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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

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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.

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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.

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Coreen McCubbin

SENIOR CONSULTANT aerospace

Coreen McCubbin is the Senior Aerospace Consultant of Leading Edge Strategy Consulting Ltd. with over 20 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 an honorary member of the Primary Engineer Initiative to 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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Dr. Derek Smith

Senior Consultant Industrial

Continuous improvement at Leading Edge Strategy Consulting Ltd is led by Dr. Derek Smith, a certified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, who has 2 decades of operational excellence and business leadership experience across multiple industrial sectors and cultures. Derek has worked with big multinational companies such as Shell, BP, GE and ABB, sustainably transforming operational performance with measurable, real world results.

Born in Scotland with part Italian nationality, Derek have visited many countries, as diverse as Pakistan and as far afield as New Zealand. After completing a Physics PhD, he moved to Greece for a research position. This was the first of several overseas assignments, including Netherlands and Singapore. Throughout, he has held a series of increasingly senior positions in global companies covering end-to-end business transformations in multiple sectors, ranging from Trading to Energy to Industrial.

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Coreen McCubbin

SENIOR CONSULTANT aerospace

Coreen McCubbin is the Senior Aerospace Consultant of Leading Edge Strategy Consulting Ltd. with over 20 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 an honorary member of the Primary Engineer Initiative to 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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Dr. Derek Smith

Senior Consultant Industrial

Continuous improvement at Leading Edge Strategy Consulting Ltd is led by Dr. Derek Smith, a certified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, who has 2 decades of operational excellence and business leadership experience across multiple industrial sectors and cultures. Derek has worked with big multinational companies such as Shell, BP, GE and ABB, sustainably transforming operational performance with measurable, real world results.

Born in Scotland with part Italian nationality, Derek have visited many countries, as diverse as Pakistan and as far afield as New Zealand. After completing a Physics PhD, he moved to Greece for a research position. This was the first of several overseas assignments, including Netherlands and Singapore. Throughout, he has held a series of increasingly senior positions in global companies covering end-to-end business transformations in multiple sectors, ranging from Trading to Energy to Industrial.

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