Accenture hires Jill Standish as Retail Senior Managing Director

25 May 2016

Accenture has hired Jill Standish, a 20 year retail industry veteran, as a Senior Managing Director and Global Leader of its Retail practice. Standish joins from ERP giant Oracle, and in her new role will be responsible for supporting clients through transformations as well as grow the firm’s international capabilities and manage its assets and offerings.

Prior to joining Accenture, Jill Standish was a Senior Vice President and General Manager at Oracle's Retail Global Business Unit. Previously, Standish worked at IBM as the global head of the firm's retail consulting business (within IBMS GBS), between 2009 and 2014, and prior to that as the Vice President of IBM’s Retail Store Solutions, between 2006 and 2009. In 2013, Standish was named a Top 25 Consultant by Consulting Magazine, a US based magazine for the consulting industry.

Standish holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst – Isenberg School of Management.

Accenture has named Standish a Senior Managing Director in its Retail practice, based in New York. The role will call on Jill Standish’s more than 20 years of experience within the sector, and is focused on driving business transformation for clients. Her responsibilities include overseeing Accenture’s global retail offerings and assets, guiding growth and capability development, as well as manage the retail industry client portfolio.

“I am delighted to welcome Jill to our senior leadership team," says Sander van't Noordende, Group Chief Executive – Products. "Jill is a recognised leader in the industry and her experience and leadership skills will be valuable assets as we continue to execute our strategy and deliver value for our clients.”

Besides her role at Accenture, Standish serves on the Advisory Board of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York and is an active member of the National Retail Federation. She is also on the board of directors for the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury; a US non-profit organisation supporting women and teens.


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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.