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Women in Consulting

The MCA supports industry efforts to improve progress on diversity and inclusion, implementing best practice and monitoring the diversity of the consultancy sector workforce over time. One of the key areas of focus is promoting women in consulting, championing inspirational stories, sharing ideas and working to encourage women in the sector, to increase progression at senior levels in the industry.

The MCA Women in Consulting Working Group meet regularly to discuss important topics within this agenda.

Over 350 MCA members attended the MCA Women in Consulting launch event in 2020, hosted by Maryam Moshiri, Chief News Presenter, BBC and with speakers from PwC, Mott Macdonald, EY, KPMG, Cadence Innova and Deloitte. A video was also produced which showed the responses of member firms on why they think it is important that there is drive in encouraging women into the consulting sector and increasing progression.

The MCA Women in Consulting Working Group members are currently as follows:

  • Wendy Tipper, Arup
  • Annette Chapman, Atkins
  • Ceri Hartnoll, Aveas Partners
  • Laura Parrott, BearingPoint
  • Ellie De Roy, Cadence Innova
  • Susan O’Donnell, Credera
  • Rachna Trehan, Curzon Consulting
  • Payal Vasudeva, Deloitte (Chair of the Committee)
  • Barbara Guignard, Efficio
  • Louise Rey, Gate One
  • Christina Alexander, IBM Consulting
  • Payal Jain, Jcurv 
  • Nicola Hooper, Mott MacDonald
  • Ally Robson, NECs
  • Caroline Cooke, North Highland
  • Claire Kennedy, PPL
  • Anna Nuttall, Procura Consulting
  • Jayne Wardale, Proxima Group
  • Diane Shaw, PwC
  • Jo Bracey, Sysdoc
  • Sascha Ashton-Barber, TDP

Please click here to access a list of resources relating to policies and support available for women in consulting, as recommended and shared by members of the MCA’s women in consulting working group. This resource page is password protected for MCA members only, please email for access to this page.’

To find out more or if you are interested in participating in the MCA Women in Consulting Working Group, please contact Please note we ask for one representative from each MCA member firm to sit on this working group.