About Cambridge Investment Research

Cambridge Investment Research is an independent business strategy boutique founded in 2002. Our team is experienced, versatile and aims to reach the highest possible standards and rigour in our work for our clients’ businesses. We are a people business, whether this means our clients’ teams of people, our small team of associates and administrators, our conference sponsors, speakers, delegates or our wider network. We have worked recently with some of the world’s largest companies and with early-stage innovators. It is with pleasure that we offer all our services whether these be helping people to link up or advising or creating fresh approaches and viewpoints or modelling, prioritising and analysing. We can work as a consulting team or within your organisation. A network of over 4,350 senior investors, executives, entrepreneurs, innovators have taken part in 50 CIR event/conference days.

CIR Team

Nick Coutts


Nick is a senior consultant with CIR, joining in 2008 and based in central London.

Nick provides expertise, knowledge and experience in the provision of rigorous business and economic methodologies.

As VP Global Distribution Channel Strategy for IBM, he was responsible for the development and the effective use of distribution channels globally.

Nicholas was educated at Cambridge University. In his spare time, Nicholas volunteers as a deliverer of blood for a rapid response service, on call on two powered wheels at night, across the city.

justin hayward

Justin Hayward


Justin is a strategy director of CIR based in Cambridge, UK.

He works with large corporate publicly-traded and scale-up or SME clients in a range of industrial and technology sectors. He specialises in delivering strategic planning, business intelligence and development, project management, analysis; and building networks and structuring value in conferences.

He was educated at Southampton and Cambridge University. He was the only PhD student of the late Professor Stephen Hawking beginning in 1991. Justin was an analyst and modeller at a top tier investment bank in London from 1996-2000.


Peter Sharratt

MA, DipArch (Cantab), MSt.(IDBE), FRSA

Peter has over 25 years strategy consulting and project delivery experience, specializing in policy and regulatory development, strategic planning and design in infrastructure and property. He trained and practiced as an architect before becoming global Director of Energy and Sustainability Services for WSP and latterly as Director in Deloitte, where he set up and led the City Solutions advisory team. He works with a number of investors and developers in logistics infrastructure. He is a visiting Professor to the University of Westminster and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Alan South

MA M.Eng

Alan has 32 years direct experience of bringing new ideas to life with the last ten in a high growth energy business. Executive development delivered from the perspective of an active senior executive. Alan’s teaching and thinking is informed by his work with leading academics, but critically is underpinned by his continuing career as an executive. He is currently responsible for innovation, technology and strategy at a leading UK company. Alan has deep, practical expertise in turning new ideas from a sketch into business and regularly advises.

Maya Stancheva


Maya has been with CIR as event executive and market researcher since 2006. Maya welcomes CIR executive delegates front of conference and is adept at handling cloud-based event tools and data systems.

Maya has a Master's Degree in finance.