Rick Eagar Chief Innovation Officer of Arthur D. Little

27 October 2015 Consultancy.uk

Arthur D. Little has appointed Rick Eagar as its first ever Chief Innovation Officer. The UK-based partner will also lead the consultancy’s Technology & Innovation Management (TIM) Practice.

Rick Eagar has over 26 years of experience in consulting and the industry. Following nearly a decade at Shell, he joined Arthur D. Little in 1989. At the management consultancy Eagar has been a Director and Partner for more than 18 years, focusing on technology and innovation management for clients across a range of industries. Between 2004 and 2007 Eagar led Arthur D. Little’s UK operations, and most recently he headed the TIM practice and Public Sector team in the UK, as well as serving as Chief Editor of Prism, the firm’s management journal.

In his new role as Chief Innovation Officer Eagar will work with the firm’s leaders and experts across the globe to develop the next generation of innovative and impactful client offerings. The creation of the new role is according to the consultancy part of two pillars. It reflects Arthur D. Little’s ambitious growth trajectory – since its management buyout from Altran in January 2012 the firm has under the leadership of Ignacio García Alves promoted or hired over 35 Partners, and grown its global footprint to over 1,000 employees in 20+ countries across all five continents. In 2015 the consultancy has seen its growth accelerate, with multiple offices opened and 14 Partners joining the leadership ranks.

Rick Eagar - Arthur D Little

The creation of the new role also reflects the importance of the its ‘Anticipate – Innovate – Transform’ focus says the firm, a strategic pillar aimed at helping clients “grow and prosper in today’s rapidly changing business environment”. With a dedicate role in place, Arthur D. Little expects to advance its capacity to support innovation-centered transformations, across the offering from strategy to implementation.

Commenting on his appointment, Eagar says he “couldn’t be happier to take this new role at a time when Arthur D. Little is growing rapidly across the world,” adding “it is an honour to lead our collective efforts in building still further on our passion and expertise, making sure that innovation stays firmly at the heart of all of our consulting activities as we go forward.”

Technology & Innovation Management
In addition to his CIO role, Eagar has also been named global head of the TIM Practice, one of Arthur D. Little’s eight functional Practices. Other management team members of the TIM unit are Carl Bate and Greg Smith (UK), John Brennan (US), Fabian Dömer and Volker Pfirsching (Germany), Yusuke Harada (Japan), Michael Kolk (Netherlands), Frederik van Oene (Belgium) and Daniel Roos (Sweden).

Management Team of TIM

Earlier this year, Consultancy.uk featured a study by Arthur D. Little’s TIM Practice, which highlighted eight imperatives for organising Research & Development to drive innovation.

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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.