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THE TEAM

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THE TEAM

Consultants and an extended team of 15 partner associates to serve you on:

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Technology advisory, investment and diversification strategy

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M&A Technical advisory pre and post-deal in high value manufacturing markets

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Organic and non-organic growth strategies

Consultants and an extended team of 15 partner associates to serve you on:

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Technology advisory, investment and diversification strategy

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M&A Technical advisory pre and post-deal in high value manufacturing markets

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Organic and non-organic growth strategies

Dr. Marcello Grassi

MD & Founder

Dr. Marcello Grassi is the founder and the Managing Director of Leading Edge Strategy (LES) Consulting Ltd, a growth strategy and advisory consulting firm built on the in depth knowledge of the composites and high value manufacturing markets such as aerospace, defence and automotive.

He has delivered complex strategic assignments for leading blue-chip multi billion dollars leading enterprises, Governments and investment Banking Firms, focusing on technology, manufacturing, engineering strategies, supply chain partnerships and product development initiatives, organic and non-organic business growth strategies. He has also conducted M&A assignments for Tier 1 and Tier 2 aerospace and automotive companies in the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America.

After achieving a SUMMA CUM LAUDE Aerospace engineering Master degree in Italy he was awarded a PHD in Composites materials at the Cranfield University Collage of Aeronautics in UK. Before setting up is own management consulting and advisory firm, he has spent 20 years in the composites industry, covering aerospace, defense and automotive global roles with Finmeccanica, QinetiQ, Spirit AeroSystems and McLaren Automotive.

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Sara Nunziata

Operation & Marketing Director

Sara Nunziata has a significant international experience of managing large and complex projects in Sales Operation and Marketing Communication Strategy. With over 18 Year’s in IT industry experience such as Sony Europe, Convergent, CSC, DXC she covered different roles from finance to purchasing to marketing communication with responsibilities in the field of Sales Enablement Strategy and Business Development in UK and Europe. In 2017 Sara joined Leading Edge Strategy Consulting (LES) bringing a variety of skills from leadership and management to organisational and team building skills. She started her role in LES creating a strong brand presence in the global marketplace.

Graduated with Master Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature in Italy (Hons), Sara studied Marketing in UK with a  particular focus in Marketing Communication and Branding.

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Dr. Marcello Grassi

MD & Founder

Dr. Marcello Grassi is the founder and the Managing Director of Leading Edge Strategy (LES) Consulting Ltd, a growth strategy and advisory consulting firm built on the in depth knowledge of the composites and high value manufacturing markets such as aerospace, defence and automotive.

He has delivered complex strategic assignments for leading blue-chip multi billion dollars leading enterprises, Governments and investment Banking Firms, focusing on technology, manufacturing, engineering strategies, supply chain partnerships and product development initiatives, organic and non-organic business growth strategies. He has also conducted M&A assignments for Tier 1 and Tier 2 aerospace and automotive companies in the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America.

After achieving a SUMMA CUM LAUDE Aerospace engineering Master degree in Italy he was awarded a PHD in Composites materials at the Cranfield University Collage of Aeronautics in UK. Before setting up is own management consulting and advisory firm, he has spent 20 years in the composites industry, covering aerospace, defense and automotive global roles with Finmeccanica, QinetiQ, Spirit AeroSystems and McLaren Automotive.

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Sara Nunziata

Operation & Marketing Director

Sara Nunziata has a significant international experience of managing large and complex projects in Sales Operation and Marketing Communication Strategy. With over 18 Year’s in IT industry experience such as Sony Europe, Convergent, CSC, DXC she covered different roles from finance to purchasing to marketing communication with responsibilities in the field of Sales Enablement Strategy and Business Development in UK and Europe. In 2017 Sara joined Leading Edge Strategy Consulting (LES) bringing a variety of skills from leadership and management to organisational and team building skills. She started her role in LES creating a strong brand presence in the global marketplace.

Graduated with Master Degree in Foreign Languages and Literature in Italy (Hons), Sara studied Marketing in UK with a  particular focus in Marketing Communication and Branding.

