MCA announces finalists for 2024 awards

20 May 2024 8 min. read
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Over 40 leading consulting firms of all sizes have secured places as finalists for the 2024 MCA Awards. The winners will be announced October 15th, at a black-tie event in London’s Grosvenor Hotel.

Hosted annually by the UK consulting industry’s representative body, the Management Consultancies Association’s MCA Awards are the biggest event in the sector’s calendar. Highlighting the work done by consultants in partnership with clients as well as the talent across the sector, each year, the awards continue to grow. 2023 saw record numbers of entries from over 50 leading consulting firms and 85 client organisations, and a ceremony with over 1,000 attendees including representatives from government and the media as well as clients and MCA member firms. 

The MCA opened for submissions for the latest edition in November 2023, and has been judging those entrants since February. Now, the MCA has revealed the finalists for the 27th MCA Awards. The shortlisted firms and consultants will now be interviewed by the MCA’s specialist jury in June and July – including new judges Baroness Tanni Grey-Thomson, broadcaster Matt Frei and Deputy Business Editor for The Times, Tracey Boles. This will determine the winners announced at a gala on the 15th of October, at Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair district – an event which will this year be hosted by former Conservative Party leader William Hague.

MCA announces finalists for 2024 awards

Overall PwC and KPMG secured the most finalist positions with 29 shortlisted entries each, EY has 21 and Capgemini enters for the first time with 14 finalist positions secured. However, the nominations by no means exclude smaller firms, and overall, 40 consulting brands have confirmed finalist positions following independent marking by the MCA Awards judging panel. Of those, 56% of finalist entries were secured by SMEs.

Tamzen Isacsson, the CEO of the MCA, said of the nominees, “The UK consulting sector is a great British success story – a thriving force in the UK economy and society and recognised across the world as a global centre of expertise and innovation. The industry plays a crucial role in driving regional growth, building critical infrastructure and supporting the success of thousands of businesses across the UK and is actively engaged in creating jobs, delivering innovation, and contributing to the prosperity of local communities. All of this is exemplified by the finalists in the MCA Awards each year and this year is no exception.”

MCA Awards 2024 Finalists List 

Best Use of Thought Leadership
EY with Leading Global Bank
IMPOWER with Northamptonshire Children’s Trust
Grant Thornton with Financial Foresight: Creating a sustainable local government
Proxima with The Scope 3 Maturity Benchmark 
PwC with Jersey Community Foundation
PwC with Frictionless Futures 
Change and Transformation in the Private Sector
Baringa with Energy Networks Association
Egremont Group with Holland & Barrett
EY with Reckitt
Gate One with Haleon and GSK
Gate One with Motability
KPMG with BAE Systems
KPMG with NatWest
Netcompany with DCC (Data Communications Company)
North Highland with GSK
PwC with Tropicana Products UK Ltd
Change and Transformation in the Public Sector
Arup with the Department for Transport
AtkinsRealis with Northumberland County Council
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence with His Majesty's Government
Capgemini Invent with the Department for Work and Pensions
GHD Advisory with the Cabinet Office
IBM Consulting with the Home Office 
KPMG with Cumberland Council
OutForm Consulting with Northern Ireland Water
PwC with NHS England
PwC with Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Commercial Impact
Curzon Consulting with Marston Holdings
EY with BT
EY with Haleon
Grant Thornton with The Crown Estate
PwC with BAE Systems 

Technology Transformation
BJSS with the Met Office
Capgemini Invent with Scottish Water
Eviden - an Atos business with the National Trust
EY with Visa
IBM Consulting with NHS Digital
PwC with Yorkshire Water Limited

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence with the International Government
EY with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
IBM Consulting with Royal Air Force
KPMG with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Moorhouse Consulting with ViiV Healthcare Limited
Mott MacDonald with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office 
Stantec with Qatar’s Public Works Authority 'Ashghal'

Performance Improvement in the Private Sector
Capgemini Invent with National Grid ESO
IBM Consulting with Lloyds Banking Group
KPMG with Greene King
KPMG with Aegon Talent Marketplace 
Managementors with ReAssure
PwC with SSEN Plc

Performance Improvement in the Public Sector
AtkinsRealis with Geospatial Commission
Capgemini Invent with the Metropolitan Police
CF with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Curzon Consulting with National Highways
Eviden - an Atos business with Network Rail Property
IBM Consulting with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) 
IMPOWER with Derby City Council
KPMG with Medway NHS Foundation Trust
PwC with Network Rail

