Consulting firm transforms future global logistics and wins major industry award

A management consulting firm that successfully transformed future global logistics won the prestigious Project of the Year Award at this year’s MCA Awards for the consulting industry.

Held at a packed Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster, the Awards evening brought together consulting firms and their clients to recognise outstanding projects and individual management consultants.

PwC has worked collaboratively with Rolls Royce Holdings Plc. to deliver an 18-month strategy-through-to-execution transformation project. The outcomes exceeded the targets for cost reduction, improved service levels, application of digital technologies and rigorous quality control.

Alan Leaman, Chief Executive of the MCA, said:

“To understand how to improve UK productivity and prosperity, you can do no better than look at the MCA Awards. This year the competition was of a higher standard than ever. Time and again, the finalist projects demonstrate the value of interventions to improve performance, transform businesses, take advantage of digital and raise the quality of public services.

The Project of the Year with Rolls Royce demonstrates the huge commercial and business benefits of working closely with a strong consulting team, particularly at a time of disruption and economic pressure.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists. Consulting today is more targeted, focussed, value-driven and valuable than ever!”

Awards for Consulting Excellence were given this year to PPL (for Ethical Behaviour), OEE Consulting (for Client Service and Value) and Thales Cyber & Consulting (for Professional Development). These Awards recognise outstanding performance and innovation in areas that support the nine principles of the MCA’s Consulting Excellence scheme, the hallmark of quality in consulting.

In all, PwC won four awards, Change Management in the Private Sector, Commercial Excellence, Best Use of Thought Leadership and Digital and Technology. Another high-profile winner on the night was Deloitte who picked up the Awards for Performance Improvement in the Private Sector, People, Strategy, and the individual Times Consultant of the Year, Sawood Pearce.

Overall it was a night that demonstrated the breadth of talent within the UK consulting industry.

The winning firms included Carnall Farrar, PwC, Deloitte, Atos Consulting, IBM, GE Healthcare Partners, Arup, PPL, OEE Consulting, Thales Cyber & Consulting and Simon-Kucher & Parners.

And the winning clients include Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, Softbank Group, Rolls Royce Holdings plc, Genomics – Cancer Fast Track Process, Syngenta, Barclays, TheCityUK, Direct Line Group, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Police Service Northern Ireland, Transport for London and Merck Sharp and Dohme / Heart of England and NHS Foundation Trust.

Besides his win as Digital and Technology Consultant of the Year, Martin Aspeli of Deloitte was also announced The Times Consultant of the Year. Other individual winners were Elisabeth Coates of North Highland (Change Management Consultant of the Year), Jason Coke of GE Healthcare Partners (Performance Improvement Consultant of the Year) and Rachael Holtzberg of Deloitte who won Strategy Consultant of the Year.

The Young Consultant of the Year Award went to Sawood Pearce of Deloitte.

The MCA Awards are judged by an independent expert panel of judges with experience of working in the private and public sectors, universities, consultancy and journalism.

The full list of winners can be found below. Details on each winning and highly commended project and further information on the MCA Awards are available at

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The 21st MCA Awards this year marked a new high in the quality of the entries. These prestigious Awards are highly valued by both consulting firms and their clients, who enter the project categories together. The full list of 2018 Awards is as follows:


Project of the Year
PwC with Rolls Royce Holdings plc

The Times Consultant of the Year (sponsored by The Times)
Martin Aspeli, Deloitte

Best New Consultancy (sponsored by Prism Executive Recruitment)
Simon-Kucher & Partners


Client Service & Value
OEE Consulting

Ethical Behaviour

Professional Development
Thales Cyber & Consulting


Best Use of Thought Leadership (sponsored by Kimble)
PwC with TheCityUK
Highly Commended:
Arup with C40

Change Management in the Private Sector
PwC with Softbank Group
Highly Commended:
Egremont Group with Snapfish

Change Management in the Public Sector
Carnall Farrar with Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
Highly Commended:
Deloitte with Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership 

Commercial Excellence
PwC with Rolls Royce Holdings plc
Highly Commended:
Simon-Kucher & Partners with London 2017 World Championships & World Para Athletics

Customer Engagement
IBM with Barclays 

Digital and Technology
PwC with Direct Line Group
Highly Commended:
Deloitte with AstraZeneca RPA

International (sponsored by Vodafone)

GE Healthcare Partners with Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Highly Commended:
Proudfoot with Rio Tinto (Oyu Tolgoi)
PwC with UK Department for International Development

People (sponsored by KellyOCG)

Deloitte with Police Service Northern Ireland

Performance Improvement in the Private Sector (sponsored by Mindbench)
Deloitte with Syngenta
Highly Commended:
Turner & Townsend Suiko Ltd with Tarmac

Performance Improvement in the Public Sector
Atos Consulting with Genomics – Cancer fast track process
Highly Commended:
GE Healthcare Partners with Ministry of Health, KSA

Social & Environmental Value

Arup with Transport for London
Highly Commended:
PwC with UK Department for for International Development

Deloitte with Merck, Sharpe and Dohme / Heart of England and NHS Foundation Trust
Highly Commended:
Arup with SAvIT


Change Management Consultant of the Year (sponsored by Change Management Institute)
Elisabeth Coates, North Highland
Highly Commended:
Peter Madden, Arcadis
Andy Morris, Egremont Group

Digital & Technology Consultant of the Year (sponsored by Thales Cyber and Consulting)

Martin Aspeli, Deloitte
Highly Commended:
Richard Thwaite, Chaucer Consulting
Seda Babur, PwC

Performance Improvement Consultant of the Year
Jason Coke, GE Healthcare Partners

Strategy Consultant of the Year
Rachael Holtzberg, Deloitte

Young Consultant of the Year (sponsored by Vendigital)

Sawood Pearce, Deloitte
Highly Commended:
Lucy Marsden, IBM