John Poppelaars heads Analytics unit of BearingPoint

27 April 2015

Management and technology consultancy firm BearingPoint has appointed John Poppelaars to head its Dutch Smart Analytics and Business Intelligence team as of May 1st 2015. Poppelaars joins from analytics specialist ORTEC, where he worked for over 20 years.

John Poppelaars (48) is a passionate proponent of analytics as a key business enabler. Throughout his 25 years consulting career, which he spent entirely at Ortec, he supported clients across a myriad of industries – including Postal & Express, Logistics, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Aviation, Pension Funds and Insurance – with developing analytical strategies and the implementation of related projects. In 2012 he was, together with his consulting team and Tilburg University, awarded the prestigious INFORMS Franz Edelman Award* for his contribution to TNT’s so-called ‘Global Optimisation programme’. With the use of advanced analytical methods, TNT Express was able to save millions in its operations and improve customer service on a global scale. Poppelaars’ expertise lies mainly in Econometrics, Operations Research, Statistics and Data Science.

John Poppelaars and Mark Bartels - BearingPoint

Marc Bartels, Partner and Managing Director of the Dutch BearingPoint office, says he is “very pleased” with the addition of Poppelaars, stating he is a “client-focused analytics and optimisation expert” with a proven track record in analytics consulting. “His experience will strengthen our capabilities to support our clients in growing their analytical maturity. With John leading our growing Analytics team we will enhance the support to our clients in improving their decision making, using fact based insights and state of the art technologies, like our award winning HyperCube analytics platform”.

Next to his consulting work for BearingPoint, Poppelaars works actively to stimulate public awareness about the added value of analytics to both business and society. He for instance maintains a blog on the topic (‘OR at Work'), on which he shares his experiences with and views on the practical application of analytics. He in addition is a regularly invited public speaker and guest lecturer, both nationally and internationally, on analytics topics.


John Poppelaars holds a Master's degree in Econometrics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and is an INFORMS Certified Analytics Professional.

* Objective of the Franz Edelman competition is to bring forward, recognise and reward outstanding examples of operations research, management science and advanced analytics in practice in the world.


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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.