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After another record year of submissions, the shortlist for the 2022 MCA Awards has been announced. The winners will be announced at a special event in London, this November.

Hosted by industry body the Management Consultancies Association(MCA), the MCA Awards has become one of the key highlights of the UK consulting industry calendar. Its 25th annual ceremony will see a gala take place on the 14th of November 2022, at London’s Park Plaza. Presented by newsreader and broadcaster Huw Edwards, the awards will laud the best and brightest in the business.

The MCA has been the industry’s collective voice for more than six decades. Its members make up more than 60% of the UK’s £12 billion consulting industry, and employ roughly 45,000 professionals. After a record haul of submissions from those members, the MCA’s judges had their work cut out when it came to its shortlist – but after months of deliberation, they have whittled it down to a handful of choices across 25 categories.

Nominees from 36 firms announced for 2022 MCA Awards

MCA CEO Tamzen Isacsson said, “We are proud to present the firms and individuals who have been selected by the judges as finalists for 2022. The projects demonstrate the impact delivered by our sector to organisations across many areas of life from driving technology change in some of the UK’s biggest high street brands to assisting the public sector deal with critical issues like adult social care, safety on our railways and breast screening. Congratulations to all the finalists and our thanks go to the independent judging panel who completed a mammoth task in shortlisting this year’s entries.”

A total of 36 consultancies have made it to the interview stage for what the MCA says is “the most competitive year yet” for its event. Illustrating the scope and reach of their work, they will be joined by a total of 85 clients from across the private and public sector, helping to promote the results and impact they have achieved together, across a range of different categories

On top of the event’s pre-existing awards, two new award categories have been announced for 2022, in recognition of the work done by MCA member firms in the prominent areas of sustainability and inclusion. For the Sustainability Award, there must be demonstration of work that has enabled clients and consultancies to deliver sustainability benefits for organisations and/or the wider society in the UK or overseas. The Inclusion Award will meanwhile go to an individual who has excelled at championing and building inclusive workplaces and is a visible advocate and can demonstrate the impact of their work in their firm.

Also new for this year is the Chartered Management Consultant of the Year – recognising exceptional consultants who have been awarded Chartered Management Consultant (ChMC) status, since the qualification’s official launch in April 2021. The charter was developed to set and maintain the highest standards in management consulting. More than 3,000 consultants are currently on the path to achieving chartered status. Consultants from Arup, EY, IBM Consulting and PwC are all recognised in the augural award.

The awards are not just the preserve of the biggest firms, either. Alongside the likes of the Big Four, this year’s shortlist saw a 20% increase in SMEs making it to the final stage, compared to last year. Among them are firms like Coeus Consulting, which is up for the prestigious Technology Transformation category.

Ben Barry, Director, Coeus Consulting, said, “When we founded Coeus in 2013, our mission was to disrupt the dominance of the established players in the management consultancy industry. Being shortlisted for this award, with such a prestigious client, confirms that we are well on our way to achieving this goal.”

A full list of the nominees


Best Use of Thought Leadership
with Driving Awareness of the Social and Environmental Impact of technology
EY with UK Climate Business Forum
Grant Thornton with Sports England
PwC with Delivering better outcomes for children in care
PwC with Green Jobs Barometer

Change and Transformation in the Private Sector
Arca Blanca with Landsec
Cognizant with Waitrose Merchandising Operations
Cognizant with Royal London
Deloitte with Astra Zeneca Learning Transformation
Digital Workplace Group with The Estée Lauder Companies
EY with Lloyd’s of London
KPMG with Ricoh Europe
Moorhouse Consulting with Purplebricks
North Highland with GSK
PwC with National Grid – MyFinance Programme
PwC with Volvo Cars Global Care Experience Design

Change and Transformation in the Public Sector
with the Ministry of Defence
Cognizant with the Ministry of Defence
Cognizant with Network Rail
EY with the Department of Health and Health Service Executive (Ireland)
IBM Consulting with the Health Service Executive
IBM Consulting with the Scottish Government
Mason Advisory with the London Ambulance Service
Moorhouse Consulting with Oxleas
PwC with Oxfordshire County Council – Adult Social Care transformation

Commercial Impact
with MHRA
Curzon Consulting with Ramsay Health Care
Efficio with Kantar
Efficio with Yorkshire Water
Vendigital with Meggitt
Vendigital with Bonhams

Technology Transformation
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
with Public Health England
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence with Chiron
Coeus Consulting with Shell Energy
Deloitte with the Home Office
EY with Hastings Direct
IBM Consulting with the Phoenix Group
IBM Consulting with Reckitt
PwC with London South Bank University 

Arup with the Authority for Reconstruction with Changes
Credera with BOIP
EY with SAP
Mott MacDonald with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB)
PwC with SHARP-X – Heineken Europe

Performance Improvement in the Private Sector
Atos with Experian
BearingPoint with Hastings
EY with Network Rail (NR)
EY with EY with Leading Omnichannel Industrial Distributor
KPMG with Tesco
North Highland with MSD
Proxima Group with Baxters

Performance Improvement in the Public Sector
with Network Rail North West & Central
Atkins with On Network Works
CF with the NHS England Breast Screening Recovery Programme
EY with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
IBM Consulting with DWP
KPMG with Birmingham City Council
NECS Consultancy with Elective recovery
PwC with HMRC – EU Exit Customs Grant Scheme

People and Leadership
BearingPoint with Bupa
CF with the NHS National Workforce Recovery Programme
EY with Sellafield
IBM Consulting with Audi
PwC with PwC Consulting D&I Journey – making our many voices heard!

