Jan-Willem Weggemans joins Eden McCallum in London

08 June 2015 Consultancy.uk

Consulting firm Eden McCallum has added Jan-Willem Weggemans to its team in London. Weggemans, who joins from PwC and previously served Bain & Company, The Boston Consulting Group and A.T. Kearney, has been appointed as Associate Partner.

After obtaining a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, Jan-Willem Weggemans started his career with TNT Express, one of the largest parcel delivery and logistics firms of the globe*. In 2001 he left the company to join A.T. Kearney as Associate, and after nearly four years with the consultancy Weggemans moved to The Boston Consulting Group, also based in the Netherlands. In the role of Project Leader he contributed to several engagements in the area of strategy and operations, including commercial strategy, operational excellence and post-merger integration.

Jan Willem Wggemans and Christopher Humphry - Eden McCallum

In 2007 Weggemans exchanged BCG for rival Bain & Company, joining the firm as a Case Team Leader in London, where he led a variety of consulting engagements, as well as contributing to business development opportunities and internal practice development. After approximately 10 years in the consulting industry, Weggemans moved to Barclaycard, the credit card subsidiary of Barclays, where he spent three years in a leadership role, mainly responsible for strategy development and implementation in the US and Europe. For the past 3.5 years Weggemans worked as a Director for PwC, where he developed the firm’s Retail and Commercial Banking practice in London and Amsterdam.

Opting to stay within strategy consulting, last month Weggemans joined Eden McCallum, a consulting firm with offices in London (established 2000), Amsterdam (since 2008) and Zurich (launched in April this year). At the advisory, he will continue to focus on Financial Services, bringing to the table expertise in digital, payments, and strategic transformation, across Retail and Commercial Banking as well as Insurance. “At a time of great change in the industry we’re seeing enormous demand from our clients, particularly in the digital context. We’re thoroughly excited to have Jan-Willem on board to help us develop one of our biggest practices even further”, comments Christopher Humphry, one of the partners leading Financial Services at Eden McCallum.

“Knowing Eden McCallum by reputation,” says Weggemans, “I was intrigued by a business that cuts to the quick of what matters in consulting, both for clients and for consultants. I’m thrilled to be part of the team, and looking forward to working with clients in such an innovative way.”

Eden McCallum office

Earlier this year Eden McCallum bolstered its London-based partner team with Michael Edwards. He joined from McKinsey & Company, where he spent nine years, and prior to that worked for Accenture. For PwC’s London-based Strategy unit, Weggemans represents the second high-profile departure in recent weeks – last month Tim Longstaff left the Big Four to join Roland Berger. 

* In April TNT was acquired by FedEx for €4.4 billion, although the deal still needs clearance from regulatory authorities, with closing expected in the first half of 2016. Two years ago, UPS tried to take over TNT but its €5.2 billion bid was blocked by European competition authorities.


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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.