Coreen McCubbin

Head of Composites

Coreen McCubbin is the Head of Composites across all sectors for Leading Edge Strategy Consulting Ltd with over 25 year’s industry experience 13 of which at the cutting edge of Research and Development in the aviation sector. Coreen has delivered through collaborative funding and pioneering technology strategic growth of composite capability from ground zero, reshoring of composite production manufacturing through technology implementation and increased composite innovation footprint securing Scotland within the ecosystem developing world class composite manufacturing. Capabilities include translating R&D, technology development into innovative product applications on international projects to implementation, leading and delivering large scale complex aerospace technology programmes and working with central and regional DA to develop strategic capabilities.

Coreen has served as board member of multiple High Value Manufacturing Centres playing a key role in shaping the strategic vision including skills development and training for the future of industry in the UK.

Graduating with a Mechanical Engineering with Electronics degree Coreen started her career as a mechanical design engineer with GEC Marconi (latterly BAE SYSTEMS) and evolved to a technical expert for avionic systems in defence namely head up and head down displays, pilot helmet and tracking systems from concept through to flight testing.

ALLY BEATTIE

Senior Clean Mobility and Future Technology Analyst

Ally Beattie works across our Aerospace and Automotive sectors in the role of Senior Clean Mobility and Future Technology Analyst. As a creative solutionist, Ally is responsible for supporting our client engagements and providing strategic insight and market analysis on technologies, R&D collaborations, and M&A company screening. He is involved in the organisation of client and industry expert engagement at LES, bringing experience in interactive data collection and analysis techniques to support strategic direction planning for a portfolio of clients. Alongside core competencies, Ally is knowledgeable in global sustainable development activities, with focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ally holds a First Class MEng in Product Design Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and is comfortable in a research environment, with a keen interest in global technology developments and a passion for sustainable technologies.

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Coreen McCubbin

Head of Composites

Coreen McCubbin is the Head of Composites across all sectors for Leading Edge Strategy Consulting Ltd with over 25 year’s industry experience 13 of which at the cutting edge of Research and Development in the aviation sector. Coreen has delivered through collaborative funding and pioneering technology strategic growth of composite capability from ground zero, reshoring of composite production manufacturing through technology implementation and increased composite innovation footprint securing Scotland within the ecosystem developing world class composite manufacturing. Capabilities include translating R&D, technology development into innovative product applications on international projects to implementation, leading and delivering large scale complex aerospace technology programmes and working with central and regional DA to develop strategic capabilities.

Coreen has served as board member of multiple High Value Manufacturing Centres playing a key role in shaping the strategic vision including skills development and training for the future of industry in the UK.

Graduating with a Mechanical Engineering with Electronics degree Coreen started her career as a mechanical design engineer with GEC Marconi (latterly BAE SYSTEMS) and evolved to a technical expert for avionic systems in defence namely head up and head down displays, pilot helmet and tracking systems from concept through to flight testing.

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ALLY BEATTIE

Senior Clean Mobility and Future Technology Analyst

Ally Beattie works across our Aerospace and Automotive sectors in the role of Senior Clean Mobility and Future Technology Analyst. As a creative solutionist, Ally is responsible for supporting our client engagements and providing strategic insight and market analysis on technologies, R&D collaborations, and M&A company screening. He is involved in the organisation of client and industry expert engagement at LES, bringing experience in interactive data collection and analysis techniques to support strategic direction planning for a portfolio of clients. Alongside core competencies, Ally is knowledgeable in global sustainable development activities, with focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ally holds a First Class MEng in Product Design Engineering from the University of Strathclyde and is comfortable in a research environment, with a keen interest in global technology developments and a passion for sustainable technologies.

LUKE PATON

Clean Mobility and Future Technology Consultant

Luke Paton works across the Aerospace and Automotive sectors in the role of Clean Mobility and Future Technology Consultant; he holds 10 years’ experience in the aerospace sector working mainly within a research and development environment. His career started when he commenced a 4-year craft apprenticeship at Spirit AeroSystems gaining hands on experience across various commercial wing assemblies. From the production environment, Luke moved into Spirit’s R&D facility where he performed as an R&D engineer and was responsible for the investigation and delivery of various projects covering composite and metallic technologies. Luke has experience in working with suppliers and customers in various product development activities across the globe.

Luke holds a First-Class BEng (Hons) degree in Design & Manufacture Engineering from the University of Strathclyde which he completed alongside his work at Spirit AeroSystems.

As a highly motivated problem-solver, he supports clients on R&D activities, in gaining strategic insights into technology advances, and in M&A company screening. Luke is also involved in the identification of external activities that hold the potential to expand engagement opportunities within academia and beyond.

