Automotive expert Richard Parkin joins Grant Thornton

16 December 2014

Grant Thornton has strengthened its UK team with Richard Parkin, who joins as an automotive sector specialist within its Transaction Advisory Services practice. At Grant Thornton, Parkin will focus on further expanding the firm’s footprint in the automotive industry, and beyond.

Richard Parkin has more than 10 years of experience in the consulting industry. After obtaining his degree from the University of Oxford he started his career in 2000 with Mars & Co, where he spent 4 years, in his last role as Senior Associate Consultant. He then moved to German-origin strategy consultancy Roland Berger, where he gained experience, predominantly in strategy, commercial diligence and operational matters. In May 2006 he joined Ernst & Young (currently EY), where he based in London stayed for more than six years. At the Big 4 firm he built a wealth wealth of experience, principally working with automotive and related segment clients. In his most recent role, Parkin served as Head of Valuations at Glass's Information Services, a supplier of automotive business intelligence across 28 countries.

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Per November Parkin has decided to rejoin the consulting industry, taking on the role of Associate Director at accounting- and consulting firm Grant Thornton. “It was a great fit: Grant Thornton was able to provide me with the opportunity to focus on consulting work and, with their existing expertise, allow me to serve clients in a wider capacity," comments Parkin on the reasons for the move.

For Grant Thornton the addition is in line with its ambition to grow its presence in the automotive industry. “I'm delighted that he has joined our team. Richard brings specific expertise of the UK automotive market which perfectly complements our Automotive Advisory team and our well established asset and motor finance team. His specific expertise in vehicle residual values will be very relevant with regards to the various transactional advisory work we deliver.  He also brings consulting skills to further strengthen our offering and this is aligned to where we are seeing growing market demands,” says Tarun Mistry, Partner of Grant Thornton’s Automotive Advisory unit.

Richard Parkin - Tarun Mistry - Neil Barrell - Paul Burrows and Christian Roelofs

At Grant Thornton Parkin will work alongside other senior team members, such as Tarun Mistry, Neil Barrell, Paul Burrows and Christian Roelofs, to grow the firm’s service offerings and client base.


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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.