West Monroe Partners adds Nathan Appleton as Director

20 April 2016 Consultancy.uk

West Monroe Partners has picked up technology leader and project manager Nathan Appleton. Formerly at Denali Advanced Integration, Appleton joins the firm’s Seattle office as a Director in its Security and Infrastructure practice.

Prior to joining West Monroe Partners, Nathan Appleton worked at Denali Advanced Integration for more than six years. Appleton held a variety of roles at the company during his tenure; in his last role he was the Vice President of Systems Engineering for almost two years. Earlier roles included Vice President of Infrastructure Services between 2012 and 2014, Vice President of Enterprise Engagement and Delivery between 2011 and 2012, and Director of Application Development and Portal Practice between 2011 and 2010.

His previous employer, between 2009 and 2002, was Washington Mutual, before it was transformed and acquired by JP Morgan Chase in 2008. Appleton worked in a range of functions at Washington Mutual, starting as a Senior Systems Analyst in 2002 and rising to the rank of Vice President of Intranet in 2006, before taking on an interim Vice President role, for a year, focused on integrating Washington Mutual’s systems into those of JP Morgan. Earlier roles include Project Consultant at Rand Financial Services, Division Manager at DataPower Technology and Analyst – IT Architecture Intern at the Frank Russell Company.

Appleton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business, with an Economics minor, from the Pacific Lutheran University.

West Moroe Partners recently announced that Appleton has joined the firm as a Director in its Security and Infrastructure practice, based in the firm’s Seattle office. Appleton’s more than 20 years of IT project management experience will be leveraged by the firm; Appleton will be responsible for helping the firm’s clients as well as further growing the firm’s West Coast presence.

“With information technology security and solutions evolving at a rapid pace, our clients need a trusted advisor who can guide them to translate their business goals into innovative strategies and then execute to deliver results,” says Brian Paulen, West Monroe Partners’ Seattle office leader. “Nathan’s background and expertise will be a tremendous asset to our clients, and his skills as a communicator and team-builder will be invaluable as we continue to grow our Security and Infrastructure practice on the West Coast.”

“West Monroe Partners brings a blend of business acumen and deep technological expertise to help clients create an enterprise vision for technology solutions and get results beyond the IT department,” states Appleton. “I am excited to bring my knowledge and experience to enhance our Security & Infrastructure offerings, and build upon the firm’s reputation to further increase our regional presence.”

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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.