FTI Consulting bolsters UK team with six new recruits

11 December 2014 Consultancy.uk

Global consulting firm FTI Consulting has strengthened its UK team with six new recruits. All six advisors will be based in London and work with Alex Deane, the newly appointed UK head of public affairs and managing director.

Former Labour health secretary Patricia Hewitt has been appointed as a senior adviser. In the last decade she served as a key member of Tony Blair’s political circle – between 2005 and 2007 Hewitt was health secretary and was also secretary of state for trade and industry and Cabinet minister for women. Also Philippa Roe, formerly a director at global banking group Citigroup and the current leader of Westminster City Council, has joined as a senior adviser. Liam O’Keefe joins as a senior director from Accounting for International Development, prior to that he spent six years at Weber Shandwick.

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Alex Holroyd joins as a director from FTI’s office in Belgium (Brussels), where for spent three years working with clients in the Benelux region. From his new base in London Holroyd will act as a contact point for FTI Consulting’s international Public Affairs offering, connecting the UK operations with practices in Brussels and Washington DC. Laura Sainsbury joins FTI Consulting from Bellenden, where she worked with global financial corporates and across the housing, education and energy sectors. Meanwhile, John Gusman joins the firm as a consultant from rival PLMR, where he worked in public affairs for education, health and social care clients.

“Adding these talented professionals to our team further strengthens our position as part of FTI Consulting’s global Public Affairs network,” says Alex Deane, who joined FTI Consulting in August from global PR-firm Weber Shandwick. “We’ve recruited some of the best consultants in the business, all of whom will provide another level of strategic insight and depth for our clients' benefit. We’re ready to take advantage of the opportunities arising from FTI Consulting’s cross-sector client base.”

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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.