Elixirr appoints Karina van den Oever to Partner team

31 January 2019 Consultancy.uk

Rapidly growing consulting firm Elixirr has appointed a new member of its global Partner team as it looks to continue its meteoric expansion in 2019. Former A.T. Kearney professional Karina van dan Oever arrived at Elixirr in 2015, and will now work with the rest of the 15 Partners to build the firm in the UK and overseas.

Founded by Graham Busby, Andy Curtis, Mark Goodyear, Ian Ferguson, and Managing Partner Stephen Newton in 2009, Elixirr has experienced a decade of strong growth since its launch. As it celebrates its 10th year in business, the firm continues to be one of the fastest expanding consultancies in the UK – and in 2018 was cited as one of the quickest growing in the US as well.

Reflecting this growth as the firm looks to maintain its continuing rise to prominence, Elixirr has announced it will appoint a new member of their existing 15-strong Partner team as of 1 May 2019. Elixirr’s global Partner line-up currently includes co-founders Newton and Busby, as well as Clare Filby, Karen Newman, Brian Kalms, Brandon Bichler, Barry Lewis, Anthony Potter, David Mullins, John Hawkins, Eric Rich, Bill Kingston, Rob Holland, Vaughan Edwards and Dieter Halfar. Karina van den Oever will add her name to this list in the Spring, having been with the firm since 2015.

Elixirr appoints Karina van den Oever to Partner team

Van den Oever arrived at Elixirr as a Principal four years ago, and the firm stated in its release announcing her promotion that she has excelled in her role since then, delivering strong commercial results for Elixirr’s clients across retail, luxury, consumer goods and financial services. She has also led several successful strategic engagements, including Selfridges, LVMH, Farfetch, Mondelez and Thomas Cook Money, focusing on strategy and innovation and change, including helping clients connect to the startup community. 

Before joining Elixirr, Van den Oever spent a combined 10 years at management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. In her first spell of more than seven years with the company, she worked her way up to become a Senior Manager, and following a four-year stint as the co-founder and Managing Director of Leila Michaela Fine Jewelry, rejoined the consultancy to become a Management Consultant. She previously also worked in industry commercial and operational line roles at Saks Fifth Avenue, Calvin Klein and Ann Taylor.

Commenting on her new role, Van den Oever said, “I’m thrilled to join the Elixirr Partner team… Making Partner at Elixirr is not a promotion – actually, you get your P45! You’re going into Partnership with each other as we’re a firm of entrepreneurs, building and running our own business together. It’s a very proud moment for me and I’m looking forward to the future.”

The firm’s Managing Director, Stephen Newton, added, “It’s always a very proud and humbling moment for me to announce new members of the Elixirr partner team. ‘Growing our own timber’ and promoting from within has always been very important to us. That’s why Karina joining the partner team is all the more special. I’m very much looking forward to what we’ll achieve together as a team.”

Elixirr is among the consulting firms nominated for the prestigious MCA Awards to be announced later in March. The firm has been nominated for the Innovation in Digital & Technology award thanks to its partnership with Thomas Cook Money, and in the Strategy category for its work with Investec.


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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.