B2E Consulting continues growth with George Elkington and Ines Beck

11 April 2018 Consultancy.uk

B2E Consulting, a company specialised in interim consulting, has made two appointments. Former Big Four partner George Elkington has been named Director of Business Development, while former KPMG’er Ines Beck has been hired to support the business development and client service teams.

Founded in 2004, B2E has developed a unique business structure, creating a consultancy modelled on the gig economy. The firm hosts a ‘consulting community’ of over 20,000 high calibre independent consultants, who work for themselves, but can rely on B2E for roles and support. As of late 2017, B2E merged the Resourcing and Consulting wings of its business, allowing the firm to deliver an end-to-end consulting offering to clients. Now, as the firm looks to compete with similar networks, such as Eden McCallum, Talmix, and recent UK arrival, Comatch, B2E has sought to further develop its consulting offering, the firm has completed two new appointments.

George Elkington has been appointed as a Director of Business Development at B2E. Elkington boasts extensive experience from his time working with a number of the consulting industry’s top names, having honed his skill-set as a Senior Executive/Partner at IBM, Accenture, and Big Four professional services firm Deloitte. He will also be well equipped for life at the gig economy consultancy, having provided part-time support to B2E Business for the past 2 years.

Following his graduation from Cambridge University with an MA in Engineering and Management, Elkington commenced his consulting career with a decade at Andersen Consulting – then a Big Five professional services firm – rising through the ranks to Associate Partner before leaving to join Deloitte. During his eight years at Deloitte, Elkington became a Partner in the Energy, Utilities and Infrastructure marketplace, as well as being the UK lead Partner for the Energy sector, responsible for Deloitte Consulting’s global relationship with Shell, among other key clients.  Upon his exit from Deloitte, Elkington enjoyed a series of senior positions in the Software as a Service space, including becoming the Managing Director of NorthgateArinso’s background-check business.

B2E Consulting’s Founding Principal, Tony McNeill , who has known Elkington for three decades, said, “I am delighted that George will be joining B2E Consulting on a full-time basis. George will be a key figure as B2E Consulting grows and more and more clients benefit from our uniquely flexible consultancy model.”

George Elkington and Ines Beck

Remarking on his latest engagement, Elkington added, “I am really excited to be joining B2E on a more permanent basis from January. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping the business part time as it has grown over the past 2 years and can see plenty of further potential as the transformation consulting market continues to adopt alternative delivery models and some concepts of the gig economy.”

Ines Beck’s arrival has bolstered the expansion of B2E’s consulting operations. Beck has joined the firm as a consultant, to strengthen B2E’s core team, which largely consists of former Big Five employees (from EY, Deloitte, PwC, KPMG and Accenture). Ex-KPMG staffer Beck commands 15 years of experience in planning and implementing large scale business change programmes. During her career, she has worked globally across a number of industries including, telecommunications, media, energy and the pharmaceutical sector.

Most recently, Beck occupied an interim position with Capgemini’s Global Digital Operations for over one year. Prior to this, she also fulfilled contract roles with Virgin Media and Data Morphosis, following a four year stint with KPMG. Beck joined the firm in 2009, and became a People and Change Manager there, before exiting in 2013. Before that, Beck had again completed a number of contract positions, working with Openreach, Virgin and BT, following another lengthy stay at a major consulting firm. Beck spent five years with Accenture, vacating her role as a Human Performance Manager in 2007.

Speaking on her latest engagement, Beck commented, “I am absolutely delighted to be joining B2E Consulting, a business transformation consultancy operating on a ‘gig economy’ basis. Having thoroughly enjoyed working as an independent consultant with B2E in the past, I am excited to now be ‘on the other side’ and use my consulting experience to help identify, engage and work with our high calibre consultants to help meet the needs of our clients.”

Tony McNeill added, “The appointment of Ines adds another 10 years of Top Tier consultancy experience to our internal team. We are delighted to have Ines on board as we continue to expand the business.”


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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.