Atos Consulting with The Hillsborough Independent Panel collected the Project of the Year Award at the 2013 Management Consultancies Association (MCA) awards.
The Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which killed 96 people, is the most serious tragedy in UK sporting history. After 20 years’ controversy about who was to blame, the Government took the unprecedented decision to publicly disclose material about the disaster.
In January 2010, the Hillsborough Independent Panel was set up to manage a new process of public disclosure, consult with the Hillsborough families, establish a public archive of material, and produce a report showing how the material added to public understanding of the tragedy. Chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool the Panel comprised eight members and was supported by the Hillsborough Secretariat.
The Director of the Secretariat brought in a team from Atos to devise and help implement a strategy for disclosure. The whole project was under extreme scrutiny from the public and involved compiling and sharing vast quantities of documents, reports and videos.
The result was a report that was far-reaching and unique in its scope and content and a new template for future inquiries of this sort. For this reason the work was awarded the Project of the Year award.
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