Teun Boer joins retail payments advisory firm Connective Payments

19 July 2017 Consultancy.uk

Connective Payments, a boutique consultancy specialised in the retail payments value chain, has bolstered its team with Teun Boer, who becomes the firm’s fifth partner.

Founded in 2014, Connective Payments is a Netherlands-based management consultancy that provides a mix of strategy and execution services to players in the payments landscape, including banks, payment service providers, corporates, industry associations and retailers. Among the services Connective Payments offers are the development of payment strategies, support with financial innovations or partnerships with FinTechs and with programme execution. Its client roster meanwhile features names such as MasterCard, ABN Amro, EMS Pay, ING, American Express, Arvato Financial Services, Ingenico ePayments, Translink, ANWB, MultiTankcard and Allego. 

At the start of this month the boutique consulting firm added a fifth partner to its leadership ranks, joining co-founders Ward Hagenaar and Jeroen van Dijk, Peter van der Hart (joined in 2015) and Ronald te Velde (joined in 2016). The addition, Teun Boer, brings over 12 years of experience in the payments and cards domain, and 17 years in the IT industry, to the firm. He joins following a ten year spell as an independent consultant – in the period he executed various complex projects for customers such as ABN Amro, financial services technology company FIS (the parent of Capco), equensWorldine and Ingenico ePayments.

Teun Boer en Ward Hagenaar- Connective Payments

His interim and consulting roles focused mainly on Project and Program Management, Outsourcing and Payment Platform selection, as well as on implementation and steering of agile/scrum development. Boer started his career at Capgemini, where he worked for six years, gaining experience across the firm’s consulting and technology portfolio, with a focus on the financial services sector. 

In the new role, Boer will focus on retail banking developments such as PSD2 and on helping clients extend their international cooperation with major solution providers for the financial services industry. 

Commenting on the addition of Boer, Hagenaar, who serves as Managing Partner, said, “Teun adds extensive retail banking knowledge to the team and will help us grow in this area where our clients face interesting challenges.”

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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.