12 management consulting firms win 2016 MCA Awards

22 April 2016 Consultancy.uk

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


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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).