Teamwork and experience powerfully allied

Meet the Team

We are recognised as truly independent, trusted experts, providing experienced consultants with a proven track record of delivering high value strategic change.

Over the years, our team of more than 20 people has delivered 150 successful outcomes for 40 different blue-chip clients.

We recognise the importance of professional and personal development and growth.  Our consultants work on exciting projects with genuine autonomy and are empowered to accelerate their careers in any direction they choose.


CATRIONA ANDERSON
Principal Consultant

Technology-enabled change management is Catriona's focus, plus sourcing solutions that ensure seamless change delivery.

Catriona's 20+ years in the IT industry has seen her lead international projects to design, implement and manage IT solutions that are fit-for-purpose and futureproofed from the outset. Describing her move to Peru Consulting as "the best career decision I've ever made", she has applied her no-nonsense, problem-solving skills to a range of business transformation projects across a range of sectors, forging strong commercial partnerships along the way.

Out-of-office, she's not just content to sit on the sidelines and support her children, she gets stuck in too - taking them travelling to explore new cultures and managing her son's rugby team.

 



RACHEL BROWN
Consultant

With more than 20 years in the IT industry, Rachel is Peru Consulting's Service Management specialist, particularly for large-scale projects.

With much of her experience based on leading international teams to deploy multi-lingual service desks and toolsets, Rachel is particularly proud of playing a key role in the implementation of Service Now in eight languages. Most recently she has been involved in delivering SIAM for a leading Irish grocery retail and wholesale company.

Her international passion extends to her down-time - planning USA road trips. Her current tally stands at 27 States visited...so only another 23 to go!



AMANDA CLARIDGE
Junior Consultant

Amanda's legal background gives her a keen eye for detail - put to good use in project and vendor management for Peru's clients.

After her law degree and three years in the legal sector, Amanda turned her focus to IT project management, working for a construction supplier in the UK and a logistics company in Spain.  She has a passion for improving business processes, whether outsourced or in-house environments.

Working with Spanish clients is a breeze for Amanda, who was brought up in a bilingual family. Outside of work she enjoys escaping on European city breaks, most recently in Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Sweden and Spain. 



MICHAEL CHAHIN
Managing Consultant

Michael brings 25 years of international IT sourcing experience to the Peru Consulting team, having worked as both a supplier and advisor.

His breadth of expertise allows Michael to deliver major programmes across IT and Business Process operations.  From initial strategy, through tender, contract and vendor management, he maintains a clear focus on the sourcing market and each client lifecycle. His client-centric approach is a perfect match for the Peru culture.

To relax, when not playing tennis, he can be found restoring his 18th Century home in the Scottish Borders.



JO CRIBBIN
Exec. Assistant/HR

Jo is the critical cog that keeps the wheels of Peru Consulting turning and a rapidly-expanding, diverse team of consultants working effectively.

Jo’s passion for professional and personal development, combined with CIPD studies, has helped shape a collaborative culture at Peru that allows regular opportunities to share skills, advice, knowledge and support. The benefits and rewards are not only to Peru's consultants, but to clients and suppliers as well.

If work is not challenging enough, Jo faces her "toughtest stakeholder management role to date" at home: her three children!



ELLIOT DALY
Principal Consultant

IT Leadership is Elliot's focus, whether in developing enterprise-level architecture or enhancing supplier and customer engagement.

Elliot has assisted organisations implement collaborative and innovative approaches to IT structures and applications at global level.  'Keeping it simple' is a key to his approach, communicating complex issues in a way that offers clear choices and outcomes, no matter how diverse the client or project.

When not at work, and sometimes when he is, food is Elliot's other passion. Having run his own street food business, he's a regular blogger on the subject, with his chosen specialism chicken wings in the Brighton and Hove area. Niche!



JOHN FISHER
Principal Consultant

Detail is what drives John when it comes to delivering business and IT solutions, making him Peru's go-to person for quality control.

Having a keen eye for detail, but taking a pragmatic and cost-effective approach, John's 25 years of experience have been welcomed by Peru's clients to deliver network and IT strategies and solutions.  He is especially proud of one project which created a strategic roadmap to support a clients' global in-field data capture and transmission requirements.

Pride also extends to a personal goal: running the London Parks Half Marathon with his two brothers in aid of Motor Neurone Disease and in memory of his father on what would have been his 70th birthday.