JACK KEAN

CLEAN MOBILITY AND FUTURE TECHNOLOGY ANALYST

Jack Kean works in our Aerospace sector in the role of Clean Mobility & Future Technology Analyst. Jack recently joined the team after completing a 4-month internship over the summer 2022. As an analyst with LES Consulting (Leading Edge Strategy), Jack supports the creation and maintenance of our supply chain and technology databases aiding projects in business development and M&A company screening.

Jack holds a First-Class Honours degree in Aircraft engineering from the University of the West of Scotland. Alongside his work Jack is studying towards his MEng degree in Aircraft Engineering with a keen interest in global technology developments and sustainable technologies.

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LUKE PATON

Clean Mobility and Future Technology Consultant

Luke Paton works across the Aerospace and Automotive sectors in the role of Clean Mobility and Future Technology Consultant; he holds 10 years’ experience in the aerospace sector working mainly within a research and development environment. His career started when he commenced a 4-year craft apprenticeship at Spirit AeroSystems gaining hands on experience across various commercial wing assemblies. From the production environment, Luke moved into Spirit’s R&D facility where he performed as an R&D engineer and was responsible for the investigation and delivery of various projects covering composite and metallic technologies. Luke has experience in working with suppliers and customers in various product development activities across the globe.

Luke holds a First-Class BEng (Hons) degree in Design & Manufacture Engineering from the University of Strathclyde which he completed alongside his work at Spirit AeroSystems.

As a highly motivated problem-solver, he supports clients on R&D activities, in gaining strategic insights into technology advances, and in M&A company screening. Luke is also involved in the identification of external activities that hold the potential to expand engagement opportunities within academia and beyond.

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JACK KEAN

CLEAN MOBILITY AND FUTURE TECHNOLOGY ANALYST

Jack Kean works in our Aerospace sector in the role of Clean Mobility & Future Technology Analyst. Jack recently joined the team after completing a 4-month internship over the summer 2022. As an analyst with LES Consulting (Leading Edge Strategy), Jack supports the creation and maintenance of our supply chain and technology databases aiding projects in business development and M&A company screening.

Jack holds a First-Class Honours degree in Aircraft engineering from the University of the West of Scotland. Alongside his work Jack is studying towards his MEng degree in Aircraft Engineering with a keen interest in global technology developments and sustainable technologies.

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DANIELLA JACKSON

Head of people & Culture

Daniella is a highly experienced consultant who has worked in HR at a senior level in both private and public sectors including a leading international law firm, NHS and education. Most recently she was Head of People and Culture for a leading communications consultancy, and we are excited to work with her to enhance the working environment and culture at LES. Daniella is extremely personable and focuses on supporting the growth and ongoing success of our colleagues and organisation.

Daniella graduated with a 2:1 in Sociology from The University of Manchester. She began her career in Human Resources in 1999 and in 2004 she completed her PGDip in Human Resource Management.

Dr Alex Cochrane

CLEAN MOBILITY & FUTURE TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANT CONSULTANT

Dr Alex Cochrane is a Clean Mobility and Future Technology consultant with 9 years’ experience working in both research & development and consultancy for engineering companies. He holds a first class Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, and a Doctor of Engineering (EngD) degree in advanced composites from the University of Bristol.

Following a period working in research into advanced aerospace metals for the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), Alex pursued his doctorate in advanced composite materials for aerospace with the University of Bristol. Sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc, his project was in the development of a test method for investigating the ability of Z-pin through-thickness reinforcement in suppressing crack propagation in high-speed impact conditions.

Alex then worked at the University of Strathclyde’s Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC), where his role involved facilitating link-up between academic and industrial composites R&D, enhancing composites technology TRL maturity, and managing delivery of industrial R&D projects for both small and blue-chip engineering clients. Following this, Alex spent some time working in R&D tax consultancy to gain experience as a client-facing consultant in a demanding environment before joining LES in 2024.

Alex has a passion for technical work – he believes you should never stop learning – but also in working with clients each day. Following his doctoral research, he has developed a lifelong fascination with material or structural failure, i.e., breaking things.

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DANIELLA JACKSON

Head of people & Culture

Daniella is a highly experienced consultant who has worked in HR at a senior level in both private and public sectors including a leading international law firm, NHS and education. Most recently she was Head of People and Culture for a leading communications consultancy, and we are excited to work with her to enhance the working environment and culture at LES. Daniella is extremely personable and focuses on supporting the growth and ongoing success of our colleagues and organisation.

