Shortlist announced for MCA Consultant of the Year Awards 2009

The Management Consultancies Association (MCA) is one 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 2009.  

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. The awards aim to inspire those thinking of a career in consulting, whilst motivating more experienced consultants to further develop their skills and experience.
The shortlisted consultants are as follows:
Change Management Consultant of the Year
·         Andrew Leach, Accenture
·         Derek Felton, Tribal
·         Kay Buckley, IBM UK
HR Consultant of the Year
·         Hamish Wilson, Deloitte
·         Rustin Richburg, Accenture
IT Consultant of the Year
·         Kal Sandhu, CSC
·         Wendy Stratford, Xantus Consulting
·         Will Cooper, Ernst & Young
Marketing Consultant of the Year
·         Gavin Pape, Ernst & Young
·         Julian Horberry, Propaganda
·         Stefan Fanfarillo, Accenture
Performance Improvement Consultant of the Year
·         Gerard Shore, KPMG
·         Graham Ramsden, BT Global Services
·         Neil Habgood, IBM UK
Strategy Consultant of the Year
·         Femi Ladega, CSC
·         Julian Burnett, CSC
·         Michael Booker, Tribal
·         Richard Lewis, Ernst & Young
Young Consultant of the Year
·         Devyani Gupta, Avail
·         Farida Bendahmane, CSC
·         Frances Lysak, Deloitte
·         Kimberley Hurd, Accenture
Future Leader of the Year
·         Alex Phelps, KPMG
·         Claire McCormack, Accenture
·         Lisa Henneghan, Deloitte
·         Tahir Ayaz, CSC
Outstanding Achievement Award
·         Brian Lever, CSC
·         Karen Downes, Accenture
·         Nadun Muthukumarana, CSC
·         Rakesh Majithia, KPMG
Alan Leaman, Chief Executive of the MCA commented:
“These awards recognise the top talent in the British consulting industry. The MCA works constantly with our members to attract the best people into consulting, and our Code of Practice puts high standards and clients interests first. This year’s entrants all displayed outstanding consulting skills and our congratulations go to the excellent consultants who have been shortlisted”
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 29 October in London and will be featured in a special Times supplement. 
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For more information, please contact:
Hilary Downes
Press Officer
Management Consultancies Association
Tel: 020 7321 4810 / Mobile: 07943 805594
David Pippett
DWP Public Relations
Tel: 01225 833745 / Mobile: 07899 798197
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.