About Emma

Emma is a partner in McKinsey’s London Office. She is a leader in the Strategy and Corporate Finance Practice and in this capacity she conducts research into the role of the Chief Strategy Office, regularly working with new Chief Strategy Officers to help them define their priorities.

Emma’s client work improves the performance of a variety of enterprises in the public and private sectors, and is often focused on managing complexities at the interface between the two. She spends most of her time working with materials, energy and defence organisations in the UK, many of which have global reach. For example, she recently helped one of the world’s largest mining companies rethink its Board-level strategic priorities in light of emerging geopolitical, demographic and technical macro-trends. She also helped create a public/private strategy to provide electricity to 4 million households in Southern Africa.

Emma regularly works with government and has created billions of pounds of cost savings by improving contract management of industry-provided equipment support services. She has also informed strategic decisions in government. For example she recently developed and evaluated options for turning around a government-owned, multi-million-pound enterprise.

Emma’s thinking on strategic topics has been published in the McKinsey Quarterly and the Harvard Business Review blog network. She leads McKinsey UK’s Women as Leaders network and authored McKinsey’s research on advancing women’s equality in the UK, a topic about which she regularly speaks.

Published work

The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United Kingdom,” McKinsey Global Institute, September 2016

Who’s Better at Strategy: CFOs or CSOs?,” Harvard Business Review (Blog Network), January 2016

Building a better partnership between finance and strategy,” McKinsey on Finance, October 2015

What Makes a Great Chief Strategy Officer,” Harvard Business Review (Blog Network), May 2015

Rethinking the role of the strategist,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2014

Past experience

Emma first joined McKinsey as a Business Analyst in London. She later worked on international development strategies with governments, UN agencies, and non-governmental organisations before returning to McKinsey.


Cambridge University
MEng, Manufacturing Engineering

Columbia University

London Business School