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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

Partner

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

Partner

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.

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Arash Fatemian

Arash Fatemian

Manager

Arash joined Cairneagle in 2021. He has worked on strategy and commercial due diligence projects across the education sector, and recent experience includes work in nurseries in both the UK and Europe, and international focussed education technology. Prior to joining Cairneagle, Arash enjoyed the extensive consulting experience in retail and consumer markets, working for companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinational listed organisations. Arash has been a school governor at a secondary school for eight years. Arash has a BSc with honours in politics and economics from the University of Bath.
Alison Hinds

Alison Hinds

Senior Consultant

Alison joined Cairneagle in 2021. She has worked on assignments relating to UK and international school strategy, teacher CPD, higher education recruitment, and school and nursery commercial due diligence. Prior to joining Cairneagle, Alison was a secondary school teacher and middle leader. She completed her teacher training through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme and worked in state schools in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. Alison has a degree in Music from the University of Oxford, a PGCE in Secondary Education from Canterbury Christ Church University, and an MBA from Quantic School of Business & Technology.
Robert Dancey

Robert Dancey

Senior Consultant

Rob joined Cairneagle in 2020. He has worked on a range of projects across the early-year sector, international schools, SEND schools, education publishing and education technology. Prior to joining Cairneagle, Rob was Head of Maths at two London secondary schools. He spent six years in the teaching profession, having completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. Rob retains a keen interest in the UK education system and is on the board of governors for a local primary school. Rob studied Geography at the University of Oxford, where he stayed for both his Undergraduate and Master’s degrees.
Madeline Alcock

Madeline Alcock

Senior Consultant

Madeline joined Cairneagle in 2018. She has worked on a range of strategy, vendor and commercial projects across the education sector, from school services to higher education, while she has completed a large number of projects in the childcare and school space. Prior to Cairneagle, Madeline worked in a variety of sectors, including IT software and transportation. Most recently, she ran a seasonal swim school. Madeline has a first-class Business (BSc) from the University of Bath.
Liberty King

Liberty King

Senior Consultant

Liberty joined Cairneagle in 2021. She has worked across strategy and commercial due diligence projects, including work in tutoring, nurseries, technology skills and training, international schools, and music education. Liberty started her career as a secondary school teacher on the Teach First programme before moving to the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). Most recently, she worked on the programme design, set up and delivery of the National Tutoring Programme in its launch year. Liberty has a Masters in International Education Policy from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford.
Max Wood-Robinson

Max Wood-Robinson

Senior Consultant

Max joined Cairneagle in 2020. He has worked on strategy and commercial due diligence projects across the education sector in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining Cairneagle, Max spent a year travelling across Asia, funded by online tuition lessons. Max has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Joe Kenley

Joe Kenley

Senior Consultant

Joe joined Cairneagle in 2022. He has worked on a variety of projects, including strategy and commercial due diligence relating to nurseries, secondary schools and lifelong learning, across a wide range of geographies. Prior to joining Cairneagle, Joe spent approximately three years working as a Financial Services Consultant at EY. Joe has a degree in Economics with Spanish from the University of Birmingham.
Angeliki Zacharaki

Angeliki Zacharaki

HR Manager and Operations Manager

Angeliki joined Cairneagle in 2018, and she is managing HR and Operations. Prior to Cairneagle, she worked in PR and as an executive assistant. Angeliki has a BSc in Business Administration from the Athens University of Economics and Business and currently studying towards her CIPD level 7 diploma in Strategic People Management. She is a CIPD Associate member and volunteers as an enterprise adviser for schools to help them develop a strong careers programme that supports all students.
James Winship

James Winship

Consultant

James joined Cairneagle in early 2022. He has worked on a range of cases across the nursery, school, and corporate education spaces. Prior to Cairneagle, he worked as a strategic transaction/advisor for a multinational engineering firm, focusing on providing commercial due diligence and market assessments to clients across the rail and Urban Air Mobility sectors. James has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Amy Cooper

Amy Cooper

Consultant

Amy joined Cairneagle in January 2022. Her recent work includes projects in international schools, adult education & lifelong learning, assessment and nurseries. Prior to Cairneagle, she worked in investment management. Amy speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese and has a BA in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge.
Will Vardon

Will Vardon

Consultant

Will joined Cairneagle in 2021. His recent experience includes strategy and commercial due diligence projects in the K12, edtech, higher education, and childcare sectors. He had previously completed internships in both consulting and investment banking fields. Will graduated from the University of Durham with a first-class honours BA in economics.
Sanjana Shah

Sanjana Shah

Consultant

Sanjana joined Cairneagle in 2021. Her project experience includes work in the K12, edtech, higher education, and childcare sectors. Prior to Cairneagle, she completed internships in the non-profit, foreign policy, and education policy space. Sanjana has a Master’s in Management from Imperial College London and a Bachelor of Arts in History, Philosophy, and Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Sam Tansey

Sam Tansey

Consultant

Sam joined Cairneagle at the start of 2022. He has worked on commercial due diligence and M&A advisory projects across the education sector, both in the UK and internationally. Prior to Cairneagle, Sam worked as a Business Analyst for an Italian startup. Sam has an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Durham University.
Yee Ki Au

Yee Ki Au

Consultant

Yee Ki joined Cairneagle in 2021. She has worked on various strategy and vendor commercial due diligence projects in nurseries, international schools, and HE recruitment sectors. Prior to Cairneagle, Yee Ki was Learning Strategy Lead for a corporate training EdTech company and an academic researcher in education and psychology. Yee Ki has a Master’s of Education from the University of Cambridge.

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