MCA announces finalists for 2019 consultancy awards

The MCA, the Management Consultancies Association, is delighted to announce that 40 of the UK’s leading consulting firms have been shortlisted in the MCA Awards.  PwC lead with 11 finalists, followed very closely by EY with 9 and Coeus Consulting with 7. The UK’s specialist SME consulting firms are well represented this year, with 22 firms making it through to the interview stage. Every year the MCA Awards provide a unique opportunity to see the work that consultants are producing across the country for both the public and private sector, providing value to the UK economy and wider society. Finalists have been recognised for the challenging issues and projects they have completed with positive client feedback and support. Many big name firms and organisations are represented in the work carried out by consultancies this year including Network Rail, Dixons Carphone, Transport for London, the NHS, E.on, Thomas Cook Money and Central Government.

For Performance Improvement in the private sector, Atkins has been recognised for the work they have done in helping Europe’s biggest airport, Heathrow, solve how it will deal with stringent new regulatory changes to airport security in the face of a 40% increase in passenger numbers without compromising the traveller experience.  Staying in the private sector, PwC is also nominated for helping Europe’s leading specialist electrical retailer Dixons Carphone establish an efficient finance platform and reporting environment.

Consulting plays an important part in finding improvements in the public sector and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence is recognised for the support it delivered with the Home Office to transform mobile biometrics identification to fight terrorism, strengthen law enforcements and support the immigration system. Meanwhile EY is recognised for its work with NHS emergency care. In its submission EY says there is good clinical evidence to show that the longer patients wait for emergency care, the poorer their health outcomes are likely to be. Over 18 months EY supported 13 NHS trusts to improve their performance against the 4-hour standard. Their work over this time has helped improve access to timely and quality care for over 350,000 patients.

Staying with the public sector, Ealing Council was facing a crisis with a growing budget and overwhelming demand for adult social care services. It partnered with iMPOWER to transform the way it delivered support to its most vulnerable residents and to redefine the way it delivered adult social care. Also nominated Change and Transformation in the Public Sector this key category is ATOS for its recent work with the Metropolitan police. The Met has transformed its local policing model to make better use of officer time and to work in a more efficient joined up and flexible way with reduced budgets.

Best use of Thought Leadership is a very competitive segment and this year covers issues such as the reinvestment in the UK’s crumbling infrastructure (Arcadis) and consulting companies who have played a pivotal role in the thought leadership behind the national health policy (Carnall Farrar). PwC has been nominated for its work with Energy UK on the adoption of Electric vehicles in the UK and for its successful work in assessing the business models needed to develop an effective, efficient and reliable electric charging infrastructure across the UK. Meanwhile PA consulting with the we PROTECT Global Alliance has been nominated as finalist for the work it has done devising a report, the Global Threat Assessment, designed to raise international awareness of sexual exploitation of children online.

Consultancies continue to play a huge role in digital technology transformation for clients. Arcadis has been recognised for its role in helping Network Rail to embrace digital technology to improve capacity, safety and reliability across key routes in its network. The company helped to deliver an innovative procurement and supply chain model to meet the needs of the new Digital Railway programme and for that reason has been nominated for the Commercial Excellence category. Simon-Kucher & Partners have also been nominated for its work with The Economist magazine, helping them define a commercial strategy that delivers long-term sustainable revenue (and profit) growth. Overall there are 6 finalists in the Commercial Excellence category.

Tamzen Isacsson CEO of the Management Consultancies Association said,

“The MCA Awards provide a rare opportunity to see the impressive results that consultancies deliver around the country with clients driving innovation, efficiency and change. From electric vehicles, to the NHS, the railway network and holiday resorts the subjects of the award nominations are diverse and challenging. For all clients and people thinking of a career in consulting they provide real life examples of why consultancy works and matters.”

In the Customer Engagement and Marketing category there were a wide range of entries, but the finalists are Simon-Kucher and Partners for its work with Center Parcs and PwC and the software giant Sage – for its Customer Success. Decision Technology was nominated in the same category for its work with asset manager Schroders. Consultancy firms are often tasked with creating and implementing Change and Transformation in organisations and OEE Consulting is highlighted for its work with ATOS transforming operations at NS&I, the UK saving institution. The firm was tasked with helping to transform NS&I’s operations to remain competitive following changing customer expectations and updates in financial technology. Bourton Group is shortlisted for its work with Cambridge Assessment, an international exams group which designs and delivers assessments to over 8 million learners in 170 countries across the world. Bourton Group helped to deliver an organisation wide business improvement programme which made significant savings, as well as developing a systematic approach to capability building.

Overall there are 21 award categories with 5 individual awards and 12 project awards. There are also awards for the Best New Consultancy, Consulting Excellence Firm of the Year, The Times Consultant of the Year and Project of the Year. Full details can be found below.



The judging process continues in January and February 2019 with the winners announced at the awards ceremony, on the 28th March 2019.

