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Leadership consultancy grows team to support business growth

New hires at award-winning leadership, talent and engagement consultancy, Cirrus.

Cirrus, the award-winning leadership, talent and engagement consultancy, has made a total of 12 new hires across the UK and APAC regions to support recent business growth and expand its innovative virtual learning offering.

With face-to-face learning immediately impacted by the global pandemic, the organisation was well placed to pivot to 100% virtual delivery as many of its global programmes are already delivered entirely through virtual workshops supported by remote coaching, digital communications, and the unique Strata learning app.

To lead global learning programmes with blue-chip clients, Cirrus welcomes Liaquat Lal as a lead consultant in the UK, and Mark Priede as a lead consultant based in Melbourne, Australia.

Senior learning designers Sam Yates and Alix Dees join the wider consulting team as Cirrus develops increasingly innovative and interactive virtual learning experiences.


To ensure consistently high-quality programme delivery, Sarah Malone joins as a project manager, with Hayley Murphy and Emily McKnight in delivery support roles.

In the creative and digital teams, Natalie Byrne joins as lead creative designer and Rory Pickering joins as a developer for the Cirrus Strata app, which helps users to build positive learning habits.

In business growth and marketing, Joe Toward joins the UK team as a business development executive alongside digital marketing intern Sohaa Muhammed. Jamie Lea also joins the team as a bid coordinator in Australia.

Dr Simon Hayward, founder and CEO of Cirrus, said: “In unprecedented times, our colleagues have responded with agility to the challenges of remote working. We have adapted and innovated in partnership with our clients to ensure that every leadership, talent and engagement programme we’ve delivered in recent months has been 100% virtual. To have grown the business during this time has been a considerable achievement, and we owe it all to the hard work, ingenuity and commitment of our fantastic team.”

Liaquat Lal, lead consultant added: “What attracted me to Cirrus was the organisation’s forward-thinking approach to leadership development. In an industry that creates a lot of noise, we have something unique to say and the courage to say it. I’ve really enjoyed the energy and commitment of the entire team and the combination of producing high quality work for clients and the internal support for each other has been refreshing.”

With its new team members on board, Cirrus is geared for further growth as it continues to support blue-chip organisations to implement effective leadership, talent and engagement solutions.

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