• The MCA Awards newly created category saw seven outstanding finalists coming from a variety of consulting firms and backgrounds
  • The ChMC award recognises the talents, skills and experience that quality management consultants embody
  • Chartered Management Consultant of the Year is awarded to Susannah Lindsay from IBM Consulting

The MCA Awards 2022 saw over 900 business and government leaders gather together at the Park Plaza Westminster to celebrate the value UK consulting brings to both the private and public sector and its impact on our society. For 2022, the MCA announced 25 categories of awards including prizes for firms, project and individuals.

This year saw the introduction of the Chartered Management Consultant (ChMC) of the Year award which recognises the talents, skills and experience that quality management consultants embody. The ChMC of the Year is awarded to a Chartered consultant who has shown they have all those qualities and knows how to employ them.

Seven strong contenders for the award were up as finalists with Susannah Lindsay from IBM Consulting announced as the winner at the ceremony. She was particularly praised by the judges for her ability to deliver challenging programmes, coaching teams to perform, and bringing an infectious positive energy to all who work with her. Her ability to build relationships with her stakeholders and to be regarded as a trusted advisor whom they can rely on was noted by the judges as a quality that really set her apart from the competition.

Matt McCabe, EY and Guy Watmore, PWC were the two other finalists highly commended within the newly created category.

Susannah Lindsay, a senior consultant at IBM Consulting is the first person to win the Chartered Management Consultant of the Year Award.

Susanna Lindsay said:

“I am delighted to have been chosen as the winner at this year’s MCA Awards. I used to really struggle with how to introduce myself to clients; the job titles I used were either often not recognised by clients or didn’t align with the value I bring. Becoming a Chartered Management Consultant means that I am part of an accredited, respected and high-quality group of professionals – something which is instantly recognised by clients. Personally, introducing myself as a Chartered Management Consultant has opened doors to new opportunities and closed the door on my imposter syndrome.” 

Ann Francke OBE CEO of the CMI said:

“Congratulations to Susannah Lindsay on winning Chartered Management Consultant (ChMC) of the Year. All of us at CMI see the Chartered Management Consultant status as a great tool to help transform management standards across the sectors and are proud to work with MCA in delivering this award. Our congratulations to all the highly impressive finalists as well. We look forward to seeing the wider influence their chartered status has among their clients and wider industries.” 

During the event Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive of the MCA, said in her speech: 

“50 firms and 4000 consultants have joined the journey to become Chartered Management Consultants with its focus on raising standards and rigorous ethics. We introduced new categories this year highlighting the priorities and values of our times. And as recognition of how the Chartered Award has become embedded in our profession a new award for Chartered Management Consultant of the Year. Congratulations to all the Chartered finalists.”

The ChMC Award is the highest recognition of a management consultant’s expertise, experience and ability given within the profession. To date, over 600 consultants have been awarded Chartered Status with more than 4,000 currently on the journey and over 50 firms engaged on ChMC accreditation. Accredited firms range in size from larger firms such as PwC, EY, KPMG and IBM Consulting, Arup and Moorhouse to smaller firms including PPL and Akeso and Co.

A full list of the MCA Awards 2022 winners can be found here.

You can now download the MCA Awards 2023 timeline from here.