30 consulting firms shortlisted for MCA Awards 2016

21 April 2016 Consultancy.uk

Tonight the 2016 edition of the MCA Awards will take place, one of the chief award competitions in the UK’s consulting calendar. Following a record number of entries, 30 consulting firms have made the shortlist. The winners, across the 23 different categories, will be unveiled at a gala ceremony and dinner in London.

Running for 19 years now, the annual MCA awards have grown into the leading event that celebrates high-quality performance within the UK consulting industry. The awards have fourteen project categories, six individual categories and three overall awards – Project of the Year, Best New Consultancy and Consultant of the Year.

According to Alan Leaman, CEO of the MCA, the representative body for management consultancy firms received a record number of entries this year. Entries to the MCA Awards came jointly from consulting firms and their clients. “We are delighted by the range of this year’s shortlist and the engagement of so many outstanding clients”, Leaman says.

Big Four giants Deloitte and PwC lead the way with the most shortlisted projects and individual consultants – with 17 and 15 nominations respectively. Other notable tallies include KPMG with eight, GE Healthcare Finnamore with seven, Arup with six and CSC with five. Other consultancies that will contest for an award include Accenture, Baringa Partners, BearingPoint, Curzon & Company, Efficio, Elixirr, Grant Thornton, LCP Consulting, Moorhouse, North Highland and Q5. The winners will decided by an independent panel of expert judges. Last year the 22 different awards were scooped by 10 management consultancies.

An overview of the shortlisted projects, firms and consultants for the 2016 MCA Awards:

Best Use of Thought Leadership
Arcadis -The Performance of Places: The Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index
Arup - Lighting in the Urban Age
Deloitte - Measuring the return from Pharmaceutical Innovation
Grant Thornton UK– Spreading their Wings: How to Build a Successful Local Authority Trading company
KPMG – Customer Experience Excellence Centre
PwC – Global Financial Markets Association 

Change Management in the Private Sector
Accenture with Royal Dutch Shell
BearingPoint with Volkswagen Financial Services
Capita Transformation with O2
Curzon & Company with NSG Pilkington
Deloitte with GlaxoSmithKline
EY with Western Global
Grant Thornton UK with Well
North Highland UK with O2
PwC with BUPA
Q5 with British Gas 

Change Management in the Public Sector
Accenture with West Midlands Police
CSC with Asset Information Services
Deloitte with Department for Education
GE Healthcare Finnamore with Birmingham Cross City CCG
Inner Circle Consulting with Achieving for Children/Richmond and Kingston
KPMG with Pensions Wise
PPL with Epsom Health and Care Programme
Prederi Limited with Waltham Forest
PwC with GLA 

Commercial Excellence
Accenture with Anglian Water
Achieve Breakthrough with Sanofi
Arcadis with Thames Water
Efficio with Nets Holding
EY with City of Edinburgh
LCP Consulting with Argos
PwC with Aircraft Alliance
PwC with NHS PCSS 

Customer Engagement
Deloitte with Virgin Media
EY with Pearson
Propaganda with The Car People 

Digital and Technology
Arcadis with Transport for London (TfL)
Arup with CERN
Atkins with Department for Education
Baringa Partners with Nationwide
CSC with Network Rail
Deloitte with Philips
Efficio with Network Rail
Elixirr with TUI Group
GE Healthcare Finnamore with Health Education England
North Highland UK with Sainsbury's

Finance & Risk Management
Arcadis with Thames Tideway Tunnel
Grant Thornton UK with Columbia Threadneedle
Sysdoc Ltd with Associated British Ports 

CSC with Network Rail
Elixirr with AppDynamics
LCP Consulting with Argos 

Curzon & Company with Aliaxis - ALILA
Deloitte with Biogen
Elixirr with Barclays Africa
PwC with Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust 

BearingPoint with Barclays Agile Branch
Deloitte with Cabinet Office
Korn Ferry Hay Group with NHS Leadership Academy
KPMG with NHS Leadership Academy / NHS England
Moorhouse with MBNL 

Performance Improvement in the Private Sector
Hudson and Yorke with eir
KPMG with Allied Irish Bank Customer Services Transformation / AIB
PwC with National Australia Bank
PwC with Marks & Spencer 

Performance Improvement in the Public Sector
Atkins with Department for Education
Deloitte with Network Rail
Efficio with South West Police
GE Healthcare Finnamore with Emergency Care at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital NHS Trust
KPMG with Ministry of Justice
KPMG with Bedfordshire Police Force Quality Improvement Programme / Bedfordshire Police
PPL with The Three Borough Hospital Discharge Programme 

Social & Environmental Value
Arup with Leeds City Council
Moorhouse with CentrePoint
Mott MacDonald with Department for Education
Mott MacDonald with Highways England
PwC with Ofwat 

Arup with Greater London Authority
Deloitte with 'Said' Business School
PwC with Airports Commission Project 

Change Management Consultant of the Year
Crystal Contreras, Accenture Consulting
Ben Coulson, Arup
Lisa Calmiano, CSC
Caroline Kennair, Deloitte
Tim O’Hanlon, GE Healthcare Finnamore

Digital & Technology Consultant of the Year
Chris Lyth, Arup
David Moran, CSC
Andy Bourne, Deloitte
Matthew Wright, EY
Ross Mardle, PwC 

