4-consulting is a multi-disciplinary consultancy offering policy and management advice to help develop strategy, improve performance and maintain a competitive edge.  Our core skills combine to provide an unrivalled resource of ability and knowledge which we provide to our clients throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. Our core values are integrity, creativity, professionalism and client focus:

We deliver our services with integrity and in an ethical manner, thereby earning and retaining the trust of clients, colleagues and partners.

Creativity is vital to our business and we continually search for new and better ways to meet the needs of our clients.

Professionalism and perseverance underpins all of our work and we always use the most appropriate skills, seek opportunities to improve and share best practice with clients, colleagues and partners.

Our client focus is on learning and understanding our clients’ business and personal objectives.

We bring our knowledge, expertise and experience to bear on your organisation’s plans, operations and management team to create effective, innovative and practical solutions to your challenges.  We keep up to date with leading edge thinking while ensuring that we offer realistic advice and implementable solutions to clients.  We maintain complete independence and always avoid conflicts of interest.  Our primary focus is on your needs.

Ralph Leishman

Ralph is a Chartered Accountant, an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

He qualified as a Certified Management Consultant with KPMG Management Consulting before becoming a founder director of 4-consulting and has over 30 years consulting experience.  He delivers strategic, policy advisory, organisational and financial management consultancy to UK central and local government, agencies and partnerships, and to the higher and further education sectors. Ralph also leads on advisory work for business owners considering succession, particularly transition to employee ownership, and for businesses considering collaborative ventures.

He is Chair of the Employee Ownership Trusts of two Scottish SMEs, Glasgow Educational & Marshall Trust and SYT Trust.  He has served as a director of Scottish Youth Theatre, Partners for Inclusion and Riverside Inverclyde urban regeneration company, and as a Court member of Glasgow Caledonian University, latterly as Vice Chair.

Richard Marsh

Richard Marsh is an economist, elected fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and member of a Scottish Government expert group advising on economic modelling and statistics. 

He previously worked with international real estate company DTZ providing advice on developments.  Richard recently won the Greenfield Challenge award from the European Network for Business & Industrial Statistics (ENBIS) at the annual conference in Coimbra, Portugal for the best use of statistical methods that were explained to a wide audience.

Richard is currently vice-chairman of Young Enterprise Scotland Fife and has co-authored academic articles in peer reviewed journals and written for wider media including the Sunday Herald, The Times, BBC online and BBC radio.

Mary Leishman

Mary is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and is an Investors in People Specialist with Remarkable in Scotland and also with Investors in People International.

Mary is also a Certified Innermetrix Consultant, working to profile individuals and teams to enable the development of self-awareness and discovery as the core to achieving peak performance in any role.

She previously worked in local government as a Senior Training and Development Officer. She designs and delivers tailored management and leadership training programmes after profiling individuals to meet both their needs and those of their organisation.