 



PAUL GARDNER
Director

Paul is passionate about making a difference through innovation and leadership whatever the scale or complexity of the project.

With a stated aim to "make a difference somewhere every day", Paul's positive, calm-in-a-crisis attitude has successfully led clients through complex global projects in the engineering, retail banking, insurance, airline and technology sectors. He is known for applying a plain English, clear-thinking approach to many topics including Data Centre and Cloud Migration, Application development and rationalisation.

Paul's desire to make a difference is mirrored in his personal life. When not spending time with his wife and daughter, he is an Independent local Councillor aiming to provide non-partisan, common sense leadership for the community.



ROBERT GORDON-GILES
Principal Consultant

Infrastructure sourcing is Robert's focus - from defining strategies through evaluation, implementatation and transition.

Robert brings more than 20 years' experience to the Peru team and is passionate about helping organisations increase value from their IT partners, suppliers and solutions.  Having worked as both buyer and supplier, he knows that collaboration and a positive approach is the way to achieve the best results in outsourcing and service management.

Sailing is Robert's way of relaxing. In 2014, Robert and his wife sailed their yacht around the UK. Describing it as a "fantastic experience", is circumnavigation of the world their next target?



RICHARD HANDLEY
Principal Consultant

Richard is Peru's data specialist, having managed and delivered large IT projects for UK and U.S. blue chips.

Collaboration is key to much of his work, designing and implementing data solutions for applications supporting millions of users in various industry sectors including legal, healthcare and finance.  He has a passion for enabling clients to make best use of their enterprise data management and integration systems. His client-focused approach and high work ethic is key to driving rapid improvements on customer accounts.

Delivering digital and data modernisation is aided by his passion for Agile practices, particularly to manage large-scale implementation of IT architectures.

Richard is also fairly agile on a golf course too, playing in 'scratch' events with a low single figure handicap. He was once a huge F1 fan...until his children arrived and he joined the Sleep Deprivation Society.



WAQAR HUSSAIN
Financial Controller

Using his 10 years' experience of running finance departments, Waqar is the ideal person to keep Peru firmly on financial track.

An analyst at heart, with a passion for numbers, he also helps to provide the Peru Board with insightful management information and recommendations - something he has undertaken previously in listed environments. He is always satisfied when the outcome is a well-informed decision.

And Waqar is not just good at balancing the books. Juggling, hand-walking and balancing items on his head are, apparently, on his list of relaxation techniques, along with pursuing a passion for all types of sport.



ADAM KNOWLES
Director

Adam is Peru's Chief Architect. He's at his best when finding IT Architecture solutions that can help organisations move forward and expand.

Adam brings Peru's clients a wealth of multi-sector experience in Retail, FMCG, Central Government, Defence, Nuclear and Financial Services sectors. Enjoying complex IT architecture or sourcing challenges, he's particularly at home in collaborative cultures. While delivering outcomes is always a serious business, Adam is also known for his sense of fun when he's working.

Away from the office, he's a regular visitor to the Orkney Islands (his wife's place of birth) when he's not being kept busy by his two young children.



SIMRIT LIKHARI
Marketing Manager

Keeping Peru Consulting top-of-mind and in touch with existing and future clients is key to Simrit's role and critical to the organisation.

Her 12 years' experience in brand strategy and marketing for telecoms and recruitment industries has equipped her well for the highly-dynamic area of IT digital marketing. Simrit finds every day a learning day.  Specialising in tailored marketing solutions - including content marketing - she is responsible for everything from the Peru Consulting website to thought leadership articles and client events.

She considers work-life balance to be important - probably her reason for becoming a certified Yoga Teacher, also allowing her to help others restore a little balance at weekends.



LUXI LIU
Commercial Analyst

Luxi is already putting her Maths Degree to excellent use by applying her numerical skills to deliver insightful analysis for Peru's clients.

Joining Peru straight from Imperial College, London, Luxi's particular specialism is statistics, with a dash of machine learning.  This allows her to build models which clearly demonstrate robust cases for IT and business optimisation.

Her personal statistics include completion of a Naga Viper chilli (up to 1.4million units on the Scoville heat scale) chicken wing challenge in 1min 55s - despite a success rate of only 5%.  Apparently, it was 200% on the pain scale!



