Baker Tilly expands its Social Housing Consulting team

28 November 2014

Accounting and business consulting firm Baker Tilly has expanded its Social Housing Consulting team in the UK with two additions. Frances Hipple has been appointed as Associate Director and Julian Freeman as Managing Consultant.

Frances Hipple joins Baker Tilly as Senior Project Manager with nearly 30 years of experience working within the social housing sector and has worked within the finance teams of four of the largest London housing associations (Circle Anglia, Genesis, Network Housing Group and the One Group) and most recently as Project Manager for the London Borough of Barnet. Hipple brings extensive experience in the consulting branch to her new role, having worked as (Senior) Consultant for LB Haringey, NCC Group, Tribal, and RSM Robson Rhodes.

Julian Freeman, who joins the firm as Managing Consultant, has more than 27 years of experience in the social housing sector, most recently as (Senior) Project Manager for housing association Viridian Housing. In his career, Freeman has worked on a number of projects for Genesis Housing, Notting Hill Housing Trust, Circle and Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation. Freeman also brings experience in consulting to his new function, as he created Julian Freeman Consultancy Services in 2010, a firm he ran as Director for almost three years, and fulfilled the role of Housing Consultant at Academy Information Systems (Capita) for four.

Frances Hipple and Julian Freeman - Baker Tilly

Commenting on the two additions, Gary Moreton, Head of Social Housing at Baker Tilly, says: “We are delighted to welcome Frances and Julian to the team who bring with them a wealth of housing experience gained across both the public and commercial sectors. Their expertise will add further breadth and depth to our already strong portfolio of services for the social housing sector.”


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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.