Jan Vanhevel and Frank Dausy join Board of Ensur

16 March 2016 Consultancy.uk

Ensur, a Belgium based consulting firm with a focus on the insurance industry, has strengthened its Board of Directors with industry veterans Jan Vanhevel and Frank Dausy.

Founded in the summer of 2014 by five experienced professionals, Ensur is a project management and consulting firm with an exclusive focus on the insurance sector. The firm supports organisations in the industry with all facets of their target operating model (TOM), ranging from TOM design and functional blueprinting to the implementation of improvements across front- and back-office functions.

Since its inception Ensur has grown its ranks to a team of 11 professionals, and on the back of its growth ambitions (“becoming the market reference for insurance consultancy”) for the coming years the firm has decided to expand its Board of Directors with two seasoned veterans: Jan Vanhevel and Frank Dausy. “Both Jan and Frank will bring their rich management experience and knowledge of the sector to challenge and contribute to the development of Ensur’s strategy and mission”, says Peter Knaepkens, one of the five co-founders and a former consultant at Projective and PwC. The move, he adds, brings in “top level external expertise and independent advice”, marking a “major step towards sustainable growth”.

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Jan Vanhevel is the former CEO of KBC Group and holds a Doctorate in Law and a Master's Degree in Notarial Sciences from K.U.Leuven, a financial management degree from Vlecho and an advanced management degree from INSEAD. He brings in more than 40 years of expertise and insight in the insurance sector. Vanhevel began his career at the Kredietbank in 1971 in the Legal Division and became a member of the Executive Committee of the Kredietbank in 1996 and of KBC Bank and KBC Group in 1998. In 2006 he was appointed CEO of the Division Central- and Eastern- Europe and Russia of the KBC Group. Vanhevel was named CEO of KBC Groep in 2009, a role he held until his retirement in 2012.

Frank Dausy is a senior executive with experience in banking, insurance and at corporate level. He currently holds a position as Investment Principal for France and the Benelux at Germany headquartered Acathia Capital. Before that he built his career at Ageas and its historic predecessors (Fortis, Fortis Bank and Fortis Insurance). His last assignment was as Managing Director Corporate Development at Ageas Continental Europe where he restored the strategic coherence of the portfolio through an active M&A programme. Dausy has been Board Member of insurance activities in the UK, Portugal, Spain, France and the Benelux.

Both Jan Vanhevel and Frank Dausy have joined Ensur as non-executive board members.

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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.