestimated. There is a vibrancy about Hydrock’s brand, and the growth they’ve achieved, even in this toughest of years, is a credit to everyone in the business.

“I’m excited to work with the team to offer my experience on how to continue to evolve the brand, grow client relationships, extend multi-disciplinary delivery and act as a link to a range of FTSE and public sector organisations.

He spent more than 20 years in senior roles at KPMG before leaving in 2019 to pursue a non-executive career. He currently has a number of chair or non-executive director roles with private equity-backed growth companies “specialising in professional services consultancy and human capital”.

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