Finalists Announced for 2018 MCA Awards

30 of the UK’s leading consulting firms will be competing for the industry’s prestigious MCA Awards at a gala dinner on Thursday 26th April.

The MCA awards are the benchmark of quality within the profession, celebrating the best projects, individuals and initiatives in the UK consulting industry. Now entering their 21st year (2018), we are pleased to announce this year’s finalists.

Deloitte lead the way with 17 finalists, followed by PwC with 10. Other notable tallies include Arup with 9, IBM with 6 and Arcadis, GE Healthcare Partners and Mason Advisory with 4 each. Many of the UK’s specialist consulting firms are also well represented, making up around half of the firms on this year’s shortlist.

54 client organisations in total will be represented on the evening. Rolls Royce and Easyjet are amongst a robust consumer brand presence. Meanwhile, public-sector clients continue to be strongly represented with a number of exciting council, police and NHS as well as central government projects included.

Alan Leaman, CEO of the MCA, commented:

“The value of consulting has probably never been more important. British businesses are dealing with the consequences of the Brexit vote, a difficult economic outlook and massive levels of disruption and digitization. At the same time, the public sector is drawing on the best consultancies in order to achieve better value for taxpayers’ money and improve the quality of public services. These hard-fought Awards provide compelling evidence of the value of that consulting input.”

The Times Consultant of the Year will also be announced on the night, as well as the overall Project of the Year and Best New Consultancy. The Times will also be featuring all winners in a special supplement after the main event.

The 2018 MCA Awards finalists are as follows:

Project Awards:

Best Use of Thought Leadership (sponsored by Kimble)
Arcadis with United Utilities
Arup with C40
PwC with TheCityUK

Change Management in the Private Sector
Curzon & Company with AIG Life
Egremont Group with Snapfish
Gate One with Easyjet
PwC with Softbank Group

Change Management in the Public Sector
Deloitte with Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership 
Arup with Transport for the North 
Carnall Farrar with Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
Chaucer Consulting with Home Office
Inner Circle Consulting with Essex County Council
PPL with Innovation Unit and West London CCG
PwC with Epsom St.Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Commercial Excellence
Deloitte with N Brown Group
Curzon & Company with AIG Life
PwC with Rolls Royce Holdings plc
Simon-Kucher & Partners with London 2017 World Championships & World Para Athletics
Vendigital with Time Inc UK

Customer Engagement
Deloitte with Metro Bank
IBM with Barclays 

Digital and Technology
Deloitte with Hampshire County Council
Deloitte with AstraZeneca RPA
Atos Consulting with Healthy London Partnership
BearingPoint with BT
Capita Transformation with Scottish Breast Screening Programme
IBM with Meggitt M4
PwC with Direct Line Group
Thales Cyber & Consulting with Jaguar Land Rover

International (sponsored by Vodafone)
Arcadis with HSBC
Arup with CAA International (CAAi)
Coeus Consulting with Uniper S.E
GE Healthcare Partners with Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
OEE Consulting with Banamex and Citi
Proudfoot with Rio Tinto (Oyu Tolgoi)
PwC with UK Department for International Development

People (sponsored by KellyOCG)
Deloitte with Police Service Northern Ireland
KPMG with Civil Service Learning

Performance Improvement in the Private Sector (sponsored by Mindbench)
Deloitte with Syngenta
Jacobs with Health Facilities
Mason Advisory with Rathbone Investment Management
Turner & Townsend Suiko Ltd with Tarmac

Performance Improvement in the Public Sector 
Deloitte with Northumbria University
Atos Consulting with Genomics – Cancer fast track process
Ayming with Great Ormond Street Hospital
GE Healthcare Partners with Ministry of Health, KSA
North of England Commissioning Support with North of England Commissioning Support

Social & Environmental Value
Deloitte with Ada – The National College for Digital Skills
Arup with Transport for London

Deloitte with GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association)
Deloitte with Merck, Sharpe and Dohme / Heart of England and NHS Foundation Trust
Arup with SAvIT
KPMG with ViiV Healthcare
Individual Awards

Change Management Consultant of the Year (sponsored by Change Management Institute)
Andy Robins, Deloitte
Luke Picknett, Deloitte
Peter Madden, Arcadis
Andy Morris, Egremont Group
Elisabeth Coates, North Highland

Digital & Technology Consultant of the Year (sponsored by Thales Cyber and Consulting)
Martin Aspeli, Deloitte
Matt Proctor, Arup
Ramandeep Datt, BearingPoint
Richard Thwaite, Chaucer Consulting
Lloyd Hardwick, EY Seren
Oliver Kenton, EY Seren
Arabella Arcuragi, IBM
Seda Babur, PwC

Performance Improvement Consultant of the Year
Laurence Taylor, Deloitte
Jason Coke, GE Healthcare Partners
Arun Sharma, Mason Advisory
Jon De’Ath, Mason Advisory
Tony Cowpe Pendleton, PwC
Zillah Anderson, PwC

Strategy Consultant of the Year
Rachael Holtzberg, Deloitte
Thalita Marinho, PwC

Young Consultant of the Year (sponsored by Vendigital)
Sawood Pearce, Deloitte
Jemima Brown, Arup
Sohaib Sheikh, Arup
Joe Rumer, BearingPoint
Sara Al Tunisi, GE Healthcare Partners
Luis Delgado, IBM
Lucy Marsden, IBM
Sandra Perez, Inner Circle Consulting
Bharat Choragudi, Mason Advisory
Frances Holmes, Thales Cyber & Consulting

The following companies will be competing for the title of Best New Consultancy (sponsored by Prism Executive Recruitment).  To be eligible for this category you must have a project that has been selected as a finalist, and be entering the MCA Awards for the first time:

Carnall Farrar
Coeus Consulting
Gate One
Mason Advisory
North of England Commissioning Support
OEE Consulting
Simon-Kucher & Partners
Thales Cyber and Consulting


Consulting Excellence Awards:

Client Service & Value
Gate One
OEE Consulting

Ethical Behaviour

Professional Development
Thales Cyber & Consulting

Winners are decided by an independent panel of expert judges and will be announced at the Awards Dinner, held at the Park Plaza, Westminster, London on 26 April 2018.

The MCA offers a wide range of Awards sponsorship opportunities. For more information, please contact Sadaf Bibi, Events Project Manager either via, or 020 7645 7952.

Full details on the MCA Awards 2018 are available via


The MCA is the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms. For 60 years, the MCA has been the voice of the consulting industry, promoting the value of consulting to business, the public sector, media commentators and the general public.

The Consulting Excellence scheme, means that all MCA members are committed to highest standards of ethical behaviour, client service, and professionalism.