The Team.

Connell Consulting has a reputation for delivering reliable and well-researched commercial due diligence and strategic projects, delivered by a full-time team of experienced consultants and talented researchers who share a passion for the care sector. We don’t work in other sectors, so clients know they are hiring a team that has worked on a large volume of transactions and projects within health, social care and special education.

Connell Consulting has a reputation for delivering reliable and well-researched commercial due diligence and strategic projects, delivered by a full-time team of experienced consultants and talented researchers who share a passion for the care sector. We don’t work in other sectors, so clients know they are hiring a team that has worked on a large volume of transactions and projects within health, social care and special education.
Clare Connell

Clare Connell

Clare leads the team at Connell Consulting and is well known within the private equity and corporate finance world for her extensive knowledge of health, social care and education. After graduating from Durham University, Clare has worked in strategy consulting for 20 years at the Strategy Practice of Accenture, OC&C Strategy Consultants and then 7 years as the most experienced Engagement Manager at Candesic. In the last 8 years Clare and her team at Connell Consulting have worked on a large volume of substantial transactions, strategic reports and operational improvement projects in the health, social care and special education markets. Connell Consulting won the LaingBuisson Management Consultant Award in 2019 & 2020, as well as the HealthInvestor Consultancy of the Year 2016. Clare was also voted Sector Expert by her peers in the 2018 and 2019 HealthInvestor Power 50.

Jaimie DeVries

Jaimie DeVries

Jaimie is the Head of Client Delivery and has worked on all of our projects, having joined Connell Consulting in January 2013 shortly after completing her MBA. She holds a BSc in Marketing and has studied business and management in Paris and London.

Charlotte Bushnell

Charlotte Bushnell

Charlotte’s particular areas of expertise are advising on market entry strategies, portfolio optimisation and the NHS commissioning landscape. She joined Connell Consulting in 2014 having previously worked within healthcare consulting for 2 years. She holds an MBiochem in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from Oxford University.

Sonia Black

Sonia Black

Sonia is the Office Manager at Connell Consulting. She brings over 11 years of Office Management experience to our organisation. Sonia supports the company operations by maintaining office systems and supporting management. She has experience in handling a wide range of administrative and support related tasks and enjoys the administrative challenges of supporting an office of diverse people.

Cheran Gobiratnam

Cheran Gobiratnam

Cheran is a Business Analyst at Connell Consulting with a background in strategy. He previously worked for the Home Office’s Strategy Directorate, and on projects for Bain & Company as well as Strategy&’s M&A team. Cheran graduated with a BA in International Politics from King’s College London.

Lilya Tata

Lilya Tata

Lilya joined Connell Consulting in 2020 as a Business Analyst. She holds an MBiochem in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from Oxford University and has a particular interest in special education. She has experience in event management, fundraising and digital communications.

Alex Brown

Alex Brown

Alex joined Connell Consulting in 2020 as a Business Analyst after completing his degree in Geography with a Year Abroad at Durham University. He has previously undertaken roles as a classroom assistant and sports instructor for children in special education. Alex also has experience working with Grant Thornton, SustainValue and the NHS.

Patrick Collins

Patrick Collins

Patrick joined Connell Consulting as a Business Analyst in 2020, having graduated from Oxford University with an MBiochem in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. He has experience in organisational and leadership roles, including having captained the Oxford University Football Club. He has previously worked in marketing and as a private tutor.

George Kelly

George Kelly

George joined Connell Consulting in 2018 and is a Business Analyst. He graduated from University College London in 2020 with a degree in Philosophy and is currently working toward a masters in National Security Studies at King’s College London. He has worked on a number projects involving elderly care, as well as assisted and supported living for learning disabilities and specialised nursing care. George has previously worked with Deloitte and the Office for National Statistics.

Matthew Laird

Matthew Laird

Matt joined the team at Connell Consulting in 2019 as a Research Analyst. He has experience of mystery shopping care home businesses, specialising in elderly peoples services. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Theatre from Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Saiyna Patel

Saiyna Patel

Saiyna joined Connell Consulting in 2018 as a Research Analyst. She specialises in primary research and has experience in a variety of care home businesses.