Britain’s Top Consulting Talent Recognised at MCA Awards

The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) recognised the shining stars of the UK consulting industry at the Consultant of the Year Awards 2008, run in association with The Sunday Times, on 13 November 2008. Management consultants from across the UK entered the nine award categories, and the winners were from a range of firms including IBM and Accenture who each walked away with two of the prestigious awards.  

Now in their second year, these awards celebrate the achievements of individual consultants at all stages of their careers. They inspire those thinking of a career in consulting, and motivate experienced consultants to strive to be the best. Clients rightly demand a huge amount from consultants – and for consultants it is not just about delivering what has been promised, but achieving beyond expectation.

Entries this year were up by 25 percent so competition was fierce. Over 100 guests attended the awards ceremony in London. The nine award winners and finalists were:

Best New Consultant
Iain Kirwan, KPMG

Adrian Clutterbuck, Avail Consulting
Charlie Ursell, Capgemini
Gavin Donaldson, KPMG
Best Director/Partner
Gib Bulloch, Accenture

Jonathan Wright, Accenture
Adrian Edwards, Ernst & Young
Karen Fitzgerald, Ernst & Young        

Future Consulting Leader    
Craig Bush, Accenture

Amy Messham, IBM
Natalie Johnson, Ernst & Young

Performance Improvement
Consultant of the Year
Robert MacDougall, Axon

Gill Cooksley, Ernst & Young
Andrew Leach, CSC

Change Management
Consultant of the Year
James Spencer, IBM  

Sarah Lucas, KPMG
Nick Dussuyer, BearingPoint
Marietta Di Ciacca, Hitachi Consulting
IT Consultant of the Year
Clara Challoner Walker,

James Keatley, Accenture
Graham Walker, Deloitte
John McCalla, KPMG
Strategy Consultant of the Year
Jim Pateman, Tribal

Rashid Bashir, Deloitte
Patrick Corrigan, Tribal
Marketing Consultant of the Year
Sarah-Jayne Williams, BearingPoint

Alasdair Macdonald, Accenture        

HR Consultant of the Year
Paolo Moscuzza,
ER Consultants

Catrin Oliver, IBM

The award categories were judged by a high profile panel made up of representatives from business schools, the media, government and business. Judges included:
Dr Duncan Angwin, Associate Professor in Strategy, Warwick Business School; Paul Vincent, Procurement Director, BT; Alyson Gerner, Commercial Deputy Director, Department for Children Schools and Families; and Richard Pharro, CEO, APM Group.

Hugo Were, President of the MCA 2008/09 commented:
“I would like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists in each of the nine categories. With MCA members employing over 30,000 consultants in the UK, these awards really do recognise the elite of Britain’s consulting talent. The MCA continues to play a key role in recognising and motivating high performers and with entries up by a quarter on 2007; these awards are now a permanent fixture in the industry calendar.  

At this economically challenging time, these awards highlight the important and valuable advice that consultants provide business and government. Those organisations that execute this advice will create more value and more jobs.”

The MCA would like to thank the category sponsors; APM Group, BT Global Services, Collinson Grant, Depaul Trust, Freshminds, Sapient, Serco, and Turner & Townsend.

For full details and information about the 2009 awards visit:  

For more information, please contact:
David Pippett
DWP Public Relations
Tel: 01225 833745 / Mobile: 07899 798197
Stephanie Henderson
Head of Communications
Management Consultancies Association
Tel: 020 7321 3993

The judges for 2008:
Dr Duncan Angwin, Associate Professor, Warwick Business School
Fiona Czerniawska, Managing Director, Arkimeda
Christine Dyke, Director, Partners in Development
Alyson Gerner, Commercial Deputy Director, Department for Children, Schools and Families
Peter Graham, FME Fellow, Bath School of Management
Mick James, Freelance Journalist
Alan Leaman, CEO, MCA
Richard Pharro, CEO, APM Group
Paul Vincent, Procurement Director, Recruitment, Consultancy & Professional Services, BT Group plc
Ken Whitton, Freelance Strategy Consultant


About the Management Consultancies Association
The MCA was formed in 1956 to represent the consultancy industry to its clients, the media and government.  Management consultancy is an increasingly important industry for the UK economy with management consultancy revenues for 2007 estimated at around £8bn.  MCA members represent around 70% of the UK consulting sector, employ around 30,000 consultants and work with most of the FTSE100 and all government departments. Eight of the top ten UK-based consulting firms (by consulting fee income) are members.        

The MCA supports its member firms with a range of services including events, publications, interest groups and public relations. The Association also works with its members to attract the top talent into the industry. The MCA provides advice on the selection and use of management consultants and is the main source of data on the UK market.

About The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times is Britain’s most successful and innovative broadsheet newspaper. It is renowned for the courage of its investigative journalism, the authority of its opinion pages, the indispensability of its news and business coverage and the breadth and depth of its features, ensuring more readers make time for The Sunday Times than any other quality paper.