Stuart Appelbe leaves PwC to join Accuracy, based in London

04 May 2016 Consultancy.uk

Advisory firm Accuracy has expanded its partner team in the UK with Stuart Appelbe, who joins from PwC. Based in London, Appelbe has been tasked with further growing the firm’s Project Advisory and Disputes practice.

With over 300 consultants across offices in ten countries, Accuracy is one of the Europe’s larger consultancies. The Paris headquartered firm provides clients with a range of management consultancy and financial advisory services, including M&A and transaction support, corporate finance, forensics, restructuring and dispute resolution.

Launched in 2010, Accuracy’s London office – at the time firm’s sixth international operation* – has grown strongly over the past five years, with headcount currently at around 20 partners and consultants. To accommodate for the growing portfolio, the consultancy recently moved its London office to larger premises located in the Bevis Marks building in the City.

As part of its expansion path, Accuracy has added Stuart Appelbe, a Chartered Engineer with extensive experience, to its UK based leadership team. Appelbe joins from PwC, where he worked as UK Head of Construction Disputes. Prior to serving the Big Four firm, Appelbe worked with a major management contractor in the UK, leading the Project Management of Infrastructure works for clients, including London Underground and the Ministry of Defence. 

Appelbe’s professional focus lies on engagements in the construction sector, with particular emphasis on the transport infrastructure segment, including road, rail, ports and airports, building, power as well as oil and gas downstream facilities. Clients he has advised throughout his career include industrial groups, law firms, company owners, investors, debt providers and insurers.

At Accuracy, Appelbe has been named a Partner in the firm’s Project Advisory and Disputes (PAD) team, a role sees him lead an international team on expert witness testifying appointments and advisory/dispute engagements. He will in addition provide clients with strategic and project management support, including reviews of the governance of capital programmes, project audits and the implementation of project management and control processes. Commenting on his new role, Appelbe says he is “very pleased” to be joining Accuracy, adding: “I look forward to helping Accuracy develop the PAD offering, broadening its worldwide project advisory capability and further increasing its global expert witness capacity”.

Frédéric Duponchel, Managing Partner of Accuracy, says: “Over the years, we have built a leading position in the market providing clear and data-led reasoning. Stuart’s extensive experience further reinforces the firm’s ability to provide figures for decisions to clients active in the investment or development of large capital project.” 

Leadership team
Appelbe becomes Accuracy’s seventh partner in the UK. Other partners are Hervé de Trogoff (former Navigant), Lebanese origin Roula Harfouche (a former FTI Consulting and EY advisor), Anthony Theau (previously served Accenture), Sumit Khosla (also works for Accuracy in India), Erik van Duijvenvoorde (holds a dual role in Paris and London) and Heiko Ziehms (a former KPMG advisor).

* An overview of Accuracy’s office openings: Paris (2004), Madrid (2006), Amsterdam (2007), Milan (2008), Frankfurt (2009), Brussels (2010), London (2010), Munich (2011), Montreal (2011), New Delhi (2012) and Singapore (2016).

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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.