2023 MCA Awards finalists highlight industry's social impact

22 May 2023 Consultancy.uk 13 min. read
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Following yet another record year of submissions, the shortlist for the 2023 MCA Awards has been announced. The winners will be honoured at a special event in London, in October.

The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) has been the UK consulting industry’s collective voice for more than six decades. Its members make up more than 60% of the UK’s £18 billion consulting industry, and employ roughly 45,000 professionals. Each year, the organisation hosts the MCA Awards, which has become one of the key highlights of the UK consulting industry calendar. As the organisation ramps up for its 2023 Awards, the MCA has finally revealed its shortlist of potential winners.

The selection will lead to the biggest ever MCA Awards, with 45 large, medium and small consulting firms making it to the final stages – including a 22% increase in small and mid-sized enterprises. 100 individuals have also made it to the finalist list, highlighting the diverse talent of all ages and backgrounds excelling in their careers including apprentices, experienced leaders and technology consultants. More than 95 clients from across the private and public sector will join the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of these individuals – including the World Health Organisation, central government and local councils, Marks and Spencer, Unilever, NatWest and Rolls Royce – among others.

2023 MCA Awards finalists highlight industry's social impact

Tamzen Isacsson, MCA Chief Executive, said, “More than a quarter of a century ago the MCA Awards began in order to recognise the excellence and quality of the profession. Twenty-five years on, it is not just those standards of excellence and quality that have increased, but so too has the breadth and depth of the work the sector carries out across the UK and globally.”

Reflecting the shifting shape of the representative body, the membership of which continues to grow, the MCA will host its 26th annual ceremony on October 9th 2023, in a new, larger venue: London’s Grosvenor Hotel. Earlier in May, the MCA also declared that this year’s event would be hosted by veteran sports broadcaster and author Clare Balding.

Positive change

As well as celebrating impacts more traditionally associated with the consulting sector – such as Best Use of Thought Leadership, Commercial Impact, and Change and Transformation in the Private Sector – the MCA is handing out awards to demonstrate the broader social benefits the industry helps realise. In the Sustainability category, which was added to the ceremony last year, finalists include Deloitte, for the firm’s collaboration with SOLshare to help two million electric rickshaws utilise solar energy in Bangladesh; Arup, which helped Glasgow Life make major sustainability changes to a listed building; and Mott MacDonald, which enabled the Department of Education to create a blueprint for building net zero schools.

Meanwhile, the Social Value category highlights projects to help the most vulnerable people in society. Examples include BMT working with the Addiction Recovery Programme to support people suffering from the harms of gambling, and EY and UK Finance helping the poorest people in the UK, who rely on cash for every day needs, to access basic banking services. KPMG with Key4life were also finalists, having helped tackle youth reoffending, as well as PwC’s work with Birmingham City Council giving long-term support for Ukrainian refugees. Deloitte’s work with the NHS Blood and Transplant service also made the shortlist, alongside Mason Advisory, helping Northumberland County Council to secure high speed broadband in rural areas.

Isacsson added, “The social responsibility, the diversity, the variety of the transformational work that is being carried out, in partnership with clients, is evidenced throughout all of the brilliant entries this year. The growth in our awards reflects the growth in the value that the management consultancy sector adds – in every sense – to all aspects of our society and economy.”

Full List of MCA Awards 2023 Finalists


Best Use of Thought Leadership
with the WHO
CF with the NHS Confed
Deloitte with the Home Office
Deloitte with IEMA
KPMG with Sustainable Homes Building Coalition with NatWest

Change and Transformation in the Private Sector
with SSE
Deloitte with Rolls Royce
EY with Estee Lauder Companies
EY with Diageo Ireland
KPMG with BAE – Finance Transformation
KPMG with Lloyds Banking Group
North Highland with Marks & Spencer
PwC with Chester Street
PwC with Lipton
Vendigital with the Club Company

Change and Transformation in the Public Sector
Consulting with Network Rail
Arcadis with National Highways
Atos with the Ministry of Defence
Baringa Partners with the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ)
BMT with Defence Digital
Deloitte with NHS Blood and Transplant
IBM Consulting with Genomics England
IMPOWER with Manchester Local Care Organisation
KPMG with Defence Support Operating Model (DSOM) – Ministry of Defence
Moorhouse Consulting with HMRC
North Highland with the Ministry of Justice
PwC with Oxfordshire County Council
PwC with Stockport Foundation Trust

Commercial Impact
with NHS Digital 
IBM Consulting with Coca-Cola Europacific Partners
Integration Consulting with Kraft Heinz
KPMG with Kantar
PwC with the Home Office
Vendigital with FLSmidth

Technology Transformation
with Network Rail
with Volta Trucks
with JLP
Deloitte with Quilter
with esure
Consulting with E. ON UK Solution
with Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council
with NFUM - BRIDGE and Digital Customer Strategy

Atkins with Canada Line
BearingPoint with Chanel
Deloitte with Sanergy
EY with MSD
Infosys Portland with NEOM
PwC with Al Rajhi Bank
PwC with GSK

Performance Improvement in the Private Sector
Arca Blanca with Alliance Healthcare
Arca Blanca with McCarthy Stone
EY with Diageo
IBM Consulting with Lloyds Banking Group
Managementors with Reassure
PwC with Skanska

