Grant Thornton names Emma Stoddart a partner in North West

05 May 2016

Accountancy and consultancy firm Grant Thornton has promoted Emma Stoddart to partner. Based in the firm’s Liverpool office, Stoddart will continue to serve as head of audit for the North West region. 

Emma Stoddart has nearly 20 years of experience in audit and assurance. She joined Grant Thornton in 1998 as a trainee, based at the Liverpool office, and remained faithful to the firm ever since. She specialises in working with owner managed businesses and private limited companies based in Liverpool and across the North West, across a range of sectors including professional practices, manufacturing, retail, hotel and leisure, property and local governments.

Over the past years Stoddart has grown rapidly through the firm’s ranks. In 2010 she was appointed a Director, at the time becoming Grant Thornton’s first female director in Liverpool, after being promoted from Manager. In her current role Stoddart serves as head of audit for Grant Thornton in the North West, responsible for leading the firm’s 100+ strong team that provides audit and assurance services to companies across the region.

On the back of her “significant contribution” to the growth of the audit team, according to Carl Williams, Grant Thornton’s North West managing partner*, the firm has promoted her to the partner level. “I’m delighted with the promotion to partner and thankful to the firm for the support and opportunities presented to me since joining as a trainee,” comments Stoddart.

Williams adds: “Emma’s promotion to partner is apt recognition of both her contribution to the firm and the professional expertise she offers Grant Thornton’s clients.” The move further aligns closely with Grant Thornton’s “ideology of developing, retaining and rewarding talent”, he says, pointing at the firm’s strong focus on diversity and inclusion.

Looking ahead, Stoddart says she looks forward to continuing her role in the North West – the firm’s largest base outside of London – and a region which according to her houses a “vibrant economy”. “The investment and development in the region presents a great opportunity for businesses.”

Stoddart’s appointment follows a series of partner additions made over the past months. A few weeks ago corporate finance experts Keely Woodley and Usman Malik were promoted to partner, based in London, and prior to that, Alex Ellerton and David Morrey (joined the firm’s Financial Services practice), and Dan Rosinke, Rachel Engwell and Martin Barron (based in Yorkshire) were added to the partnership.

Nationally, Grant Thornton UK has revenues of £521 million, while globally the firm books a fee income of $4.7 billion.

* Williams has been North West managing partner since April 2014, when he succeeded Les Ross, who retired in the summer of that year after more than 35 years with the business.


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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.