Jeroen van Dam joins Alpha FMC in the Netherlands

02 May 2017 Consultancy.uk

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting (Alpha FMC) has added Jeroen van Dam to its team in the Netherlands. Van Dam, who joins from Synechron’s consulting arm, brings over a decade of experience in financial services to the firm. 

Jeroen van Dam has over 15 years of experience, of which 13 years in the consulting industry. Prior to joining Alpha FMC, Van Dam served Synechron Business Consulting for 11,5 years in various roles in the Netherlands and most recently Singapore, where he over the past 1,5 years led the firm’s local operation. During his spell at Synechron Business Consulting (and its legal predecessor Double Effect), he gained extensive experience across a range of finance related topics such as Capital Markets, Treasury, Asset & Liability Management (ALM), Operations and Technology for clients in US, Europe and Asia. 

Before joining Synechron, Van Dam worked for Nolan, Norton & Co., a Netherlands based management consulting firm, and Jacobs Douwe Egberts (at the time Douwe Egberts and part of publicly listed FMCG conglomerate Sara Lee), where he started his career in 2001 after obtaining a Master in Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Jeroen van Dam - Alpha FMC

Per the 1st of April Van Dam joined Alpha FMC, with more than 160 professionals en 50 associates one of the larger consultancies focused purely on the asset & wealth management sector. Alpha today has eight offices, across three continents – Van Dam joins the firm’s Dutch practice, which was founded in 2014, at the time the firm’s fifth location. 

Commenting on the appointment, Jeroen Bolsius, country head of the Dutch office and formerly at ING and Accenture, says he is delighted, describing Van Dam as a “high experienced expert” in a move that that will allow the consulting firm to better serve its client base in the Netherlands.

Van Dam, who specialises in Financial Markets, Regulatory Change and Strategy & Operations, on his new role: “I look forward to leverage my experience to support the continued expansion of Alpha FMC’s consulting services. Alpha FMC is an ambitious organisation with significant expertise and a deep track record in the field.” 

On the back of the firm’s growing portfolio in the country, Bolsius remarks that he looks ahead “with confidence”, stating “clients value our focus and specialist knowledge of the asset & wealth management industry. I expect that we will in the coming year be able to rapidly extend our footprint in the Netherlands.”

The service portfolio of Alpha FMC’s Dutch arm mirrors its global offerings range, spanning ten service lines, including propositions such as strategic advice, benchmarking and project management.

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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.