Senior Team

Rupert Barclay

Managing Partner, Co-head of Education Practice

Rupert Barclay

Rupert’s strategic advisory career spans twenty-five years working in consulting and in industry. He spent ten years at LEK Consulting, the last five as a partner, working on a wide variety of strategy and M&A assignments in various industries. He followed this with spells as Head of Strategy and M&A at two top 50 UK companies, Allied Domecq and Reuters. He is Chairman of Sanditan Investment Trust, Director of FTSE-listed Lowland Investment Company plc and of a number of private companies, and was formerly a Board member of Dimension Data plc until its acquisition by NTT Communications Corporation in 2010 and Instinet Inc. He has an MA in Classics from Cambridge, an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Jorge Amirola

Partner

Jorge Amirola

Jorge specialises in the media and technology sectors, with a particular focus on advertising and marketing, events and B2C and B2B media and information. His consulting experience comprises a wide range of strategy and M&A advisory assignments (in transactions ranging from £10m to £1bn+) including, among others, strategic reviews, market entry and product development, pricing, commercial and vendor due diligence. Jorge’s career spans over 15 years of consulting and industry experience – formerly with AMR International. He has conducted assignments in numerous countries in Europe, North and Latin America and Asia. Jorge holds a MSc and PhD (Summa cum laude) in Engineering and an MBA from CEIBS (Shanghai) and London Business School.

Arun Kanwar

Partner, Co-head of Education Practice

Arun Kanwar

Arun joined Cairneagle in 2015. His strategy consulting and commercial due diligence experience includes both LEK Consulting and PwC, where he has worked across a number of industry sectors. In addition, he has spent over 8 years in industry – at Tesco.com and Bright Horizons – where he has had hands-on experience of formulating and delivering on growth and operational goals. At Bright Horizons, he headed up the UK mergers and acquisitions function, during which time the business added over 100 childcare and education settings. Arun has an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.

Christiaan Walstock

Senior Advisor

Christiaan Walstock

Christiaan is a seasoned international banker with a solid track record in corporate finance and private equity. Recently he has been advising private education companies on international and regional business development and their owners/shareholders on investments and acquisitions. Christiaan has an MA in Management Studies from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Mark Pearson

Senior Advisor

Mark Pearson

Mark is a TMT industry expert with almost twenty years of experience. He has particular expertise in fixed and mobile telecoms and TV. He has conducted a wide variety of assignments ranging from business unit strategy development through to cross-industry scenario planning and complex company valuations.

Peter Fenichel

Senior Advisor

Peter Fenichel

Peter’s career spans 35 years in investment banking and capital markets advisory including key strategic work in financial markets technology and product development. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of SL-x, a trading platform for Securities Lending.

Iain Watt

Senior Advisor

Iain Watt

Iain leads Cairneagle’s marketing develop-ment. In a career spanning more than 30 years he has held senior international corporate roles in finance, strategy, marketing and general management in Deloitte, BP, Diageo and Philip Morris. Over the last 10 years, having co-founded IGI, a network of communications consultancies, Iain has advised blue chip organisations on marketing and communications strategy.

Ed Tranham

Senior Advisor

Ed Tranham

Ed is editor and publisher of The Assignment Report, the leading market intelligence report for the UK education industry. Since 1989 he has been actively involved in the setting up and development of a number of publishing and service companies within the sector, including Optimus Education (now part of Electric Word plc) and Cambridge Education Associates (now Cambridge Education).

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Céline Dhorne

Senior Consultant

Céline Dhorne

Céline joined Cairneagle in 2016. Prior to Cairneagle, she worked as a Consultant in Paris, and as a Business Analyst in Germany. Céline has a MSc in International Marketing from Strathclyde University and a Master in Management from Audencia Business School.

Christopher Howard

Senior Consultant

Christopher Howard

Christopher joined Cairneagle in 2015. Prior to Cairneagle, he worked in strategy consulting, corporate finance advisory and start-ups. Christopher has an MSc in Business Administration from Maastricht University.

Elena Schirato

Senior Consultant

Elena Schirato

Elena joined Cairneagle in 2016. Prior to Cairneagle, she worked in strategy consulting at AMR International, focusing primarily on B2B media, information and technology. Elena has an MSc in Management from Cass Business School and a BSc in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Italy, and also studied at the University of Western Australia, Perth.

Uriel Tannen

Senior Consultant

Uriel Tannen

Uriel joined Cairneagle in 2017. Prior to Cairneagle he worked in both strategy and front-line roles within the financial services industry. Uriel has a BSc in Economics and Geography from University College London (UCL).

Akin Ali

Consultant

Akin Ali

Akin joined Cairneagle in 2016. Prior to Cairneagle, he completed a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with Procter and Gamble. He has an MEng degree from Imperial College, London and has also studied at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Sam Lecacheur

Consultant

Sam Lecacheur

Sam joined Cairneagle in 2016. Prior to joining Cairneagle he worked as content lead for a mobile e-learning company. Sam has a Master in Physics from the University of Oxford.

Paco Gaspar

Consultant

Paco Gaspar

Paco joined Cairneagle in 2016. He has a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Bath. Prior to joining Cairneagle, he worked as an analyst for a global consultancy with their retail and banking divisions.

Cyrus Cavazzi

Consultant

Cyrus Cavazzi

Cyrus joined Cairneagle in 2017. Prior to joining Cairneagle he worked in financial services. Cyrus completed a BSc in Business Administration at the University of Bath with an academic exchange to Bocconi University in Milan.