Isabel Dedring joins Arup as Global Transport Leader

09 June 2016

Arup has hired London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport Isabel Dedring to take on the role of Global Transport Leader. In her new role, Dedring will leverage her many years of consulting and transport experience to bolster the firm’s expertise in sustainable urban transportation networks.

Isabel Dedring is currently the Deputy Mayor for Transport at the Greater London Authority, a job she has held since 2011. Her responsibilities include policy setting and ensuring that the Mayor's transport portfolio was delivered. Previously, Dedring was the Mayor's Environment Adviser, leading on issues of environmental policy formulation. Between 2003 and 2008, Dedring worked at Transport for London - first as the Chief of Staff and subsequently as Director of the Policy Unit. Prior to that, she worked at McKinsey & Company as an Engagement Manager for four years between 1998 and 2003. Dedring starter her consulting career at EY in 1993, working as a management consultant at the firm’s Kazakhstan office, which opened in 1992.

Dedring holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University as well as a Doctor of Law from Harvard Law School.

Isabel Dedring - Arup

As urbanisation continues to increase, while climate goals make increasing demands on clean forms of transportation management, the demand for in-house experts in the field is becoming paramount. To provide its clients with expertise in the field of transport, Arup has picked up Dedring, who joins the firm as its Global Transport Leader. In the role, Dedring will be tasked with driving Arup’s global transport agenda as well as ‘cement the firm’s integrated approach to transport and urban development.’

Gregory Hodkinson, Arup Group Chairman, says "At a time when rapid urbanisation and population growth drives the increasing demand for improved mobility, it is crucial that we implement smart and resilient transport solutions for the movement of people and goods. Isabel brings extensive experience of leadership in transport policy, planning and delivery, and I am looking forward to her helping us drive the firm in exciting new directions.”

Isabel Dedring remarks "I am absolutely delighted to be joining Arup in this role at such an exciting time for the transport industry worldwide. New innovations in funding, the emergence of zero-emission technologies, the need for closer integration between planning and transport, the explosion of digital technology, and ever-higher public expectations from transport are just a few examples of the changes creating opportunities in this field. I look forward to working closely with colleagues to build on Arup's outstanding reputation in this area.”

In a related appointment, Steer Davies Gleave recently hired Trevor Brennan as an Associate, he brings in more than 15 years of experience in sustainable transport to help the firm develop its offerings in the sector.


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.