International Management Excellence Awards 2018

The winners of the 16th Annual MPF Awards were announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the London Marriott, on the 7th March 2018.

Hosting this year’s Awards was Jo Caulfield, stand-up comedian, host and comedy writer.



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Category: Leadership & Strategy

Best managed international firm or network


(Sponsor – Allied Irish Bank (GB))

Best managed national firm or ogranisation

Smith & Williamson

(Sponsor – NatWest)

Best strategic leadership

ARC Pensions Law

(Sponsor – Lloyds Bank)

Best thought leadership

Korn Ferry

(Sponsor – Barclays)

Best leadership of a mould-breaking firm


(Sponsor – Infinite Global)

Best programme for leadership development

Bird & Bird

(Sponsor – Meridian West)

Best strategy implementation


(Sponsor – Santander)

Category: Operational Excellence

Best corporate culture

Bird & Bird

(Sponsor – Mytton Williams)

Best implementation of systems and technology


(Sponsor – HighQ)

Best collaboration with external specialists

Bird & Bird

 (Sponsor – Aon)

Category: The client journey

Best co-ordination in winning new work

Smith & Williamson

(Sponsor – PM Magazine)

Most innovative client service

Grant Thornton

(Sponsor – Microsoft)

Best provision of knowledge to clients

DLA Piper

(Sponsor – Vuture)

Category: Responsible Business

Best community engagement

A&L Goodbody

(Sponsor – Business in the Community)

Most inclusive firm

Grant Thornton

(Sponsor – The Sutton Trust)

Best philanthropy engagement

Prism the Gift Fund

(Sponsor – Philanthropy Impact)

Merit Categories

Exceptional achievement by an individual

David Kerr (Bird & Bird)

(Sponsor – Financial Times)

Exceptional achievement by a management team


(Sponsor – HBR)

Exceptional achievement by a firm

Foster + Partners

(Sponsor – MPF)

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