Charlie Stainforth


Charlie has worked with 1000s of students at 100s of schools across the UK. He started his career in education at a London Pupil Referral Unit working with some of the most disengaged pupils. As a founding member of the skill development company, Elevate Education UK, he played a major role in their growth across the UK & SA. Following this he worked as Head of Partnerships at career coaching organisation, Future Frontiers, where he started exploring the mutual benefits in connecting businesses and schools. Through his partnership with Adrian, Circl is designed to thoroughly equip both professionals and pupils with the skills and live experience they’ll need to be effective leaders.

Adrian Blair

Co-Founder & Chair

Over 7 years as Just Eat Global COO Adrian managed a team of 2,000 across 4 continents and played an instrumental role in propelling the company from a startup to the FTSE 100. Before this he led teams at Spotify and Google in California and London. In 20 years of leadership at high growth tech businesses he constantly found that young professionals need management development and meaning in their work. He designed Circl with Charlie Stainforth to deliver both in a unique way, providing real world experience of coaching diverse talent. As Global CEO of FinTech company Receipt Bank , Adrian oversee’s Circl’s development as Chair of the Board.

Advisory Board

Connie Henry

CEO & Founder of The Track Academy

Connie is an ex-Team GB athlete & BBC broadcaster. She has been working for social change since 2007 when she founded the The Track Academy to help troubled young people build their skills & confidence.


Rob Jane

Founder of Jane Way Talent

Head of Talent at Wavemaker

Rob has over 15 years experience in senior HR roles, including several years as Head of People EMEA at Yahoo. He has a proven track record helping the organisations he supports develop, retain and attract talent to drive and accelerate organisational scale and growth.

Rija Javed

ex-CTO at Market Invoice

Rija is a technology leader who has worked across Toronto, San Francisco and London in consumer and B2B businesses. She's been passionate about education and open opportunities for all and thus has been mentoring females in STEM for the past 10+ years.

Paul Afshar

Partner - FleishmanHillard Fishburn (Purposeful Business)

Paul ran a successful environmental services start-up in China, eventually selling the business and returning to the UK to set up FHF’s Purposeful Business division. Having advised 1 in 5 FSTE 100 companies on their reputation & sustainability strategy, Paul has a unique insight into delivering corporate & social initiatives.

Rob Gill

Founder at Altura

Rob started his career in investment banking, a decade long period which included 6 years as an Equity Trader at a major Japanese bank. With an ambition to start his own business, Rob moved into mortgage broking in 2006, and in 2009 co-founded a City based mortgage brokers which grew to become a major London firm and well know industry brand. Rob exited the business in 2017 and in 2019 set up his new mortgage venture, Altura Mortgage Finance. Having volunteered as a career coach to school aged students in 2018, Rob become passionate about using business to promote social change and is delighted to work with Circl.