Mark Taylor succeeds Simon Hart as RSM Central region head

06 May 2016

Accounting and consulting firm RSM has appointed Mark Taylor as regional managing partner for its Central region. Taylor succeeds Simon Hart, one of the firm’s senior partners, who in turn has been named Knowledge Management Partner.

With around 3,400 partners and staff working in more than 30 offices across the UK, and a revenue of £292 million, RSM is the seventh largest accountancy and business advisory firm in the UK.

The professional services firm recently unveiled two leadership changes. Mark Taylor, who has been with the firm since 2003, has been named regional managing partner for the Central region, tasked with overseeing the work of RSM’s seven offices in the area: Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Milton Keynes, Bury St Edmunds, Chelmsford and Telford. RSM employs nearly 750 people in the region, with an annual turnover of around £50 million.

Taylor will also serve as the office managing partner RSM’s office in Birmingham. Originally from the Midlands, Taylor began his career in supply chain management with supermarket chain Sainsbury’s and then worked for Ernst & Young (now EY). At RSM, he, most recently, for the last five years, led the firm's consulting service for corporate markets based in London.

Mark Taylor takes over from Simon Hart, who has been appointed RSM’s knowledge management partner, a newly-formed position. Hart, who has worked for RSM for 28 years, will in his new role provide strategic leadership to RSM’s knowledge management function and work closely with the firm’s Board to achieve its financial growth strategy. Commenting on his new role, Hart says: “Knowledge Management is becoming an increasingly important function for our business, and being able to share our know-how and expertise quickly and dynamically amongst our national firm and our international partners will help to further strengthen knowledge-based relationships with clients.”

Hart’s successor says he looks forward to his new challenge, stating: “Having lived here for most of my life, the Midlands is a special place for me and so it’s great to be based here again. There are exciting opportunities for our offices right across Central England. Being able to help regional business owners achieve their business plans and strengthen their offering to the market is the key driver for me coming back to the region.”


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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.