People and Leadership
Capgemini Invent with Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Capgemini Invent with Capgemini Group Finance 
EY with National Highways Roads Academy
JCURV with Coca-Cola
KPMG with Royal Berkshire Hospital
PwC with Health and Care Professions Council
PwC with the Government Property Agency

Social Value
Amey with South Western Railway
KPMG with NHS England
KPMG with the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
Moorhouse Consulting with OFGEM
NECS Consultancy with Bury Hospice 
PwC with Progress Together

Ipsos Strategy3 with Aviva
KPMG with Solent Freeport
Mazars with Dalkia UK
PwC with PEXA Group Limited
PwC with National Highways

Sustainability Award
Arup with North London Waste Authority
Baringa with Santander
Capgemini Invent with National Grid 
EY with Sizewell C
IBM Consulting with EY
KPMG with Diageo 
Mott MacDonald with Heathrow Airport Limited
PwC with GreenHouse Toolkit

Young Consultant of the Year
Fred Weller, Akeso
Stephen Morgan, Amey 
Emily Snook, AtkinsRealis
Eleanor Scholefield, Capgemini Invent
Oscar Schroeder, Capgemini Invent
Libby Dixon, CF
Rachel Kealy, Enfuse Group
Zahan Bharucha, EY
Annabelle Perry, EY
Harriet Burrows, Gate One
Eva Zheng, KPMG
Matt Lochhead, Proxima
Anna-Sofia Nissila, PwC
Apprentice of the Year
Gabriella Goddard-Palmer, AtkinsRealis
Freya Borrie, EY
Abbie Smith, KPMG
Will Smith, KPMG
Aiden Keszei, PwC
Macy Greene, PwC
Rising Star
Shiv Sharma, Akeso
Roxy Ryan, Capgemini Invent
Will Fryer, CF
Luke Evason, Enfuse Group
Aiyesha Israr, EY
Lucinda Turk, EY
Karen Barke, Inner Circle Consulting
Erin Forde, KPMG
Natasha Edwards, KPMG
Rebecca Barnes, NECS Consultancy
Paddy Cavanagh, Propaganda
Ahmed Aminu, PwC
Poonam Wadhwa, PwC
Team Leader Consultant of the Year
John Pyant, Capgemini Invent
Damini Tewari, Capgemini Invent
Caroline McGurk, EY
Chloe Pham, EY
Libby Caulfield, IMPOWER
Ruth Luscombe, Inner Circle Consulting
Erika Danis, KPMG
Rachael Pickup, North Highland
Adi Hedge, PwC
Grace Baker, PwC
Helen Collinson, Resulting IT
Thought Leader Consultant of the Year
Amy Walters, EY
Philip Woolley, Grant Thornton
(Dr) Janak Gunatilleke, KPMG
Sarah Kidd, PwC
Technology Consultant of the Year
Waqas Ahmed, EY
Katerina Papadimitraki, GHD Advisory
Benedict Martin, JCURV
Ben Heavy, KPMG
Tauqeer Ahmed, KPMG
Mohit Sharma, PwC
Shu Lee, PwC
Inclusion Award
(Dr) Luke Taylor, Akeso
Georgia Hughes, Arcadis
Dean Cavanagh, Arup
Ed Lloyd-Williams, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Sarah Galloway, Capgemini Invent
Fatima Tresh, EY
Bonnie Austin, EY
Sandra Ositelu, IMPOWER
Mariana Ceccotti, KPMG
Lauren Nicholls, Moorhouse Consulting
Alex Rylance, Netcompany
Hamed Amiri, PwC
Jessica Lewis, PwC
Experienced Leader
Edward James, Alba Partners
Katy Holiday, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Jason MacLeod, Capgemini Invent
Samrina Bhatti, EY
Janet Greenwood, KPMG
Laura Fitzpatrick, KPMG
Edward Charlish, Moorhouse Consulting
Lifetime Achievement Award
Alan Newbold, Arup
Warren Middleton, KPMG
Mark Enzer, Mott MacDonald
Ben Grinnell, North Highland
Chartered Management Consultant of the year
Jacqui Lees, AtkinsRealis
Richa Shukla, EY
Jon Richards KPMG 
Tim Payne, KPMG
Pandora Levinge, Moorhouse Consulting
Sam Bastable, PwC
Freya Adams, PwC
Anmut Consulting
NOKAMO Consulting
OutForm Consulting