4-consulting is a multi-disciplinary consultancy offering policy, technology 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.

Sandy Pratt

Sandy is a Chartered Accountant who has expanded his skill set across Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and management development.  He has held senior technology posts in both the public and private sectors.


Interspersed with consulting, Sandy has had line roles for an international fund-management company and a public sector development agency.  He has consulted for some of the UK’s largest companies, both FTSE150 and privately owned, as well as local and national public sector organisations at both the strategic and operational levels.

He specialises in business strategy and planning, ICT strategic planning and implementation project management, financial performance improvement and management development.

Sandy has founded two software companies developing CBT and multi-media products.

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 25 years consulting experience.

He has particularly strong knowledge of the education sector through serving on the Court of a university for eight years as well as working with a wide range of colleges and universities.  His role as a director of Riverside Inverclyde gives him an up to date understanding of regeneration issues. Ralph has served on the Board of Scottish Youth Theatre for many years and is a director of Partners for Inclusion, exposing him to current thinking on care in the community.

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, holds the Diploma in Business Advice and Counselling from the Scottish Enterprise Premier Adviser programme, and is a Registered Specialist with Investors in People Scotland.


Mary is currently internal champion for Employability for Investors in People Scotland.  Mary is a Certified Innermetrix Consultant and uses this change tool to help people break down barriers that inhibit performance.


She previously worked in local government training as a Senior Training and Development Officer and provides HR services to a wide range of clients from the private and third sectors.  She built up an in depth understanding of the third sector from past roles as a director of Quarriers and Chair of the Princess Royal Trust Renfrewshire Carers Centre. 

Thomas Kane

Thomas is 4-consulting's Research manager having previously worked at the Bank of New York Mellon and Fife council. Thomas is a Prince2 qualified consultant.


Thomas manages our research and quality assurance systems across 4-consulting. He has worked on a project to show how different ownership structures have developed within the Scotch Whisky Industry . He also helped develop a report on asset based finance for a consortium of financial service businesses.

He is currently working on feasibility study for Kirkcaldy's Merchant Quarter.