Hillsborough Independent Panel Wins Top Prize with Atos Consulting at the 2013 MCA Awards

The Hillsborough Independent Panel has won the Project of the Year Award with Atos Consulting at the 2013 MCA (Management Consultancies Association) Awards held last night (18th April) at London’s Hilton Hotel Park Lane.

The Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which resulted in the deaths of 96 people, remains the most serious tragedy in UK sporting history. The independent Panel uncovered the truth of what happened and has given the families and the wider public vital information.

The winning project involved compiling and sharing thousands of documents, transcripts, videos and reports from widely different sources. Atos developed close and trusting relationships with every contributor. The project was always under intense public scrutiny and required great sensitivity and care.

The result was a report that was far-reaching and unique in its scope and content and a new template for future inquiries of this sort.    

Ken Sutton, Director, Hillsborough Secretariat, commented: “Atos worked seamlessly and tirelessly with us. They met every challenge with creativity, finding solutions every time.”

Alan Leaman, Chief Executive of the MCA, said: “This year’s judges commented that the standard of projects was particularly impressive. The industry is delighted to recognise the great achievements of the Hillsborough Independent Panel on such an important issue. Congratulations to them and to Atos Consulting.”

The 2013 awards included two new project categories for Commercial Excellence and Social and Environmental Value, and two new individual awards for Young Consultant of the Year and Consultant of the Year. There was also a first award for the Best New Consultancy Firm

The full list of Awards winner is:
Project of the Year
Atos Consulting with Hillsborough Independent Panel
Times Award for Consultant of the Year
Lasse Lund, Deloitte
Best New Consultancy
Change Management in the Private Sector (sponsored by BLT)
Challenge Consulting with Hitachi Capital UK
Highly Commended: Boxwood with Tube Lines; PwC with Adecco Group UK & Ireland
Change Management in the Public Sector
Atos Consulting with NHS Staffordshire Commissioning Support Unit
Highly Commended: CAPITA with Birmingham City Council, Adults & Communities; Hay Group with Isle of Anglesey Council
Commercial Excellence (sponsored by the Association of Business Schools)
Efficio with Thames Water Utilities Ltd
Highly Commended: Accenture with Mircrosoft
Customer Engagement (sponsored by CHA PR)
iMPOWER wtih Buckinghamshire, Staffordshire and Hertfordshire County Councils
Highly Commended: KPMG with RBS Group
Finance and Risk Management (sponsored by IHN Insurance Brokers)
Ernst & Young with Credit Suisse
Highly Commended: Hudson & Yorke with Zurich Insurance Group 
Innovation (sponsored by Karlson UK)
PPL (Private Public Ltd) with Nesta
International (sponsored by Truphone)
Elix-IRR with Standard Bank
Highly Commended: Deloitte with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
PwC with National Apprenticeship Service
Highly Commended: PwC with Direct Line Group
Performance Improvement in the Private Sector (sponsored by Mindbench)
PwC with Bombardier Transportation
Highly Commended: North Highland with Allen & Overy
Performance Improvement in the Public Sector 
KPMG with West Midlands Police
Social and Environmental
Atos Consulting with Hillsborough Independent Panel
Highly Commended: PwC with Department for Education; PwC with Puma SE
Strategy (sponsored by INCo)
PwC with Vodafone, Telefónica, O2, EE and Weve
Highly Commended: Kepner-Tregoe (KT) with the DAL Group
Technology (sponsored by North Highland)
Ernst & Young with UK Border Agency
Highly Commended: Arup with NATS
Change Management Consultant of the Year
Sayeh Ghanbari, Ernst & Young LLP
Highly Commended: Umang Patel, CSC
HR Consultant of the Year
Mark Bowden, Deloitte
Performance Consultant of the Year
Lasse Lund, Deloitte
Highly Commended: James Bowman, PwC
Strategy Consultant of the Year
Yunus Ozler, Ernst & Young LLP
Highly Commended: Paul Le, CSC
Technology Consultant of the Year
Guy Lucchi, CSC
Young Consultant of the Year
Rebecca Lloyd, PwC
Highly Commended: Phil Humber, CSC



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