Arup and Deloitte consultants join Future Leaders

24 November 2014

Two consultants from Arup and Deloitte will take part in the second edition of the ‘Future Leaders’. This programme set up by the UK Green Building Council offers future leaders an interactive learning experience that focuses on innovation, leadership and sustainability. The 12 month programme will commence on 28 January 2015 with a two-day residential course. 

Future Leaders
‘Future Leaders’ is a sustainability leadership and innovation programme of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) that brings together early-stage professionals from across the industry. The programme provides future leaders with a forum to tackle critical issues that the sector will face in the future, and challenges participants to work collaboratively on the development of innovative business models to address these issues. With the aim to equip the leaders of tomorrow with the leadership skills needed for a green economy.

The UK-GBC programme focuses on both learning goals and output goals and offers an interactive learning experience. It runs for 12 months and consists of five key learning events; a two-day residential programme and three innovation labs. The programme will be closed with a final project presentation.

UK Green Building Council

UK-GBC recently announced the second and larger cohort of participants of the Future Leaders programme. The expansion from 26 in the 2013-14 programme to 28 for this year’s programme is the result of the numerous high quality applications received by the organisation, comments the UK-GBC. “This impressive line-up of delegates builds on the huge success of the first Future Leaders programme and is set to result in some cutting-edge collaboration in sustainability innovation and leadership. Together with the first cohort, this next set of participants will create strong Future Leaders alumni which will be key to tackling challenges that arise in the built environment,” comments Cat Hirst, Head of Learning and Development at UK-GBC.

The selected participants come from different sectors in the built environment industry and will start their programme with the two-day residential course in Manchester, on 28 January 2015.

Ralph Wilson - Nick Hogg

Among the 28 participants, two professionals working in the consulting industry can be found:

Ralph Wilson, Ventures Manager at Arup: Wilson started his career at Arup four years ago as Mechanical Engineer and says that his passion for innovation and start-up culture drew him towards his role at the Ventures team. At Arup, Wilson also leads a collaboration between Arup International Development and Engineers Without Borders UK.

Nick Hogg, Senior Consultant (Sustainability) at Deloitte Real Estate: Hogg started his career at Deloitte earlier this year after a 7 year spell at Jones Lang LaSalle, a professional services and investment management company, where he fulfilled the role of Senior Consultant. Hogg has a Master degree in Environmental Strategy, Sustainability and environmental strategy from the University of Surrey and a Bachelor degree in Geography from the University College Chichester.


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.