Brickendon Consulting names Richard Burrell non-executive chairman

27 April 2016

London based Brickendon Consulting has named Richard Burrell as its non-executive chairman. Burrell has more than twenty years of management experience and currently serves as Managing Partner of Mathieson Capital and Chief Executive Officer of energy company Aggregated Micro Power.

Founded in 2010, Brickendon Consulting is a management and technology consultancy that focuses on clients in the financial services industry. The consultancy specialises in developing strategies and translating roadmaps and plans into execution and organisational change, supported by a suite of technology services and solutions. Service offerings span areas such as Foreign Exchange (including eFX), Equities, Fixed Income and Commodities, Market Risk, Credit Risk, Regulatory Trade Reporting & Risk, Client Tax, Data Management, Cyber Security, Operations, Finance and Technology Services.

Over the past years the firm has grown rapidly – in 2016 alone approximately 25 new consultants have joined Brickendon’s team, taking its employee base to around 80 in the UK*. Going forward, the firm’s partner team has set ambitious targets: the recently unveiled strategy aims at significantly growing the firm’s footprint in the UK and internationally. To support realisation of the plans, Brickendon Consulting has brought the expertise of Mathieson Capital on board, a private investment partnership established in 2010 with offices in Chester and London. Under the consultancy agreement, Mathieson Capital will provide strategic and corporate finance advisory services to the consulting firm, and, as part of the deal, Mathieson Capital Managing Partner Richard Burrell has joined Brickendon as a its non-executive chairman.

Burrell started his career in investment banking, working for UBS and ING, is his latest roles as Managing Director, and subsequently founded Medical Property Investment Fund, today known as Assura Group, which under his leadership has grown into one of UK’s leading listed providers of primary care buildings and services. In 2010, after he led the disposal of a 75% interest in Assura Medical to the Healthcare business of Virgin, Burrell stepped out of his Chief Executive Officer role at the firm and formed Mathieson Capital. In 2012 Burrell was appointed Chief Executive Officer of energy company Aggregated Micro Power, a role which he still holds.

Commenting on the appointment of Burrell, Christopher Burke, founder and Managing Director of Brickendon, says he is “delighted”, adding: “Richard brings a wealth of experience within financial markets and we are very excited to add him to our non-executive team.” Looking ahead, Burke says that Brickendon, which last year relocated from the City to Canary Wharf, is seeking to capitalise on growth opportunities by sharpening the focus of its offerings around five main areas of strategy, risk, regulatory, data and testing.

Besides his Non-Executive role at Brickendon Consulting, Burrell also serves as a non-executive director at FirstCare since December 2010, after Mathieson Capital participated in a funding round organised by the provider of absence management solutions.

* Brickendon Consulting also has satellite hubs in Hong Kong and in the US (just launched).

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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.