Shortlist Announced for MCA Consultant of the Year Awards

The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is a step closer to finding Britain’s top consulting talent and can now reveal the names of the shortlisted candidates for the MCA Consultant of the Year Awards 2008.

The awards, run in association with The Sunday Times, recognise the outstanding work of Britain’s best management consultants. They inspire those thinking of a career in consulting, and also motivate more experienced consultants to further develop their skills and experience.

Hugo Were, President of the MCA 2008/09 commented:
“Given the current economic situation and the focus on the value of the public sector’s use of consultants at the recent party conferences, now is a very opportune time for the industry to recognise and celebrate Britain’s top consulting talent.

“In just their second year, entries to the awards are up by almost a quarter. This is a sign that consultants and their firms recognise that the MCA Consultant of the Year Awards not only offer a significant challenge, but also help identify and motivate high performers.”  

Candidates will 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. This year, the MCA’s new CEO, Alan Leaman will also join the panel of interviewers.

The shortlisted consultants are as follows:

Service Line Categories

HR Consultant of the Year

  • Paolo Moscuzza – ER Consultants
  • Catrin Oliver – IBM

  Change Management Consultant of the Year – sponsored by Serco

  • Nick Dussuyer – Bearing Point
  • Marietta Di Ciacca – Hitachi Consulting
  • James Spencer – IBM
  • Sarah Lucas  – KPMG

Strategy Consultant of the Year – sponsored by Turner & Townsend

  • Rashid Bashir  – Deloitte
  • atrick Corrigan  – Tribal Group
  • Jim Pateman – Tribal Group

IT Consultant of the Year– sponsored by Sapient

  • James Keatley – Accenture
  • Graham Walker  – Deloitte
  • Clara Challoner Walker  – IBM
  • John McCalla  – KPMG

Performance Improvement Consultant of the Year – sponsored by APM Group

  • Robert MacDougall – Axon
  • Andrew Leach – CSC
  • Gill Cooksley – E&Y

Marketing Consultant of the Year

  • Alasdair Macdonald – Accenture
  • Sarah-Jayne Williams – Bearing Point

Career Stage Categories
Best New Consultant – sponsored by Freshminds

  • Adrian Clutterbuck – Avail Consulting  
  • Charlie Ursell – Capgemini
  • Gavin Donaldson  – KPMG
  • Iain Kirwan  – KPMG

Future Consulting Leader – sponsored by Collinson Grant

  • Craig Bush  – Accenture
  • Natalie Johnson – E&Y
  • Amy Messham – IBM

Best Partner/Director of the Year – sponsored by BT Global Services

  • Gib Bulloch – Accenture
  • Jonathan Wright – Accenture
  • Adrian Edwards – E&Y
  • Karen Fitzgerald – E&Y

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.  

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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

MCA Consultant of the Year 2008 Judging Process and Panel
Each entry has been judged against seven criteria (client focus, leadership, teamwork, communication, project management, critical thinking, specialist knowledge). 2-4 entries have been shortlisted in each of the nine categories. Shortlisted candidates are invited to attend a 30 minute interview on either 13, 16 or 17 October 2008 where they will be questioned in more detail on the content of their entry and asked to support their submission verbally with real examples. Please be advised that the MCA cannot give feedback on entries not shortlisted for this competition.

The judges for 2008:

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
Alan Leaman, CEO, MCA.
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.