A full list of finalists can be found below:

Best Use of Thought Leadership sponsored by Kimble

Arcadis with Investing in Britain

Carnall Farrar with IPPR

iMPOWER Consulting with Hertfordshire County Council

Man Bites Dog with Korn Ferry

PA Consulting with WePROTECT Global Alliance

Parker Fitzgerald with UK Finance

PwC with Powering Ahead – Energy UK

Change and Transformation in the Private Sector sponsored by Vendigital

Coeus Consulting with E.on

Crimson & Co wit Bristol-Myers Squibb

EY with Kuantum

OEE Consulting with ATOS (NS&I account)

PwC with Ofgem

Change and Transformation in the Public Sector

Atkins with High Speed Two

ATOS with Met Police

BearingPoint with Network Rail

Cognizant with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

GE Healthcare Partners with Dubai Health Authority

iMPOWER Consulting with Ealing Borough Council

North Highland with The Foreign & Commonwealth Office

NHS North of England Commissioning with NHS England Midlands and East

PA Consulting with Defence Infrastructure Organisation

PPL with OptiMedis-COBIC

Commercial Excellence

Arcadis with Network Rail

Coeus Consulting with E.on

PA Consulting with Defence Infrastructure Organisation

PwC with Baker Hughes a GE company

Simon-Kucher & Partners with The Economist

Vendigital with Spectris

Customer Engagement and Marketing

Decision Technology with Schroders plc

PwC with Sage

Simon-Kucher & Partners with Center Parcs

Innovation in Digital & Technology

Curzon & Company LLP  with Anglian Water

Elixirr with Thomas Cook Money

EY with London Ventures

Jacobs with Transport for London

Parker Fitzgerald with UBS Bank

PwC with Royal Dutch Shell

Vendigital with Marketforce


Coeus Consulting with E.on

EY with Project Scale

North Highland with Pladis

Performance Improvement in the Private Sector sponsored by Mindbench

Atkins with Heathrow Airport Ltd

Bourton Group with Cambridge Assessment

Jacobs with United Utilities

PwC with Dixons carphone

Performance Improvement in the Public Sector

Amey Consulting with Network Rail

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence with Home Office Biometrics

Carnall Farrar with University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Curzon & Company LLP with Highways England

EY with Emergency care transformation in the NHS

EY with Integrated Single Energy Market (ISEM)

GE Healthcare Partners with Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS North of England Commissioning with NHS England

Prederi with Westminster City Council


Achieve Breakthrough with EDF Energy, Customers division

Arup with Transport for London

OEE Consulting with Willis Towers Watson

PA Consulting with Ministry of Defence

Sia Partners with PRI

Social & Environmental Value

Arup with Yorkshire Water

ATOS with Gosport Independent Panel

Chaucer Group with Care in Action

EY with Safe Water Enterprise Study

Sia Partners with Cadent Gas


Arup with Anglian Water

Elixirr with Investec

Gate One with UCAS

Prederi with Cobalt Institute

Sia Partners with EDF

Young Consultant of the Year sponsored by Kelly OCG

Rory MacDonagh, Arcadis

Tom Wright, Chaucer Group

Kerry Osborne, Coeus Consulting

Leonie Goddard, EY

Sarah Hardy, Gate One

Mariam Darwish, GE Healthcare Partners

Robin Hendrich, Jacobs

Arthur Mitchell, PwC

Danny Clink, PwC

Alfons Gudmudsson, Simon-Kucher & Partners

Team Leader Consultant of the Year

Holly McEwan, Arcadis

Laura Morroll, BearingPoint

Simon Reynolds, Coeus Consulting

Rebecca Samuel, GE Healthcare Partners

Jamie Ounan, Inner Circle Consulting

Katie Davidson, NHS North of England Commissioning

Tom Woodham, PwC

Thought Leader Consultant of the Year

Marcus Morrell, Arup

James Hatch, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Jon Ainger, iMPOWER Consulting

Chloe McDonald, North Highland

Amanda Widdowson, Thales Cyber and Consulting

Innovation Consultant of the Year

Phil Lewis, Corporate Punk

Edem Amooquaye, Curzon & Company LLP

Alice Blezat, EY

Samuel Pachoud, EY

San Misra, PwC

Outstanding Achievement sponsored by Thales Cyber and Consulting

Suzanne Lloyd, Arcadis

James Cockroft, Coeus Consulting

Anjum Hakim, PwC

Consulting Excellence Firm of the Year


BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Crimson & Co


Best New Consultancy

Coeus Consulting

Corporate Punk

Inner Circle Consulting

NHS North of England Commissioning

Parker Fitzgerald

Thought Provoking Consulting

Ipos Strategy3


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The Management Consultancies Association (MCA):

The MCA is the representative body for the UK’s leading management consulting firms. For over 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 MCA’s mission is to promote the value of management consultancy for the economy and society as a whole. The MCA’s member companies comprise over 60% of the UK consulting industry, employ around 45,000 consultants and work with over 90 of the top FTSE 100 companies and almost all parts of the public sector. The UK consulting industry is amongst the best in the world and a vital part of the business landscape. To see full list of current MCA members see link –

Compliance with the MCA’s tough entry criteria and adherence to the principles of Consulting Excellence means that MCA member companies are widely acknowledged to provide high quality services to their clients. Many of their achievements are recognised in the annual MCA Awards.