Former consultant Vinai Venkatesham takes charge of Gunners

05 October 2018

Former Deloitte consultant Vinai Venkatesham has taken up the reins as Managing Director at Arsenal Football Club, with the North London soccer institution going through a period of transition. Earlier in 2018, the Gunners were the subject of a £600 million take-over by US sports magnate Stan Kroenke.

Following the news that holding group KSE would seek to take 100% control of the club, Arsenal has rung the changes at the top of its organisation. In late September, Ivan Gazidis, the long-time Chief Executive Officer of the Gunners, stated his intent to exit, after a decade at the helm. 

As he takes up a new role at Italian footballing giant AC Milan, Gazidis is not to be directly replaced in the role. Instead, a new position has been created, with Vinai Venkatesham taking up the post of Managing Director at the club. Venkatesham was previously Chief Commercial Officer at Arsenal, having first arrived in North London in 2010.

Former consultant Vinai Venkatesham takes charge of Gunners

Prior to his time with the club, Venkatesham has enjoyed a diverse career, across multiple industries. He commenced professional life as an oil trader with Mitsui Bussan Commodities in 2002, following a summer internship as an Associate with consulting firm L.E.K. In 2003, he went on to join the consultancy arm of Big Four firm Deloitte as a Strategy Consultant, where he specialised in Financial Services and TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) practices for the next three years.

Venkatesham then landed a leadership role on the London 2012 Olympic Committee. As Commercial Manager, he led negotiations for various sponsorship, hospitality, merchandising and broadcast deals including Adidas, BT, Cadbury, Adecco, Channel 4, Thomas Cook and Prestige Hospitality. While he left the role in 2010 to join Arsenal, Venkatesham remains a Non-Executive Director of the British Olympic Association to this day, alongside a number of other board roles, including Non-Executive Director of 2017 IAAF World Championships & World ParaAthletics Championships, and global media business Dugout.

After being announced as the new Managing Director, Venkatesham told, “From the day I joined Arsenal I have always considered it a privilege to serve this great football club, so it's an honour to take up the position of Managing Director and lead the club alongside Raul [Sanllehi]. Together we will work tirelessly with the extraordinary staff we have at Arsenal to respect and enhance our unique history, heritage and values; with the overall objective to bring success to our millions of fans all around the world and make them proud of their club.”

As part of the same shake-up that sees Venkatesham take up his role as Managing Director, Sanllehi was promoted from Head of Football Relations to Head of Football, with Huss Fahmy the club's Chief Contract Negotiator providing assistance to his duties.


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.