Our people

It’s our remarkable team that makes the difference.

Smart. Pragmatic. Dedicated. International.

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.

Academic excellence and intellectual ability underpin our reputation for rigorous, data-driven work for our clients.

Our people are pragmatic, ensuring that your bespoke solutions are practical and actionable.

Partners, team members, senior advisors – everyone goes the extra mile to serve our clients.

We come from all over the world, a team with a genuine international outlook addressing your UK and global challenges.

Meet our Leadership Team

Arun Kanwar

Arun Kanwar

Managing Partner

Arun joined Cairneagle in 2015. His strategy consulting and commercial due diligence experience includes both LEK Consulting and PwC, where he has worked across various industry sectors. In addition, he has spent over eight years in industry – at Tesco.com and Bright Horizons – where he 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 when the business added over 100 childcare and education settings. Arun has an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.

Rupert Barclay

Rupert Barclay

Senior Partner

Rupert’s strategic advisory career spans 30 years working in consulting and industry. He spent ten years at LEK Consulting, the last five as a partner, working on a 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 specialises in corporate and business unit strategy in education and B2B business information. He has an MA in Classics from Cambridge, an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Jorge Amirola

Jorge Amirola


Jorge focusses on the education and media/technology sectors. He’s worked in international schools across four continents and has 20 years of consulting and industry experience, including roles with AMR International. His strategic work includes M&A advisory assignments (in transactions ranging from £10m to £1bn+), strategic reviews, market entry, product development, pricing and due diligence. Jorge holds an MSc and PhD (Summa cum laude) in Engineering and an MBA from CEIBS (Shanghai) and London Business School.

Sam Lecacheur

Sam Lecacheur


Sam joined Cairneagle in 2016 and now leads strategy and commercial due diligence assignments across the education sector in the UK and internationally. His recent experience includes work in nurseries, schools, higher education, further education, English language learning, education publishing, and education technology. Prior to Cairneagle, Sam was Content Lead for an educational mobile app company. He remains passionate about the potential for technology to improve educational outcomes, co-authoring the 2020 EdTechX Global Report. Sam has a Masters in Physics from the University of Oxford.



Graduate Hires

Do you have what it takes to become a strategy or management consultant at Cairneagle?

We are hiring ambitious, talented graduates to join our practice.

Experienced Hires


Already working in strategy or management consulting and looking for a new challenge or faster career path? 

We are hiring experienced consultants with strategy and transformation backgrounds.

Intern Hires


The application process for the Intern roles has reopen and we are looking for intern candidates for 2 to 6 month placements.

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