Performance Improvement in the Public Sector
Amey Consulting
with Network Rail
with the MoD
with the Scottish Government 
IBM Consulting
 with HMRC
IBM Consulting
with Disclosure and Barring Service 
with Lincolnshire County Council
with the Department of Transport
with London Borough of Hillingdon
with the Ministry of Defence

People and Leadership
Enfuse Group
with McDonalds
EY with John Lewis Partnership
EY with West Midlands Police
Gobeyond Partners with First Bus part of First Group
IBM Consulting with Barclays
Ipsos with Haleon, KPMG, and PwC with NHS Bevan Learning
PwC with Legal and General

Social Value
with NHS Northeast London
with ARA, Recovery for All
with Lawn Tennis Association
with UK Finance
IBM Consulting
with Unilever
with Key4Life
Mason Advisory
with Northumberland County Council
Mott MacDonald
with Elizabeth Line
Proxima Group
with National Highways
with Impact on Urban Health
with Birmingham City Council

with Birmingham City Council
with the Welsh Government
with NHS Liverpool
with City University of London
Moorhouse Consulting
with Barts Health NHS Trust
NECS Consultancy
with NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucester Integrated Care Board
with BSW Group
with NHS England
with UK Finance

Sustainability Award
with Glasgow Life
with Portsmouth City Council
with Ordnance Survey and Climate Investor
with ME SOLshare
IBM Consulting
with Energy Systems Catapult
with Aviva
Mott MacDonald
with DfE
with BAE Systems
with Baker Hughes


Young Consultant of the Year
Charlotte Leech, Arcadis
Hayden Rogers, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence 
Rhys Thomson, CF
India Miller, Deloitte
Mitra Seirafi, Deloitte
Catherine Whelan, EY
Din Asimi, EY
Georgia Jones, IBM Consulting
Michael Wyatt, IMPOWER
Jonny Brighton, PwC
Yunus Sheikh, PwC
Shavinder Girn, Simon-Kucher
Roxane Bohin, Wavestone

Apprentice of the Year
Olivia Sullivan, Arup
Joe Shepherd, Atkins
Lewis Gough, Deloitte
Lauren Hallworth, EY
Megan Earl, EY 
Helen Jones, KPMG
Ollie Marsden, PwC
Ranjodh Bains, PwC 

Rising Star
Amelia Elliot, Arcadis
Sophia O’Reilly, Arcadis
Milo Eadie, Curzon Consulting
Amy Basil, EY
Nicola Hurley, EY
Archie Cobb, IBM Consulting
Chris Maxsted, IMPOWER
Sazeda Ibrahim, Inner Circle Consulting
Uzoma Mezue, KPMG
Sammy Allanson, Mason Advisory
Lucy Armstrong, NECS Consultancy
Joseph Kleeman, Simon-Kucher
Muneeb Sheikh, Vendigital

Team Leader Consultant of the Year
Rachel Dixon, Arup
Christie Fearnside, Deloitte
Joe Taylor, Enfuse Group
Eleanor Bell, EY
Sushmita Nad, EY
Madeleine Duncan, GHD Advisory
Chloé Chik, KPMG
Shane Richards, KPMG
Chris Sparrow, NECS Consultancy
Andrea Poore, PwC
Rachel Rubenstein, PwC
Nicole Samuel, The PSC

Thought Leader Consultant of the Year
Ben Richardson, CF
Mira Pijselman, EY
Ryan Naranjo, EY
Pamela Walker, Gate One
Steve Gwynne, GHD Advisory
Mark Essex, KPMG
Tara Shrestha Carney, PwC

Technology Consultant of the Year
Dan Rickman, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Will Browne, CF
Marija Milojevic, Deloitte
Yasmeen Cohen, Deloitte
John Ward, EY
Yang Liu, EY
Edward Burrows, GHD Advisory
Clare Goddard, IBM Consulting
Raj Cheema, KPMG
Dan Brooks, Mason Advisory
Chloe Carter, PwC
Sumitha Fernandez Musoles, PwC

Inclusion Award
Rawia El-Turke, Atkins
Anna Nation, Atos
Ameen Ali, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Neslihan Dogan, Deloitte
Deborah Somorin, EY
Tori Roberts, EY
Georgina Pipe, Gate One
Roman Podolczuk, IBM Consulting
Mel Knight, KPMG
Lynne Hamilton, Mott MacDonald
Jing Peng, PwC 
Louise Hymers, PwC

Experienced Leader Award
Jo Lister, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Jaclyn Mckenzie, BearingPoint
Susan McDonald, Deloitte
Mavis Dwaah, EY
Will Shaw, EY
Steve Finlayson, IBM Consulting
Jen Page, KPMG
Jon Hooker, KPMG  
Mike Kingston, Mason Advisory
Nick Durrans, PwC
Reggie Kelley, PwC
Anna Barsby, Tessiant

Lifetime Achievement Award
Gurjit Wood, Arup
Dr Nira Chamberlain OBE, Atkins
Rob Scopes, Deloitte
Frank O’Dea, EY
Hugh O’Reilly, KPMG
Lisa Fernihough, KPMG

Chartered Management Consultant of the year
Jo Wraith, Arcadis
Ellie Wilkes, EY 
Rachel Dyges, EY
Louise Scott-Worrall, KPMG
Rachel Woods, KPMG
David Orr, Mott MacDonald
Georgina Letts, PwC  
Olivia Stanley, PwC


Best New Consultancy
Alba Partners
Albida Consulting
Clarity Consulting
Enfuse Group
Matt Hamnett & Associates