Meet the 2017 finalists from the People category

Four People projects (sponsored by KellyOCG) have been selected as finalists for the 2017 MCA Awards. The award demonstrates the successful delivery of people-related change. This could be HR strategy and management, leadership, organisational development, pensions/ benefits/ compensation, performance management initiatives, training and development, recruitment, retention and motivation, or talent management.

The winners will be announced at the MCA Awards Ceremony & Dinner, held at the Park Plaza Westminster on Thursday 27 April 2017. All MCA awards are judged by an independent expert panel of judges who have experience of working in the public and private sectors, universities, consultancy or journalism.

The summaries of all the finalists can be found below:

Accelerating Experience with CitySprint

CitySprint’s incoming CEO was preparing a management buyout in early 2010. Despite huge potential, CitySprint lacked experience: a new CEO, new executive promotions, and new Private Equity ownership.

Accelerating Experience brought business and people leadership expertise and PE know-how, generating immediate results. Its approach, providing advice and transferring knowledge, built lasting strength in depth and grew executives’ capability to implement strategy:

* 2010: MBO completed; Dunedin invested £31m

* 2016: secondary MBO completed. With no new senior hires, CitySprint’s executives had tripled its value to £175m; sales to £146m; and EBITDA to £16.8m

Arup with East Midlands Leadership Academy (EMLA)

The NHS is under constant pressure of recruitment issues, agency costs, and staff have to do more with less; in 2015/16 the funding deficit was £2.6bn. This is why the NHS East Midlands Leadership Academy (EMLA) place such importance on nurturing leadership to improve services for patients, carers and service users.

Arup’s Emerging Leaders Programme gave EMLA a bespoke approach that allowed staff to work through real challenges, having a profound impact on their confidence to make a difference. Tangible outcomes include the reduction of A&E agency staff in one team equal to the starting salaries for three fully qualified nurses.

BearingPoint with Saga Plc


Saga was cautious about using Management Consultants, but selected BearingPoint’s Active Manager programme deliver the behavioural changes it needed.

BearingPoint’s work delivered a 5% increase in revenue, halved team performance variations and established a performance-focused management culture.

Not having used Management Consultancy before, BearingPoint worked hard to counter preconceptions, delivering sustainable change that aligned closely to Saga Services’ way of doing things.

Our work delivered a step change in the capabilities of Saga Services front line managers and operational coaches allowing Saga Services to upskill employees, and deliver the performance needed to succeed in a highly competitive market.

Efficio with Knect 365, an Informa business

Challenged to improve operational fitness, Informa KNect 365 identified procurement as a huge opportunity. There was just one problem – they had no formal procurement function.

Efficio identified immediate and significant savings opportunities and built a best-practice procurement function from scratch to ensure savings were delivered and sustained.

The new team was self-sufficient in just six months and the results have exceeded all expectations. Annualised savings almost 50% ahead of forecast have already been achieved – and the team continues to sustain these savings and use the skills, processes and tools transferred by Efficio to identify significant potential new savings, a testament to Efficio’s legacy.