Martin Cresswell Chief Executive, iMPOWER

Martin Cresswell chief executive, iMPOWER Consulting. Since joining 3 years ago he has transformed the company into being the largest independent consulting firm focussed wholly on local public services.

Martin boasts a long established, and successful career in both local and central government spanning more than 25 years. A CIPFA qualified accountant, he has risen through the ranks in a number of finance roles starting at the London Borough of Newham in 1982. Martin has also held posts at LB Hackney, Sandwell MBC and more recently Liverpool City Council, where he headed up the financial planning department.

Before joining iMPOWER in 2007, Martin was a director in KPMG’s public sector division, where his accolades included leading successful government intervention projects at Hackney, Plymouth and Lambeth councils. He was also lead advisor to the then OPDM’s Strategic Partnering Task Force, writing the national guidance for local government on setting up partnerships. During his time at Deloitte, where he was also a director, Martin’s role as lead advisor was integral to helping the Department of Health identify £1 billion efficiencies in adult social care, as part of the Gershon Efficiency Review, and was the lead advisor to Dorset County Council in developing their successful council wide efficiency programme.

Since joining iMPOWER, Martin has transformed the company from a small business into a medium-sized company, operating with a team of nearly 40 consultants and support staff. iMPOWER is the market leader in advising Council’s on the personalisation of all public services, and in helping councils take a service led approach addressing the efficiency agenda rather than cuts based approach.

Martin is passionate about creating public services to be proud of, and personally focuses on behaviour led efficiency – how changing the behaviour of the citizen and staff can reduce the consumption of public resources without cutting service provision.