Taking the right decisions and actions to perform today and transform for tomorrow

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Faced with ongoing uncertainty and the pressures to do more with less, how do you strategically optimise your resources and innovate for future growth?

To design your strategy with delivery in mind, you need an understanding of the choices available to make evidence-based decisions. You will need to manage the advantages and challenges you face with confidence that the individual projects are measurable and supporting your overall ambitions.


Battle-scarred from real delivery experience, we develop enhanced strategies that are designed with the delivery in mind. As part of this process, our consultants work with you to help balance the competing needs of the business in delivering your strategy.

Strategic design and decision-making

Progress the right priorities by understanding your value and differentiators from other businesses. Understanding the value drivers and how they create a value chain enables decisions to be taken holistically, rather than in isolation and leads to effective evaluation of the business model.

Portfolio optimisation

Balance the investment of change resources to maximise outcomes and ROI. Just as resources and investments must be re-appraised, so too must the overall programme and portfolio to ensure that it continues to support your organisation to deliver its strategy.

initiative delivery

Initiative delivery

A healthy culture can unify your teams, make a positive impression on customers and help drive sustainable competitiveness. From diagnostic to blueprint development and creating people-centred interventions, enable your teams to move to a more productive state.

Mergers, acquisitions and divestments

Between 70% and 90% of mergers and acquisitions fail to meet expected cost savings and synergies. A fundamental rebalancing is required, with a greater focus on longer-term execution (including cultural and operational integration) plus better management of initial expectations.


We are privileged to be working with some of the UK’s largest and most innovative organisations on their most complex change programmes. View our case studies.

Creating the vision at the heart of the education sector

Market volatility around tuition fees and student funding, and the need to deliver a greater student experience, leaves many higher education establishments facing an uncertain future.

Strategy development and operating model blueprint

Following a new leadership team and staff changes, Gate One was engaged to develop and re-focus a strategy for HealthcareUK

Global joint venture integration: sales capability organisation design

Our client was undertaking the acquisition of another major retailer. This required a programme of work to optimise both teams for success including the design of a new commercial operating model, organisation structure and way of working.
MCA award winners


“The project to refresh the corporate strategy at UCAS was built upon the principle of working shoulder to shoulder with the senior leadership. A newly galvanised organisation has delivered tangible results off the back of the strategy work and is a great example of our mission to deliver change that counts.”

James Cooper, client director and winner of the MCA strategy award 2019



Our team of experts regularly shares their insights about making strategy happen across a range of sectors. You can read some of them here.

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Brian Darby
Brian DarbyBrian Darby| Client Directorlinkedin icon

Brian is an experienced consultant and programme director with eighteen years of consultancy and in-house operational experience both in the UK and Asia. He is passionate about helping leadership teams, be it through identifying what’s important and getting it done or driving turn-around programmes in challenging times.
Brian Darby
Client Director
Upneet AroraUpneet Arora| Managerlinkedin icon

Upneet is an experienced management consultant, specialising in strategy definition, M&A strategy, global business transformation, target operating model design, cost reduction and operational excellence. He has experience in designing and delivering on strategies across the full lifecycle of complex change programmes with the ability to influence at all levels. Upneet has excellent stakeholder management skills and thrives in complex and ambiguous environments.

30 October 2019Sustaining success requires a bold strategyFollowing multiple years of strong growth, it's important to revisit your strategy...
Upneet Arora
Tiffany Luk
Tiffany LukTiffany Luk| Principallinkedin icon

Tiffany is a driven, action-oriented professional with consulting experience spanning across business models, strategy and business transformations. She is experienced in designing and driving complex change and has had a focus on internationalisation, digital transformations and customer experience. She has worked across multiple sectors, with a strong passion for the consumer and retail sector, having worked with a range of major retailers both internationally and in the UK.
Tiffany Luk
Sarah Hardy
Sarah HardySarah Hardy| Consultantlinkedin icon

Sarah is a strategy and programme leadership consultant with experience designing and delivering large transformation programmes across multiple sectors. After completing her history degree, she spent two years with a large consultancy before moving to Gate One in June 2018. Sarah is studying for the CIMA certificate in business accounting that aligns to her interest in business planning and strategic decision-making. She is also training to be a coach as part of Gate One’s coaching programme and was a finalist for the 2019 MCA ‘young consultant of the year’ award.

History booksHistory books19 November 2019Why Strategy Happens: Lessons from HistoriographyThe study of history is the study of change, and why change happens...
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Sarah Hardy
Senior Consultant

If you would like to speak to Gate One about how we can support you with your transformation journey please contact Brian Darby, strategy lead, on