Insight. Judgement. Impact.

Build success with a strategy and management consultancy working globally in the education, media and technology sectors.

Shape your approach and re-imagine business models to drive competitive advantage, scale growth and enhance organisational performance.

Education. Media. Technology.

Benefit from the deep expertise of our partners, senior advisors and sector networks.

Our award-winning practice is the leading independent education consultancy in the UK with hundreds of projects worldwide, spanning ten years.

A Level Results Analysis 2019

Cairneagle and Mary Curnock Cook, HE Expert and senior advisor analyse this years A level results.

Cairneagle in numbers

times winner EducationInvestor best Consultancy Award

years of Educational Consulting

partners' years in the Education markets

educational projects in the last five years

What we do

Our projects span the full spectrum, from strategy to operations and implementation.

Strategy: we look for opportunities to build new revenue streams and enter new markets; we help you review your portfolio, business unit or institutional strategy; we screen and evaluate acquisitions.

Operations: we help you design new organisations and services; we cover service design, performance improvement, digital transformation, business case development and cost reduction.

“Cairneagle demonstrated their expertise in challenging and validating our strategic thinking in identifying opportunities. They worked out how we could realise value in an increasingly competitive market and they delivered their work in a clear and concise manner.”

Marketing Director, Higher Education, Strategy

How we approach our work

We bring structure, insight and judgement, together with data-driven evidence to support the highest value-at-stake challenges and opportunities facing our clients.

Starting with a blank sheet of paper, we invest time to understand your situation. Our insights are fresh and nuanced because they draw on primary research; our work is not only analytical and rooted in data but also pragmatic and actionable.

Our partners – with backgrounds in strategy and industry – are deeply involved in every project, supported by our senior advisors.

“In our experience, Cairneagle is bold in their thinking, comprehensive in their analysis, and achieve that sought-after balance between global ‘big picture’ perspective and creative, pragmatic solution building.”

Corporate Development Director, Publishing, Strategy

“Their team worked efficiently and conducted themselves with flexibility and precision. Every member of their team went above and beyond, and the Cairneagle Partner was also intimately involved in the work throughout.”

Corporate financier, International Student Agency, VDD

Some of our clients


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“Over the past number of years, we have found in Cairneagle a partner who identifies with our core values and recognizes our challenges. Throughout the organization and to a person, they demonstrate professionalism, dedication and a sense of flexibility in appreciating our objectives and scoping their efforts to align with our desired outcomes – a trait that we value highly.”


Corporate Development Director, Publishing, Strategy
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“I’ve read countless reports on the K12 education market but what struck me about Cairneagle’s research was the maturity of their interpretation of the macro-economic and industry trends and the independence of their thinking. They push beyond common collective views and deliver true strategic insight”


Director, Publisher, Strategy
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“Cairneagle went above and beyond the brief to ensure the full opportunity for Babington would be recognised, understood and then exploited by the eventual buyer. This work was approached creatively and the final report was excellent value for money for the shareholders.”


PE Principal, Apprenticeships, VDD
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“Cairneagle combined a profound understanding of the UK nursery sector with a diligent and innovative strategic approach. Their work included a detailed supply/ demand assessment and an insight into parent behaviours to provide a robust view on the achievability of the business plan on a nursery-by-nursery basis.”


PE Principal, Nurseries, CDD
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“We found Cairneagle’s advice well researched and refreshingly clear and concise as to the future options particularly their positioning of the Institution’s current model with that of their competitors. Their participation in the project was very pro-active and their manner of communication inclusive.”


Governor, Independent School, Strategy
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“Cairneagle supported us in developing our restructuring strategy and obtaining agreement for it from the ESFA. They took on a big, critical task with severe time constraints – modelling the market and financial consequences of the whole portfolio restructuring; they executed very well, and were a pleasure to work with.”


CEO, Multi-academy trust, Strategy
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“We highly appreciate Cairneagle’s deep knowledge of the childcare sector together with the team dedication and genuine interest in achieving the best for their client. They have definitely met and surpassed our expectations and we are confident that our collaboration will continue in the future.”


M&A Manager, Nursery Group, Strategy
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“What sets Cairneagle apart from others is their speed to deploy and their ability to get their heads around new geographies very quickly. Their work is of the highest qualitywith the right balance between quantative and qualitative data. They do the work, cover the ground and help us to make big investment decisions with confidence. Highly recommended.”


Director, International School Group, CDD


Meet the team

Our team has outstanding analytical skills, intellectual curiosity, a genuine desire to achieve the best for our clients and the ability to get things done.

Case studies

View our collection of case studies to see real life examples of how we have helped our clients to succeed in improving and growing their business.

Work with us

We are always keen to hear from dynamic and talented people who want to work in strategy and management consulting.

Cairneagle Associates LLP

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Bewlay House
2 Swallow Place

Cairneagle Associates LLP
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4th Floor
Bewlay House
2 Swallow Place


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4th Floor
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2 Swallow Place
London W1B 2AE

Phone: +44 20 7036 9400

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