Andrew McFarlane

Senior Consultant

BComm Bachelor of Commerce
MBS Management Consulting

Areas of Expertise
  • Strategy Development and Implementation
  • Project Management
  • Organisation Development and Change Management Support
  • Healthcare planning
  • Performance appraisal and improvement
  • Business case development
  • Market appraisals and research

Key Achievements
Since joining Prospectus in 2011 I have been involved in a number of projects, primarily in health and lifesciences but also organisations participating in areas such as research, IT, insurance, non-profit and
outsourcing. Amongst these I have:

  • Project managed the development of and documented strategies, implementation plans and associated risk registers for organisations in sectors such as healthcare, supply chain and research.
  • Participated in and documented operational reviews and resulting performance improvement plans for healthcare, insurance and non-profit organisations.
  • Participated in the development of and documented governance and organisational reviews and change management initiatives for healthcare, non-profit and membership-based organisations.

During my time at Prospectus I have also:

  • Designed and run Visions for Ireland, an interactive seminar usingmusic and art to stimulate thinking about Ireland’s future, spanning over two years.
  • Written a book with David W. Duffy on Vision, which is expected to be published later this year.

Case Studies

Irish College of General Practitioners

Title: Governance Review

Date: 2012

About the organsiation:

The Irish College General Practitioners (ICGP) is the professional body for general practice in Ireland whose aim is to serve the patient and the general practitioner by encouraging and maintaining the highest standards of general medical practice. It is the representative organisation on education, training and standards in general practice.

Project Description:

This project involved a comprehensive review of the operations and current governance framework within the ICGP to identify possible revisions that would improve accountability and decision-making at director and senior management levels within the organisation.

Key learnings or insights from the project:

Recent reforms to the provision of healthcare in Ireland have placed additional pressure on the professional commitments of GPs and have increased the importance of the role of the ICGP in Irish healthcare. The ICGP is a membership-based organisation governed by 56 elected Council representatives from all over the country and whilst all members are extremely knowledgeable on all matters relating to the development of GP education and service provision, not all would have the experience or time available to properly discharge their fiduciary responsibilities as directors of the company. This meant establishing a more practical Board and governance framework in line with established good governance practice.

A clear process and clear communication of progress at all stages, allowing opportunity for members to express their views and concerns and incorporating sensible amendments when appropriate were vital to securing agreement from a large group whose personal and collective authority within the ICGP was changing.

This project also highlighted the importance of providing a strong supporting business case for the preferred option backed up by international precedent and several alternates so that fair comparison can be made.

GS1 Ireland

Title: Strategy Review & Development

Date: 2012

About the organisation:

GS1 is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains globally. The GS1 system of standards is the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world. GS1 Ireland locally administers the global multi-industry system of identification and communication for products, services, assets and locations – the GS1 System. It also offers a wide range of services to help businesses use these standards and technologies, including technical support, implementation advice, consulting and training.

Project Description:

The project involved assessing GS1 Ireland’s previous three-year strategy, considering what had worked well and what could have been improved and then developing a series of objectives to support a new three-year strategy for the organisation. I also supported GS1 to develop a number of Key Performance Indicators to facilitate the monitoring of their strategy over the three-year period and a Risk Register to identify and assess the risks associated with strategic actions developed and document means of mitigating them.

Key Learning or Insights from the project:

This project enforced the value of leveraging global experience and insight in determining the future direction of a subsiduary organisation based in Ireland and in turn that a comprehensive strategy development process and high quality end product reflect positively on an Irish subsidiary in a global context.

Reviewing the objectives set out in the previous strategy also enforced the value of keeping a firm and realistic understanding of the existing capabilities of the organisation as they determine its ability to deliver on any future agenda.
From a personal perspective I gained significant experience important to my own development in project managing the job which I have been able to apply with success in subsequent work.

Contact details
  • Mobile telephone: +353 86 026 3087
  • Direct: + 353 1 290 2814
  • Office: + 353 1 290 2800
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  • Fax: + 353 1 290 2899