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The Avida Team

Our Team

Avida's team is a unique combination of high calibre and seasoned professionals, all of whom have leadership and operational experience in the asset management, pensions and insurance industries.

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Paul Boerboom

Founding Partner

Paul Boerboom

Founding Partner

Paul Boerboom founded Avida International in 2006 and has been advising institutional investors and their advisers throughout Europe ever since.

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Dorothee Franzen

Partner, Head Germany

Dorothee Franzen

Partner, Head Germany

Dorothee Franzen is an international pensions expert and financial economist with two decades of sound experience in commercial and academic research both in the UK and in Germany.

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Bart Heenk

Partner, Head UK

Bart Heenk

Partner, Head UK

As Managing Director of Avida International, Bart Heenk heads Avida in the UK. Previously, Bart performed a number of senior roles at Cardano, SEI, Citibank/Citigroup and Royal Dutch Shell.

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Beatrice Herrmann

Senior Consultant

Beatrice Herrmann

Senior Consultant

Beatrice Herrmann holds 30+ years of experience in international pension consulting with Mercer, Commerzbank and Allianz Group.

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Bettina May

Senior Advisor

Bettina May

Senior Advisor

Bettina has more than 30 years of experience in the financial markets. In her previous role at Russell Investments Frankfurt, Bettina was responsible for the distribution of their product range in the German speaking region. Prior to Russell, Bettina held different positions in the Credit Agricole group. Lately she was a Senior Relationship Manager for ETFs, Index Funds and Smart Beta Solutions responsible for business development across all client segments in Germany and Austria. She started her carrier in London where she worked for 4 years in different positions.

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Tim Juling

Senior Business Consultant

Tim Juling

Senior Business Consultant

Working across the German, Dutch and English teams at Avida, Tim has been involved in M&A projects and performed in-depth market studies of the pension fund market in major European countries. Tim graduated from Maastricht University in 2016 with a Masters in Financial Economics.

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Simone Lavelle

Associate Partner

Simone Lavelle

Associate Partner

Simone joined Avida in 2014 where she is involved in projects for organisational change and client retention programmes. Simone has a strong pensions industry background having worked with some of its leading players in her career,

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Christian Schmitt

Senior Advisor

Christian Schmitt

Senior Advisor

Professor Christian Schmitt is Professor of Business Administration at the Hochschule der Bayerischen Wirtschaft (HDBW, Bavarian School of Economics) in Munich. He also advises asset managers and institutional investors on risk management, alternative investments and advanced analytics.

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Patrick Woods

Head of Commercial Development

Patrick Woods

Head of Commercial Development

Patrick Woods has over 25 years in the financial services space with considerable portfolio and fund management expertise.

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Stan Beckers

Advisory Board Member

Stan Beckers

Advisory Board Member

Stan has over 30 years’ professional and leadership experience in global finance and asset management organisations.

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Gordon L. Clark

Advisory Board Member

Gordon L. Clark

Advisory Board Member

Professor Gordon L. Clark DSc (Oxon) FBA is the Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment with cross-appointments in the Saïd Business School and the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford University.

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Don Ezra

Advisory Board Member

Don Ezra

Advisory Board Member

Don Ezra was previously co-chair, global consulting for Russell Investments worldwide. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the World Pension Summit and has also been a fellow of the American Savings Education Council and a lecturer at the Board Effectiveness Program for Pension and Other Long-Horizon Investment Institutions of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management.

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Heribert Karch

Advisory Board Member

Heribert Karch

Advisory Board Member

Over the past 20 years, Heribert Karch has successfully built up and managed MetallRente GmbH, to become Germany's largest industry pension scheme. He also chaired the ABA Arbeitsgemeinschaft für betr. Altersversorgung, the professional association for company pension schemes in Germany, for 8 years.'

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Phil Redding

Senior Advisor

Phil Redding

Senior Advisor

Phil has held a range of positions across both business development and consulting and brings with him over 40 years’ pension and investment experience. Most recently Phil was Executive Director at Cardano. Prior to that he was Head of Business Development EMEA at Aviva Investors and has also worked at Credit Suisse, Zurich, CIS and Scottish Mutual. His formative years were spent as a pensions consultant at Hogg Robinson Benefit Consultants.

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Rob Schreur

Senior Advisor

Rob Schreur

Senior Advisor

Rob holds over 30 years of experience working in the pension industry, most recently as Chief Investment Officer for National Grid UK Pension Scheme in the UK. Prior to that Rob was CIO for Philips Pension funds in the Netherlands.

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Ian McKinlay

Senior Advisor

Ian McKinlay

Senior Advisor

Ian has extensive experience within the pension industry and is highly regarded and respected by his peers. Ian has an actuarial background and started his career as a scheme actuary at Mercer. More recently he has been the CIO at the PPF (Pension Protection Fund) and Aviva pension scheme. Before joining Avida, Ian was the CIO for the Lloyds Pension scheme.

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Jenny Segal

Senior Advisor

Jenny Segal

Senior Advisor

Jenny has had a long and varied career in finance, starting her professional life with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford and going on to qualify as an actuary. She specialised in leading global sales teams for large asset management companies, most recently as Global Head of Distribution for Fidelity International’s workplace investing business.

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Mike Weston

Senior Consultant

Mike Weston

Senior Consultant

Mike has spent over 30 years as an investment specialist and leader of pensions and asset management businesses owned and supported by major UK pensions schemes. Most latterly Mike was CEO of LGPS Central; prior to this he established the Pensions Infrastructure Platform and was CIO for the pension schemes of DMGT plc. Mike is also Chair of Trustees of the Institute of Cancer Research Pension Scheme and a professional Independent Trustee with Pi Partnership.

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Taiga Morishita

Analyst

Taiga Morishita

Analyst

Taiga is Office Manager for Avida UK and works across the UK, Dutch and German teams coordinating marketing for the Avida group. He graduated from Durham University with a degree in History in 2020 and is currently studying for his CFA.

A few words about us

We help asset managers and their institutional clients extract maximum value out of their organisations.

Often our clients are internal asset management divisions of pension funds and insurance companies. In many cases these divisions are (partly) outsourced, depending on factors such as size, complexity and the availability of resources.

We are passionate in supporting our clients to achieve better business results: higher efficiency, higher client retention and satisfaction levels, higher growth through new offerings and new markets, better client interfaces and higher control of outsourced activities.

What we can do for you

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