Broadcaster and author Clare Balding CBE has been announced by the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) as the presenter for the MCA Awards 2023 taking place at a new larger venue in London, the Grosvenor Hotel, in the Autumn. The MCA Awards, now in their 26th year, will recognise the transformational work the management consulting sector is delivering for society as well as championing the individuals who are having a significant impact in their careers. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner taking place in London on Monday 9th October attended by the management consultancy sector and key stakeholders including Government, national media, and major client organisations. 

 This year’s MCA Awards have experienced a record year of participation and interest from across the consulting sector and over 50 firms have entered their project teams and individuals with entries up nearly 10% on last year, which was itself a record year. The MCA Awards has attracted participation from across the diversity of the sector with large, medium, and small firms all competing against each and 30 of the firms are SMEs. The panel of 50 independent judges is currently marking several hundred entries and deciding which firms and individuals will be shortlisted to the finalist stage based on strict marking criteria. Judges mark the entries with no knowledge or information about the name or size of the firm entering or the individual names. The finalists will be announced on the MCA website on 22nd May. The MCA Awards sold out six weeks in advance of last year’s event and for this reason it will be hosted at a new bigger venue in central London in October. 

 Clare Balding is an award-winning broadcaster and author. She has worked on every Olympic Games since 1996 and on every Paralympics since 2000. Clare won BAFTA’s Special Award for her work on London 2012 and continues to present major events in sport, factual documentaries, and Royal events, including commentary of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for BBC One. A passionate campaigner for equality and women’s sport, Clare is also a best-selling author of numerous books and children’s novels. In June 2022, it was announced Clare had been awarded a CBE for her services to Sport and Charity which she was honoured to receive at Buckingham Palace, in December 2022. 

Tamzen Isacsson, MCA Chief Executive, said:  

“Clare Balding is one of Britain’s best broadcasters and we’re thrilled she has agreed to present this year’s MCA Awards which champion the value our sector delivers to society and our clients in the UK and globally and the talented people working in our industry. It’s another record-breaking year with stiff competition for those wanting to make it to the finalist stages and we look forward to hosting the successful project teams and individuals at two new prestigious venues this year. The MCA Awards continue to grow year on year and this leading event is a key opportunity for our industry to come together with clients and to champion the results we deliver and the amazing talent in our sector.”  

 The MCA Awards 2023 timeline is as follows:  

Monday 22 May 2023   Finalists announced on MCA Website  
 June 2023   Interviews of Finalist Entries  


September 2023   Finalists Drinks Reception at the Tower of London 
Monday 9 October 2023   Awards Ceremony & Dinner at Grosvenor Hotel  
October 2023   Awards Supplement in The Times  

 Overall, for 2023, there are 25 award categories with 10 individual awards and 12 project awards as well as an award for Best New Consultancy, The Times Consultant of the Year and Project of the Year. Full details including information on ticket and table bookings for the event taking place at the Grosvenor House in London can be found at 

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