The UK’s top digital consultants of 2016

Consultants from five different firms have made the shortlist for the Digital Consultant of the Year at the 2016 MCA Awards. The category recognises consultants who demonstrate exceptional performance in either digital or technology.  The summaries of all the shortlisted entries can be found below:

Chris Lyth, Arup 

Chris is a hugely valued digital consultant at Arup. He is passionate about transforming information systems and delivering real business value to clients. He is that rare creature, a technology specialist who is able to speak the language of business strategy to clients, and most importantly, transform IT systems so that they better serve business objectives. In heading up teams on a number of high pressure projects for high-profile clients, Chris has also proven himself to be an exceptional leader, project manager and communicator. Applying his skills as an enterprise architect, managing dozens of stakeholders and his own team, Chris has shown qualities that mark him out as a consultant to watch. 

David Moran, CSC

David Moran is a highly-respected Consulting Leader and Solution Director at CSC, acutely valued for his unique ability to embed the most cutting-edge, mind-boggling technology solutions within some of the UK’s most challenging public sector organisations.

Applying clear-cut thinking, crystal-clear communication, flexibility and stamina, David delivers high-profile projects that affect the lives of everybody in the UK. It takes a remarkable consultant to lead such high-stake projects and David’s track-record speaks for itself, e.g:

  • Implementing a target-smashing UK passport application system, with brand-new online capability.
  • Pioneering the UKs first digital model of the UKs rail network to realise £45million+ by 2019.
  • Improving workforce safety at Network Rail under tremendous pressure. 

Andy Bourne, Deloitte

Andy is a Director and is Head of the Digital Platforms group within Deloitte Digital. He specialises in digital experience and digital marketing technologies and also leads the Adobe alliance for Deloitte in the UK. Predominantly focused on his clients in the private sector; he gives advice to inform their digital technology choices and leads teams to design and build integrated technology solutions to improve omnichannel customer experiences.

Andy has delivered digital initiatives and solutions for major telecoms and media clients including Virgin Media, BT, Verizon, Lions Festivals and the BBC.

Matthew Wright, EY 

Matthew Wright is EY’s ‘go to’ digital and technology consultant often brought in to rescue demanding transformational projects. At National Grid, he accelerated the delivery of a £25m SAP release for a gas emergency response that was core to customer safety. For Nokia, he coordinated the delivery of an entirely new IT ecosystem across eight suppliers, four countries and 800 users in just six months.

As well as a 20 year consulting career, Matthew draws on his previous experience as a teacher during the Apartheid era in South Africa to challenge others’ thinking. He firmly believes artificial boundaries shouldn’t exist amongst groups of people, including consultants and clients, taking every opportunity to support others by transferring his own methodologies and delivering training sessions around the world. 

Ross Mardle, PwC

Leading the IT Function Transformation practice, Ross has been instrumental in developing PwC's strategy and plans around how technology can be harnessed and enabled to support business change.

Working within the TMT sectors that are rapidly adopting new business strategies and delivering disruptive products to others, Ross has led a number of major technology transformation projects, including the largest for the UK consulting business in 2014. These engagements have included new and innovative client contracting approaches that have subsequently been used as the basis of a number of other client projects.

The winners will be announced at our Awards Ceremony & Dinner, held at the Park Plaza Westminster on 21 April 2016. 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.