32 consulting firms named finalists for MCA Awards 2021

11 June 2021 Consultancy.uk 8 min. read
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The Management Consultancies Association has announced its finalists for the 2021 edition of its annual awards ceremony. In total, 32 consulting firms and 65 individuals from across the UK have been short-listed for prizes, which this year include two awards for servicing clients amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Every year, the UK consulting industry’s representative body hosts an award ceremony to recognise the nation’s best consulting firms, projects and consultants. After a record number of entries were submitted for the 2021 edition, the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) has now announced the firms to have made the final short-list for its top prizes, which will be handed out in the autumn.

Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive of the MCA, said of the news, “The outstanding examples of consulting work in this year’s awards highlight why the UK has one of the largest and most respected consultancy sectors globally. Backed by clients, across the public and private sector, these case studies demonstrate how consultants have gone above and beyond to deliver excellent client service during one of the most unprecedented periods in history. We look forward to celebrating this talent and the efforts delivered by our industry at our awards ceremony later in the year.”

32 consulting firms named finalists for MCA Awards 2021

Participation in the MCA Awards spans across membership with entries coming from a wide range of firms, with large, small and medium sized firms all supporting the industry’s key awards event. The number of submissions for consideration by the MCA’s judges spiked by 46% compared to the 2020 event, and one of the factors behind the spike in entrants may well be the increased focus on individuals of the awards, and the two new categories relating to the coronavirus response of the industry.

As is often the case, the world’s largest professional services firms look set for a particularly strong performance at the ceremony. However, as was also the case in the ceremony’s latest outings, the short-list is a long way off of simply being dominated by the Big Four of Deloitte, PwC, EY and KPMG. Indeed, 28 other high-flying member firms are also represented in MCA’s short-list.

Notable examples include IBM, which was nominated for 10 prizes – the most awards behind PwC, EY and Deloitte who received 24, 22 and 16 respectively – as well as  a number of leading SMEs. Carnall Farrar, Credera, Proxima Group, Vendigital and Inner Circle Consulting all picked up multiple nods from the jury too.

Elsewhere, on top of the 22 categories hosted at the last MCA Awards, two new award categories have been added in recognition of the work done by the MCA’s members during the pandemic. One honours exceptional support and delivery by a consulting firm to a client in the public or private sector during Covid-19, while an additional prize will honour the contribution of an individual to consulting engagements addressing client challenges created by the pandemic.

Reflecting on the consulting industry’s impact on the UK’s economic performance during the crisis, Lord Grimstone, Minister of Investment at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, added, “These awards recognise fantastic work in what has been a year like no other... The government is grateful for all the sector’s contributions to tackling the pandemic and I am pleased the value of this work is being celebrated by these awards.”

The full list of this year’s nominees of the MCA Awards 2021 are:


Best Use of Thought Leadership
Arup with Lloyd’s Register Foundation
Carnall Farrar with Cancer – IPPR
Deloitte with Shell
EY with Decoding the Digital Home
KPMG with Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron
PwC with Strategy & Where Next?

Change and Transformation in the Private Sector
Arca Blanca with Tharsus
Aveas Partners with Legal & General
BearingPoint with Welsh Water
Deloitte with Co-op
Proxima Group with EFG Bank
PwC with Capita
PwC with Shell Energy
Sysdoc with a Global Automotive Company

Change and Transformation in the Public Sector
Arup with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Atos with the Home Office
EY with Enfield Council
IBM Services with Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC)
IMPOWER with Lincolnshire County Council
PwC with ABRSM

Commercial Excellence
Curzon Consulting with AIG
EY with a Leading Telecommunications Company
IBM with a Global Pharmaceutical Company
PwC with the Ministry of Defence
Vendigital with Protean Electric

Data and Innovation in the Private Sector
BearingPoint with Jaguar Land Rover
Deloitte with Virgin Media
PwC with Jaguar Land Rover

Data and Innovation in Public Sector
Arup with The Greater London Authority
Atos with Sussex Police
EY with Maidstone Borough Council
NECS Consultancy with NHSE /DHSC
North Highland with the Financial Conduct Authority

Deloitte with Mologic
EY with Kraft Heinz Company
Procura Consulting
PwC with Dentsu

Performance Improvement in the Private Sector
Deloitte with Penlon
EY with Boots
Gobeyond Partners with Sunbelt Rentals
PwC with Royal Mail
PwC with Absa RBB
Vendigital with Bombardier Transportation

