About Cambridge Investment Research

CIR, or Cambridge Investment Research, is a business strategy advisory firm founded in 2002. CIR specialises in business intelligence, opportunity prioritisation and routes to value. Over 3250 senior executives, entrepreneurs, investors, innovators have become CIR conference delegates since 2002.

CIR Team

Mike McCreary


We are very saddened to write that Mike passed away in June 2014. Please contact Justin via cir@hvm-uk.com if you knew Mike and would like to send a message to us and his family.

Mike was a wonderful, decent, optimistic, broad-shouldered, quiet and humble family man, yet he was also a British manufacturing and business leader. Mike was a trusted friend, mentor to Justin and advisor to CIR since 2004, in all of which he was invaluable.

Mike was a keynote speaker at HVM 2003 and 2004 and allowed Justin and CIR to visit his Stevenage-based factory in 2002 as part of the CIR research into High Value Manufacturing in East England. Mike helped with some client consultancy and supported and attended all CIR Conferences since 2004, numbering around 30 in all. He often helped with the conference content and structuring, the handling of speakers and on-stage introductions to events. Mike was a great ambassador for CIR and made many friends at the conferences.

In 1992, Mike joined Aeroflex (formerly IFR and Marconi Instruments) as Manufacturing Director. After his role as Manufacturing Director, Mike was appointed as Managing Director in 2000, with an engineering-heavy staff numbering 800. He retired from this role in 2006 and continued to work with CIR until 2014.

Mike is survived by his wife and two daughters who are in their 20s.

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Justin Hayward


Justin is the founder director of CIR. He specialises in delivering business intelligence, assembling high-level project business strategy teams, building value networks and structuring conferences and their focus marketing. He is a theoretical physicist by training, taking advanced degrees MMath, and PhD from Cambridge University. He was the only PhD student of Professor Stephen Hawking beginning in 1991. He worked at Deutsche Bank from 1996-2000 as a relative value analyst, and took an MBA from Cambridge Judge Business School in 2000/1.

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Nick Coutts


Nick has been a CIR Strategy Consultant since 2008. Nick provides expertise in segmentation, routes to value, service design, opportunity prioritisation. As VP Global Distribution Channel Strategy for the multinational giant, IBM, he was responsible for the development and the effective use of distribution channels for IBM globally, which then contributed to turning this large company around. Nicholas has a degree in economics taken at King's Cambridge in 1975-1978. He is based in London.

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Maya Stancheva

Maya has been with CIR as a conference manager and market researcher since 2006. Maya welcomes CIR executive delegates front of conference and is adept at handling cloud-based event tools and systems. She has a Master's Degree in finance. She is married and based in Cambridge.