DAVE MAIDMENT
Prinicipal Consultant

IT is a people business for Dave and his focus is on helping teams perform at their best, whether internal functions or customer-facing.

In his 35+ years in the IT sector, Dave has been responsible for transforming the performance of IT functions at international level. From individual and team coaching and development, through technology and process optimization, he has helped internal and customer-facing teams deliver measureable improvements in practice, performance and governance.  His primary working objective is to "leave people, teams and organisations in a better place than when Peru began the project."

During his time working in the Middle East, Dave qualified as an ‘open water’ scuba diver. However, he prefers dry land and spending time travelling, particularly in Italy.



LIZZIE MELLOR
Senior Consultant

Linking data analysis to cost optimisation is Lizzie's speciality, along with creating clear and understandable dashboards for results measurement.

Her analytical skills have proven invaluable to Peru clients, particularly when developing sourcing and commercial strategies where Lizzie's data provides insight into the value being derived from supplier contracts.

It's perhaps unsurprising that Lizzie is often chosen for Peru's analytical 'heavy lifting' tasks - she holds a British weighlifting record for the deadlift.



RICHARD OLIVER
Principal Consultant

With a Financial Services background, Richard's focus is business process and effectiveness analysis, particularly in Contract Lifecycle & Service Management.

His 30-years plus IT background has allowed Peru to develop a range of services including vendor management, sourcing procurement and ITIL-based service management.  With a keen eye for solutions, he can transform 'traditional' ways of working in IT divisions that make a difference to entire organisations.

Outside work, Richard enjoys his volunteer role Chairman of the Norfolk Snowsports Club.



MUHAMMED PANDOR
Consultant

Peru's 'inventor', Muhammed is a successful solutions designer in everything from proof of concept to full IT architecture projects.

Not only does he design, but he is also a key member of Peru's implementation team having managed IT infrastructure at both strategic and operational levels.  With a deep understanding of the use of IT to enhance wider business goals and outcomes - particularly using Agile methodologies - he prides himself in being a natural problem-solver with an eye for detail.

When he's not working or spending time with his family, Muhammed swaps business goals for trying to put his name on the score sheet for his local football team.



SAKHI PUREWAL
Commercial Analyst

Sakhi is Peru's cost modeller, using her data analysis skills to support Peru's Senior Consultants in creating supplier benchmarking and price reviews.

An MBA graduate with more than 17 years' experience in the IT sector, particularly in Commercial Finance, Sakhi's collaborative approach has led to numerous successful bids, proposals and price reviews for Peru and its clients.  She particularly enjoys rapidly-changing, high-pressure and deadline-driven environments.

She does take time to relax, usually by travelling with her family.



IAN ROBINSON
Managing Consultant

A customer-focussed and commercially-driven technology leader, Ian helps people and teams deliver and fulfil their true potential.

Having held a variety of CIO, CTO and Commercial Director positions, Ian has a wealth of operational and delivery experience. An expert in IT Strategy, he not only helps clients in this area, but also lectures at the University of Westminster and Peru's own Academy.

Ian has led on a number of industry-changing initiatives in previous roles at BT. These include rolling out a WiMax network and being named the ‘Father of Wireless Cities’ when he wrote the strategy and then rolled-out Wi-Fi to 15 cities across the UK.  In his last BT role, as CIO and Director, he was responsible for the technology of the company's acquisitions and legacy businesses that collectively generated £1bn in revenue.

Outside the office, he takes pride in his home village of Cookham Dean where he is involved in a range of large-scale charity events, including The Gravity Grand Prix and an 80’s music festival.



CHRIS SMITH
Principal Consultant

Peru's IT benchmarking specialist, Chris brings more than 25 years of global service provider and consulting experience to the Peru team.

Chris' focus is helping organisations continually improve their IT operating models and spending, service delivery, user experience and business alignment. He has worked with companies across all sectors in the areas of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Cost Optimisation and Sourcing.

Chris enjoys sports, primarily running and football.  His claim to fame is as an under-10 County Chess Champion.



RICHARD TOMLINSON
Managing Consultant

Richard's 20+ years' Enterprise Architecture experience matches organisational change with strategic goals.

From Enterprise Architect for financial services to Chief Designer for a £600m desktop outsourcing project, Richard ensures that both he and his colleagues remain focussed on the real-world benefits their work brings to organisations and the people working within them.