Daniella graduated with a 2:1 in Sociology from The University of Manchester. She began her career in Human Resources in 1999 and in 2004 she completed her PGDip in Human Resource Management.

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Dr Alex Cochrane

CLEAN MOBILITY & FUTURE TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANT CONSULTANT

Dr Alex Cochrane is a Clean Mobility and Future Technology consultant with 9 years’ experience working in both research & development and consultancy for engineering companies. He holds a first class Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, and a Doctor of Engineering (EngD) degree in advanced composites from the University of Bristol.

Following a period working in research into advanced aerospace metals for the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), Alex pursued his doctorate in advanced composite materials for aerospace with the University of Bristol. Sponsored by Rolls-Royce plc, his project was in the development of a test method for investigating the ability of Z-pin through-thickness reinforcement in suppressing crack propagation in high-speed impact conditions.

Alex then worked at the University of Strathclyde’s Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC), where his role involved facilitating link-up between academic and industrial composites R&D, enhancing composites technology TRL maturity, and managing delivery of industrial R&D projects for both small and blue-chip engineering clients. Following this, Alex spent some time working in R&D tax consultancy to gain experience as a client-facing consultant in a demanding environment before joining LES in 2024.

Alex has a passion for technical work – he believes you should never stop learning – but also in working with clients each day. Following his doctoral research, he has developed a lifelong fascination with material or structural failure, i.e., breaking things.

AZAD AYINMEHR

CLEAN MOBILITY AND FUTURE TECHNOLOGY ANALYST

Azad Ayinmehr works across the Aerospace sector in the role of Clean Mobility & Future Technology Analyst. After completing his internship over the summer 2023, he joined the team to work as an analyst with the LES Consulting (Leading Edge Strategy) supporting the creation and maintenance of our supply chain and technology databases.

Azad holds a first-class bachelor’s degree with a distinction in Aircraft engineering from the University of the West of Scotland UWS. Alongside his work, Azad is studying towards his Honors degree in Aircraft Engineering with a keen interest in sustainable technologies in aerospace as well as global technology developments. Azad supports the creation and maintenance of the LES supply chain and technology databases aiding projects in business development and M & A company screening.

Andy Fairweather

Marketing Consultant

Andy Fairweather is a marketing professional with nearly two decades of experience specialising in both digital and strategic marketing. His expertise has significantly enhanced promotional strategies and marketing collateral development and brand awareness.

Andy’s academic background includes an MSc in Entrepreneurship from the University of Bristol’s Engineering Department, with a focus on marketing information systems. This education, coupled with his practical experience, equips him to provide valuable digital operational support, aiding sustainable startups in establishing and expanding their market presence. As LES continues to lead in innovation, Andy’s contributions are vital in shaping robust marketing frameworks that align with the consultancy’s core values and objectives.

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AZAD AYINMEHR

CLEAN MOBILITY AND FUTURE TECHNOLOGY ANALYST

Azad Ayinmehr works across the Aerospace sector in the role of Clean Mobility & Future Technology Analyst. After completing his internship over the summer 2023, he joined the team to work as an analyst with the LES Consulting (Leading Edge Strategy) supporting the creation and maintenance of our supply chain and technology databases.

Azad holds a first-class bachelor’s degree with a distinction in Aircraft engineering from the University of the West of Scotland UWS. Alongside his work, Azad is studying towards his Honors degree in Aircraft Engineering with a keen interest in sustainable technologies in aerospace as well as global technology developments. Azad supports the creation and maintenance of the LES supply chain and technology databases aiding projects in business development and M & A company screening.

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Andy Fairweather

marketing consultant

Andy Fairweather is a marketing professional with nearly two decades of experience specialising in both digital and strategic marketing. His expertise has significantly enhanced promotional strategies and marketing collateral development and brand awareness.

Andy’s academic background includes an MSc in Entrepreneurship from the University of Bristol’s Engineering Department, with a focus on marketing information systems. This education, coupled with his practical experience, equips him to provide valuable digital operational support, aiding sustainable startups in establishing and expanding their market presence. As LES continues to lead in innovation, Andy’s contributions are vital in shaping robust marketing frameworks that align with the consultancy’s core values and objectives.

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