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Nathan Marston

Partner, London
Leader of our UK Innovation Practice, bringing deep expertise on the design, governance, and measurement of organization-wide innovation processes and large-scale change programs, as well as sector expertise in telecommunications, media, and technology

About Nathan

Nathan joined McKinsey in 2001 and, following a year serving high-tech clients from our Silicon Valley office in 2005, returned in 2006 to the London office, where he is a partner. He has served clients in the telecommunications, media, and technology sectors across a range of geographies, including Russia, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with a focus on transformation and innovation.

Nathan’s client experience includes developing a series of new innovation platforms for a leading professional-services provider, targeting bottom-line impact of over $600 million per year, using McKinsey’s I2A (Insight to Action) idea-creation process. He also designed and helped launch a 2-year commercial-transformation program for a European telecommunications operator, targeting over $300 million in bottom-line impact. And he helped shape a cost-transformation program for a global bank, targeting over $1 billion per year in bottom-line impact.

In the innovation space, Nathan focuses on the development of innovation capabilities and the measurement of innovation performance. He regularly speaks at conferences and meetings across Europe, including the World Economic Forum Innovation Top 100 CTOs and the G8 Innovation meetings.

On transformation, Nathan focuses on the architecture and governance of change, including how to control and manage the high level of change created by large-scale transformation programs. This work includes the development of objectives, metrics, and incentives to enable effective delivery of change.

Nathan’s PhD research involved the design of 3-D displays. He holds several international patents on this technology. In his spare time, he builds and races motorbikes.

Published work

The eight essentials of innovation,” McKinsey Quarterly, April 2015

Innovation matters: Reviving the growth engine, McKinsey & Company, June 2013 (PDF-16.4 MB)


University of Cambridge (Christ's College)
PhD, photonics and optics

University of Cambridge (Christ's College)
MEng, electronic materials

University of Cambridge (Christ's College)
MA, electronics and information studies