Ben Matthews joins Baringa as banking practice Partner

09 April 2018

Former Deloitte Director Ben Matthews has joined Baringa as a Partner in its banking practice. As an ex-head of global change management for transaction banking operations with Dutch bank ABN AMRO, Matthews brings two decades of industrial and consulting experience to the role.

Ben Matthews was most recently a Managing Director for financial services advisory firm BCS Consulting. He spent three years with the London-based management consultancy, leading several key client relationships and taking responsibility for BCS’ Capital Markets, Corporate, and Transaction Banking businesses throughout the duration of his tenure.

Commenting on his previous role, Matthews outlined the skills that his new employers will hope he can bring to the table, stating, “I believe my experiences provide a great understanding of what clients expect from their consultants. Quality, trusted relationships and a deep understanding of their business are key, but so too is a grasp on what is happening in the industry and where these developments are relevant to a client and the businesses they lead.”

Ben Matthews, Banking Practice Partner - Baringa

With almost 20 years of experience at his command, Matthews has spent his entire professional life in the financial services sector. He commenced his career of choice in the era of Euro Conversion and Y2K, at the turn of the century, joining US-based global bank, CitiGroup, in September 1999. During his three years with the firm, he became an Assistant Vice President, before moving on to ABN AMRO in mid-2003. As a Programme Manager, Matthews was responsible for migrating operational activity for the Dutch-headquartered wholesale bank, from its branches in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. In 2006, Matthews won a promotion to the role of Corporate Director at the bank, taking up the task of being Head of global change management for transaction banking operations (cash, payments and trade) until his exit from the organisation two years later.

Transitioning to the consulting industry, Matthews arrived at Big Four professional services firm Deloitte in 2008, amid the turmoil of the global financial crisis. Focusing on management consulting within the financial services industry, he was made a Director at Deloitte in 2011, with a remit in large scale restructuring, enterprise cost reduction, and corporate and transaction banking. He remained at Deloitte for a further three years, before leaving for BCS.

Now as Matthews commences life as a Partner with Baringa, his new role will see him lead the firm’s Transaction Banking and Payments business. He will lead efforts to grow the banking wing of the business, across the UK, Germany and the US, as well as working to further extend the firm’s capability in Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). Often referred to as Blockchain, DLT is an area of huge interest and innovation for the financial sector clients of consulting firms.

In a statement via the firm’s LinkedIn profile, Baringa said of the appointment, “We are delighted… that Ben Matthews has joined the Banking Partner team at Baringa. He brings a tremendous depth and breadth of Transaction Banking and Payments experience, that will supplement the wide range of work and experience we have in this space.”

Related: Thomas Linton joins financial services BCS Consulting from PwC


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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.