'We hired Alice in 1998 - we were looking to make our first senior business-getting hire. She was expensive but she was the tonic we needed to help us grow our business.
'Alice was bright and energetic and hugely ambitious for CHA. She set up networking seminars for our clients and prospects, chaired in each case by a prestigious management journalist - a big draw given our specialism.
Two or three account wins resulted every time. Her clients respected her hugely and her team learnt fast because of her fondness for delegation.
'Alice juggled helping us drive margins up with completing a part-time MBA at London Business School. Although she left two years ago we still network with her.'
Alice Breeden is now an associate with management consultancy McKinsey.