Nominations Sought for MCA Consultant of the Year 2008

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Consultant of the Year Awards, the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) has launched the 2008 Awards in conjunction with The Sunday Times. The awards celebrate the achievements of individual consultants at all stages of their careers and provide an insight into what it takes to be an outstanding management consultant. UK consulting firms are invited to submit up to ten nominations across nine categories.

At the 2007 awards, Consultants from Deloitte were the most successful, picking up three awards for IT Consultant, HR Consultant and Best New Consultant of the Year. The nine award categories will again be judged by a panel of senior figures from business schools, media, government and business which includes: Richard Pharro, CEO, APM Group, Alyson Gerner, Commercial Deputy Director, Department for Children Schools and Families and Karen Robinson, Supplements Editor, The Sunday Times.

Hugo Were, President of the MCA 2007/08 commented:
“Our industry relies on a constant supply of bright, young talent.  For this reason, the MCA works constantly with its members to attract the best people into consulting, and then to develop and motivate them so that they stay and make a lasting contribution both to their firms and to their clients’ organisations. After the successful launch of the awards in 2007, I anticipate that this year’s awards will be even more competitive across the nine categories.”

The awards aim to inspire those thinking of a career in consulting, whilst motivating more experienced consultants to further develop their skills and experience. Consulting firms can submit up to ten nominations.

Service Line Categories

  1. HR Consultant of the Year
  2. Change Management Consultant of the Year – sponsored by Serco
  3. Strategy Consultant of the Year – sponsored by Turner & Townsend
  4. IT Consultant of the Year
  5. Performance Improvement Consultant of the Year – sponsored by APM Group
  6. Marketing Consultant of the Year
  7. Career Stage Categories
  8. Best New Consultant
  9. Future Consulting Leader – sponsored by Collinson Grant
  10. Best Partner/Director of the Year

Deadline for entries is 31 August 2008. The winners will be announced at a reception on 13 November in London and will be featured in a special Sunday Times supplement on 16 November 2008.  

For further information on the awards or regarding the submission of entries visit  or contact Jackie Arnett at MCA on 020 7321 3996 or email For sponsorship enquiries, please contact Sarah Taylor on or call 07772 430999.


For more information please contact:
Joy Burnford
Acting Operations Director
Management Consultancies Association
Tel: 020 7321 3994 / 07968 762404

David Pippett
DWP Public Relations Limited
Tel: 01225 833745/07899 798197

How to enter
For an entry form go to
Each firm can submit up to ten nominations.  These should be co-ordinated by one person who is not a nominee.  Each entry should consist of an entry form, a personal statement along with details of published material, a list of projects and a client testimonial (see entry form for further details).  There should be a completed entry form with a printed submission for each nominee.  Entries must be received with payment by 31 August 2008.

Consultant of the Year Judging Process and Panel
Each entry will be judged against the seven criteria (client focus, leadership, teamwork, communication, project management, critical thinking, specialist knowledge). Three entries will be shortlisted in each category and shortlisted candidates will attend an interview on either 13th, 16th or 17th October 2008 when they will be questioned in more detail on the content of their entry and asked to support their submission verbally with real examples.

The judges will include:
Dr Duncan Angwin, Associate Professor, Warwick Business School
Christine Dyke, Director, Partners in Development
Alyson Gerner, Commercial Deputy Director, Department for Children, Schools and Families
Peter Graham, FME Fellow, Bath School of Management
Mick James, Freelance Journalist
Carol Lewis, Editor, The Career, The Times
Richard Pharro, CEO, APM Group
Karen Robinson, Supplements Editor, The Sunday Times
Paul Vincent, Procurement Director, Recruitment, Consultancy & Professional Services, BT Group plc
Ken Whitton, Freelance Strategy Consultant

About the Management Consultancies Association
The MCA was formed in 1956 to represent the consultancy industry to its clients, the media and government.  Management consultancy is an increasingly important industry for the UK economy with management consultancy revenues for 2007 estimated at around £8bn.  MCA members represent around 70% of the UK consulting sector, employ around 30,000 consultants and work with most of the FTSE100 and all government departments. Eight of the top ten UK-based consulting firms (by consulting fee income) are members.        

The MCA supports its member firms with a range of services including events, publications, interest groups and public relations. The Association also works with its members to attract the top talent into the industry. The MCA provides advice on the selection and use of management consultants and is the main source of data on the UK market.
About The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times is Britain’s most successful and innovative broadsheet newspaper. It is renowned for the courage of its investigative journalism, the authority of its opinion pages, the indispensability of its news and business coverage and the breadth and depth of its features, ensuring more readers make time for The Sunday Times than any other quality paper.