Performance Improvement in the Public Sector
Credera with the NHS
EY with the Health Service Executive
IBM Services with the Department for Work and Pensions
IMPOWER with Oxfordshire County Council
North Highland with the Intellectual Property Office
PwC with the Metropolitan Police Service
PwC with North Lanarkshire Council

Atkins with Connect Plus Services Ltd
Curzon Consulting with Highways England
Deloitte with Mondelez
Gobeyond Partners with HSBC
PwC and Pharma Client – Future Ready
Unleash & Engage with Tata Strip UK

Social Value
Deloitte with The Big Exchange
EY with National Forensic Mental Health Service
EY with Transform with Unilever and the FDCO
Inner Circle Consulting with Nourish Food and Community Hub
PwC with Westminster City Council

Arca Blanca with Landsec
Carnall Farrar with BHRUT (NHS)
Deloitte with Prince’s Trust
EY with ESB Networks
Inner Circle Consulting with London Borough of Hounslow
Mason Advisory with The Weir Group
NECS Consultancy with NHSE/I
PwC with The Courtauld Institute of Art


Young Consultant of the Year
Georgia Hughes, Arcadis
Jemma Goldstein, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Saher Naumaan, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence
Zahra Safarfashandi, Carnall Farrar
Kajol Patel, Deloitte
Simon Wilson, EY
Hannah Steiner, EY
Andrew Mistry, Inner Circle Consulting
Fraser Porte, Mott MacDonald
Luke Abbott, Procura Consulting
Mary Agbesanwa, PwC

Best New Apprentice
Cameron Edgar, Deloitte
Tommy Chaggar, Deloitte
Hassan Kamara, EY
Kate Haynes, IBM Services
Abdul Hassan, KPMG
David McIntosh, KPMG

Rising Star
Joseph Riou, BearingPoint
Simon Munk, Carnall Farrar
Donald Taylor, IBM Services
Hannah Austin, IBM Services
Cheryl Bannerman, Inner Circle Consulting
Safia Mirza, KPMG
Tom Chambers, Mason Advisory
Charles Griffiths-Lambeth, Simon-Kucher & Partners
Sam Calderwood, Simon-Kucher & Partners
Andy Roderick, Vendigital

Team Leader Consultant of the Year
Maja Naomi Wood, Amey Consulting
Konrad Petrusewicz, Credera
Lucy Traynor, Deloitte
Rachel Brian, Deloitte
Joanna Liu, EY
Vishali Jivan, KPMG
Julie Craig, Proxima Group
Esther Titchen, PwC
Pamela Thomas, PwC
Matt Flynn, Vendigital

Thought Leader Consultant of the Year
Scott Bentley, Carnall Farrar
Mohammad Syed, Credera
Zeinab Chaudhary, Deloitte
Paul Micallef, EY
Leo Jones, IMPOWER
Simon Geale, Proxima Group
Eduardo Rodriguez Montemayor, PwC

Innovation Consultant of the Year
Chris Madelin, Deloitte
Luke Teacy, Deloitte
Leo Tagg, EY
Mayank Dwivedi, EY
Reshma Mahapatra, EY
Atif Rashid, Gobeyond Partners
Liz Ajayi, PwC
Nele Van Buggenhout, PwC
Gaynor Ratcliffe, Sysdoc

Outstanding Achievement
Josh Nicholson, Credera
Julie Searle, EY
Kevin Hall, IBM Services
Evelyn John, PwC
Simon Geale, Proxima Group

Covid-19 Support

Exceptional Support and Delivery to a Client During Covid-19
BAE Systems Applied Intelligence with the Home Office / Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FC(D)O)
Carnall Farrar with the London COVID team (NHS)
EY with the Health Service Executive
EY with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
IBM Services with the Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC)
Propaganda with Roberts Bakery
PwC with the British Business Bank
PwC with Help NHS Heroes: Pop-up Shops

Exceptional Support and Delivery by a Consultant During Covid-19
Becky Taylor, Carnall Farrar
James Breeze, Credera
Henry Dowlen, EY
Kevin Hall, IBM Services
Jen Hipkiss, IBM Services
John Lewin, NECS Consultancy
Raj Mann, PwC


Best New Consultancy
Mason Advisory