12 management consulting firms win 2016 MCA Awards

22 April 2016 Consultancy.uk 7 min. read
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The Management Consultancies Association last night revealed the winners of the 2016 MCA Awards. In total, 23 awards were handed out, and 19 projects/individuals received a highly commended recognition. Deloitte stole the show with a total of seven MCA Awards, including Consultant of the Year, while LCP Consulting won the prestigious Project of the Year prize. Public Sector expert Prederi has been heralded as Best New Consultancy.

Over the past two decades, the annual MCA awards have become UK’s leading event that celebrates best practice in the consulting industry. Organised by the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), the Awards recognise high-quality performance in UK’s £10 billion industry across three areas: projects (14 categories), individual consultants (6 categories) and three overall awards – Project of the Year, Best New Consultancy and Consultant of the Year.

All shortlisted consultants, in some cases accompanied by their clients, found their way to Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London, last night to attend the 19th edition of the MCA Awards. A total of 30 consulting firms made the cut for the final stage of the competition, yet, the contest for the 23 awards was fiercer than ever before, said Alan Leaman, Chief Executive of the MCA, in the run up to the event. A record number of entries were received, with the overall quality of submissions described as “outstanding” by Leaman.

Deloitte was the most successful firm on the black-tie award night. The Big Four giant picked up seven awards, five for individual consultants and two for projects. Mark Epps, a Manager in the firm’s Strategy & Operations practice (a service line within Deloitte Consulting), was named Performance Improvement Consultant of the Year and won the overall award for Consultant of the Year. GE Healthcare Finnamore had two individual consultants honoured and won the award for Change Management in the Public Sector, while three firms scooped two awards: KPMG, LCP Consulting and CSC.

LCP Consulting was recognised for a Commercial Excellence project at Argos, and, based on the success of the ‘Hub & Spoke’ supply chain solution designed and implemented, the Berkhamsted based firm was also provided the overall Project of the Year Award. “Working with Argos at all levels of the organisation over three years, LCP Consulting helped shape the retailer’s supply strategy, refining the model through a large scale pilot and implementation – the largest change programme the organisation has ever launched. The results are being seen in increased customer satisfaction and demand, improved business performance and best-in-class industry awards”, commented the jury, adding “All in all, the case represents an offering unlike anything delivered elsewhere in UK retail.”

Prederi, founded in 2012 by former Big 4 Directors and Partners, was named Best New Consultancy, testimony of its rapid growth – the Oxted based public sector consultancy has since its inception grown its team to a size of 30. Six other consulting firms won one award (Arup, Curzon & Company, PwC, Arcadis, Hudson & Yorke and Korn Ferry Hay Group), while in addition, a total of 19 highly commended recognitions were provided to consultancies, projects and individuals.

“This year’s winners demonstrated the positive impact of high-quality consulting projects on the lives and work of millions of people, whether as customers, patients, taxpayers or employees”, concludes Leaman.

An overview of all 2016 MCA Award winners and highly commended entries:

Project of the Year
Winner: LCP Consulting with Argos

Consultant of the Award for Year
Winner: Mark Epps, Deloitte

Best New Consultancy
Winner: Prederi

Best Use of Thought Leadership
Winner: KPMG with Nunwood Customer Experience Centre
Highly Commended: Arup - Lighting in the Urban Age | Deloitte - Measuring the return from Pharmaceutical Innovation 

Change Management in the Private Sector 
Winner: Deloitte with GlaxoSmithKline
Highly Commended: Curzon with NSG | Grant Thornton with Well | PwC with BUPA

Change Management in the Public Sector
Winner: GE Healthcare Finnamore with Birmingham Cross City CCG
Highly Commended: CSC with Asset Information Services, Network Rail | Deloitte with Department for Education | Inner Circle Consulting with Achieving for Children/Richmond and Kingston

Commercial Excellence
Winner: LCP Consulting with Argos 

Customer Engagement
Winner: Deloitte with Virgin Media
Highly Commended: EY with Pearson | Propaganda with The Car People

Digital & Technology
Winner: CSC with Network Rail

Finance and Risk Management
Winner: Arcadis with Thames Tideway Tunnel

Winner: CSC with Network Rail

Winner: Curzon with Aliaxis Latin America
Highly Commended: Elixirr with Barclays Africa 

Winner: Korn Ferry Hay Group with NHS Leadership Academy
Highly Commended: BearingPoint with Barclays

Performance Improvement in the Private Sector
Winner: Hudson and Yorke with eir
Highly Commended:  KPMG with Allied Irish Bank 

Performance Improvement in the Public Sector
Winner: KPMG with Bedfordshire Police
Highly Commended: KPMG with Ministry of Justice 

Social and Environmental
Winner: PwC with Ofwat
Highly Commended: Arup with Leeds City Council

Winner: Arup with Greater London Authority

Change Management Consultant of the Year
Winner: Tim O’Hanlon, GE Healthcare Finnamore
Highly Commended: Caroline Kennair, Deloitte

Digital & Technology Consultant of the Year
Winner: Andy Bourne, Deloitte
Highly Commended: David Moran, CSC 

HR Consultant of the Year
Winner: Laurence Collins, Deloitte 

Performance Improvement Consultant of the Year
Winner: Mark Epps, Deloitte 

Strategy Consultant of the Year
Winner: Sumner Makin, Deloitte

Young Consultant of the Year
Winner: Rachel Tustin, GE Healthcare Finnamore
Highly Commended: Hannah Lewsley, Deloitte | Ross Logan, Elixirr