Introducing the 2017 Consultants of the Year

Individual consultants from Deloitte, Arcadis, DXC Technology, Inner Circle Consulting and PwC have all been recognised as the best in their discipline at the 2017 MCA Awards. Categories included Change Management, Digtial & Technology, HR, Performance Improvement, and Strategy with an award going to the Young Consultant of the Year and an Overall Prize for The Consultant of the Year, sponsored by The Times.

Please join us in congratulating the 2017 Consultants of the Year.

Sonia Storr, Deloitte – Times Award for Consultant of the Year

Sonia is a Director in Deloitte’s Organisation Transformation practice. She delivers large-scale transformation programmes and has particular strength supporting clients in the energy and resources industry to adapt to market challenges.

Sonia has delivered real impacts for her clients including the following specific contributions to the UK oil and gas industry:

  • Working with Shell to transform the organisation design, governance forums and the performance focus of individuals supporting Shell’s UK offshore “assets” (i.e. platform).”
  • Enabling Oil & Gas UK to refocus and restructure in response to changed market conditions and revised priorities.
  • Advancing thinking on changes needed to extend the viability of UK oil and gas through research with 18 organisations. The results were shared with the UK regulator, trade association and individual companies. (Ref: Making the Most of the UKCS: Cultural shift key to maximising economic recovery of oil and gas).

Outside the oil and gas sector her achievements include:

  • Structuring the change approach for a transformation portfolio at a global agri-business. The portfolio comprised 27 programmes to add $1 billion to EBITDA and release $600 million of working capital.
  • Defining a radically different vision for the IT function at a UK utility to create a ground-breaking “Alliance” model between organisations.

Olu Eriolu, Arcadis – Performance Improvement Consultant of the Year

I work with young people starting their careers or with limited experience or exposure to their sector. I coach, mentor, share mistakes and successes and in the last 24 months, I have successfully supported 10 young people into work. It is for this reason I am very passionate about what I do.

I have had the opportunity of working in an environment that actively promotes personal growth and I have learnt to transfer that experience to others. My life’s goal is to help change other people’s lives; and I relish the opportunity to work on projects that directly impact people’s lives. In my spare time, 

I have delivered a number of projects working with major UK water utility and Airport that support improvements in people’s lives or protect living standards. Recently, organisations have developed a focus to improve their risk and resilience performance given some of the new threats and global economic uncertainties.

I have quickly developed my capabilities to support these clients, delivering across sector, bringing rich experience in operational excellence and tailoring solutions. My focus is to help organisations transform their understanding of risk and resilience, enabling them to exploit opportunities to optimise, sustain and assure delivery of their priorities, for the benefit of their customers and stakeholders.

Jamie Ounan, Inner Circle Consulting – Strategy Consultant of the Year

Jamie is a founding Director of Inner Circle consulting. Jamie specialises in strategy, the development of complex business cases and the translation from concept to project implementation. Jamie leads on a number of complex commissions across the public and private sectors. Jamie’s experience covers the fields of planning and regeneration, life sciences, economic development, capital build projects, and corporate change.

Over the past 18 months no one will have had a greater impact on the end user and public life than Jamie. His strategic advice has lead to the expansion of the UK’s largest integrated cancer research and treatment hub, and progression of a £600 million pound regeneration programme in outer London among other projects. However, Jamie feels his best recent achievement is setting up and growing the outstanding team at Inner Circle Consulting, who’s relentless focus on innovation and delivering change has resulted in us working hand in hand with the UK’s most progressive businesses and public bodies.

Tim Price, PwC – Young Consultant of the Year

Tim is a Manager in PwC’s Operations practice, specialising in leading operational performance improvement programmes. He prides himself on delivering tangible and sustained results, working in a wide range of environments from the front office of a wealth management firm to the wards and operating theatres of NHS hospitals.

Tim’s work has delivered multi-million pound financial benefits, transformed the working environment of the client teams he has worked with and been recognised at the highest level of PwC and client leadership.

 David Woodhead, DXC Technology – Digital & Technology Consultant of the Year

David Woodhead, Consultant and Digital Transformation Partner at DXC Technology, is renowned for designing, implementing and driving business value from innovative digital solutions. His combination of analytical thinking and creative nous has seen him lead from the front to create DXC Technology’s 

innovative consulting methodology for digital transformation and clock an impressive number of successful client projects. He has helped transform and modernise the core business systems of a major member services organisation to realise new efficiencies; facilitated new ways of working and client engagement processes for a large engineering company and delivered a new digital customer experience for a UK restaurant chain.