Social Value
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
with the Home Office
IBM Consulting with the UK Health Security Agency (HAS)
Netcompany with the Department of Health & Social Care
Propaganda with GenM – Making an invisible audience visible

Arca Blanca
with Avast
Atos with NHSX
CF with North Central London Community and Mental Health
EY with the UK Government Agency
PwC with Network Rail – East Coast Digital Programme Full Business Case
PwC with Stagecoach – Future growth options

Sustainability Award
with Health Care Without Harm
Arup with the UK Government (Cabinet Office and FCD) COP26 Sustainability Advisor
EY with Power by Britishvolt
IBM Consulting with UK Fashion and Textiles Association (UKFT) 
Inner Circle Consulting with Birmingham City Council

Mott MacDonald with Boston Barrier Tidal Flood Defence Scheme
PwC with Phoenix – Supporting TCFD / PRA implementation


Young Consultant of the Year
Hannah Winter, Amey Consulting
Isobel Vernon-Avery, Arup          
Helena Fawcett, BearingPoint    
Mahima Bansal, Cognizant          
Aakash Phulwani , EY     
Grace Bolton, EY             
Claire Hampson, Grant Thornton             
Ben Gibbins, Mason Advisory
Ben Williams, NECS Consultancy              
Beth Bradley, Proxima Group    
Adam Kavanagh, PwC    
Marnie Grant, PwC         

Apprentice of the Year
Akram Halim, Arcadis
Ryan O’Connell, EY         
Natalie Staszalek, EY      
Grace Blake, IBM Consulting      
Danielle Cragg, NECS Consultancy           
Alicia Leavitt, PwC          
Honor King, PwC             

Rising Star  Sponsored
Laura Santiago, BearingPoint
Matthew Greenhalgh, Credera  
Simran Mohnani , Deloitte          
Oliwia Widuto , Deloitte              
Rafah Mohamed, EY      
Yeshua Carter, EY           
Nick Moseley, Grant Thornton  
Blair Parkinson, Inner Circle Consulting 
Tim Deeker-Harris, Proxima Group         
Harry Glew, PwC             
Micaela Solis, Simon-Kucher & Partners
Jon Pacheco, Vendigital

Team Leader Consultant of the Year
Jessica Ridout, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Will Browne, CF
Danny Silk, CF   
Devika Vakil, EY
Hina Jain, EY      
Fiona Heslin, IBM Consulting     
Sarah Murgatroyd, IBM Consulting         
Ben Evans, IMPOWER
Matthew Nimmo, Inner Circle Consulting            
Paul Atherton, Mason Advisory
Caroline Canham, PwC  
Gemma Popple, PwC     

Thought Leader Consultant of the Year
Catriona Campbell, EY   
Rob Turner, Grant Thornton      
Bob Booth, IBM Consulting        
Angela Spatharou , IBM Consulting         
Georgina Carter, PwC    
Larice Stielow, PwC        

Technology Consultant of the Year
Bhagiyash Shah, BearingPoint    
Mandip Kaur, Cognizant
Katie Ivison, Deloitte
Harj Athwal, EY 
Jonathan McNaught, EY
Akhil Nair, GHD Advisory             
Christopher Robinson, IBM Consulting   
Beng-Tiong Tan, IBM Consulting              
Lee Crooks , KPMG         
Jasmina Pelivani, Netcompany  
Guy Farrer Fisher, PwC  
Louise Black, PwC           

Inclusion Award
Fathima Rahman, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Rebs Foran-Coutts, BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
Kim Warren, Credera     
Josh Graham, Deloitte
John White, Deloitte
Idris Memon, EY              
Sonia Sharma, EY            
Victoria Palmer, GHD Advisory  
Aidan Moran, IBM Consulting    
James Scrivener, PwC    
Nwachukwu Aghanya, PwC         

Experienced Leader Award
Rob Jones, Arup              
Jo Andrews, CF 
Pete Shanahan, EY          
Sean Casey, EY  
Adam Smith, NECS Consultancy
Alex Shaw, PwC
Julie Neal, Vendigital     

 Lifetime Achievement Award
Charles Oldham, Amey Consulting          
Darra Singh, EY 
Tracey Gilbert, IBM Consulting  
Michael Robinson, KPMG            
Richard Gane, Vendigital             

Chartered Management Consultant of the year
Ann Bicknell, Arup          
Raghu Ramkumar, Arup
Jennifer Low, EY              
Matt McCabe, EY            
Louise O Sullivan, IBM Consulting
Susannah Lindsay, IBM Consulting
Guy Watmore, PwC


Best New Consultancy