Baringa adds partner to its Energy practice in Germany

18 November 2015 Consultancy.uk

Management consultancy Baringa Partners has appointed Christoph Müser as a partner. Müser, who joins from Pöyry Management Consulting and previously served Roland Berger, bolsters the firm’s Energy practice, and is based in Baringa’s Düsseldorf office.

Founded in 2000, Baringa Partners is a consulting firm that specialises in three sectors: energy & utilities, financial services and telecoms & media, with the latter practice launched early this year. After operating for eleven years from its hub in London, in 2011 Baringa opened its first international office in Düsseldorf, to better meet growing demand from clients in the ASG (Austria-Switzerland-Germany) region. The German office, led by Oliver Schlicht, who joined in 2012 from Accenture, builds on the capabilities of the UK parent organisation, and has since its inception grown its client base and track record, with a key focus on organisations in the energy landscape.

Christoph Muser and Adrian Bettridge - Baringa

Last month Baringa boosted its German operations with Christoph Müser, who joins from Pöyry Management Consulting, a Finnish-origin (founded in 1958) engineering and consulting firm with offices across the globe, where he held the role of Managing Director. Previously he was a Partner in Roland Berger’s energy practice, where he was responsible for the management consulting business in Germany, leading a team of 35 consultants. Müser was also in charge of the firm’s global energy grid and smart energy business. Clients he has served during his 20 years in management consulting include E.ON, Vattenfall, RheinEnergie and numerous Stadtwerke (municipal utility firms). 

Commenting on his new challenge, Müser says he is “excited to be joining Baringa”, which he describes as a consultancy with a “vast portfolio of offerings and services and a diverse range of clients”. He adds: “Most of my career has involved working in the energy and utilities sectors and Baringa is renowned for its strength in these areas. The Düsseldorf office is expanding and is full of potential; I can’t wait to get started.”

Adrian Bettridge, Managing Partner at Baringa, says he is delighted that a person of Müser’s calibre and reputation is joining the firm’s leadership. “Our markets need leaders with strong track records and excellent local contacts; Christoph has all this and more.” Müser joins three other new partners that have in recent weeks joined the firm’s leadership ranks: Brynne Parker, Henning Bottger and Mel Newton. 

Baringa Partners - Energy & Utilities

Looking ahead, Bettridge believes the consultancy is well positioned to further expand its footprint across the ASG region – a market estimated to be worth just over €8 billion – as well as continental Europe. Growth is forecasted to centre around the energy portfolio, with Bettridge stating: “The energy markets continue to go through a level of change and commercial challenge that is historically unparalleled.  In the coming years, Baringa will invest strongly to further develop its existing German practice and build a team with the scale and skills to support its clients with their hardest strategic, commercial and transformational challenges.” 

Globally, the energy & resources consulting market is estimated to be worth $11.1 billion, which represents roughly 11% of the entire consulting industry.

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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.