A high-flying young executive who went missing amid fears for his mental health has been found dead at the offices of the international firm he worked for.
Harry McAleer, 30, had been ‘working long hours’ and ‘under some stress’ before he was tragically found dead in his 5th floor office of Boston Consulting Group, a source at the firm revealed.
Despite the alleged stress at the office, Mr McAleer’s family have said they are ‘profoundly grateful’ for the support he received from both his friends and colleagues as he battled with mental health struggles over the past year.
His ‘absolutely heartbroken’ family added: ‘BCG could not have done more to support Harry as an employee.’
Harry McAleer, 30, (pictured) has been found dead at the offices of the international firm he worked for
Mr McAleer originally joined BCG after graduating with a first in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University’s St Clare College, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He worked at the firm as a consultant for three years and left in 2019, before re-joining last year to work as a ‘coach and senior manager’.
The executive described his role as ‘helping teams and individuals work more effectively to deliver better, sustainable performance for clients and themselves’.
His profile also showed how he was a first aider with Mental Health England. Both his family and colleagues have said that McAleer had struggled with his mental health in recent years.
A source at BCG told MailOnline: ‘Harry had a number of mental health struggles aggravated by work and last year in November he bravely spoke up about his own personal journey during a discussion at work.
‘He had expressed dismay about the lack of management care about the sustainability and health challenges of the job.’
The insider alleged that everyone at BCG is ‘heartbroken’, adding: ‘Choosing to take your life at the office makes a statement however you look at it.
‘He’d been working long hours and had been under some stress and as such he was exposed to all the challenges consultants face every day.
‘Typical hours are like investment banking with hours exceeding 70-80 hours a week and a working day can go on until 10pm.’
However, a company spokesperson confirmed today that Mr McAleer had only been working part-time and his hours were reduced.
His family, in a statement to MailOnline, said they are ‘absolutely heartbroken’ to have ‘lost Harry’ – but also applauded the support he had received from his company.
‘Harry was very open about his mental health struggles in recent years,’ the family said. ‘We are profoundly grateful for the support that Harry’s friends and colleagues at BCG have provided to him over the last year. BCG could not have done more to support Harry as an employee.
‘We’d like to thank BCG for the continued support that they are providing to our family now. So that we can grieve in peace, we respectfully ask for privacy at this time.’
The statement also hailed Mr McAleer as a ‘beloved son, brother, grandson, and friend to so many.’
Harry McAleer (pictured) had joined the firm originally after graduating with a first in Mechanical Engineering from Cambridge University’s St Clare College. His profile also described how he was a first aider with Mental Health England and colleagues said he had struggled with his mental health in recent years
Mr McAleer was also a governor at his old school, St Olave’s in Orpington, Kent, where he grew up and was school captain there.
He was a chorister there and also played rugby, which he continued to play when he went to Cambridge turning out against Oxford in the Under 21 Varsity Match.
In his spare time, Mr McAleer enjoyed ‘skiing, cooking and woodwork – and trips to the theatre and opera’ when he could ‘squeeze them in’.
He was also active in promoting mental health awareness. Last year he also fundraised £1,795 through a Movember page and wrote his motivation was to ‘promote dialogue around men’s health and particularly mental health and suicide prevention.
‘They’re difficult subjects to talk about as guys and that shouldn’t be the case!’
Mr McAleer’s family reported him missing last Friday after he hadn’t been seen since the day prior. Police in Hackney – where he lived – were also informed and appeals were made locally for information about his whereabouts.
But Met Police confirmed today that his body was found on Monday at a commercial premises on Charlotte Street, W1.
In a statement, the force said: ‘Police and London Ambulance Service had been called to a man found deceased in a private area.
‘The man, a 30-year-old man from the Dalston area, was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin has been informed.
‘The death is currently being treated as unexpected, but not suspicious. The person had been reported missing by his family on Friday, 21 July. A report will be compiled for the Coroner.’
A BCG spokesperson told MailOnline today that the firm is ‘devastated by the sudden passing of our beloved colleague Harry’.
‘Harry will be deeply missed by those who he worked with both initially as a consultant and more recently after returning to BCG for an internal firm role,’ the spokesperson said.
‘We worked closely with Harry, his family and medical professionals over the last year to support him and are continuing to offer our support during a time of profound grief. As we come to terms with this loss, we ask for you to respect the privacy of those who knew and loved him.
‘Harry will be in part remembered as a mental health advocate in our office who encouraged others to be as open and transparent as he was.’
BCG has clients across a wide range of companies from consumer products to media and public sector and employs around 25,000 people in offices around the world.
Under a caption ‘Work and Culture’, the firm’s website describes how its London office – where Mr McAleer worked – comprises ‘many nationalities and cultures and represents a variety of academic and commercial backgrounds.’
The page stated: ‘BCG promotes a culture of collaboration, teamwork, development – and lots of fun ! Our office has a calendar full of bonding events organised by BCGers themselves, including various sports teams and competitions throughout the year.’
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