Delta Capita names Michèle Colenso head of its Asian business

26 September 2016 Consultancy.uk

Delta Capita, a business and technology consultancy for the financial services industry, has recently appointed Michèle Colenso as Managing Partner and Head of its Asian business.

Michèle Colenso brings over 25 years of experience in Financial Services to the firm. The past fourteen years she, through her own consulting firm, led and contributed to engagements at dozens of banks and insurance companies. Colenso also held several executive advisory positions, working with board members on a range of operational efficiency, governance, risk management and outsourcing topics. Earlier in her career Colenso worked for Nomura International, ING, American Express and Deutsche Bank, after which she took a two year sabbatical to sail around the world in a 17 metre offshore sailing yacht – a journey which she completed successfully.

Colenso recently decided to embark on a new adventure, and joined Delta Capita, a management and technology consultancy with five offices across the globe. The company, established six years ago in the UK by three founding partners, focuses purely on clients in the financial services industry. In 2013 Delta Capita expanded into Asia, with the opening of an office in Singapore, and on the back of growing demand in the region the consultancy has brought Colenso on board. “There is a strong demand for managed services and consortia-led utilities in Asia and Michèle will be able to share her wealth of experience in how these approaches can be implemented to reduce operational complexity and total cost of ownership, whilst addressing risk management,” says Joe Channer, CEO of Delta Capita. 

From the base in Singapore – Delta Capita also has an Asian hub in the financial district of Hong Kong – Colenso will lead the firm’s further expansion in the region. “Our continued investment in Asia is part of our strategy to be on the ground and active in the markets where our clients are doing business,” reflects the London-based CEO and one of the firm’s three co-founders.

Joe Channer and Michele Colenso - Delta Capita

Commenting on her new role, Colenso says she looks forward to the challenge. “I’ve been watching Delta Capita for some time and have been impressed by the sophistication and range of solutions and products they have developed as well as some of their notable industry successes – they’re delivering real value to clients. I’m looking forward to working with established and new clients on targeted managed service solutions and other collaborative initiatives to help meet regulatory and cost reduction challenges, whilst continuing to work closely with our core consulting services.” She adds that enjoys being back in Singapore – her career has taken her across the world from Europe, to the US, Middle East, Africa and extensively APAC, working in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and India.

When asked why players in the APAC financial services industry should consider turning to Delta Capita for advisory and execution services, Channer highlights that the firm is an independent player, and can build on a global footprint and a strong practitioner offering. “Financial services organisations are strongly challenging returns on their consultancy investment spend and this is no different in Asia. We deliver tangible solutions that work within the reality of a client’s organisation.”

Earlier this year Delta Capita bolstered its Benelux practice with the additions of Onno Bloemers (Head of Benelux Insurance practice) and Marc Ouwehand (lead of the firm’s regional Digital Transformation service line).

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.