Michael Edwards joins Eden McCallum from McKinsey

09 February 2015 Consultancy.uk

Eden McCallum has bolstered its London-based partner team with Michael Edwards. He joins from McKinsey & Company, where he spent nine years, most recently as a partner in the United Kingdom.

Michael Edwards has more than 20 years of experience, of which the majority in the consulting industry. He started his career in 1992 with GlaxoSmithKline, where he worked in Marketing and Sales. Roughly five years later he moved to Andersen Consulting (currently Accenture), where he spent more than nine years in the consultancy business unit. Edwards worked the past nine years for McKinsey & Company, where he served as a Partner in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Products practice. At the strategy consultancy he led the ‘Value and Access’ service line across Europe, helping clients developing their pricing and reimbursement strategies for new medicines.

Michael Edwards - Eden McCallum

Earlier this year Edwards decided to embark on a new challenge, with the decision falling in Eden McCallum’s favour, a management consultancy firm founded in 2000 renowned for its breakthrough business model. The firm’s operations is based on the combination of traditional strategy consulting– more than half of Eden McCallum’s consultants base has a background with McKinsey, BCG or Bain – with freelancing, resulting in a model that provides clients with high quality at a lower cost. The approach by Eden McCallum has over the past years received significant attention globally, with references in the HBR article ‘Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption’ (October 2013) and more recently an article in The Economist as the most notable examples.

With Eden McCallum, Edwards will focus on further developing the firm’s work in pharma and healthcare, working closely with colleagues internationally. “I’m delighted to be joining Eden McCallum at such an exciting time for the firm,” says Edwards. “Companies are looking for new ways of working with consultants, and Eden McCallum are really well placed as a high-impact alternative.” Liann Eden, founding partner of the consultancy, adds: “As we drive continued growth in our core markets and beyond, we’re thrilled to have Michael in the team taking us on that journey.”

Eden McCallum - Office

Partner team
With the addition of Edwards, Eden McCallum’s partner team grows to 11. Nine of the eleven partners are based in London, including founding partners Liann Eden and Dena McCallum, and the recently appointed Stephanie Mills, who joined the firm in February 2013 from BCG and became Partner in October last year. Two partners – Heleen Wachters and Marjon Wanders – are based in the Netherlands, from the hub in Amsterdam they lead the firm’s Benelux operations.


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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.