Lauren Lyons

I love the variation that consulting brings and the positive solution led impact we have with our clients.

My first 2 years were as a Generalist consultant (being promoted to Senior Consultant in my first year), I then aligned to our Organisational Effectiveness Practice and was promoted to Associate. I then made the decision to start a family and subsequently took 9 months off for maternity. I returned working 3 days a week across the public and private sector managing organisational transformations with my clients. I believed it was important to show to my peers that it was possible to have a fulfilling career while also having a fulfilling family lifestyle. That same year my growth and achievements were recognised and I was promoted to Engagement Manger. I have since been back at work full time for a little longer than a year and in addition to my project delivery role at clients, I am UK&I Chief of staff and led our Women of Oliver Wyman (WOW) network in 2020/2021, which focuses on building a community within the London office where women can thrive and collaborating with other women’s networks.

I was the first person in my family to go to University. My head of sixth form was against me applying for Oxford as she didn’t think my application would be successful. This taught me an early lesson to listen to the people who broaden your horizons and tell you what you could do, instead of what you can’t do. A degree and masters later, in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, and post completion of my DPhil studying Influenza virus all at Oxford University I joined the world of consulting. I joined consulting after my DPhil as I felt I still had so much to learn and wanted to broaden my experience outside of science and academia. I have now worked for Oliver Wyman for 5 years across 20+ projects, within many industries and across international locations.