Whilst Richard has many business accolades, his chance of musical fame was cut short when he turned down the opportunity to play the church organ at a family christening...being replaced by Steve Winwood. Richard’s other interests include fitness: being a keen gym goer, mountain biker and road cyclist.

 



DAVID UPTON
Director

For IT sourcing and negotiating sustainable deals, David is Peru's 'star striker' and has become a trusted advisor to clients and suppliers alike.

With more than 30 years' experience in the IT industry, David has a collaborative approach to problem-solving and when developing sourcing strategies and outsourcing solutions.  This has won him many friends on both sides of the negotiating table. Often described as "the voice of reason", he is able to see beyond "the emotion" to create sustainable, long-term contract relationships based on trust and mutual benefit.

Outside office hours, when he's not indulging in his passion for cheese and wine or country walks, David admits to being a 'serial mover', having now lived in 14 different properties. Perhaps he just enjoys the contract negotiations!



VANITA VISHRAM
Senior Consultant

Transformation and business change is Vanita's specialism and her key focus with Peru Consulting's clients since joining us in mid-2019.

Having led several complex, large-scale transformation programmes in her 12 years before becoming a Peruvian, she is able to apply her digital, business change and IT expertise to organisations with global, cross-functional teams.  Solution-focused, developing and delivering programme roadmaps are her daily fare.

Fare of a different kind keeps her focused out of work, having launched a successful artisan food business incorporating dishes from her Indian and Kenyan background. She also champions diversity and inclusion strategy for Greater Manchester Police.



MARK WALTERS
Principal Consultant

As a Chartered IT Professional with more than 30 years' experience, Mark brings significant strength and depth to the Peru Consulting team.

He honed his skills in enterprise IT architecture, service and process management with a number of global organisations at strategic level. His roles have included professional services management and business development.  As a result, Peru's clients benefit from Mark's insight, allowing them to make well-informed IT investment decisions based on an understanding of how, where and why IT can best be leveraged to deliver significant, measurable business results.

At home his time is spent cultivating his extensive record collection - although he rarely has time to play it - and taking on a decent trail run.



STEVE WARREN
Managing Consultant

Whether it's sealing a deal & signing the contract, or implementing the agreement itself, Steve is motivated by results in sourcing & vendor management.

With more than 25 years' experience in financial services IT - from sourcing to service and programme management - Steve is a valuable asset to Peru and its clients.  Amongst his major achievements he led the contract negotiations to complete a €40m outsourcing deal for a major global retailer.

His skills at understanding the 'rub of the green' when it comes to negotiating may have come from his international sporting prowess, having played in the England bowls team.



CALLUM WATKIN
Senior Consultant

With more than 10 years’ experience in IT, Telecoms and Consulting, Callum is an accomplished technology and enterprise architect.

Having worked around the world for a diverse set of clients and across a range of sectors, Callum is now making the most of his background in designing enterprise network, infrastructure, cloud and security solutions. He has also advised on many mergers and acquisitions in the context of technology's impact to deliver value and ROI.

Away from the office, fitness is Callum's priority. He's a keen squash player with his local club and enjoys cycling and rock climbing.



STEVE WATSON
Principal Consultant

Procurement is a passion for Steve, particularly when it comes to client-supplier relationships and the value that can be derived from them.

With an innate ability to rapidly understand and assess value in supply chains, Steve brings a shrewd business eye to both Peru and its clients.  Having identified the value opportunites, he then ensures successful implementation of procurement strategies - often business-critical - that deliver significant efficiency and financial savings to both client and supplier.

In a six-year role at British Airways, Steve was dubbed "Mr World Traveller" because of his need to visit the airline's global offices on a regular basis. Thankfully, for both the planet and his family, he is now based firmly in the UK and occasionally Ireland.



GERAINT WILLIAMS
Principal Consultant

Finding efficient and effective solutions to a wide range of IT challenges is what Geraint does best for Peru's clients.

With more than 20 years' working in IT management and consulting, Geraint has designed and implemented IT strategies across a wide range of sectors and organisations.  Recent projects he has delivered include a cloud readiness assessment for a major retailer, an enterprise architecture governance initiative for a large healthcare department and a major application rationalisation programme.

Usually, his approach is thoughtful and collaborative.  However, being a karate black belt has its occasional uses when delivering particularly challenging solutions.  Humour also works - Geraint is published cartoonist.


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