Arcadis appoints Jonathan Beard Head of Transportation & Logistics Asia

26 October 2016

Arcadis has hired transport and logistics veteran Jonathan Beard, who joins the firm from ICF International where he was a Vice President. In his new role, as Head of Transportation & Logistics for Arcadis’ Asia operation, Beard is responsible for the firm’s regional transports and logistics strategy and landing new clients. He is based in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Arcadis in Hong Kong, Jonathan Beard was a Vice President and Global Practice Leader for Ports, Logistics & Transport Services at ICF International. Beard started at the company in 2012 as a Managing Director. Previously, Beard worked at GHK Hong Kong, where he started his career in 1988. During the intervening years, Beard rose to position of Managing Director in 2003.

Beard holds a Bachelor of Art, a Master of Art and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Beard is a Chartered Management Consultant from the Institute of Management Consultants, Hong Kong – of which he was President, from 2006 until 2008.

Jonathan Beard - Arcadis

Arcadis has appointed Beard to be Head of Transportation & Logistics for its Asia operation, he is based in Hong Kong. Beard brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, which includes guiding the master plans of some of the world’s most active transport hubs, such as ports in Shanghai and Hong Kong as well as the logistics development strategy for Hong Kong International Airport. In his new role, Beard takes responsibility for the development of Arcadis’ Asia transport and logistics strategy as well as elevating the firm’s propositions in the region.

Graham Kean, Asia Head of Client Solutions at Arcadis says that the firm is “delighted” about Beard joining the firm. He adds, “His extensive industry experience and expert knowledge will not only bring fresh perspective and immediate value to the company, but most importantly, ensure delivery of exceptional and sustainable solutions for our clients.”

Beard states that he is “thrilled” to be part of Arcadis’ dynamic team. “It is an exciting time for transportation and logistics in Asia, with increasing private sector financing and participation, and the launch of several regional landmark initiatives such as One Belt One Road. I believe Arcadis has the resources and strategy to help our clients achieve more effective business outcomes,” he says.


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.