Ex-KPMG member Jon Akehurst becomes Kellogg's Finance Director

04 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A former KPMG Audit Trainee has landed a senior role with cereals giant Kellogg’s. 12 years after cutting his teeth at the Big Four firm, Jon Akehurst has assumed the position of Finance Director for Kellogg’s UK & Ireland.

The Kellogg Company, doing business as Kellogg's, is an American multinational food manufacturing company. The firm produces cereal and convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, and toaster pastries, and markets their products through several household brands, including Corn Flakes, Pringles, Coco Pops, and Frosties.

Kellogg’s has maintained its UK base in Manchester since 1938, when it first opened its Trafford Park factory. Today, it is the largest cereal factory in Europe, creating more than a million packets of cereal a day. The company recently relocated its UK & Ireland head office from Old Trafford to Salford’s famous MediaCity, in January 2018.

Ex-KPMG member Jon Akehurst becomes Kellogg's Finance Director

As the firm looks to grow in the UK, Kellogg’s has appointed a new senior leader, thanks in part to internal moves resulting from this move. Robert O’Sullivan, has been promoted to the role of vice-president of finance, Kellogg’s Europe, in Dublin. His replacement Jon Akehurst takes up the reins as Finance Director for the firm in the UK and Ireland, having spent more than 14 years working in financial roles in multiple sectors, including the consulting industry.

Most recently, Akehurst worked for Mars Petcare’s Crown Pet Foods - famous for its Royal Canin brand of dog and cat food – where he was Chief Finance Officer. Previous to Mars Petcare, Jon held a series of senior finance roles across a number of blue chip food companies such as Mars Wrigley Confectionary, General Mills and Associated British Foods.

Akehurst commenced his career as an Audit Trainee with KPMG. He spent a year as an Assistant Auditor covering middle market clients across a range of sectors at the firm, working on IFRS, UK GAAP, SAR and SOx, while gaining exposure to Canadian and US GAAS clients across the UK. He arrived at KPMG after graduating in engineering, economics and management from the University of Oxford in 2005.

Commenting on the appointment, Kellogg’s UK and Ireland Managing Director, Oli Morton, remarked, “We are incredibly fortunate to be able to welcome Jon to our team.  He is a strong business leader, whose talents will help us continue our growth plan... A plan which has seen us help people make healthier choices in the morning by slashing sugar and putting traffic light labels on our cereals, introducing new-look granolas and launching Pringles made of rice.”

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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.