KPMG alumnus Don Gerritsen to join PRI in London

02 July 2015

The Principles for Responsible Investment has boosted its London team with the appointment of sustainability and climate change expert and KPMG alumnus Don Gerritsen. The former consultant joins as of 1 August 2015 in the role of Senior Manager Asset Owner Insight.

Don Gerritsen will join Principles for Responsible Investment* (PRI) from the Dutch Investors Association for Sustainable Development (VBDO), a non-profit organisation, where he has been acting as Manager Sustainability & Responsible Investment since early 2014. In addition to this, Gerritsen also currently works as Guest Lecturer Stakeholder Engagement at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Prior to this, he worked for KPMG for five years in its Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services Network between 2009 and 2014. He fulfilled several roles, including that of Manager Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services Network in 2010 and that of Subject-matter Executive to Yvo de Boer between 2011 and 2013. Between 2008 and 2010, Gerritsen was the Dutch Government official at UN conferences and before this, in 2007, the was a programme officer on renewable energy at UNEP.

Gerritsen has a degree in Environmental Sciences (School of Management) of the Radboud University Nijmegen; in International Environmental Politics from the University of the West of England; in International and European Public Law from the University of Amsterdam; and in Investment Management of Marquette University.

Don Gerritson - PRI

As Senior Manager Asset Owner Insight at PRI, Gerritsen will build a new team to deliver resources to asset owners for incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in their investments. His team will focus on ESG factors into investment selection, portfolio level considerations and passive investment management. Gerritsen will join PRI’s London team on 1 August 2015.

* PRI is an investor initiative in partnership with UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact that has established a set of voluntary best practice principles to assist investors in integrating environmental, social and corporate governance issues into investment processes.


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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.