HR Consultant of the Year
Laurence Collins, Deloitte 

Performance Improvement Consultant of the Year
Mark Epps, Deloitte
Karen Cheetham, GE Healthcare Finnamore
Vicky Lexton-Jones, KPMG 

Strategy Consultant of the Year
Sumner Makin, Deloitte
Myrto Lee, PwC
Nick Forrest, PwC 

Young Consultant of the Year
Lisa Japer, Capita Transformation
Hannah Lewsley, Deloitte
Zain Arora, Deloitte
Ross Logan, Elixirr
Rob Holt, GE Healthcare Finnamore
Rachel Tustin, GE Healthcare Finnamore
Amy Hehir, KPMG
Maximillian Pullen, Mott MacDonald
Dominic Putt, PwC
Ashutosh Nawani, PwC 

The MCA Awards Dinner will be held at the Park Plaza, Westminster, London. Former ITV newsreader and BBC star Katie Derham serves as the host of this year’s event.


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10 leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

10 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

The UK is home to 100+ leading consulting firms. New analysis reveals the 10 consulting companies that rank as the best industry employers to work for. 

The list of top consultancy employers is based on the views and opinions of employees who were surveyed by The Sunday Times about their experience of their firm’s leadership, workplace environment, development opportunities, wellbeing, pay, benefits and commitment to social responsibility. In the large consulting firms category, two of the Big Four – EY and Deloitte – and Accenture stand out from the rest. Seven other consultancies made the prestigious cut, all of which are small to mid-sized players in the consulting industry. 


Established: 1989
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 15,076 

With roots stretching back to 1989, EY now spans over 27 UK offices. The firm supports clients, ranging from small, privately owned companies and global household names, with assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. As part of the firm’s core values, EY looks for people who demonstrate integrity and respect; people with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead; and people who build relationships based on doing the right thing. 


Established: 1849
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 16,138 

Deloitte employs staff across 150 countries and territories, and its UK operations now span 24 offices. The professional services giant offers services including audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory. Among the firm’s core values are: integrity, outstanding value to markets and clients, commitment to each other, and strength from cultural diversity.


Established: 1989
Category: Large consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 10,747 

With employees across 120 countries, Accenture provides a range of services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations to clients in more than 40 industries. The Dublin-headquartered company believes in attracting, developing and retaining the best talent for the business, valuing diversity, fostering an open working environment and demonstrating integrity at all times.Ten leading consulting companies to work for in the UK

Karmarama (part of Accenture)

Established: 2000
Category: Mid-sized consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 245 

Karmarama is a creative agency, since December 2016 part of Accenture Interactive. The firm’s services include advertising, direct and digital marketing, digital design and build, data and analytics, PR, social and innovation. Karmarama is in the market known for its ability to blend creativity, digital and data, to help brands better engage with consumers. 


Established: 2010
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 90

Clarasys is a London-based management consulting firm that advises and supports clients with business change, process implementation, project management and other related consultancy services. The firm serves a variety of clients, from small, not-for-profit organisations to multinational corporations. Clarasys differentiates itself through its truly democratic approach, with an elected member from each team providing feedback for their department. 

The Berkeley Partnership

Established: 1990
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 90

The Berkeley Partnership is an independent management consultancy providing specialist support for transformational change, working side-by-side with clients to achieve their goals. Clients include a number of FTSE 100 companies, multinationals and government departments, with over 85% of clients using the services of The Berkeley Partnership more than once. 

Abbott Risk Consulting

Established: 2002
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: Edinburgh
Employees: 69

From 12 sites across the UK and Australia, Abbott Risk Consulting provides safety and risk environment consultancy services to some of the most high-hazard industries in the global economy. The company helps to work out the risk associated with hazardous events, such as oil platforms explosions, train crashes, or accidents affecting nuclear power stations.

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting

Established: 2003
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: London
Employees: 180 

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting is a provider of specialist consultancy services to the asset and wealth management industry, working with 85% of the world’s top 20 asset managers. In order to attract and retain the very best people, Alpha, which has offices in London, New York, Boston, Paris, Geneva, The Hague, Luxembourg and Singapore, seeks to provide employees with a great experience.

Lane4 Management Group

Established: 1995
Category: Small consulting firm
Main office: Maidenhead
Employees: 193 

Lane4 Management Group is a leading HR consultancy specialised in human performance. The company’s team, based in Buckinghamshire, builds on a track record of achievement in business, psychology and elite sport. Lane4 was founded by British Olympic gold swimmer Adrian Moorhouse, Graham Jones and Adrian Hutchinson. 

NHS Transformation Unit

Established: 2000
Category: Internal consulting firm
Main office: Manchester
Employees: 52 

The Transformation Unit is an internal consultancy of the NHS, based in Manchester. The firm provides consultancy services to the public sector based around strategic transformation and planning; finance and analytics; project and programme management; and organisational strategy and engagement. Services span the complete transformation cycle, from developing a case for change right through to implementing new services or systems. 


The top employers list of The Sunday Times further includes several other professional services firms that also provide consultancy services, including firms with an accounting heritage (Anderson Anderson and Brown, BHP, PKF Cooper Parry, Price Bailey), firms with an engineering heritage (BWB Consulting, Caunton Engineering) and those with a tax heritage (ForrestBrown).