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Iain Maclean

A little about me....

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PI Advisory was formed in 2022 and I am one of the founders, along with Paul Walton. 
I started my career as an officer and pilot in the RAF. There then followed a tumultuous 15 years where, having decided I didn’t want to kill anyone, I resigned my commission and hitch-hiked around the world, including across the Sahara Desert, before heading off to university to study Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence. 

I believe at the time of graduation I was more able to write computer code than English. Luckily, PA Consulting Group claimed to see ‘a diamond in the rough’, and so while they exploited my technical abilities, I benefitted from intense professional training and experience in presentations, delivering speeches, and business writing. At the end of 10 years with PA, my English was better than my programming ability, I was training fellow consultants and senior clients in the art of speaking, and I was leading large, multi-discipline teams through story-telling rather than any technical ability.

In terms of industries, I have operated across aviation, defense, motor manufacturing, railways, shipping and finance, and I have three world firsts to my name (but they are all a bit geeky).


I have had my own consultancy since 2003 – ICIFM Ltd – which is now in its 21st year, having operated in 22 countries across 4 continents


I am a father of four grown-up and highly individual adults, a published author of creative non-fiction, an avid and ever hopeful Scottish rugby fan, and A Strictly Come Dancing nut.


Honesty and loyalty are my key values.


My way of working is to treat everyone with respect, and to give everyone two chances (because there were times when I needed two chances). 

Key skill set

Key companies

  • Management Consultant

  • Business Transformation

  • Programme Management

  • One-to-one coaching

  • Mentoring

  • IT strategy, development, implementation, and execution

  • Stakeholder relationships management

  • Change management

  • Team building and team leadership

  • Astra Zeneca

  • Jeddah Airport

  • M2P (Germany)

  • IAG (British Airways)

  • Cathay Pacific

  • Etihad Airways

  • UK Department of Education

  • Appleby Law (Bermuda)

  • PA Consulting Group

  • Dixons Stores Group

  • RAF

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