About Cambridge Investment Research

Cambridge Investment Research is an independent corporate strategy company founded in 2002. We have worked with many large and small companies. It is with pleasure that we offer our services such as via contracts around strategy and research to help make clear internally-auditable decisions that best reflect subjective knowledge given any data and evidence. We are a people business, whether this means our clients, our associates and administrators, sponsors, speakers, delegates or wider network. A network of over 4,500 senior investors, executives, entrepreneurs, innovators have taken part in 55 CIR event/conference days.

CIR Team

Nick Coutts


Nick is currently busy on exciting separate projects, but was a senior consultant with CIR, from 2008, and is based in central London.

Nick adds expertise and experience in the provision of business and economic methods including, most recently, a prize-winning scaleable platform to track value.

As a VP for IBM, he was responsible for the development and the effective use of distribution channels.

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

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Justin Hayward


Justin has been Director of CIR since 2002.

He works with large corporate and SME clients in a range of industrial sectors. His skills include strategic management of technology, portfolio management, business development, sales & marketing, network engagement, including using CRM communications tools, strategy, decision-making risk analysis, probability mathematics, general business administration & directorship, particularly around energy, manufacturing, electronics & semiconductors, materials and AI/ML.

Justin was a risk analyst and optimal subjective trading strategy model developer at a top-tier city investment bank in the 1990s.

He was the only PhD student of the late Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University, completing a thesis on information loss. He is passionate about Bayesian approaches to practical problems especially decisions. He enjoys time with his family, especially watching them play cricket. He can be found in both hills and flatter lands, trail running and very occasionally, cross-country skiing.


Peter Sharratt

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

Peter has over 28 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 35 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.