BearingPoint UK partner Sarah-Jayne Williams joins Ford

25 August 2017

US multinational Ford has appointed Sarah-Jayne Williams as its first Director of Smart Mobility in Europe. Williams joins from BearingPoint, where she was a Partner in the firm's UK arm.

Global consultancy BearingPoint have spent the duration of 2017 looking to expand operations in Europe. Along with the addition of 19 new Partners to the firm’s European leadership in July, CEO Peter Mockler had confirmed earlier in the year that the organisation was targeting total revenues of £1 billion by 2020. However, while the company continues its growth path, it has experienced a small set back, as UK Partner Sarah-Jayne Williams has opted to join the Ford Motor Company.

Williams has been named as the automotive giant’s first Director of Smart Mobility in Europe as of August, being assigned to the new Ford Smart Mobility Innovation Office in London. She will report to Ford of Europe President and CEO, Steven Armstrong, and to John Larsen, Ford’s Vice President of Global Operations and Smart Mobility. As a director, Williams will have to take on a myriad of duties, including leading the global City Solutions team, working alongside European city planners, public transport agencies and communities to cater to the needs of the urban dwellers and cities. She will also direct Ford's investments in smart mobility, as the company invests into new transport initiatives, concentrating on the needs of the chief financial hubs in Europe.

“We’re delighted to welcome Sarah-Jayne to the Ford team in Europe. Her role is to tackle urban transportation challenges and opportunities, and respond to the growth of the sharing economy by defining and implementing Ford of Europe’s Smart Mobility strategy. She will focus on accelerating the launch of mobility services across Europe through collaboration, especially with cities, innovation and growing the existing team,” said Steven Armstrong.      

BearingPoint UK partner Sarah-Jayne Williams joins Ford

Particularly important at this juncture will be the successful development of Ford’s new line of non-petrol/diesel exclusive vehicles. With the UK set to outlaw the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, automotive manufacturers are investing heavily in developing a new generation of alternatively fuelled machines. A trial-run is set to take place later this year to validate the fleet of plug in hybrid electric (PHEV) Transit delivery vans in cooperation with Transport for London, and various other fleet partners who have expressed interest in the production which is scheduled for 2019, and could potentially be offering services such as ridesharing.

Prior to joining Ford, Williams served as a Partner with BearingPoint UK’s Automotive team, having risen to Director of the Connected Car Centre of Excellence at the firm. During her 14 year tenure at the consulting firm, Williams also gained popularity in publishing, after her work on connected cars, data privacy, digital customer behaviors, world class digital organisations, and co-authoring a book titled “Customer Paradoxes in a Digital World”.

Williams has also been affiliated with much glory, as she won the Management Consulting Association award for Marketing Consultant of the Year, in addition to being a proud member of the winning team with the Jaguar Land Rover for the 2015 Management Consulting Association Digital and Technology Project of the Year for Connected Car. Sarah-Jayne Williams graduated from the University of Bath with a bachelor in Modern Languages and a masters degree in Business Management. 

Commenting on her new challenge, Williams said, "The auto industry is on the cusp of a revolution as great as that when Henry Ford first made the car accessible to the masses over 100 years ago. I’m looking forward to joining the Ford team and to being part of its adventure into the world of Smart Mobility.”


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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.